This position will drive trade compliance excellence across the group as defined by adherence to applicable U.S., non-U.S. and local laws and regulations pertaining to international trade as well as ensuring compliance with Thermo Fisher Scientific corporate, group and local policies. This individual will develop and implement training and qualification programs in partnership with the Corporate GTC Team including attendance at the Corporate GTC Team workshops for all import/export personnel in scope. This position will support all group sites in scope in developing efficient, effective and appropriate work procedures to support compliance with US and global import and export regulations and corporate and group global trade compliance management systems. This position will have functional management of the divisional GTC managers as well as the import and export personnel, including working with group, divisional and site senior management to resolve gaps in both primary and back up roles.
The Director, Trade Compliance must be able to successfully lead group projects with members and stake holders from a variety of functions and areas. There are a wide variety of activities involved in this position requiring excellent organizational skills and the ability to work and manage in a high energy, fast paced environment. A high degree of flexibility with the ability to respond to changing priorities is important. The ability to work independently and communicate effectively is a requirement.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Collaborate with Corporate GTC Team and group and divisional resources, including Senior Management, Commercial, Logistics, Quality and Regulatory, Finance, Sourcing, etc., to drive strategic direction of trade compliance processes to ensure robust compliance management that meets current requirements of all countries and regions with which business is being conducted.
- Provide GTC leadership to all businesses in the group and raise the overall level of knowledge and professionalism of import and export resources and leadership across the group and leverage best practices available from other Thermo Fisher programs.
- Participate in regular meetings/trainings with the Corporate GTC Team and funnel down any communications and/or training to the relevant personnel within the group and communicate any issues requiring escalation to the Corporate GTC Team.
- Work with the Corporate GTC Team to implement companywide initiatives relating to GTC, e.g. the Global Trade Compliance Management System (GTCMS) and any automated GTC tools or system implementations.
- Work within the group to identify and implement short term and long term strategic cost savings strategies, e.g. FTA, tariff engineering, etc.
- Keep abreast of pertinent regulations and respond accordingly to update all functions/personnel in the group that are affected by changes.
- Ability to develop and conduct regular global trade compliance trainings across businesses and functions is required.
- Develop and implement method to communicate trade compliance performance for sites and functions in group.
- Support sites in internal assessments, desk audits, completion of post audit follow-up actions and evaluate common themes in audits and develop programs to proactively address issues across sites in region.
- Ability to interpret multiple, complex sets of regulations and determine what is relevant for the group and to implement appropriately.
- Mitigate risk to the organization through proactive process management ensuring that all activities are carried out in accordance with Thermo Fisher Scientific policies, standards, and applicable laws in the area of import and export compliance.
- Drive continuous process improvements to maximize customer delivery, quality, operational excellence and financial benefits associated with corporate standards and industry best practices.
- Work with local management, businesses and IT to address unique group needs appropriately.
- Interface with freight forwarders, US customs officers, custom brokers, internal and external customers on all matters pertaining to customs and import and export regulations.
- 25% global travel is required
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in import and export compliance.
- 8-10 years experience in compliance management with demonstrated experience managing compliance activities in a multi-national company.
- Must have experience with direct supervision of activities involving global import/export.
- Ability to read and interpret government regulations.
- Ability to interact with other departments, communicate at a higher level and to develop and deliver in person training.
- Must possess solid judgment and ability to work autonomously from established goals and strategic direction.
- Must be able to cope with multiple priorities and ambiguity.
Minimum Experience and Skills Required
- Possesses strategic thinking and can look ahead and respond proactively - bias for action.
- Solid presentation, communications and influencing skills, demonstrated through both written and spoken communication & can work with other countries and cultures.
- A strong collaborative leadership style with proven ability to drive change across multiple organizational levels, functions, locations, and “dotted lines” into entities to achieve objectives.
- Ability to work in a complex matrix environment to create buy in and implement processes.
- Strong problem solving skills and the desire to learn and use PPI to improve process.
- Excellent analytical and statistical skills including the ability to develop and measure metrics develop complex logistics and transportation models, etc.
- Budget management skills.