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Sr. Trade Compliance Import Specialist (Hybrid)

Plymouth, MN
Posted on nov 15, 2022 Full time R15214
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At Polaris Inc., we have fun doing what we love by driving change and innovation. We empower employees to take on challenging assignments and roles with an elevated level of responsibility in our agile working environment. Our people make us who we are, and we create incredible products and experiences that empower us to THINK OUTSIDE.


The Sr. Trade Compliance Import Specialist will support import operations; executing both high level and hands-on duties to ensure swift and compliant movement of goods. This position is responsible for the Trade Compliance team’s efforts to ensure Polaris's processes, internal controls, and reporting are compliant with US Customs laws and regulations. All such duties must be compliant with U.S., Canada and other customs requirements for other countries, as well as with Polaris’s Global Trade Policy.

The individual will perform complex and confidential administrative duties to ensure accurate reporting to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and any other agencies affected by general Import operations, while adhering to all required standards. Additionally, this individual with maintain broker relationships and work cross-functionally with Polaris team members around the globe to ensure compliance with U.S. and international import regulatory requirements.


Trade Compliance Specialist

  • Collaborate with Logistics personnel for addressing import issues and challenges
  • Serve as escalation point for distressed import shipments into the United States and Canada. Follow up each shipment with root cause analysis and establish improvement plans.
  • Administer and develop relationships with customs brokers, including research and response to broker inquiries while ensuring timely clearance of shipments.
  • Collect necessary documentation for daily import processing and validate for completeness, accuracy and timeliness of transaction.
  • Oversee post-entry compliance procedures (track and ensure timely execution of self-corrections, CF28, CF29, etc.)
  • Support ad hoc shipment requests including hand carry, carnets, special events, etc.
  • Liaise with Product Compliance on data requirements for Partner Government Agencies.
  • Ongoing data collection/verification to ensure master entry detail database is complete and accurate.
  • Support the creation, maintenance, and review of Standard Operating Procedures for external service providers (setting clear expectations) and internal activities (ensuring streamlined repeatable processes).
  • Support and train internal customers on importing requirements.
  • Prepare, research, and distribute monthly import reports and metrics.
  • Provide additional support to ad hoc projects within Trade Compliance team, as needed


Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in International Business, Business Administration, Supply Chain, Logistics, or a related field required.
  • Minimum 4+ years work experience in import trade operations, compliance, supply chain, manufacturing, international logistics or inventory management   
  • Understanding of import and customs processes and regulations
  • Experience in US CBP regulations and compliance is a plus – previous experience working in either a customs brokerage or large importers’ compliance department is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required:

  • Flexible, adaptable, innovative in a fast-changing environment
  • Strong analytical and good decision-making skills
  • Curious, always willing to learn and ability to understand and apply complex trade, logistics and supply chain concepts
  • Ability to prioritize multiple competing tasks, follows through on completion of tasks/projects
  • Excellent communication skills (e.g., verbal, written, presentation) with ability to communicate across all levels of the organization
  • Must be able to effectively communicate complex import issues to non-trade audience, internally and externally
  • Strong cross-functional collaboration skills and ability to influence others through demonstrated expertise.
  • MS Office proficiency, advanced Excel skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • US Customs Broker License



This position is not eligible for sponsorship

We are an ambitious, resourceful, and driven workforce, which empowers us to THINK OUTSIDE.  Apply today!

About Polaris

As the global leader in Powersports, Polaris Inc. (NYSE: PII) pioneers product breakthroughs and enriching experiences and services that have invited people to discover the joy of being outdoors since our founding in 1954. With annual 2021 sales of $8.2 billion, Polaris’ high-quality product line-up includes the Polaris RANGER®, RZR® and Polaris GENERAL™ side-by-side off-road vehicles; Sportsman® all-terrain off-road vehicles; Indian Motorcycle® midsize and heavyweight motorcycles; Slingshot® moto-roadsters; snowmobiles; and deck, cruiser and pontoon boats, including industry-leading Bennington pontoons. Polaris enhances the riding experience with parts, garments, and accessories, along with a growing aftermarket portfolio. Polaris’ presence in adjacent markets includes military and commercial off-road vehicles, quadricycles, and electric vehicles. Proudly headquartered in Minnesota, Polaris serves more than 100 countries across the globe.

EEO Statement

Polaris is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will make all employment-related decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, familial status, status with regard to public assistance, membership or activity in a local commission, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.