Share this Job

Regional Customs Compliance Manager

Date: Feb 19, 2021

Location: El Cajon, CA, US

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About Us

GKN Aerospace is the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. With 50 manufacturing locations in 15 countries, we serve over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers. We design and manufacture innovative smart aerospace systems and components. Our technologies are used in aircraft ranging from the most used single aisle aircraft and the largest passenger planes in the world to business jets and the world’s advanced 5th generation fighter aircraft.

About the opportunity

GKN Aerospace is a global engineering business. Every time you travel by air almost anywhere in the world, it is likely that GKN is helping you on your way. We design, manufacture and service systems and components for original equipment manufacturers around the world. We are continuously evolving, pioneering new technologies and reinventing existing ones, stretching ourselves to be better in everything we do.

We are looking for people who want to make a difference, talented members with the skills and passions to become the best of the future in what they do.


Job Summary

The Regional Customs Compliance Manager is responsible for the direct oversight of the Import/Export activities at the assigned sites.  This includes, without limitation, adherence to applicable U.S. and other laws and regulations pertaining to customs and imports as well as ensuring compliance with GKN Aerospace procedures. 

Job Responsibilities

•    Develop and maintain policies and procedures for use across the sites to which the individual is assigned. These policies and procedures need to align and support any higher level policies and procedures regarding Customs and Import.
•    Know what is imported, from where and the terms of the transactions for all sites to which the individual is assigned.
•    Oversee the actions of various site-level personnel related to customs declarations, including personnel in Shipping, Receiving, Customer Service, Purchasing, Logistics and other operational functions.
•    Ensure a strong understanding of the business related to customs compliance at each site to which the individual is assigned. Visit all physical sites with importing activity to which the individual is assigned a minimum of once per year. 
•    Oversee accuracy of customs /  import documents and ensure timely filings for the sites to which the individual is assigned
•    Oversee maintenance of records and information in accordance with Customs recordkeeping requirements and GKN Aerospace policy
•    Perform sample audits of customs entries, documenting any errors.
•    Investigate any reports received regarding errors made in connection with an importation. Ensure errors are corrected and prepare disclosure to government if required
•    Perform annual self-assessment. Identify areas of risk within the sites to which the individual is assigned and work with management on corrective action plans and implementation.
•    Oversee the activities of customs brokers used by the sites to which the individual is assigned.  Provide standard operating procedures to the broker to ensure that the business’ specific requirements are followed. Conduct a periodic review of the customs entries filed by the broker
•    Ensure adequate controls are in place to monitor HTS classifications (as assigned by the business) for accuracy.
•    Periodically audit the HTS classifications assigned and oversee maintenance of HTS classifications in the local ERP system.


Required Qualifications:
•    Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in customs compliance
•    Minimum five (5) years of directly related customs compliance experience

Preferred Qualifications
•    Knowledge of US Customs regulations
•    Knowledge of Harmonized Tariff and ECCN classification as well as of country of origin determination
•    Experience in the implementation and maintenance of a compliance program including training, policies, guidelines and procedures
•    High ethical standards
•    Strong research and writing abilities
•    Strong interpersonal skills, ability to communicate effectively and persuade and motivate others
•    Self-motivated. Ability to work independently with limited direction
•    Excellent organizational skills and ability to work well under stress
•    Accuracy and attention to detail
•    Understanding of customs / import requirement in other countries/regions
•    Understanding of export control requirements

Diversity Inclusion and Belonging (DIB)

As a global engineering company, innovation is what differentiates us from our competitors and is central to our success.

A balance of cultures, ethnicities and genders help bring new ideas and creativity to GKN. We need people of different backgrounds, with different skills and perspectives to spark originality, imagination and creativeness in our teams around the world.

GKN is an equal opportunity employer.

We treat all our employees and applicants fairly and are committed to ensuring that there is no discrimination or harassment against any employee or qualified applicant on the grounds of age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.


5 Principles


Nearest Major Market: San Diego