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EU Trade Compliance Specialist in Amersfoort, Netherlands at Ormco

Date Posted: 2/9/2019

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Job Description

Job ID: ORM001432

About Us

Since 1960, Ormco, one of the many successful companies owned by Danaher Corporation, has been developing, manufacturing, and marketing a broad line of orthodontic appliances and related products for sale in the U.S. and abroad. Ormco provides orthodontists with brackets, wires, adhesives, and ancillary supplies used through the course of treatment.
Ormco believes the direct contact of its sales force with orthodontists facilitates the identification and verification of market trends and new product opportunities. Ormco works closely with orthodontists to improve existing products and develop new products primarily through its Champion programs in which selected orthodontists assist Ormco in designing, developing and ultimately educating users on new product and technique innovations.
KaVo Kerr is a cohesive organization comprised of two global leaders, united to provide dental excellence and serve as a single premier partner for the dental community.  KaVo Kerr operates with a common vision inspiring and helping our customers, their patients and our own associates realize their potential.  KaVo Kerr offers solutions for endodontics, restoratives, treatment units, infection prevention, imaging, rotary and instruments


The associate in this position is responsible for monitoring shipments subject to import and export controls to ensure compliance with U.S., E.U., and local regulations as well as for resolving customs-related issues in a timely manner. The associate will perform his or her duties in a manner that meets the company’s operating standards, compliance programs, quality requirements and customer shipping schedules in the most efficient and cost-effective manner. The associate will support tactical operations for the EU Trade Compliance program centralized in Amersfoort, Netherlands. for Ormco and KavoKerr in EMEA.
This position will report to the EU Trade Compliance Operations Manager and will assist in developing and deploying Company policies and processes relating to Trade Compliance matters. The scope of this position includes ensuring implementation of effective global trade network resources both within and outside the Company that minimizes costs while assuring compliance with governmental laws/regulations.
Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Act as on-site tactical point of contact for Trade Compliance matters.
  • Coordinate import and export controls for Company’s trade operations to ensure compliance with all US, EU and local regulations in the conduct of international business activities;
  • Proactively build and maintain strong trade compliance procedures and processes in compliance with Corporate Policies;
  • Partner with cross-functional stakeholders to facilitate business needs related to cross-border shipping;
  • Verify and assign the correct Harmonized Tariff Code to products;
  • Review and determine the country of origin of products;
  • Manage supply chain trade security issues as per risk assessments (e.g. AEO);
  • Review and approve sales transactions to embargo and sanctioned countries;
  • In conjunction with other departments, work to determine the required export licensing of products;
  • Responsible for understanding of products compliance by country customs regulations;
  • Support all activities relating to customs audits, investigations, disclosures, etc.
  • Drive the continuous improvement of the Company’s trade compliance program, including automating processes and procedures;
  • Perform import and export trade compliance audits, and coordinate the resolution of the open actions with relevant departments
  • Assure Trade compliance record retention is compliant and consistent with company requirements;
  • Support legal department in investigating and resolving trade compliance issues;
  • Ensure shipping/receiving associates properly handle import/export transactions;
  • Provide timely information to brokers and freight forwarders for accurate completion of documents to government agencies;
  • Audit submissions by brokers and freight forwarders and resolve errors found in entry audits. Report substantial findings to reference contacts.
  • Anticipates and mitigates potential trade compliance problems within the organization and mitigates risk;
  • Provide internal training as directed/needed

Job Requirements


Personal Trait Profile

  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills, and attention to detail;
  • Strong influencing and negotiating skills and ability to act as internal advisor;
  • Must be able to clearly and concisely articulate findings and summarize recommendations written and verbally; 
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively to set and accomplish strategic goals;
  • Must be committed to integrity, ethics, and building strong relationships in a diverse setting;
  • Must be able to work effectively in high-intensity/high-performance environment
  • Ability to prioritize and work independently and be persistent in follow-through;
  • Team player


  • College degree and a minimum of 5 years of Trade Compliance experience;
  • 1-2 years of project management experience, managing multiple projects with varying deadlines;
  • 3-5 years of experience managing Customs brokers for accuracy on shipments and performance;
  • Deep knowledge of EU customs legislation as well as U.S. and E.U. embargo and sanctioned regulations;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English, language skills in one or more other major European language preferred (Dutch, German, etc.);
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications particularly Excel and Oracle;
  • Familiarity and/or experience with LEAN, Six Sigma or similar programs preferred

Danaher Corporation Overview

Danaher is a global science & technology innovator committed to helping our customers solve complex challenges and improve quality of life worldwide. Our world class brands are leaders in some of the most demanding and attractive industries, including life sciences, medical diagnostics, dental, environmental and applied solutions. Our globally diverse team of 67,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which serves as our competitive advantage. We generated $18.3B in revenue last year. We are ranked #162 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 1,200% over 20 years.

At Danaher, you can build a career in a way no other company can duplicate. Our brands allow us to offer dynamic careers across multiple industries. We’re innovative, fast-paced, results-oriented, and we win. We need talented people to keep winning. Here you’ll learn how DBS is used to shape strategy, focus execution, align our people, and create value for customers and shareholders. Come join our winning team.