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Global Trade Compliance Specialist

Job ID: 71868BR
Location: US - California - Santa Clara

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Company Information

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE: TMO) is the world leader in serving science, with revenues of $17 billion and 50,000 employees in 50 countries. Our mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. We help our customers accelerate life sciences research, solve complex analytical challenges, improve patient diagnostics and increase laboratory productivity. Through our premier brands – Thermo Scientific, Applied Biosystems, Invitrogen, Fisher Scientific and Unity Lab Services – we offer an unmatched combination of innovative technologies, purchasing convenience and comprehensive support. Visit

Position Summary

This position is responsible for ensuring all import and export activities are completed in compliance with applicable government rules and regulations. The Global Trade Compliance Specialist will support the Global Trade Compliance Program Manager by helping to develop and maintain the import and export compliance program at the site level. This includes, without limitation, adherence to applicable US and non-US laws and regulations pertaining to international trade as well as ensuring compliance with Thermo Fisher Scientific corporate policies.


  • Develop, implement and maintain policies and procedures, ensuring site-wide compliance with regulations and corporate policy
  • Responsible for daily export transactional tasks
  • Interface with freight forwarders, US government officials, custom brokers, internal and external customers on all matters pertaining to customs and import and export regulations
  • Manage and assign HTS classifications, Export Control Classification (ECCN) and country of origin information
  • Obtain and manage export licenses
  • Manage export recordkeeping process in compliance with guidelines set forth by regulations and Thermo Fisher policy
  • Ensure that proposed transactions are appropriately screened for Denied Person and Entities, restricted end-uses, antiboycott language, diversion, etc.
  • Conduct internal audit and assessment of business activities for adherence to import/export procedures throughout the business lifecycle, including early-stage review of new products and classification/characterization of commodities through final delivery to customer
  • Monitors, measures, and reports Key Performance Indicators (KPI) on adherence to regulations and procedures
  • Evaluate new government requirements to ensure import and export compliance with changes and incorporation into day to day operations and standard operating procedures
  • Identifies and analyzes causes of international and domestic compliance issues and gaps and generate recommendations to management
  • Partner with cross-functional teams, including Legal, Logistics, Supply Chain, Sales, IT, and Engineering to develop and execute defined procedures
  • Provide training on various compliance topics to individuals and functional groups
  • Support group programs and projects that take advantage of Free Trade Agreements (including management of certificates of origin) and other duty-savings opportunities
  • Manage special projects as assigned

Minimum Requirements and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred with minimum of 8 years of relevant experience in import and/or export roles.
  • Solid knowledge of US Customs Harmonized Tariff Schedule, Import/Export regulations (i.e. CBP, Census, EAR, OFAC, ITAR)
  • Experience with Department of Commerce Export Controls including licensing
  • Experience performing product qualifications for Free Trade Agreements
  • Ability to work within teams and independently with minimal supervision
  • Detail oriented with the ability to multitask, prioritize and be adaptable
  • Solid communication (written and verbal) and organizational skills
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to quickly manipulate data and draw appropriate conclusions
  • Ability to interface professionally with all levels and functions of the organization, including serving providers
  • Ability to collaborate with internal and external stakeholders in order to implement GTC initiatives across cross-functional departments
  • Applies a sense of urgency to resolve problems and supports root-cause analysis
  • Highly self-motivated and self-directed
  • Ability to apply judgment and discretion

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Thermo Fisher Scientific is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.

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