Sr. Regulatory Compliance Manager

Date: May 11, 2024

Location: Irvine, California, US, 92606

Company: Kia America, Inc.

At Kia, we’re creating award-winning products and redefining what value means in the automotive industry. It takes a special group of individuals to do what we do, and we do it together. Our culture is fast-paced, collaborative, and innovative. Our people thrive on thinking differently and challenging the status quo. We are creating something special here, a culture of learning and opportunity, where you can help Kia achieve big things and most importantly, feel passionate and connected to your work every day.

Kia provides team members with competitive benefits including premium paid medical, dental and vision coverage for you and your dependents, 401(k) plan matching of 100% up to 6% of the salary deferral, and time off starting at 14 days per year. Kia also offers company lease and purchase programs, company-wide holiday shutdown, paid volunteer hours, and premium lifestyle amenities at our corporate campus in Irvine, California.




The Senior Regulatory Compliance  Manager is principally responsible for definition and management of Kia’s CAFÉ and GHG compliance strategies, and formulating related recommended product actions (powertrain, volume/mix, distribution) necessary to comply. This includes monitoring fuel economy and emissions regulations and related legislation, and Kia compliance with CAFÉ, GHG, and as needed, ZEV regulations, as well as performing related calculations/analysis. This role reports to the National Manager of Long-Range Strategy and works in coordination with Kia North America Product Planning executives.  

Major Responsibilities

1st Priority - 50%


Define, recommend, and oversee Kia GHG (incl. Tier 4) and CAFÉ compliance strategies, and as needed, ZEV strategies, as it relates to powertrain recommendations (type, mix%, timing) and distribution (region/state). 

2nd Priority - 20%


Monitor, track, and interpret CAFÉ, GHG (Tier 4), and ZEV legislation and environmental policy developments. Interpret into Kia product and compliance action requirements, and prepare strategic recommendations to senior management. 

3rd Priority - 20%


Define and prepare appropriate CAFÉ, GHG (Tier 4) and ZEV compliance status reports and ad hoc reports.

4th Priority - 10%


Oversee and manage a regulatory specialist.



  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience required
  • Advanced degree (MSE, MSC, MBA) preferred

Overall Experience

  • 10-12+ years professional experience
  • 10+ years of experience in regulatory compliance related role, engineering, or closely related fields
  • Automotive industry experience and experience with PHEVs, EVs, and fuel cells  

Directly Related Experience

  • Professional experience and expertise in automotive regulations/and general regulatory landscape
  • Deep knowledge of GHG, CAFÉ, ZEV rules and sources for legislation/details
  • Professional experience and expertise in green automotive sectors (hybrid, PHEV, FCEV, EV) and EV charging
  • Advanced Excel skills required

Other Requirements:

  • May need to work additional hours outside of normal business hours as required by the job, including weekends or holidays
  • Occasional travel may be required domestically and/or internationally


Ability to distill complex data into concise executive reports
Competency in Excel, Tableau, PowerPoint, Polk (Catalyst), PIN, mTAB, SAP
Knowledge of sourcing of key emissions and fuel economy regulations and laws
Precise analytical/mathematical skills critical
Strong analytical skills
Team-oriented attitude
Written and oral presentation skills


CHALLENGE - Solving Complex Problems
COLLABORATION - Building and Supporting Teams
CUSTOMER - Serving Customers
GLOBALITY - Showing Community and Social Responsibility
PEOPLE - Interacting with People at Different Levels

Pay Range

$98,043 - $136,296 

Pay will be based on several variables that are unique to each candidate, including but not limited to, job-related skills, experience, relevant education or training, etc.


Equal Employment Opportunities

KUS provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, including pregnancy and childbirth and related medical conditions, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, legally protected physical disability or mental disability, legally protected medical condition, marital status, sexual orientation, family care or medical leave status, protected veteran or military status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.  KUS complies with applicable law governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which KUS has offices.  The KUS EEO policy applies to all areas of employment, including recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, discipline, termination and all other privileges, terms and conditions of employment.


Disclaimer:  The above information on this job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification and for this position.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

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