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customs compliance and trade specialist

Boston, Massachusetts Date posted 12/20/2018 Schedule Full-time

Converse is the story of a sneaker that started on the court and moved to the stage and street. We’re a company ready for change and that’s who we hire: the most malleable, the most innovative, and the most creative. Our clothes and sneakers have been worn by rebels, rockers, rappers, artists, thinkers, and individuals. So that’s why we hire individuals. So we’re speaking the same language.

Without You, We’d Just Be Collectors of Our Own Stuff

Business equals selling stuff. That’s the basic model. The more complex awesome model is creating stuff that people identify with and then you figuring out how to get it to them. We need people like you: creative, dynamic problem solvers who see it as more than business. Who see it as giving people the tools of self-expression and individuality.

Converse North America Compliance & Trade Team is setting a bold strategic vision to deliver merchandise at a pace that meets our consumer’s demand, while at the same time ensuring the organization is compliant with all Customs laws within the North American region.  In this role you will be tasked with ensuring we are aware of the everchanging landscape in trade for the region. If trade and compliance are part of your DNA and you play well with others, join us.


Ensure compliance with US & Canadian Customs for Converse exportations.

Overall oversight of Converse’s participation in all Us & Canadian Trade Programs, including day to day operations, auditing, reporting, and updating of internal policies and procedures to ensure Converse compliance with all Us & Canadian regulatory requirements.

    1. ACE
    2. Importer Bond Compliance
    3. Importer Self Assessment (ISA)
    4. Centers of Excellence
    5. Free Trade Zones
    6. Reconciliation
    7. Supply Chain Security for US & Canada
  • Support the daily review of import/export documentation to ensure full compliance with CBP and other government regulatory agency requirements.
  • Support the daily review of import/export documentation to ensure full compliance with CBP and other government regulatory agency requirements.
  • Determine proper classification of product under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule and maintain Converse Inc. product dictionary to assure accurate payment of duties and fees, plus timely flow of product for Footwear, Apparel and accessories.
  • Support the maintenance of Converse’s Trade Compliance Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).
  • Assist with Supply Chain Security Programs – CTPAT, PIP
  • Constantly review USCBP, COAC and other industry resources, stay current CBP Trade Programs and Free Trade Agreements.
  • Provide data for Duty Drawback filing for both US & Canada
  • Support & guide cross functional areas such as Converse distribution centers, legal, accounting, finance, and product development (apparel/footwear) to meet all Customs and regulatory compliance standards
  • Review Customs & industry related resources, to ensure Converse maintains compliance with all customs regulations and alert leadership to potential issues
  • Assist in the daily maintenance of the North America import logs.

  • Bachelors degree in Business, Supply Chain or related field preferred
  • 4 years' additional experience in lieu of a degree
  • 2 years Customs, Importer or related industry compliance experience preferred. U.S. Customs Broker’s license a plus.
  • Strong analytical and quantitative skills.
  • Ability to research, process & disseminate industry related data  
  • Proficient with and/or working knowledge of various software offerings (Microsoft Office Suite)
  • Organized and detailed oriented
  • Must be able to prioritize and work in a fast-paced environment
  • Interpersonal skills with the ability to provide group presentations.

PHYSICAL & TECHNICAL ENVIRONMENT: Specific tools, technologies, substances, hazards, or protective equipment needed to perform the job and the approximate percentage of time spent on each.

80% -- Basic office environment with cubical space and meeting rooms, including:  computer, scanner, phone, copy/fax, and presentation equipment

10% -- Light lifting of boxes (25#-30#) and moving of documentation 

10% -- Box cutter or knife to examine or review products for duty/tariff determination; use of tape measure or electronic planimeter(future) to measure footwear surface areas

Travel: Yes, 5% of the time

Converse is more than a company; it’s a worldwide advocate for self-expression. This belief motivates our employees, permeates our working environment and inspires our products. No two of us look or think exactly alike. We are each one-of-a-kind. Individually and as a culture, we have the freedom to create and grow professionally. Generous benefits packages only sweeten the experience. From Boston to Shanghai, from Brand Design to Finance, Converse is a brand that celebrates the unique and creative people of the world. Together, we’re different.

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