Import Compliance Manager

Precision Castparts   •  

Algona, WA

Industry: Transportation


Less than 5 years

Posted 85 days ago

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Company Profile:

Precision Castparts Corp. (PCC) is a leading worldwide, diversified manufacturer of complex metal components and products. It serves the aerospace, power, and general industrial markets. PCC is the market leader in manufacturing large, complex structural investment castings, airfoil castings, and forged components used in jet aircraft engines and industrial gas turbines. The Company is also a leading producer of highly engineered, critical fasteners for aerospace and other general industrial markets, manufactures extruded seamless pipe, fittings, forgings, and clad products for power generation and oil & gas applications, and supplies metal alloys and other materials to the casting and forging industries. PCC is a high quality business with dominant positions in most segments of the markets in which it serves. The company has a history of superior earnings growth and was the fourth best performing stock in the S&P 500 during the last decade, up 1580%.

Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, this over 10 billion dollar company employs more than 29,500 people worldwide. PCC has over 160 plants and has a presence in twenty-six states in the US and in over a dozen countries. PCC is relentless in its dedication to being a high-quality, low-cost and on-time producer; delivering the highest value to its customers and shareholders while continually pursuing strategic, profitable growth.

Effective early February 2016, Berkshire Hathaway, led by chairman and CEO Warren E. Buffet, acquired Precision Castparts Corp. Mr. Buffet stated, “I’ve admired PCC’s operation for a long time. For good reasons, it is the supplier of choice for the world’s aerospace industry, one of the largest sources of American exports. Berkshire’s Board of Directors is proud that PCC has joined Berkshire.”

“We are very pleased to be joining forces with Berkshire Hathaway,” said Mark Donegan, PCC’s chairman and chief executive officer. “We see a unique alignment between Warren’s management and investment philosophy and how we manage PCC for the long-term. We believe that as part of Berkshire Hathaway, PCC will be exceptionally well-positioned to support our customers’ needs into the future. This transaction offers compelling and immediate value for our shareholders, and allows PCC’s employees to continue to operate in the same manner that has generated many years of exceptional service and performance to our customers.”

Business Profile:

PCC Aerostructures is a leading supplier of complex components and assemblies to the global aerospace industry.

PCC Aerostructures now includes more than 35 plants in the U.S, Europe and Asia with over 5500 employees and has ambitious growth plans. Businesses within PCC Aerostructures include Primus International, SPS Aerostructures, Centra, Avibank and AVK, Klune, ProCoat, Southwest United Industries, Progressive Incorporated, Noranco, Synchronous, and Kalistrut. Plants locations include Washington, Utah, California, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Ohio, Canada, Mexico, the UK and China.

Job Summary

The Import Compliance Manager is responsible for the operational management of import and export compliance at the plant level. This position is responsible for overseeing overall compliance activities required by the Customs Regulations, International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Export Administration Regulations (EAR), Commerce and Foreign Trade Regulations and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives Regulations. This position will work closely with Purchasing, Finance, Manufacturing, and Shipping/ Receiving departments.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Implement and manage an effective import compliance program, including all risk areas: valuation, classification, country of origin, documentation, and record keeping

  • Identify and draft cradle to grave procedures for all desk-level activities involved in the movement of goods across borders (import and export)

  • Work with finance and purchasing to ensure imported goods are appropriately valued

  • Classify products for import and export to/from the U.S. under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule, Schedule B, Commerce Control List, and U.S. Munitions List

  • Identify and implement procedures to minimize import duties as allowed under law

  • Manage the export license application procedure where necessary

  • Advise site general managers and senior staff, including division finance personnel, about trade compliance aspects and risks of proposed business decisions; collaborate effectively with peers at related company sites.

  • Analyze and interpret export and import regulations and maintain current knowledge of changes.

  • Review with site department managers their trade compliance internal controls (procedures, work instructions, forms, checklists, and tools) to ensure they are current and compliant.

  • Work pro-actively with departments to preventtrade disruptions.

  • Monitor compliance activities and the effectiveness of internal controls.

  • Perform internal audit for import and export compliance.

  • Produce and analyze reports from ERP/MRP and other information systems.

  • Perform evaluation and analysis of eligibility for preferential treatment under Free Trade Agreements (e.g. NAFTA); manage requests to suppliers for supporting documentation and information.

  • Oversee relationships with freight forwarders and customs brokers; audit for effectiveness.

  • Maintain the highest ethical standards, even when challenged from above.

  • Understand and live by company’s ethics and business conduct policies.


Demonstrated history of managing broker, forwarder, and carrier relationships.

  • Demonstrated history of competency implementing or working in an efficient and effective customs compliance program (including product classification and related party valuationexperience).

  • Demonstrated history of competency with the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Export Administration Regulations (EAR) including anti-boycott regulations, sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), Customs Regulations (CR), and the Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR).

  • Strong computer skills including ability to research transactions and prepare reports in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) or Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP) information systems, perform spreadsheet calculations, and quickly learn new software tools.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

  • Strong program management experience and excellent project leadership skills.

  • Ability to work at both detail and strategic levels; work calmly under pressure and with frequent interruptions, and display sound judgment.

  • Ability to prepare or revise procedures, work instructions, forms, and business flowcharts.

  • Ability to prepare and review complex business documents.


  • Supervisor/manager Company’s competencies: detail oriented, strong problem solving skills, ethics and values, integrity and trust, functional/technical skills, listening, action-oriented, composure, approachability, directing others, motivating others, organizing, planning, priority setting, building effective teams, managerial courage, fairness to direct reports, and drive for results.

Education/Previous Experience Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree in supply chain, business, law, engineering or a related subject

  • Minimum 3-5 years of experience with import and/or export regulatory compliance

  • Experience using Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) or Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP) information systems.

  • Experience with international business transactions and shipping documents.


  • Bilingual or multilingual, including English/Spanish/French/Chinese languages

  • Customs brokerage license

    Job Id 18368