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Trade Compliance Manager - Jewelry

at Kendra Scott

Posted: 5/8/2019
Job Reference #: 627451

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Trade Compliance Manager - Jewelry

Job Description
If you are a trade compliance specialist who thrives in a dynamic, fast-paced environment, this may be the job for you!


About Kendra Scott:
We are a fun, talented and driven team dedicated to providing our customers with gorgeous products and a WOW! experience. Family, fashion and philanthropy are at the core of our company and though we move at a very fast pace, we are committed to maintaining a family-oriented work environment and giving back to our community. A passion for great design, dedication to innovation and a strong social media presence are our building blocks for creating a unique and engaging lifestyle brand across all channels, including retail stores, wholesale accounts and e-commerce. Our headquarters are located in the heart of Austin, Texas, and we embrace the unique vibe and energy of our hometown as an inspiration for our brand and company culture.

Position Overview:
We have an exciting career opportunity to build and foster our internal trade compliance program. Reporting to our VP of Sourcing, Trade and Product Development, our Trade Compliance Manager will drive decisions to protect the company and reduce costs through internal compliance education, entry admissibility review, product HTS classification and value reconciliation. Initially, the role with a focus on import compliance although export compliance will also be required. This role combines the need for strong cross-functional leadership and highly technical skills to ensure all aspects of compliance are adhered to across the organization. This is a highly visible position for a seasoned Import/Export Compliance Manager.

Compliance Program Development & Maintenance
•Oversee and implement Import/Export compliance activities and ensure full compliance with Import/Export operational procedures and government regulations
Establish a holistic internal trade compliance program and foster compliance across all areas of the organization
•Develop procedures, training modules and assessment programs to identify defects, develop solutions and coordinate process improvements
•Ensure compliance manuals and related policies are established and maintained
•Classify and record all product with proper HTS code through partnership with Product Development and Production
•Ensure proper declarations on all filings including HTS/Schedule B, value OGA, ECCN, etc.
•Perform entry admissibility review for all future products; special focus on OGA and potential roadblocks
•Manage Post Entry Audit and Value Reconciliation processing and reporting
•Manage duty drawbacks as applicable, CTPAT program, binding ruling requests and country of origin determination
•Register for and manage special tariff and trade programs as determined and complete internal assessments for continued participation
•Create a detailed filing system of all Import/Export filings and ensure that required documents are complete, accurate and accessible
•Complete continuous cost savings reviews and make recommendations for all areas of the organization

Brand Protection
•Ensure Kendra Scott is compliant with all new trade compliance laws and complete ongoing training to stay abreast with trends and additional compliance opportunities
•Perform internal trade compliance audits to assess business risk and implement process improvements; Report findings to leadership

Cross-Functional Leadership
•Lead as the key contact for Import/Export compliance activities; ensure policies and procedures are standardized, documented, updated and accessible
•Manage broker partnerships and conduct broker performance evaluations on a continuous basis
•Manage all service provider’s contracts and processes as they relate to Import/Export trade compliance
•Develop and provide internal training for all internal touch point departments

Our Ideal Candidate Will Have:
•Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
•7+ years’ experience in Trade Compliance for a high-growth company
•Accessories, Jewelry and/or sku intensive experience required
•A proven ability to break down larger initiatives into consumable achievable tasks to achieve departmental and company objectives
•Ability to clearly articulate plans and ensure team is aligned
•A solutions-oriented mentality with a data driven approach
•Strong working knowledge of U.S. Customs laws, Harmonized Tariff Classification and application of Import/Export trade regulations
•Certified Customs Specialist, Certified Export Specialist, and/or a licensed U.S. Customs Brokerage certification is strongly preferred
•All-encompassing global trade compliance experience including background of trade compliance involvement with logistics; multi-category experience is preferred
•Hands on experience developing implementing, monitoring and continuously improving internal trade compliance program, policies and procedures
•Detailed past involvement with customs audits, binding rulings and Import/Export transactions
•Extensive experience working with a wide range of brokers, forwarders, couriers, vendors, and 3PLs
•Collaborative experience working with key partners throughout the organization, specifically logistics, distribution, merchandising, production, product development/sourcing and finance
•A growth mindset: track record of leveraging past learnings, encouraging new ideas and smart risk taking in self and others
•Strong communication skills with a proven ability to build cross functional partnerships to make effective decisions collaboratively
•High commitment to employee growth and development: empowers team and defines success as having a significant impact on other’s careers
•A shared appreciation for our 3 core values of Family, Fashion and Philanthropy

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