Trade Compliance Planner


Rahway, NJ, USA

Full time

Export Import

Nov 3

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Job Description

We have an exciting position within our Global Clinical Supply Compliance Operations tasked with ensuring imports/exports are declared and shipped in compliance with local Customs and other government agency regulations and our Global Trade Compliance (GTC) standards. This will include developing and implementing related processes and procedures to ensure compliance with applicable policies, regulations, and laws.

Position will work with GTC, site shipping personnel, and Clinical and Research stakeholders across all global locations. Position will also interact with Logistics, Transportation, Clinical Country Operations overseas, and outside vendors/shippers. Key challenges will include influencing all constituents and stakeholders to following trade policy and procedures and solving shipment specific issues when they arise.

Specifically, this role will:

  • Provide US and global support to deploy our company's Compliance strategic goals and objectives aligned closely with business objectives.
  • Assure trade compliance with global and site regulations as applies to all processes, sites, and resources.
  • Identify opportunities for trade compliance process improvements within the organization and rest of the Research and Development Division.
  • Collaborate in maintaining and implementing trade compliance Standard Business Procedures, tools, systems, and training to ensure compliance and to ensure the appropriate processes are properly incorporated into the organization and rest of Research and Development Division operations.
  • Partners with area SMEs inside and outside of the organization on cross-functional initiatives, as appropriate.
  • Work in our Global Trade Management systems including GTS in SAP and other systems to ensure trade attributes are stored and communicated to brokers and government agencies compliantly through completion of import declaration.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in years of experience in Trade Compliance
  • Trade related certificate or Customs Broker License preferred

Position Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 7 years logistics experience in the pharmaceutical or highly regulated industry of which a minimum of 5 years functional expertise with international trade
  • Knowledge of Global Customs regulations and related experience
  • Knowledge of other partner government agency trade regulations
  • Prior experience interfacing with international 3rd Party vendors
  • Proficiency using Microsoft products (Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel and Word)
  • Background with global trade management systems like SAP GTS or other similar databases, strongly preferred.
  • Technical knowledge of information systems with a focus on end-to-end supply chain
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Good project management skills
  • Demonstrated strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Sustained level of high performance while quickly processing high volumes of work
  • Awareness of diversity


We are a research-driven biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is built on the simple premise that if we “follow the science” that great medicines can make a significant impact to our world. We believe that a research-driven enterprise dedicated to world-class science can succeed by inventing medicine and vaccine innovations that make a difference for patients across the globe.

Who we are …

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, New Jersey, USA in the United States and Canada and MSD everywhere else. For more than a century, we have been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world's most challenging diseases. Today, our company continues to be at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions and advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and animals around the world.

What we look for …

Imagine getting up in the morning for a job as important as helping to save and improve lives around the world. Here, you have that opportunity. You can put your empathy, creativity, digital mastery, or scientific genius to work in collaboration with a diverse group of colleagues who pursue and bring hope to countless people who are battling some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Our team is constantly evolving, so if you are among the intellectually curious, join us—and start making your impact today.


In accordance with Managers' Policy - Job Posting and Employee Placement, all employees subject to this policy are required to have a minimum of twelve (12) months of service in current position prior to applying for open positions.

If you have been offered a separation benefits package, but have not yet reached your separation date and are offered a position within the salary and geographical parameters as set forth in the Summary Plan Description (SPD) of your separation package, then you are no longer eligible for your separation benefits package. To discuss in more detail, please contact your HRBP or Talent Acquisition Advisor.

For positions located in the United States and Puerto Rico – Subject to applicable law, all new hires (including internal transfers) must demonstrate that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or that they qualify for a medical or religious exemption to this vaccination requirement. New hires (including internal transfers) to a position that, as determined by the Company, requires routine collaboration with external stakeholders (such as roles in health services or customer-facing commercial or research-based roles) (“Customer-Facing Role”) who are not vaccinated must qualify for a medical or religious exemption and be in a position that the Company determines can accommodate unvaccinated employees without causing an undue burden to business operations. If, following dialog with the candidate as appropriate, it is determined that the candidate either a) does not qualify for a religious or medical exemption or, b) for candidates applying for Customer-Facing roles, it is determined that allowing the candidate to work without vaccination would cause an undue burden to the Company, the candidate will be ineligible for hire or transfer, or any offer of employment or transfer (if applicable) will be revoked. Please note that notwithstanding the approval of any reasonable accommodation, the Company reserves the right to monitor, modify, or revoke any such accommodation if it is determined, following dialog with the employee, that the accommodation is no longer effective or results in an undue burden to the Company.

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We are proud to be a company that embraces the value of bringing diverse, talented, and committed people together. The fastest way to breakthrough innovation is when diverse ideas come together in an inclusive environment. We encourage our colleagues to respectfully challenge one another’s thinking and approach problems collectively. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace.

Under New York City law, the Company is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the salary range for this job. Final determinations with respect to salary will take into account a number of factors, which may include, but not be limited to the primary work location and the chosen candidate’s relevant skills, experience, and education.

Expected salary range:

$79,700.00 - $135,200.00Search Firm Representatives Please Read Carefully

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Requisition ID:R208723

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