Senior Global Trade Compliance Manager in Buffalo Grove, Illinois at Leica Biosystems

Date Posted: 11/15/2019

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Job ID: SEL001841

About Us

Leica Biosystems is a global leader in workflow solutions and automation. As the only company to own the workflow from biopsy to diagnosis, we are uniquely positioned to break down the barriers between each of these steps.  Our mission of “Advancing Cancer Diagnostics, Improving Lives” is at the heart of our corporate culture. Our easy-to-use and consistently reliable offerings help improve workflow efficiency and diagnostic confidence. The company is represented in over 100 countries. It has manufacturing facilities in 9 countries, sales and service organizations in 19 countries, and an international network of dealers. The company is headquartered in Nussloch, Germany. Visit  for more information.

Leica Biosystems is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law.

All employment offers are contingent upon successful completion of our pre-employment drug screening and background/criminal check.
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    LBS is searching for a Senior Global Trade Compliance Manager to execute tactical operations for the import and export trade compliance program to support our rapidly expanding global business. The candidate will partner with several international team members currently supporting our program around the globe. The candidate will be working with the Diagnostics (Dx) Platform Trade Compliance leader and the Platform’s team of subject matter experts to execute the strategic direction and global management of all aspects of our company’s trade compliance programs, including periodic self-testing, import compliance and export/sanctions compliance.  
      The ideal candidate must have extensive knowledge of US and EU Import/Export Regulations  
        Essential Duties and Responsibilities
          • Execute the policies and procedures from the Dx Platform to trade operational regional teams to ensure that the company is compliant with domestic and foreign export and import requirements;
          • Direct several remediation efforts across the company through in-depth gap assessment and process improvement/implementation to mitigate risk to the company and ensure compliance with global laws and regulations; 
          • Act as company coordinator for execution of Customs audit matters, remediation actions and disclosures with close partnership with Danaher Corporate and Dx Platform;
          • Assist with development and execution of customs valuation declaration process or reconciliation program (where applicable); 
          • Information Technology – Act as liaison with IT and sister company Leica Microsystems’ trade compliance team to improve trade automation screening process, compliance rule logic and other trade compliance automation projects;
          • Advising Dx Platform staff, site general managers and senior staff about trade compliance matters;
          • Working collaboratively with all site departments to ensure they have implemented effective compliance internal controls into their procedures and work instructions (e.g., country of origin solicitation process with procurement);
          • Coordinate and in certain regions manage self-testing of company’s export/import compliance programs;
          • Manage current trade compliance team of two global associates;
          • Oversee trade operational regional associates and teams to drive improvements and efficiencies of established trade compliance processes to include guidance in their day-to-day compliance matters, classification, valuation, auditing, brokerage management, submission of export licensing, daily management metrics and recordkeeping;
          • Lead Free Trade Agreement programs data collection and execution elements to ensure compliance with company procedures;
          • Ensure legal compliance to trade laws and regulations, including appropriate licensing for shipments;
          • Identify, initiate, coordinate and lead projects/cross functional projects that improve existing processes to support trade compliance activities and/or business objectives;
          • Assist in managing supply chain trade security issues as per risk assessments (e.g., C-TPAT, AEO, etc.);
          • Assist in conducting training on global laws and regulations as well as company’s policy and procedures to company associates and new hires with close partnership with Danaher Corporate and Dx Platform;
          • Consults with Dx Platform Global Trade Compliance team, Dx legal counsel and Danaher Global Trade Compliance team as needed to resolve difficult legal compliance issues. 

          Job Requirements


          • BS or BA degree and a minimum of 8-10 years import/export administration and 2-3 years of supervisor or management experience;
          • Advanced degree, license or certifications in a relevant field, such as Int’l Business or Trade, Law, etc. is highly preferred;
          • Knowledge of US, China and EU import/export compliance regulations;
          • Comprehensive knowledge of HTS/ECCN classification, Country of origin determination and Custom valuation principles;
          • Familiarity and/or experience with lean manufacturing, kaizen, Six Sigma or similar type of continuous improvement principles.  
          Desired Experience, Skills:
          • Solid project management experience, with a demonstrated ability to prioritize tasks and manage multiple projects with varying deadlines effectively and on time;
          • Strong influencing and negotiating skills and ability to act as internal advisor are essential requirements for this position;
          • Must be able to clearly and concisely articulate findings and summarize recommendations written and verbally; 
          • Strong executive presence and presentation skills to all levels of company including senior management;
          • Has a track record for delivering results, taking ownership and being accountable; 
          • Ability to work independently and collaboratively to execute 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;
          • Strong people management skills required;
          • Critical thinking and excellent problem solving and analysis skills; 
          • Ability to handle confidential information frequently and appropriately;  
          • Experienced and competent in making good judgment calls on significant matters.

          Travel:  Up to 30% domestic and international travel. 

          This position is located in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. Must work onsite.

          Language:  English required.  

          Diversity & Inclusion
          At Danaher, we are dedicated to building and sustaining a truly diverse and inclusive culture. These are not just words on a page—Diversity and Inclusion is a top priority for the company, and it ties deeply to each of our core values. Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies are equal opportunity employers that evaluate applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by law.

          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, environmental and applied solutions. Our globally diverse team of 71,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which serves as our competitive advantage. We generated $19.9B in revenue last year. We are ranked #162 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 5,200% over 25 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.
          Danaher is committed to competitive compensation that typically has key components including base salary, variable annual incentive compensation based on personal and company performance, and long-term incentive.