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Trade Compliance Specialist

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46250

Aug 21, 2021


dormakaba is seeking a Trade Compliance Specialist to join the Indianapolis, IN legal team. This role is responsible for managing the daily import and export compliance activities for all dormakaba facilities within the Americas region, and ensuring that all activities related to import and export are conducted according to internal policies and procedures, and in compliance with all international, federal, state, and local regulations.



  • Leads all aspects of daily import and export processes, documentation, recordkeeping, and due diligence.
  • Ensures full compliance for import transactions, including issuance of clearance instructions, monitoring, record keeping, and auditing.
  • Valuates, implements, and supports opportunities for optimizing duty savings associated with customs imports by conducting duty analyses and use of duty minimization programs (i.e., FTZs and FTAs e.g. USMCA)
  • Acts as the primary collaborator with the Company's customs brokers and freight forwarders on import and export issues. Monitor performance of brokers and forwarders against Company instructions and critical metrics.
  • Pulls reports from the ACE system and conduct analysis to monitor risk and compliance (e.g., tariff classification, country of origin, use of free trade agreements, etc.).
  • Responds to inquiries regarding classification, duty rates, documentation requirements, or other import issues to ensure timely clearance.
  • Ensures compliance with all Company trade compliance policies and procedures, and support implementation of Company trade compliance policies and procedures at Americas locations.
  • Ensures denied party screening and embargo screening compliance through auditing, policy review, and software.
  • Supports all dormakaba Group companies if it relates to US re-export control topics.
  • Supports the development and implementation of corrective actions and hold affiliates, suppliers, and brokers accountable for compliance.
  • Assists in risk and opportunity management by continually reviewing relevant customs and export regulations for changes that affect the Company's business.
  • Conducts internal mock assessment audits to ensure business unit compliance with trade compliance requirements.
  • Ensures full compliance for export transactions, including completion of export documentation, execution of export license determination, issuance of shipper's letter of instruction, filing of electronic export information and export record retention.
  • Conducts ongoing document and transactional audits and validations to identify gaps/errors.
  • Supports the development of local directives, procedures and processes for export control and customs to ensure compliance with all government regulations and laws.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business or other relevant field is required.
  • 5+ years’ experience effectively managing import/export processes, and compliance with import/export regulations in the Americas.
  • Experience with auditing of customs entries/data and identifying and correcting errors, as well as recommending corrective actions.
  • Strong working knowledge of US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) requirements.
  • Experience with the US Export Administration Regulations (EAR).
  • Knowledge of Canadian customs and export regulations.
  • Experience in obtaining and analyzing data from US Customs and Border Protection’s Automated Commercial Enterprise (ACE) interface.
  • Experience working with customs brokers, and monitoring accuracy and compliance with documented instructions.
  • Licensed U.S. Customs Broker and/or Customs Brokerage experience preferred.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Experience using SAP or other ERP systems preferred



  • Candidates who embrace dormakaba’s core values will be most successful in our organization: Trust, Customer First, Curiosity, Courage and Performance
  • Team player and strong collaborator
  • Problem solver (always brings solutions, enjoys challenges)
  • Dependable (reliable and follows through on commitments)
  • Continuous improvement/innovative mindset (always looking for better ways of doing things and not satisfied with the status quo)



  • An opportunity to work in global company with a family culture and strong core values (Trust, Customer First, Curiosity, Courage and Performance)
  • Competitive pay with great benefits options (Medical, Dental, Vision, Life and Disability insurance, 401(k), Paid Time Off and Holiday Pay
  • Career fulfillment with growth and development opportunities 
  • Employee discounts (online discounts for shopping, travel, insurance etc.) and much more!


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