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Global Trade Compliance Lead

SpaceX • 
Hawthorne, California, United States
Position Type: Permanent
Job Description:
Supply Chain Management

SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today, SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.

Global Trade Compliance Lead

This position will be responsible for the development and maintenance of a compliant, efficient, and optimal import compliance program for SpaceX. Additionally, the position will be responsible for collaboratively identifying solutions and strategies necessary to support the development and implementation of global logistics networks, including export functions. The individual will also be responsible for communicating across all internal functions and company suppliers/logistic channels to ensure policies are in place to comply with import laws in the United States and other applicable jurisdictions. The successful candidate will have the ability to classify products according to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule and Commerce Control List and a have a complete understanding of valuation concepts, programs, opportunities, and country of origin determination. The position reports to the Manager of Logistics in Supply Chain.


  • Creates and maintains policies and procedures to ensure company compliance with rules and regulations pertaining to all clearances through U.S. Customs, and similar rules and regulations in non-US jurisdictions.

  • Responsible for customs valuation, origin verification, HTSUS (harmonized tariff schedule of the United States)/Schedule B identification, tariff engineering opportunities, trade zone programs, and other trade optimization programs. Advises options and scenarios to mitigate additional duties such as:

    • Anti-Dumping Duties & Countervailing Duties (ADD, CVD)

    • Cost-avoidance options related to Value-Add Tax (VAT), Goods and Services Tax (GST), and additional provincial/regional taxes as appropriate

    • Generalized System of Preferences (GSP)

  • Ensures timely clearance of import shipments and compliance with U.S. Customs and participating government agency regulations. This includes the management of non-SpaceX personnel such as Customs brokers, freight forwarders, as well as Internal SpaceX departments and functions. Examples of pertinent government agencies include, but are not limited to:

    • Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

    • Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

    • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

    • United States Customs Border Patrol (USCBP)

    • United States Commerce Department

    • International Chamber of Commerce

  • Assesses, establishes, and manages company-wide compliance programs such as Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) and Importer Self-Assessment (ISA), to include determining whether these programs would be beneficial for SpaceX, and if so, developing policies and procedures with cross-functional departments such as procurement, logistics, receiving, security, accounting, etc.

  • Provides direction on new supply chain opportunities with import/export regulatory implications and potential tactical and strategic benefits.

  • Manages daily international import activities including maintenance of all import shipping documentation as required.

  • Monitors, interprets, and communicates U.S. and non-U.S. Customs regulations, trade facilitation programs, and agreement changes to appropriate segments of the business. Examples include, but are not limited to:

    • Free Trade Agreements (FTA)

    • Foreign Trade Zones (FTZ)

  • Maintains a relationship between SpaceX and United States Customs Border Patrol (USCBP) officials.

  • Manages the relationship between SpaceX and our Customs brokers to ensure they understand our business requirements and are operating appropriately and efficiently.

  • Manages development of regulatory programs and initiatives, including strategies related to the following:

    • Duty Drawback recovery and programs

    • North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

    • Protests

    • Customs Rulings Online Search System (CROSS)/Binding Rulings

    • Import/export strategies

  • Works closely with supply chain and legal teams to monitor trade compliance regulatory and legislative changes, informing appropriate parties and implementing relevant programs.

  • Thinks creatively to organize and prioritize work, adjust to shifting priorities and improve process efficiency.

Job Requirements:

  • Completed bachelor’s degree.

  • 4+ years of U.S. Customs, or other international trade regulatory experience.

  • Experience with US Customs Regulations and Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) classification, and duty drawback.

  • Experience with ITAR regulation.

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Licensed Customs Broker.

  • Practical and demonstrated experience in managing duty drawback programs, FTA/FTZ evaluation as well as establishment and implementation of import/export compliance programs.

  • Strong analytical, organization, multi-tasking, and process improvement skills.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with ability to discuss problematic issues at all levels within the company.

  • Skills in building strong customer service relationships.

  • Experience in the manufacturing industry.

ITAR Requirements:

  • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.

SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

Applicants wishing to view a copy of SpaceX’s Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities, or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (310) 363-6000.

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