Import Manager

Category : Manufacturing
Location/City : CA - Gardena
Id : 37660

We are seeking an Import Manager who will be primarily responsible for import compliance programs at one or more sites, and holds policy authority for trade compliance at those sites. Your responsibilities will include managing program/project manufacturing operations relocation projects, supporting business development opportunities in Mexico, developing and managing trade compliance activities for all cross border FTZ/Maquiladora operations, overseeing overall trade compliance activities as required by the Customs Regulations, International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Export Administration Regulations (EAR), Commerce and Foreign Trade Regulations and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives Regulations. As our Import / Export Manager, you will be required to act as a subject matter expert for business activities in Mexico for all operations participating in the Maquiladora manufacturing project.
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Five Things Our Employee Handbook Won't Tell You

The buck stops with you: You must maintain the highest ethical standards, even when challenged from above.
Keep walking if: You don't have a strong general customs compliance experience along with several years of experience with U.S./Mexico FTZ/Maquiladora border activity.
Fringe benefit: You will have the opportunity to work pro-actively with departments to prevent trade disruptions.
Water cooler one liners: The people are your people.
It's not all puppies and rainbows: You will be advising site general managers and senior staff, including division finance personnel, about trade compliance aspects and risks of proposed business decisions.

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Job Duties & Responsibilities
  • Analyze and interpret export and import regulations and maintain current knowledge of changes
  • Review with site department managers their trade compliance internal controls (procedures, work instructions, forms, checklists, and tools) to ensure they are current and compliant.
  • Monitor compliance activities and the effectiveness of internal controls
  • Manage Maquila program reconciliation based on inventory and equipment
  • Manage customs duty and tax programs (SAT, RECON) and all related record keeping
  • Perform internal audit for import compliance
  • Produce and analyze reports from ERP/MRP and other information systems
  • Oversee calculations for preferential treatment under Free Trade Agreements (e.g. NAFTA)
  • Oversee relationships with freight forwarders and customs brokers; audit for effectiveness
  • Understand and live by company's ethics and business conduct policies

Skills & Qualifications
  • Prior FTZ/Maquiladora operations experience required
  • A Customs Brokerage License if required
  • NAFTA experience required
  • Demonstrated history of managing broker, forwarder, and carrier relationships
  • Strong program management experience
  • Demonstrated history of competency with the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Export Administration Regulations (EAR) including anti-boycott regulations, sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), Customs Regulations (CR), and the Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR)
  • Strong computer skills including ability to research transactions and prepare reports in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) or Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP) information systems, perform spreadsheet calculations, and quickly learn new software tools
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent project leadership skills
  • Ability to work at both detail and strategic levels; work calmly under pressure and with frequent interruptions, and display sound judgment
  • Ability to prepare or revise procedures, work instructions, forms, and business flowcharts
  • Ability to prepare and review complex business documents
  • Thoroughly familiar with international shipping documents such as commercial invoice, packing list, air waybill, and export license; including consignee information, INCOTERMS, harmonized tariff code and nomenclature, country of origin, customs value, export classification, and license data
  • If you can speak Spanish, that's a plus

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