Job Summary

Our client, an international manufacturing company, is seeking to hire an experienced Customs Compliance professional to join their Chelmsford-based team.

This is an excellent opportunity to take the next step in your career by becoming part of a globally-recognised organisation. Candidates must have previous experience dealing with freight agents and an extensive knowledge of both UK and EU customs.


  • Monitor changes in UK and EU Customs Community Directives and align business processes to comply with new requirements
  • Provide assistance and guidance to company import specialists and administrators where necessary, including collaborating to classify products and raw materials to comply with import & export regulations
  • Work with company import specialists/administrators to develop an audit program to ensure compliant processes behaviour.
  • Ensure information regarding global import compliance is communicated, understood and key initiatives are implemented by holding regular conference calls with regional import specialists/administrators
  • Assist with investigations of any incidences of non-compliance with customs laws/regulations, assist with various customs compliance projects, and regularly provide reports on significant trade compliance activities and risks
  • Produce and implement effective import training material and provide functional training to personnel
  • Ensure company compliance with customs and applicable regulations worldwide by developing and implementing standardized policies, processes and best practices on customs compliance
  • Identify potential areas vulnerability and risk and work to fully investigate and resolve or mitigate this risk
  • Provide performance reviews on all import administrators for direct supervisors and set compliance targets
  • Conduct import audits and consult with the company's CITC and Corporate Legal as needed to resolve any legal compliance issues.
  • Assist with investigation and drafting of voluntary disclosures to HMRC.
  • Assist with acquisition due diligence as it relates to customs compliance.
  • In coordination with CITC, review and make recommendations relating to issuance of certificates of origin relating to preferential duty programs
  • Provide all facilities with official updates issued by HMRC (tariff changes. etc.)
  • Monitor and set KPI's on the company's UK's chosen freight agents
  • Audit chosen freight agents at least once per annum
  • Provide Import and export administrator function for IT shared services and others as required
  • Work with Finance shared services to provide information and support on import VAT and Customs Bank Guarantees
  • Visit all company sites within the UK with importing or exporting activity at least once per year. Additional travel to other US or European sites may be required on occasion.


  • In-depth knowledge of EU/UK Customs, UK Customs regulations, valuation, classification and special trade programs
  • Experience with freight agents
  • Have had previous experience implementing import trade compliance programs across multiple companies
  • Experience in Binding Tariff Information/evaluating MSS Data/Inward Processing Relief transactions a bonus
  • Able to influence, motivate and interact with persons at all levels across the company
  • Excellent organisation skills with the ability to prioritise and multi-task
  • A drive to achieve results
  • An ability work independently and collaboratively in order to make and achieve goals

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Job Summary

Reference: 9467

Sector: Logistics, Procurement, Distribution and Supply Chain

Location: Chelmsford, Essex, England

Salary: Market related

Contract: Permanent

Posted: 13 Feb 2019