International Trade Operation Leader


Midland, MI, USA Remote

Full time

Global Trade Management

Jul 29

Full Job Description

Dow International Trade Compliance has an opening for an International Trade Operation Leader located in Midland, MI.

International trade is vital to the success of The Dow Chemical Company and its global affiliates. All such trade must be done in compliance with the applicable laws governing the import and export of goods (e.g., products, equipment, supplies and technology) in every country in which we conduct business. Our International Trade Compliance Department has been established to oversee and support our procedures and systems for trade compliance. The department's mission is to help develop and implement corporate, regional and country specific compliance programs and training materials for all employees who need to ensure trade compliance.

International trade compliance enables Dow to operate globally by:

  • Managing and implementing compliance with international trade regulations and requirements for Dow goods (equipment, products, raw materials etc.) and technology.
  • Analyzing and applying international trade techniques to provide Dow businesses with a competitive advantage.
  • Providing international trade public policy advocacy to represent Dows’ interest.
  • The purpose of International Trade Operations is to comply with the trade laws, minimize duty payment and increase the supply chain speed and efficiencies.

About You

You will oversee a team of 12. You will provide direction and counsel on the Import Process, Free Trade Agreements, FTZ and Trusted Trader Programs. You will also become an SME on the US Import regulations and provide regulatory support for imports, liaisons with Government Agencies (U.S. Customs, Canadian Customs, Drug Enforcement Agency, etc.) on behalf of The Dow Chemical Company businesses. Candidates interested in this position will need to be open to consider both Import and Export Trade Compliance areas as a career option. When retirements or other movement occur, redeployment within the ITO organization is a possibility.

Also, you will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Become a Subject Matter Expert on the Import Compliance Program.
  • Establish, document, and implement internal controls.
  • Facilitate and educate others on U.S. import control compliance of all Businesses and Functions for cross border movements.
  • Own and manage the efficient (cost effective) and compliant delivery of imported products. Oversee clearance of goods through Customs and associated agencies (ex. EPA). Negotiate with customs on import regulations and clearance issues and develops procedures to ensure compliance.
  • Counsel the businesses on import control related matters concerning Joint Ventures (JV's) and obtain the necessary import authorizations from the government to facilitate those JV's.
  • Continually work to enhance and improve the current import control processes and procedures in International Trade Operations.
  • Ensure participation in trusted trader programs with both US and Canadian customs.

Your knowledge, skills, and abilities include:

  • Strong computer/system skills are a must.
  • Must have the ability to read and understand complex government regulations.

The critical competencies required for success are: supply chain management skills, interpersonal effectiveness, team work, team management and delegation, taking initiative, problem solving skills, value creation, technical proficiency in use of computer applications, analytical skills, project management skills, mentoring skills, independent decision making skills, communication to influence internal and external audiences.

Required Qualifications:

  • A minimum of a Bachelor's degree
  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience
  • Minimal (~5%) of travel required.
  • A minimum requirement for this U.S. based position is the ability to work legally in the United States. No visa sponsorship/support is available for this position, including for any type of U.S. permanent residency (green card) process.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A degree discipline in Supply Chain Management, Business, Accounting, or other Sciences
  • International Trade, Information Technology, Legal and/or Supply Chain Experience a plus
  • Six Sigma Green Belt Project Leadership experience is preferred.
  • Licensed Custom Broker (LCB) preferred or commitment to obtain within 2 years

Note: This position does not offer relocation assistance.

Dow Offers:

  • A robust total rewards program, including: competitive base pay, variable pay that rewards individual, team, and Company performance, and comprehensive benefits
  • On-going learning opportunities within a diverse, inclusive and rewarding work environment
  • Career experiences that can span different Dow businesses and functions with opportunities for personal and professional growth
  • The chance to work within a global company and interact with colleagues from around the world
  • Opportunities that spark your imagination and ignite your passion to help others

About Dow

Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines global breadth, asset integration and scale, focused innovation and leading business positions to achieve profitable growth. The Company’s ambition is to become the most innovative, customer centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company, with a purpose to deliver a sustainable future for the world through our materials science expertise and collaboration with our partners. Dow’s portfolio of plastics, industrial intermediates, coatings and silicones businesses delivers a broad range of differentiated science-based products and solutions for its customers in high-growth market segments, such as packaging, infrastructure, mobility and consumer care. Dow operates 106 manufacturing sites in 31 countries and employs approximately 35,700 people. Dow delivered sales of approximately $39 billion in 2020. References to Dow or the Company mean Dow Inc. and its subsidiaries.

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