Customer Service and Support, Supply Chain Management, Trade Operations
TradeMoves is currently seeking a Trade and Customs Specialist to join our team. TradeMoves is an international trade and customs advisory firm based in Silver Spring, Maryland. We believe trade makes the world a better place, and work where trade operations and trade policy intersect. We provide global intelligence and insights, develop smart trade tools, and support cross-border strategies for seasoned US exporters and importers to leverage global supply chains, minimize barriers to trade, and maximize opportunities in overseas markets. Don't miss the opportunity to work for a small, hands-on trade firm.
This full-time position is designed for a candidate that has been working on cross-border trade issues for at least three years, and is not an entry-level position. The ideal candidate will have significant experience researching cross-border trade, customs and regulatory issues and wants to further existing trade knowledge, skills, and abilities. We are invested in the professional development of our team, and are proud of the career accomplishments of our TradeMoves alumni.
At TradeMoves, our team – whether the president, analysts, specialists, or interns – works together to cross-train, review and support client work. The Trade and Customs Specialist is expected to come with relevant experience as well as eagerness to learn our methodologies and approaches to our clients and their priorities.
Overview of Responsibilities: This is a research-heavy position which requires high attention to detail; strong communication, organizational, research, and analytical skills; and the ability to work well with others and independently. The selected candidate will support client projects and support TradeMoves’ team in providing high-quality deliverables specific to clients’ cross-border trade priorities.
The following are typical responsibilities and assignments for this position, which may vary depending on client demands and workload.
Support cross-border supply chain projects including maintaining current tariff rates and import taxes related to movement of clients’ goods across national borders, primarily for the processed food sector.
Work on trade compliance issues supporting import, export, and strategic initiatives.
Conduct research on import requirements, customs issues, agriculture/food issues, regulatory measures, and trade policy issues of interest to clients.
Monitor proposed changes by governments to import requirements, standards of identity, customs issues, agriculture/food issues, regulatory measures, and trade policy of interest to clients.
Draft communication in response to client inquiries and information requests in a timely manner.
Work with team to ensure all projects and daily workload are being completed and escalated to the project lead as needed.
Conduct data analyses and maintain datasets and oversight of in-house and client databases.
Provide preparation and on-site support for clients’ trade-related meetings/events, as needed.
Review colleagues work and provide constructive feedback.
Other trade projects and assignments, as needed.
Support proposal development, research, and contribute suggestions and solutions for new projects.
Assist in managing, drafting, and publishing posts on TradeMoves’ social media platforms, such as TradeMoves’ blog, LinkedIn and Twitter.
Other administrative tasks, as needed.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: The ideal candidate will have a strong foundation in international trade issues and concepts, and possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:
Tenaciousness to learn, exhaust available resources, and provide innovative solutions
Three to five years of experience working on cross-border trade issues.
Experience classifying products for customs purposes, finding tariff and tax intelligence via countries’ tariff schedules.
Strong background with free trade agreements, reduction schedules, market access chapters, rules of origin, and quotas.
Broad understanding of non-tariff barriers affecting movement of raw materials, intermediate goods, and finished food products.
Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
Strong written and oral communication skills
Excellent problem-solving skills and ability to think critically, and provide findings and supporting data
Keen interest and proven ability to conduct extensive primary and secondary research (including data collection) on a wide range of products, markets, and trade impediments
Demonstrated ability to prioritize and coordinate work and deliverables often in tight deadlines
Reliable team member able to work on multiple tasks independently
Outstanding interpersonal and client-service skills
Proficient in Microsoft Office suite
Foreign language skills preferred, but not required: Mandarin, Arabic, Russian, and/or French
Master’s degree or pursuit of a Masters’ degree with concentration in an international field (trade, commerce, policy, economics, international relations) or ag/food science.
Up to date on current cross-border trade issues, including US trade actions and countries’ countermeasures.
Interest/experience in info-graphic design, proposal development and project management for research deliverables, and understanding the needs of a small company.
Start Date and Location: Preferred start date in April 2021. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, this is a remote / telework position through 2021. We will continue to monitor and update as needed.
Please send a letter of interest, a writing sample no more than 3 pages, and résumé to firstname.lastname@example.org. Only candidates that provide all documents will be considered.
No phone calls, please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.
NOTE, applicants must be permitted to work in the United States.
Telecommuting is allowed.
About TradeMoves LLC
At TradeMoves, we believe global trade makes the world a better place.
TradeMoves works at the intersection of trade operations & trade policy to help minimize barriers to trade. We support our clients through global intelligence & insights, smart trade tools, and sourcing & supply strategies.
Shawn Marie Jarosz launched TradeMoves LLC in 2006 to continue serving processed food and consumer product clients with their global trade priorities and initiatives. Since our founding we have grown to become known for our active support of, and solutions for, small- and medium-sized companies in their export initiatives.