Sr. Director of Trade Compliance

US-IL-Lake Zurich
# Positions
ACCO Brands
External Referral Bonus

Position Summary

ACCO Brands, one of the world’s largest suppliers of branded office products, with annual revenues of over $2.1 billion, is seeking a Senior Director of Trade Compliance for our Lake Zurich, Illinois, Corporate Headquarters.


The Senior Director, Trade will lead the global trade compliance function and act as a subject matter expert for global trade compliance matters for ACCO Brands. This person will be accountable for all customs-related operations and compliance with all import/export laws, provide strategic advice to the company on trade matters, orchestrate global trade compliance policies and procedures and support the company’s growth from a global export/import compliance perspective. This position will have customs compliance knowledge of North America and European Customs operations and be able to direct overarching global policy while having oversight to regional transactional customs activity.  This role reports into the VP Global Compliance Operations and will be based in the corporate location with connection to all global operations.


Roles and Responsibilities

  • Ensure Company’s compliance with export/import laws;
  • Review and develop enhancements to Company’s existing trade compliance program;
  • Minimize customs duties levied on the Company’s products;
  • Field all trade compliance questions from employees of the Company;
  • Develop, maintain and update documented internal controls and desk operating procedures over trade compliance matters;
  • Provide strategic guidance on the incorporation of trade compliance requirements into the Company’s business processes;
  • Oversee freight forwarders’ and other vendors’ compliance with export/import rules;
  • Identify and evaluate opportunities to facilitate trade in a cost-effective and compliant manner (e.g., make use of applicable free trade agreements, trade preference programs, etc.);
  • Provide compliance training to Company personnel as needed;
  • Interact with trade-related government agencies in the United States and abroad;
  • Support the Internal Audit group by identifying areas of potential risk for testing;
  • Participate as a member on the company’s Compliance Committee;
  • Ensure that proposed transactions are screened for Denied Person and Entities, restricted end-uses, and diversion.

Position Qualifications


Skill/Job Requirements:

  • 15+ years of international trade experience, focusing primarily on customs and trade compliance matters
  • 5+ years of experience leading a team or as a project / program manager.
  • BA / BS degree or equivalent required; JD highly preferred (e.g., international policy, international business) or evidence of exceptional ability and/or experience.
  • U.S. Customhouse Broker License strongly preferred
  • Experience interfacing directly with customs and partner government agency authorities on a regular basis.
  • Well versed in responding to government inquiries
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver practical solutions to solve complex customs issues
  • Detail oriented and highly organized with ability to multi-task several projects at once, including a demonstrated ability to drive decision-making in a fast-paced environment with on-demand requests.
  • Ability to drive complex, cross functional projects including setting scope, reaching consensus, executing on tasks, and presenting results.
  • Ability to write, speak, and present effectively and persuasively at all levels.
  • Strong experience with MS Office Applications, including knowledge of Excel, Access, and PowerPoint.
  • Experience with implementing (or at a minimum utilizing) databases and enterprise resource planning (“ERP”) global trade automation solutions.


Equal Opportunity Employer

ACCO Brands is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. The Company provides equal employment opportunity to all persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.


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