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Customs & Foreign Trade Expert


Zhangjiagang, JS, CN, 215600

Req ID 19432

Position Responsibilities:

  • Responsible execution of relevant regional customs activities in cooperation with the CN Customs Manager.
  • Independent Development of regional operational principles and guidelines based on country/region specific legislation.
  • Ensure compliant customs procedures on regional and plant level by development, implementation and execution of internal control processes in coordination with the Customs Management Cross-function “Processes, Systems & Guidelines”.
  • Process monitoring regarding customs procedures, simplified/special procedures and customs authorizations.
  • Carry out internal customs “Quick Checks” in the region in order to ensure “Customs Compliance”. Identify possible gaps to legal requirements. Develop and implement respective measures on BU and Plant level in the region. Ensure sustainability of implemented measures by using appropriate control processes.
  • Advice BUs/Plants regarding customer related customs requirements and supplier duties to increase efficiency in a compliant global supply chain.
  • Advice Plants in AEO-Monitoring topics formulate binding Guidelines; develop Work and Organization Instructions related to Customs approvals such as, Approved Exporter, Importation, Customs Value, Free Trade Agreements in cooperation with the Customs Management Cross-function “Processes, Systems & Guidelines”.
  • Assist Plants in applying for “Customs Authorizations” and “Simplified Procedures” in the responsible dialogue with the authorities.
  • Participate in the ZF Group Customs Strategy and prepare decision templates for Regional and Global Customs Management Meetings.
  • Leading/Steering of ZF Group Customs Projects and support “Customs IT Implementation Projects”.
  • Implementation of strategic MIC software solutions in CN/AP regarding HTS Coding, Denied Party Screening, Export Classification and Export Control Management.
  • Implementation of customs and foreign trade digitization solutions and assumption of key/power user tasks
  • Coordinate “Business Expert Team Meetings” on different levels and to different Customs topics in cooperation with German/European Plants.
  • Be regional interface to all customs related stakeholders like Foreign Trade, Legal, Taxes, IT a.s.o.
  • Train different stakeholders in specific customs and foreign trade topics on different levels.
  • Interprets local and regional customs regulations on own responsibility. Acts in dialogue with the customs administration at eye level and as responsible ZF contact person.
  • Leading in the execution of plant inspections done by the customs authority. Interprets findings, independently develops approaches to solutions and ensures their implementation in an appropriate manner.
  •  Act as responsible internal consultant in all regional customs topics.
  • Coordinate international/regional “Governmental Security Initiatives” (C-TPAT, AEO, …) based on legal requirements.
  • Representing ZF by participating in customs related regional working groups.
  • Leading in the preparation of customs self-disclosure procedures to avoid penalties in cooperation with the legal and tax departments.


Essential Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree (e.g. Law, Business) or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of 3 Years’ experience in Customs and foreign trade procedures in an industrial environment, preferred in the Automotive Industry
  • High level of expertise in customs and foreign trade laws and customs management and foreign trade activities in an industrial group
  • Knowledge of SAP R/3 as well as strong skills using MS-Office
  • Good knowledge of the English language
  • Strong analytical & intercultural communication skills, showing flexibility and teamwork
  • Ready to travel in CN/AP.


Preferred Skills and experience:

  • Any other foreign language(s) would be an asset
  • Knowledge and experience of any further national laws within the CN/AP would be an asset
  • Knowledge about MIC Global Trade Suit especially CCS/OCS/ECCS



Be part of our ZF team as Customs & Foreign Trade Expert and apply now!


Yichen Wu

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