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Global Customs & Trade Compliance Lead - EU, ICMEA, APAC

Zurich, Switzerland


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Global Customs & Trade Compliance Lead - EU, ICMEA, APAC

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Job ID R0020235 Date posted 06/22/2020 Location Zurich, Switzerland

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Job Description

Are you looking for a patient-focused, innovation-driven company that will inspire you and empower you to shine? Join us as a Global Customs & Trade Compliance Lead (EU, ICMEA, APAC) in our Zurich office.

Here, you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission.

Create and Manage Import and Export Compliance Process

  • Define regional requirements, technical objectives, reporting and priorities for importing and/or exporting production sites and LOCs in line with Takeda global customs and trade compliance (GCTC)  standards & regionals laws & regulations.
  • Maintain localized policies and procedures for compliance with import and export regulations as well as ensuring broad company awareness of these requirements.
  • Proactively identifying CTC gaps by performing risk assessment, defining and maintaining internal controls to ensure that all sites and LOCs  are compliant with national customs and trade regulations.
  • Stay abreast of new, amended, or proposed regulatory activities to determine business impact, implement necessary program modifications and effectively communicate throughout the regional organization
  • Ensures recordkeeping requirements are met according to national CTC laws and regulations
  • Develop and implement process to monitor and to maintain as required by national customs bonds, guarantees, permits and licenses.
  • Support the supply chain setup of new lanes, product launches or source changes with CTC impact assessment and implementation.
  • Act as key super user and SME on GTS SAP solution
  • Acts as the technical subject matter expert and/or leverage internal network for legal requirements, investigation and complex technical trouble shooting that can have significant impact on the business.
  • Respond to customs requests for information and other customs or other government agency enforcement issues in conjunction with local Legal and head GCTC manager.
  • Support sites during the Takeda internal audit process: preparation, support during audit and for setting up and monitoring the completion of CAPA plan.
  • Work with internal and external stakeholders to assess the need any authorizations, rulings and to ensure AEO and other certification and requirements are maintained through periodic validations,
  • Maintain 3rd party compliance management( customs broker, freight forwarders, CMOs, etc) ;
  • Accurate, up-to-date and complete GCTC Database management (classification, origin, and other relevant  regulatory information, including periodical testing
  • Develop CTC metrics and reporting.
  • Monitor export control program including export sanction, restricted party escalation and resolution process..
  • Manage and lead CTC network in defined regions

Duty Reduction and Business Support Opportunities:

  • Ensures FTA rules are assessed and applied correctly
  • Identify cost savings opportunities and measures to create long term value

Training and Communications:

  • Develop and deliver training on GCTC GOP as appropriate
  • Engage regional leaders in the customs and trade compliance agenda and foster a culture of integrity
  • Communicates internally to the concerned  sites, other internal and external stakeholders (such as Health authorities, customs, etc) that are impacted / involved in changes especially when having certification eg AEO and/or special authorizations.
  • Develop and maintain good working relationships with national customs  as well as with all other regulatory authorities to carry out company business


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