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Customs Compliance Manager - North America

Date: Aug 1, 2019

Location: Chesterfield, MO, US, 63017

Company: Bunge

Bunge (www.bunge.com, NYSE: BG) is a world leader in sourcing, processing and supplying oil seed and grain products and ingredients. Founded in 1818, Bunge's expansive network feeds and fuels a growing world, creating sustainable products and opportunities for more than 70,000 farmers and the consumers they serve in over 60 countries. The company is headquartered in New York and has 31,000 employees worldwide who stand behind more than 360 port terminals, oilseed processing plants, grain silos, and food and ingredient production and packaging facilities around the world.

POSITION SUMMARY:

 

Responsible for leadership in ensuring compliance with import and export regulations throughout North America.  This role is a critical link between corporate functions, external service providers and regulatory agencies under which Bunge operates throughout North America.  This role manages U.S. Customs Compliance in addition to providing leadership on special projects, training, and audits throughout the entire Bunge North America geography.

 

CORE FUNCTIONS:

 

  • Designated lead for North America projects to focus on continuous improvement and regulatory alignment.
  • Govern customs broker management program in the North America region including monitoring for appropriate service level performance, assembling metrics dashboard of service provider performance, coordinating business reviews, establishing & maintaining written Standard Operating Procedures (“SOP’s”) and coordinate Master Service Agreements (“MSA’s”) with the Director.
  • Lead internal coordination of response to government inquiries, audits and other requests (e.g. CF28/CF29) related to customs compliance activities.
  • Responsible for timely dissemination of sanctions updates and party screening activities.
  • Assist the Director in ensuring acquisitions are successfully integrated into the Customs Compliance Program.
  • Assess prior import & export activities of acquisitions for presentation to Director and senior management.
  • Project leader for initiating remedial activities necessary to ensure regulatory alignment.
  • Evaluate and research destination market and shipment type to assess risk profile of trade flow with emphasis on licensable and higher-risk market opportunities.
  • Update and maintain corporate policies, procedures, and import & export manuals for compliance with North American international trade regulations.
  • Project leader for assembling customs brokerage RFP’s in coordination with Procurement, Legal and Finance throughout the North America region.  Requires coordinating the direction outlined by the Director, incorporating the contributions of the country Managers, and presenting outcomes and options to all key stakeholders.
  • Lead and support business process changes to align with regulatory changes.
  • Submit EEI filings via ACE in compliance with 15 CFR Part 30 for shipments to license-required destination countries.
  • Amend filings in compliance with regulatory requirements upon notice of changes. Clearly maintain original and amended documents in recordkeeping files.
  • Support specialized trade programs including IMMEX, maquiladora, duty drawback, reconciliation, and foreign trade zones.
  • Empowered to act appropriately and expeditiously in response to any perceived customs and trade compliance infractions. Demonstrate creativity and flexibility to manage and resolve these issues.
  • Lead effective response to inquiries from all business units regarding tariff classification, free trade agreements, certificates of health and free sale, etc. including a leading role on Landed Cost Analysis projects.
  • Development and oversight of customs compliance training program.
  • Perform continuous analysis on regional import/export regulations & sanctions and provide ongoing training to parties with a need to know.
  • Initiate and manage North American key performance indicators (“KPI’s”) to feed Compliance Dashboard Metrics.
  • Build expertise in regulatory compliance.
  • Manage several direct reports including the activities of the U.S. Customs Compliance Team, and indirect reports in other countries & offices, in a manner supporting Bunge’s core values and key capabilities.
  • Manage export license determinations required by the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”) and manage export licensing requirements on behalf of the company, including SNAP-R input and reporting.
  • Manage customs requirements for CAPEX regional equipment moves.
  • Audit the payment process for customs brokerage invoices.
  • Provide recommendations for continuous improvement and streamlining of Customs Compliance activities, e.g. system automation opportunities.
  • Assist the Director with budgetary oversight for operational expenses.
  • Actively participate in a customs compliance industry organization.
  • Support global projects as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

 

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES:

 

  • Leadership:  Able to influence the actions and opinions of others in a desired direction; to exhibit judgment in leading others to worthwhile objectives.
  • Teamwork:  Demonstrate ability to work with people in a manner that builds high morale and group commitment to shared goals and objectives.
  • Openness and Communication:  Demonstrate ability to communicate with others in a warm and helpful manner while simultaneously building credibility and rapport.
  • Organizational Capability:  Demonstrate ability to organize and/or schedule people or tasks and to develop realistic action plans while being sensitive to time constraints and resource availability.
  • Operational/Personal Effectiveness:  Effectively manage time and priorities and work efficiently.
  • Coping:  Demonstrate ability to maintain a mature problem-solving attitude while dealing with interpersonal conflict and time demands.
  • Decision Making and Problem Solving:  Demonstrate ability to take action in solving problems while exhibiting judgment and a realistic understanding of issues and constraints; able to use reason, even when dealing with emotional topics.

 

REQUIRED EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:

 

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field required; Master’s degree preferred
  • At least twelve years of experience in a related field
  • Licensed Customs Broker (“LCB”) required
  • Export Certification such as CUSECO or CES required or willingness to pursue immediately
  • Demonstrated proficiency in electronic business systems, including Word, Advanced Excel, PowerPoint, SAP, Visio, and other standard business software
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Fluency in English and proficiency in Spanish, French, or Portuguese

 

SCHEDULE:

 

  • Some overtime or weekend duties may be required
  • Business travel up to 10% may be required

 

Bunge is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or military or veteran status, or any other legally protected status.  Bunge is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled


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