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Director of Trade Compliance in Orange, California at KaVo Kerr

Date Posted: 3/28/2019

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Job ID: KAV003316

About Us

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 Director of Trade Compliance for the Danaher Dental Platform reports to the Deputy General Counsel of the Dental Platform and is responsible for developing, executing, and managing all aspects of the Platform Trade Compliance program across all Dental Platform OpCos on a global level. The role’s scope of responsibility includes import, export, customs valuation, country of origin analysis, HTS classification, Trade Compliance training, Free Trade Agreement utilization, Denied Party screening, compliance FDA and international equivalent regulations as they relate to Trade Compliance, and self-audit and testing for compliance with all the above. This position works with a variety of functional leaders from across the Dental Platform to drive trade compliance initiatives and execute strategic direction and global management of all aspects of the global Trade Compliance program.

Responsibilities also include managing the Dental Platform Trade Compliance team, advising general managers and senior staff about trade compliance matters, providing Trade Compliance oversight to all activities at sites around the world, working collaboratively with all site departments to ensure they have implemented effective compliance internal controls into their procedures and work instructions, providing Trade Compliance training, and reviewing and approving export/import license or permit applications.

This position will be located initially in Orange, CA but is expected to move to Brea, CA by 2020.

  • Ensures that Platform OpCos are compliant with domestic and foreign export and import requirements. 
  • Develops and deploys Trade Compliance program and procedures on import and export regulatory compliance. 
  • Ensures legal compliance to trade laws and regulations, including appropriate licensing for shipments. 
  • Manages a global team of Trade Compliance professionals.
  • Develops policies, programs and procedures and provides guidance to the Platform and the Trade Compliance team members in the day-to-day trade compliance matters including HTS classification, valuation and transfer pricing, product qualification for preferential duty treatment under FTAs, customs broker management, antidumping/countervailing duties, and export compliance matters. 
  • Trains and Counsels   associates who execute on the Trade Compliance strategy at Platform locations as part, but not all, of their job duties.
  • Serves as the resident expert on U.S., EU and other international export/import requirements.
  • Advises on impact of FDA and international equivalent regulations as they relate to the import and export of dental products. 
  • Ensures Dental Platform OpCo policies conform to Corporate Import and Export Policies. 
  • Manages self-testing of Dental Platform’s OpCo export/import compliance programs.
  • Analyzes and interprets requirements for compliance as they relate to: 
  • Export Administration Regulations (EAR) of the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS); 
  • U.S. Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC);
  • EU, U.S. Customs and other applicable Government Agency rules and regulations.
  • FDA and international equivalent regulations
  • World Trade Organization regulations
  • Implements and updates training on government laws and regulations, as well as internal Trade Compliance policies and procedures, to existing associates and new hires. 
  • Reviews, responds to, and escalates as necessary all government inquiries related to Trade Compliance.
  • Manages internal and external audits and disclosures. 
  • Provides consultation to Dental Platform business units, global subsidiaries, sales, procurement, project managers, order management, etc. and resolves matters pertaining to export/import transactions and International Trade Sanctions to ensure compliance with all applicable U.S. laws and regulations, as well as local country laws. 
  • Develops and maintains Import and Export Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) based on applicable governmental regulation. Advise plant import and export compliance associates on how to handle FDA holds and communicates FDA holds and releases to stockroom.
  • Develops and executes effective management and screening of customs brokers.
  • Ensure compliance with Customs, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), and other government agency rules and regulations. Review and audits documentation submitted to customs for accuracy and comprehensiveness.  Makes corrections as necessary and notifies appropriate individuals.
  • Consults with inside and outside counsel as needed.

Job Requirements


  • BS or BA degree and a minimum of 10 years import/export administration and 5-7 years of international supervisory experience. 
  • Comprehensive understanding of core customs compliance areas including country of origin, valuation, and classification
  • Knowledge of U.S. export control laws and regulations as they relate to: Export Administration Regulations (EAR) of the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), 
  • U.S. Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), 
  • International Traffic and Arms Regulations (ITAR) of the U.S. Department of State
  • Knowledge of FDA and similar international regulations.
  • Knowledge of EU and other international export/import requirements.
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office Applications, Word, Access, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint. 
  • Excellent verbal and communication and oral presentation skills.
  • High accuracy and attention to detail. 
  • Proven ability to interact with business units, marketing, sales and engineering to understand technology. 
  • Proven ability to influence and communicate across the company and with persons at all levels of the organization. 
  • Critical thinking and excellent problem solving and analytical skills. 
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Capable of multi-tasking and prioritizing with excellent time management skills. 
  • Ability to handle confidential information frequently and appropriately. 
  • Experience identifying and solving complex operational and organizational problems, leveraging the appropriate resources within or outside a Trade Compliance department. 
  • Excellent presentation and report writing skills.
  • Fluent in English in both written and oral communication, additional language skills a plus.
  • Able to travel domestically and internationally approximately 30%.

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