International Customs Manager

St.-Prex, Switzerland

Posted: 19-Jun-2018

Ref#: FER-0062 / BR414

Headquartered in Saint-Prex, Switzerland, Ferring Pharmaceuticals is a research-driven, specialty biopharmaceutical group active in global markets. The company identifies, develops and markets innovative products in the areas of reproductive health, urology, gastroenterology, endocrinology and orthopaedics. Ferring has its own operating subsidiaries in nearly 60 countries and markets its products in 110 countries. To learn more about Ferring or its products please visit

In our Headquarter in St-Prex/Lausanne (Switzerland), we are looking for an:

International Customs Manager

Your mission

Support and guide people on International Import / Export and Customs activities. Act as the center of expertise in Customs compliance activities for Ferring trading flows. Support the establishment and maintenance of needed International Customs Trade regulations and ensure harmonized processes across the company. Manage International Customs Trade programs by establishing, implementing and enforcing Ferring corporate policies and procedures regarding international imports and exports.

Main responsibilities

  • Determine correct preferential and non-preferential Country of Origin as per Customs process for all products. Manage Compliance with Free Trade Agreement / Origin Certificate requirements
  • Set-up Long Terms Supplier Declaration (supplier solicitation) governance. Lead, coordinate, implement and manage Long Terms Supplier Declaration with stakeholders for end to end flows
  • Implement and manage the HS code determination with a third party service provider
  • Identify Customs compliance gaps, understand criticality of gaps and liaise with needed functions to close them. Monitor key metrics for International Customs Trade
  • Review and update Customs Policies per defined strategy. Support plants and FERRING distribution companies in resolving issues and audits with Customs authorities
  • Advice and support relationships with Customs as requested. Understand Customs related legislative changes, update documentation. Keep abreast of global regulations and ensure regulation changes are communicated and implemented throughout the company
  • Lead and partner with relevant stakeholders to implement International Customs Trade processes.
  • Identify Customs optimization opportunities, duty reduction actions where possible, and support business case generation
  • Manage certifications like Agreed Exporter to speed up customs clearance and support automation for customs declaration. Manage AEO Certification for Supply Chain and others sites
  • Primary Contact for CH Customs and support NL / DE / CZ Customs related matters and other internal/external inquiries/audits related to import and export compliance declarations
  • Review the company needs and implement Global Trade Management tools accordingly
  • Asset and approve Customs Valuations for products as per customs and international trade regulations, in coordination with Tax

Required Experience & Competences
  • Bachelor’s Degree or similar in International Trade, Finance, Accounting, Logistics or other related fields
  • Completion of accredited Import / Export compliance training program recommended (e.g. UCC training academy)
  • Experience in determining Country of Origin, Valuation and Classifications for Customs as well as trade agreements, trade zones, special procedures, etc
  • Subject matter expertise both import, export and Authorized Economic Operator (“AEO”)
  • Five to seven years of relevant experience in International Customs Compliance
  • Strong working knowledge and experience in compliance and audit practices
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and German (French is an asset)
  • Strong Microsoft Office and Microsoft Access skills
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and presentation/training skills
  • Ability to prioritize and manage time effectively
  • Ability to think strategically and critically
  • Ability to effectively manage 3rd parties
  • Excellent written, oral, listening and presentation communication skills to effectively communicate with all stakeholders

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