Compliance Manager

Lafayette & Berthoud, CO
The journey to space starts with the engines. 

Ursa Major was founded to bring a new model to space access: one in which every link in an enormous value chain isn’t limited by those around it. We design rocket engines and propulsion solutions.  

Our products and technologies require an extraordinary team. A team who will mold tomorrow’s technologies while deploying today’s best. We are comprised of intrinsically motivated individuals who have a passion for solving problems and empower each other every day to develop our skills, knowing that there is always room for growth.

We are seeking a Compliance Manager to develop, manage, and maintain Ursa Major’s compliance program and policies. This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced compliance professional who thrives in a rapidly growing company. 
This role will report to the General Counsel but will interact with all areas of Ursa Major. This includes working closely with leaders across the business to identify needs and ensure effective implementation of compliance initiatives. As Ursa Major’s first compliance-focused hire, you will serve as a generalist, providing guidance in various areas of compliance, including knowledge of a variety of state and federal laws and regulations impacting Ursa Major’s core business. A successful candidate will also face unfamiliar areas of compliance confidently, learning on-the-go and leading the rest of the team through ambiguities.
Colorado law requires us to tell you the base compensation range of this role, which is $75,000 - $130,000, determined by your education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities. What we can’t quantify for you are the exciting challenges, supportive team, and amazing culture we enjoy. Click here for more information about our awesome benefits.


We’re an equal opportunity employer. You will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

No outside recruiters please.


As a U.S. government contractor, Ursa Major is subject to President Biden’s September 9, 2021 Executive Order on Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors requiring federal contractors to be fully vaccinated from COVID-19. As such, Ursa Major requires employees to either show proof of vaccination or demonstrate an exemption for medical or religious reasons by December 8, 2021. Per the executive order, “fully vaccinated” means two weeks after a final dose of a one- or two-dose COVID-19 vaccine approved for regular or emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or World Health Organization.
  • Serve as a trusted, strategic partner to Ursa Major with a focus on developing compliance-conscious culture while prioritizing Ursa Major’s mission.
  • Develop, build, and implement a risk-based compliance program for Ursa Major, including policies and team member trainings (LMS experience preferred).
  • With the support of the Leadership Team, provide timely, pragmatic, and high-quality compliance advice across the entire company, serving as an internal resource to Ursa Major team members.
  • Guide Ursa Major teams from planning through execution of new or modified legal or regulatory requirements and compliance initiatives.
  • Partner with the Information Services and Advanced Programs teams to comply with various frameworks and industry standards relevant to cybersecurity risk mitigation, including NIST 800-171 and CMMC.
  • Develop and implement policies to maintain compliance with United States trade and export laws, including the International Traffic and Arms Regulations (ITAR), Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).
  • Partner with Manufacturing and Quality teams to enhance quality management systems and facilitate overall regulatory compliance (experience with AS9100 and ISO9001 is a plus).
  • Monitor and analyze changes or updates to laws, regulations, and security control frameworks impacting Ursa Major and proactively lead communication of relevant changes to Ursa Major stakeholders. 
  • Utilize knowledge of regulatory requirements (ITAR, EAR, OFAC, RoHS, REACH/SVHC, Dodd-Frank/RMI, DFARS, FAA, NIST 800, CMMC, OSHA, EPA) to complete regulatory requests and tasks.
  • Assist, support, perform internal and external audits.
  • 3+ years of relevant legal, regulatory, compliance, or business experience, preferably in a highly-regulated industry (aerospace or defense preferred).
  • Hands-on, practical experience building out a comprehensive compliance program, including developing policies, training employees, and ensuring implementation (startup experience preferred).
  • Ability to understand how the business functions and how to balance legal, regulatory, and cybersecurity risks with organizational goals.
  • Considerable knowledge of various regulatory requirements and frameworks (including, but not limited to ITAR, EAR, OFAC, RoHS, REACH/SVHC, Dodd-Frank/RMI, DFARS, FAA, NIST 800, CMMC, OSHA, EPA).
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the proven ability to influence and communicate effectively with all levels of the Ursa Major team.
  • Strong technical understanding and experience assessing risks and identifying weaknesses and areas for improvement.
Benefits Include
  • Unlimited PTO - Vacation, Sick, Personal, and Bereavement
  • Paid maternity/paternity/adoptive leave
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance; LTD & STD; Life and AD&D
  • Retirement Savings Plan - Traditional 401(k) and a Roth 401(k)
  • Company stock options

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