Import Classification PM

Amazon Web Services
 Seattle, WA


Job summary

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is looking for an experienced Global Import Classification Program Manager (PM) to support our business on a broad range of global import and trade compliance matters. You will be responsible for global import classifications as the subject matter expert and communicate technical analysis and decisions to team members, Technical Program Managers, cross-functional partners, and senior management.

You will work with both internal and external partners to define and measure operational processes, leverage technical data by constantly using data to improve and strengthen AWS import compliance controls. You will interact with AWS Development, Datacenter Engineering, Services, Operations, Procurement, Supply Chain, Legal, Tax, and other internal businesses and external stakeholders to drive trade compliance. This position will report to the Manager of Global Trade and Product Compliance (GPTC) Operations for AWS in Seattle.

AWS is at the forefront of providing a broad set of global cloud-based services including compute, storage, databases, networking, analytics, deep Machine Learning, robotics, and enterprise applications, to help organizations move faster, lower IT costs, and scale. This is a dynamic business within, and one of the world’s fastest growing and evolving companies, with a team of exceptionally talented, bright and driven people.

GTPC is responsible for ensuring that the infrastructure equipment necessary to support the AWS services are imported/exported in a compliant manner across the multiple countries where AWS operates and will expand to.

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Work/Life Balance

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Key job responsibilities

  • Serve as an import classification Subject Matter Expert responsible for global classification alignment
  • Develop and implement a long term vision for global import classification program
  • Maintain oversight of day-to-day global classification operations while engaging with internal stakeholders, regional leaders, and contracted freight forwarder/customs brokers
  • Build and maintain relationships with internal stakeholders as well as with vendors/suppliers to obtain requisite technical product data needed to perform accurate import classifications and operational strategies
  • Provide documented classification justifications based upon the GRI foundation for global import classifications.
  • Manage daily tasks related to providing import compliance guidance with all US and Non-US regulations in the conduct of AWS trade activities, including conducting research, updating status reports, and coordinating team deliverables
  • Assist with technology, hardware, and software trade classification, including: Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS), Schedule B, and Export Control Classification Number (ECCN)
  • Interface with internal and external functional partners to identify and rectify any information/process gaps
  • Develop, document, and maintain operational processes and procedures
  • Build communications and training plans to ensure all internal and external partners are aware and aligned to trade compliance processes

Basic Qualifications

  • 4+ years of direct experience with customs and import compliance
  • 3+ years’ experience commensurate with extensive knowledge of handling imports and/or exports in accordance with foreign government regulations
  • 3+ years’ experience leveraging technology and data-driven metrics to drive process improvements
  • 3+ years’ direct experience with deep diving import classifications
  • Ability to navigate GRI, HTS, Rulings and other trade publishing to support classification justifications

Preffered Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution
  • Master’s Degree is a plus, but not required
  • US Customs Brokerage License a plus, but not required
  • Global logistics or supply chain experience is desirable
  • Experience analyzing and classifying high-tech commodities or IT equipment
  • Experience applying trade knowledge to business flows, and understand priorities from a financial and tax assessment perspective highly desirable
  • Six Sigma is a plus, but not required

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