Import/Export Specialist

Cleveland, OH, United States
Mar 15, 2017
May 04, 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Foods people love. The life you imagined. And the city that rocks.

When you partner Nestlé USA and the city of Cleveland, the result is a rich experience that offers you a fulfilling personal and professional life.

Did you know that the Cleveland metropolitan area was ranked as one of the most affordable cities in the US by Forbes Magazine? From its diverse communities to its endless arts, entertainment and sports experiences, Cleveland continues to rock.

At our Nestlé USA Cleveland campus, located in the Solon suburb of Cleveland, you will discover the ways that Nestlé USA values and supports our employees and community. Offering you a strong culture with competitive benefits, you will have limitless opportunities to learn, and advance your career. Giving back continues to be a part of the Nestlé tradition. As the world's leading nutrition, health and wellness company, our focus is not only about nourishing our customers, it's about enriching you.

This position works collaboratively with internal partners such as logistics, global transportation, internal legal counsel, and demand/supply planning functions, and with external partners such as 3rd party logistics, customs brokers, ocean carriers, drayage carriers, external legal counsel, and government agencies such as FDA, USDA, and US Customs to develop, implement, and control all processes related to the consistent flow of Nestle controlled ocean, air, and surface traffic to/from foreign destinations, including to ensure accordance with all federal regulations concerning the import/export of Nestle controlled goods.
• Daily monitoring, inquiry, resolution, and communication with internal/external parties to facilitate timely movement of in-transit shipments imported/exported to/from US. Working with shippers, import brokers, and freight forwarders to ensure all information and/or documentation is received for import and export declarations and processes. Working to limit costs in the supply chain while ensuring compliance.
• Implement and control processes to ensure full compliance with trade regulations
o Work with internal/external legal counsel, customs brokers, and government agencies to understand and interpret government regulations and compliance liabilities.
o Validate accuracy of Harmonized Tariff Schedule United States (HTSUS) Classification.
o Research internally to identify ingredient sourcing and manufacturing processes and make determinations of eligibility for free trade agreements such as NAFTA, Chile Free Trade, CAFTA, GSP, etc. Prepare, certify, and disseminate certificates accordingly.
o Execute internal audits to ensure full compliance with trade regulations
• Manage ongoing relationships with import/export vendors, conduct periodic (quarterly or bi-annual) vendor reviews with agreed upon metrics and targets. Act as lead in launching and managing new RFP's related to import/export vendors
• Creating and enforcing processes related to required government submissions such as US Customs and other government agency clearances (USDA/FDA), FDA prior notice, Importer Security Filing, Verified Gross Mass, and any other required submissions.
• Lead effort on special projects related to international supply chain such as CTPAT, FSMA, Customs Audits,
• Work with Nestle Global Transportation to determine annual container forecast, select preferred carriers and manage allocations with steamship lines.
• Act as main point of contact and resolve discrepancies and/or inaccuracies related to invoicing from import brokers, export forwarders, ocean carriers, and drayage carriers to ensure timely payment.
• Research and file claims related to damages occurring during international shipping
• Serve as the internal functional expert for import and/or export related programs, processes, industry trends, etc.
o Continued self-education of latest industry practices
o Attend seminars, conferences, and presentations on importing/exporting to keep abreast of current events and constantly changing procedures and regulations.

Undergraduate degree in International Business or related field, or equivalent experience is required.
Proficient in MS Office including Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Word
Licensed Customs Broker preferred.
Three to five years' experience working with importing, port terminals, customs brokers, and steam ship lines is required.
Must possess strong verbal and written communications skills.
Self-motivated with the ability to overcome obstacles and drive resolution to issues.
Detailed oriented, well organized and methodical in analysis and execution.
Able to prioritize and juggle multiple demands and workloads, excels in a high-pressure operations environment.