International Trade Complliance Specialist
Garmin - Olathe, KS

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In operations, we literally do it all…in-house. We are looking for skilled, energetic individuals who want to join our quality, international shipping, manufacturing, office services, planning, purchasing, receiving, returns and warehouse teams. These associates do everything from delivering packages and purchasing supplies to assembling aviation panel mounts and ensuring our large shipments of goods are exported according to applicable international laws. Together, they proactively support associates and customers alike. If you’re ready to work – and have fun, too – come, help us put the pieces together!

Are you an expert in International Trade compliance? Do you have a flair for managing exports and imports? Garmin's International Trade Compliance team is looking for you. We're seeking an International Trade Compliance Specialist at our world headquarters in Olathe, KS.

Garmin's International Trade Compliance Specialist is responsible for insuring that the importing, exporting and supply chain security activities of Garmin comply with governmental laws and regulations. {Including, Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Export Administration Regulations (EAR), International Traffic in Arms (ITAR), U. S. Treasury Office of Foreign Asset Controls (OFAC), Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT)} This includes the import and export of products, services, transfer of technical data, and all other import and export licensing and compliance matters.

You will coordinate with Garmin entities globally to ensure standardized and integrated international trade procedures are implemented to maximize corporate efficiency and minimize regulatory risk. Additionally, the position will maintain good working relationships and cooperate actively with internal and external customers, business partners and applicable government agencies to execute import and export best practices.

Key responsibilities for this role include:
Develop and implement policies and procedures compliant with import, export and supply chain security laws and regulations.

For exports, determine export classification (ECCN), jurisdiction, licensing end use and licensing requirements (if applicable) based upon the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and U.S. Customs Regulations (CBP). If license in required, manage application for license and track and audit usage.

For imports, determine the classification of products using (a) the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) according to General Rules of Interpretation (GRI’s), (b) Binding Rulings, (c) Explanatory Notes, (d) Informed Compliance Publications, (e) Reasonable Care Guides, and (f) other established Customs information.

Administer and monitor the restricted party screening process globally.

Prepare and submit official Commodity Classification (export) and binding ruling (import) requests, as required.

Provide day-to-day import, export controls and supply chain security guidance to internal customers. Respond to inquiries regarding HTS and Schedule B classification, ECCN classifications, documentation requirements, or other import and export regulations to ensure timely clearance.

Develop, document and implement customized import, export controls and supply chain security compliance training programs for internal and external stakeholders. Communicate formal guidance regarding the requirements and interpretation of import, export and supply chain security regulations and implement such requirements.

Publish, regularly update and distribute global import, export controls and supply chain security policy and procedure manuals.

Support supply chain security initiatives to attain certification and validation of global initiatives. (C-TPAT, AEO, PIP)

Design tools and performance reports to provide awareness and measure effectiveness of import, export controls and supply chain security compliance programs.

Lead regular and periodic compliance reviews and assessments (internal & external) of corporate import, export and supply chain security activities.

Identify, recommend and implement import and export compliance and operational synergies to reduce cost and regulatory risk.

Provide oversight of third party providers, focusing on compliance with meeting agreed to service and compliance levels. (E.g. freight forwarders, customs brokers, etc.).

Develop, create or obtain all necessary performance metric reports

Maintain import, export controls and supply chain security compliance records in accordance with governmental regulations

Ensure the proper and timely filing of all post entry reconciliation including voluntary tenders, protests, or Supplemental Information Letter’s (SIL)

Attend seminars, meetings and read journals and other industry publication to maintain knowledge of specialized information and identify any regulation or industry changes affecting Company’s’ business


Qualified candidates will possess a Bachelors Degree in International Trade, Finance, Accounting or a field related to the essential functions of this job description and a minimum of 5 years experience working with imports, exports, or international trade. Strong working knowledge and experience Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) related to Garmin’s business needs and experience in import and export compliance polices and audit procedures related to Garmin’s business needs is also required.

Other required qualifications include:
Demonstrated strong and effective verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills

Must possess proven presentation skills including the ability to effectively implement and conduct training programs relevant to Garmin’s business needs Proficient using Microsoft Word, Excel and Access

Candidates with who possess a U.S. Customs broker license or who are certified U.S. Export Compliance Officers are highly preferred. Demonstrated project management experience, International Customs experience, Global logistics experience, and/or previous supervisory or leadership experience are desirable

If you're a self-starter with the ability to meet or exceed deadlines, prioritize, multi-task and maintain flexibility in a fast-paced, changing environment and maintain the ability to work independently on multiple tasks, this may be the job for you.

At Garmin, we like to laugh, have fun and work hard. It comes easily when you work on cool products with hard-working individuals who share the same passion. We offer numerous opportunities to get involved – kickball anyone? – and believe strongly in a work-life balance so your creativity can flow.

Garmin offers one of the most comprehensive compensation and benefit plans around. We offer extensive health care coverage with little to no contributions, depending on the plan. Plus, we offer company-paid dental insurance, stock options, a 401k plan, a pension plan….trust us, it doesn’t get much better than this. Unless of course, you want to talk table tennis, fitness spaces, product discounts….come on, what are you waiting for? Apply today.




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