Global Trade Compliance Director

PrimeSource Building Products

Irving, TX, USA

Full time

Jan 21


  • Serve in a centralized, advisory role to PrimeSource Building Products for North American imports and exports
  • Manage and lead trade compliance manager
  • Resolve any trade compliance issues that have been escalated from business
  • Develop, continuously improve, and implement standardized, global trade processes, policies, procedures, and manuals addressing compliance with all US import and export compliance laws and regulations applicable to [US, North American, Global] BUs engaged in [importing and exporting] activities, including, but not limited to, those requirements administered by [U.S. Customs & Border Protection, the Bureau of Industry and Security, the Bureau of the Census, the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, the Food and Drug Administration, other US government agencies regulating imports and exports, and similar foreign government regulatory authorities, as applicable.
  • Work with legal, import and trade compliance managers to implement and periodically review import and export policies, processes, and procedures at the BU level, and implement improvements as needed.
  • Constantly review and assess import and export transaction data declared to government authorities
  • Identify risks associated with import and export operations, and opportunities for cost-savings and strategic participation in various government initiatives and global trade programs.
  • Coordinate with other corporate function leads to ensure global trade compliance and planning are considered during pertinent business decisions, such as merger and acquisition activities, sourcing planning, new product development planning, ERP planning, transfer pricing planning, process development by other functions that impact global trade processes, etc.
  • Anticipate current and future global trade compliance and opportunity needs for PrimeSource. Work with corporate and BU personnel to determine global trade budgets in accordance with PrimeSource's budgeting activities. Track spend and activity to budget.
  • Lead coordination, development, and communication of information regarding global trade relations and import/export regulatory activity, both US and non-US, that potentially impact PrimeSource's global trade compliance and opportunities. Remain informed of global trade issues and communicate to BU trade compliance managers as well as corporate management any import/export issues that may impact the company's business (e.g., changes in regulations, new import/export trends, etc.).
  • Develop and maintain standardized SOPs for PrimeSource's self-filing processes (including ongoing evaluation of software and tools) and any external customs brokers and freight forwarders providing services to PrimeSource. Conduct periodic customs broker and freight forwarder assessments.
  • Centrally manage the issuance, maintenance, and revocation of all Powers of Attorney issued to customs brokers and freight forwarders on behalf of PrimeSource.
  • Work with BU trade compliance resources to develop, maintain, and implement import/export training schedule and materials for all BUs. Develop, maintain, and implement awareness training schedule and materials for corporate personnel.
  • Develop and maintain corporate Intranet site for global trade that makes available to all corporate and BU personnel, as appropriate, all PrimeSource global trade compliance guidance materials and trade compliance links and resources. Centrally manage trade compliance guidance resources used by the BUs.
  • Centrally track and maintain all rulings, advisory requests, licenses, and certifications issued to PrimeSource BUs by import and export regulatory authorities.
  • Centrally monitor all disclosure activities undertaken by the BUs.
  • Centrally monitor and maintain all customs bonds.
  • Work with BU trade compliance resources and corporate management to develop global trade goals and metrics.
  • Interface with BU trade compliance resources and government authorities, as needed.

Required Experience / Qualifications

  • 12+ of experience managing an import / export operations department of a major corporation or similar duration of consulting experience with hands-on operational experience.
  • Thorough knowledge of and experience with the U.S. Customs & Border Protection regulations, Export Administration Regulations, Foreign Assets Control Regulations, and International Traffic in Arms Regulations.
  • BA/BS Degree
  • MBA/MA/MS/JD preferred
  • Licensed U.S. customs broker or Certified U.S. Import Compliance Officer preferred
  • Strong leadership, presentation, and communication skills.
  • Ability to develop internal and external relationships.
  • Self starter.
  • Detail-oriented with the ability to handle multiple priorities.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Teams.
  • Experience with SAP and the use of technology to manage global trade.
  • Willingness to travel 15%.


PrimeSource Building Products, an Equal Opportunity Employer. PrimeSource Building Products, Inc. is fully committed to equal employment opportunity (EEO) and maintaining a workplace free of discrimination and harassment based on race, gender, religion, age, color, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information and other non-merit factors. All persons shall be afforded equal employment opportunity at PrimeSource Building Products, Inc.

PrimeSource Building Products, Inc. prohibits discrimination in all aspects of its personnel policies, program practices and operations and relationships with employees and applicants, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring and merit promotion. PrimeSource Building Products, Inc. promotes programs of affirmative recruitment and employment at all levels of PrimeSource Building Products, Inc.. PrimeSource Building Products, Inc. subscribes to, and will implement to the full extent, all applicable laws that promote equality of opportunity.

PrimeSource Building Products, Inc. welcomes and encourages applications from persons with disabilities, and will reasonably accommodate the needs of those persons. PrimeSource Building Products, Inc. is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within PrimeSource Building Products, Inc.

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