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Trade Compliance Operations Manager

Location: Pomona, CA
Salary: $90,000 - $125,000
Job Type: Direct Hire

Develop and implement policies and processes on import trade compliance to ensure compliance with US import regulations including classification, valuation including assists, quantity, origin declarations, Free Trade Agreements.
Responsible for driving import compliance process improvements.
Conduct internal audit assessments.


  • Develop, implement and maintain customs compliance policies, procedures and documentation.
  • Set strategy for import programs that minimize duty and reduce importing costs, develop and implement Duty Drawback processes.
  • Continuously study and upgrade global trade compliance business knowledge and translate into actionable business recommendations and business plans.
  • Determine proper tariff classifications, valuation, and country of origin/marking of imported merchandise, as well as evaluate tariff preference program and free trade status of the same, such as Chapter 98, NAFTA, and other free trade agreements.
  • Develop and implement standard work for all required record-keeping. Directly manage record-keeping pertaining to the Operations function, and coordinate with the Finance function with respect to financial records (invoices, payment confirmations, etc.).
  • Keep current on regulatory changes, interpret the impact and distribute to appropriate personnel.
  • Serve as primary interface with U.S. government regulatory agencies on import related issues.
  • Provide orientation and training of employees.
  • Conduct periodic import self-assessments and implement any necessary corrective actions.
  • Analyze and interpret requirements for import compliance as they relate to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and other applicable government agency rules and regulations.
  • Provide guidance to management and resolve matters pertaining to import transactions and International Trade Sanctions to ensure compliance with all applicable U.S. laws and regulations.
  • Consult with General Counsel as needed to resolve difficult legal compliance issues.

Education and Experience:

  • BA degree and a minimum of 5 - 7 years import administration or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Extensive knowledge of U.S. trade laws and regulations of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, C-TPAT and other CBP security initiatives. In-depth knowledge of HTS classification, import valuations, assists and special trade programs.
  • Ability to influence across the company and to interact with persons at all levels.
  • Able to effectively multitask many responsibilities, solve problems and implement decisions effectively, involving the right people in the process.
  • Detail-oriented. Willing and able to personally handle the standard work of the import compliance function.
  • Proficient computer skills, including MS Office applications (e.g., Outlook, Excel, Word).
  • Strong project management leadership skills.
  • Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively to set and accomplish objectives.
  • Minimal domestic travel is required.

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