International Trade Specialist
St. Jude Medical - Saint Paul, MN

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Job Overview
Working without appreciable direction, the successful candidate will assist the Corporate Legal Department by directing the implementation of SJM's international trade program. This position will ensure SJM's international trade operations are compliant with the various U.S. and international trade regulations, policies, and procedures, including assisting with import/export issues, country of origin analysis, obtaining export classifications from the U.S. Department of Commerce, obtaining U.S. export licenses, monitoring compliance with SJM's international trade policies, training SJM personnel on those policies, and complying with free trade agreements. Work requires the application of business principles/methods, evaluation, ingenuity, and creative/analytical techniques typically acquired in a recognized four-year academic course of study. Within a specialized range of expertise, applies international trade experience to the solution of a variety of problems; customarily and regularly exercises judgment in planning, organizing and performing own work; completes special assignments and projects as required. Assures that quality of services meets internal and external customer requirements. Remains current on developments in field(s) of expertise.

Essential Functions:
1. Collaborates with the relevant SJM product division international trade managers, business, and regulatory units to ensure compliance with U.S. and international customs regulations, export controls, and international trade sanctions.
2. Obtains product classifications and export licenses from the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Department of the Treasury.
3. Provides guidance to the relevant SJM business partners addressing import/export issues, customs valuation issues, and country of origin analysis.
4. Participates in policy discussions and recommends policy or procedural changes as appropriate; revises and updates procedures as necessary.
5. Collaborates with relevant SJM business, logistics, and finance units to take advantage of free trade agreements.
6. Provides international trade compliance training to SJM personnel.

Other Duties
1. Prepares periodic comprehensive reports of activities.
2. Remains current on developments in field(s) of expertise, applicable regulatory requirements, and a comprehensive knowledge of the company's products, markets, and objectives as well as industry trends. Maintains an awareness of, and disseminates information to management and staff on all laws, regulations and nuances that may impact grants & contracts operations by reviewing literature, trade journals, remaining active in professional associations, and by attending conferences/seminars.
3. Resolves and/or facilitates resolution of problems including identifying causes to prevent re-occurrence.
4. Performs related functions and responsibilities, on occasion, as assigned.

Working without appreciable direction, is accountable for overseeing compliance with SJM policies addressing compliance with applicable international trade regulations. Accountable for maintaining knowledge of and interpreting applicable policies, statutes, regulations, and procedures formulated by SJM, state, federal, and international governments, and industry. Works on assignments requiring considerable independent judgment and initiative. May conceive, plan and conduct own technical approaches. Must stay updated of fundamental knowledge of U.S. and international trade laws and regulations. Work is reviewed in progress for soundness of judgment and overall adequacy and accuracy. Contributions affect team/organization results. Performs a broad range of complex assignments and solves problems that will typically have a variety of solutions.

Qualifications: (Required)
• Bachelor's Degree, JD, MBA, or specialized degree in international trade regulation, a related field, or equivalent
• Typically a minimum of six plus years of analytical experience or equivalent
• Familiarity with international trade regulations including, but not limited to: U.S. and international customs regulations, U.S. export controls, U.S. and international trade sanctions, country of origin issues, deemed exports, and free trade agrements
• Requires demonstrated written and verbal communication, interpersonal, presentation, technical, analytical, statistical, organizational, and follow-up skills, the ability to meet deadlines as well as the ability to converse effectively with all levels of employees
• Must be able to demonstrate and use discretion in exercising work assignments and handle sensitive/confidential information in an effective manner
• Must have the demonstrated ability to understand and comply with applicable government regulations and Company operating procedures, processes, policies, and tasks
• Must have demonstrated personal computer skills including a working familiarity with relevant word processing, database, and spreadsheet applications (i.e., Microsoft Word, Excel and Access). Some evaluation, originality, and/or ingenuity required
Qualifications: (Desired)
• Custom Brokerage License preferred
• Previous related international trade experience with a medical device, biologics, or pharmaceutical company
• Experience preparing and giving presentations. An advanced degree (i.e., masters and/or doctorate level) as well as professional certifications also a plus

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