Customs Compliance Specialist

Date: Nov 24, 2023

Location: Lake Zurich, IL, US, 60047

Company: accobrands

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Job Summary

The Customs Compliance Specialist provides structure and daily management of customs import operations and will lead technical advice and research for US/CA business activities; identify compliance gaps and implement corrective action where appropriate. In this role, you will participate in ACCO Brands’ global trade compliance team to ensure alignment with ACCO Brands’ global compliance strategy. 


In an effort to cross-train others, as well as contribute to the growth, development, and implementation of a global trade compliance department, this team is highly collaborative. You will work across the matrix with ACCO Brands Marketing, Engineering, Finance, Legal, and other teams to ensure compliance.


  • Compliance Oversight: Monitor and oversee compliance efforts to ensure that the organization adheres to relevant laws, regulations, and industry standards.
  • Policy Development: Collaborate with the compliance team to develop, update, and communicate company policies and procedures to employees.
  • Training and Education: Conduct compliance training programs for employees to raise awareness and promote understanding of compliance requirements.
  • Risk Assessment: Identify potential compliance risks, evaluate their impact, and develop strategies to mitigate them effectively.
  • Auditing and Monitoring: Conduct regular audits and reviews to assess compliance with policies and regulations, and report findings to senior management.
  • Reporting: Prepare compliance reports and documentation for regulatory authorities, as required, and maintain accurate records of compliance activities.
  • Investigations: Lead or participate in investigations of valuation, non-preferential origin, preferential origin etc.  and recommend corrective actions.
  • Communication: Foster a culture of compliance by communicating the importance of adherence to regulations and policies throughout the organization.
  • Change Management: Stay up to date with changes in laws and regulations affecting the industry and update company policies accordingly. 


  • Bachelor's degree in International Business, Supply Chain or a related discipline, and/or equivalent of education and experience.
  • Minimum 7 years of experience in previous compliance positions is preferred (customs broker, international company compliance or trade and compliance consulting role).
  • Experience with free trade agreements required. 
  • Extensive knowledge and proficient in HTS (Harmonized Tariff Schedule).
  • ECCN classification knowledge a plus.
  • Non preferential and preferential program experience knowing critical elements to review.
  • Data automation using Power BI and/or pivot tables for weekly and monthly metrics.
  • Duty drawback, reconciliation, and valuation for various products (apparel to high tech) preferred. 





About Us:

You know our brands. You love our brands. You just may not know they are ours.

If you have touched a PowerA® gaming controller, a Five Star® notebook, a Swingline® stapler, a Quartet® dry erase board, or a Kensington® computer mouse, you have touched part of ACCO Brands Corporation. With annual revenues of over $2 Billion, ACCO Brands (NYSE: ACCO) designs, markets, manufactures and sells branded academic, consumer and business products globally. The power of our brands, our unmatched global customer reach, and our strategic market strengths put us in a position to achieve global leadership and growth. We're proud of our long history of industry leadership and innovation and are focused on delivering exceptional value to our customers by providing unique, cutting-edge, branded products.

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Equal Opportunity Employer

At ACCO Brands, we are committed to providing an environment of fairness and mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and team members without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, physical and mental disability, veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law. ACCO Brands believes that a diverse and inclusive work environment is critical to our success as a global company, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.



Accommodation for applicants with disabilities will be provided in all parts of the recruiting process as required under the ACCO Brands Canada AODA policy.  Applicants are asked to make their needs known in advance.

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