International Trade Compliance Manager

Northern Tool + Equipment

Burnsville, MN, USA

Full time

Global Trade Management

Jul 28

Full Job Description

Northern Tool + Equipment is family-owned retailer. We are currently seeking a International Trade Compliance Manager who wishes to share their resourcefulness, ideas, and expertise to build lasting relationships by providing the right solution to our customers. We are a growing company with plans to expand into new markets and our looking to build our team with great leaders who are focused on developing and supporting their team to success.


To advance Northern Tool & Equipment’s international trade compliance function to support our current and future business needs. This role must establish and foster relationships with internal stakeholders up to and including executives, as well as external trading partners to progress NTE’s international supply chain capabilities and performance.


  • Develops and executes a comprehensive international trade compliance strategy to best support NTE’s legal and supply chain needs.
  • Acts as a subject matter expert and continuously expands knowledge of potential compliance risks, international trade laws, industry trends, market conditions, optimal processes, best practices, and technology tools.
  • Supports day-to-day export and import operational transactions.
  • Works with government agencies to resolve import/export matters such as valuation, tariff classifications, and trade-related delays.
  • Identifies and drives opportunities to enhance NTE’s trade compliance program and reduce duty and tariff expense through activities and programs such as Importer Self-Assessment, Protests, Free-Trade Agreements, Tariff Engineering, and other strategic initiatives.
  • Collaborates with internal stakeholders to ensure that products are compliant with applicable regulatory agencies, foreign and domestic.
  • Request binding rulings from U.S., Mexican, Canadian, European Union and other country authorities when necessary.
  • Administers and develops relationships with customs brokers and outside trade counsel.
  • Liaises cross-functionally including with Transportation leaders to meet established import/export policies and comply with regulations.
  • Acts as primary point of contact for all inquires regarding anti-dumping/countervailing duties and other government agency requests.
  • Advises Manufacturing, Merchandising, Transportation and Marketing on various trade-related topics including HTS classifications, country of origin designations, and social responsibility matters.
  • Screens sanctioned/restricted parties and makes export license determinations.
  • Recommends vendor contract language that is both legally compliant and protective of NTE.
  • Keeps supervisor informed of important developments, potential problems, and related information necessary for effective management. Coordinates and communicates plans and activities with others, as appropriate, to ensure a coordinated work effort and team approach.
  • Performs related work as apparent or assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, supply chain, law, or related field.
  • At least five (5) years of progressive experience in International Trade Compliance.
  • Expert knowledge of US and international customs laws, regulations, and related issues
  • Expert knowledge of harmonized tariff schedules and customs valuation.
  • Proven ability to problem solve, research regulatory requirements, and draft policies.
  • Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint, and Teams) and Adobe.
  • Ability to make good decisions based on knowledge, experience, and judgment that are consistent with established procedures, processes, and practices.
  • Handles confidential information with the utmost judgment and discretion.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with a wide variety of employees.
  • Takes responsibility for personal learning and development and applies knowledge to effectively carry out own role.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal and strong attention to detail.
  • Demonstrates Northern Tool + Equipment’s 12 Core Competencies.

At Northern Tool & Equipment We Offer:

  • A fast-growing nationwide brand – over 121 locations in 22 states.
  • Competitive wages plus commission.
  • Clean and organized work environment.
  • Supplied tools and uniforms.
  • A defined training program to support your success.
  • Competitive benefits package: health, retirement, employee assistance and more!
  • Generous employee discount at all of the Kotula family of companies – Northern Tool & Equipment,, Great Northern Equipment.

Northern Tool + Equipment is an equal opportunity employer committed to an inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law.

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