Posted to MedZilla on 11/20/2017

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-CA, Import / Export Specialist - San Diego, CA 1702927-MZ


Are you looking for a patient-focused company that will inspire you and support your career? If so, be empowered to take charge of your future at Takeda. Join us as an Import / Export Specialist in our San Diego office.

Here, everyone matters and you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission. As an Import / Export Specialist working on the Procurement team, you will be empowered to create and import compliance policies for the San Diego Research Site.


The Import/Export Specialist is responsible for the creation and implementation of export and import compliance policies and procedures for the San Diego Site and manages the Trade Compliance Committee. The position emphasizes resolving import/export compliance issues that may arise, and includes interaction with legal counsel, and as necessary, government officials. A component of the position is analyzing and interpreting US and foreign countries import and export regulations. The Import Specialist manages records, forms and other documentation related to imports and exports.

  • Create and implement export and import compliance policies and procedures for San Diego Research Site
  • Manage daily import and export transactions ensuring compliance to all US Government Laws and Regulations. This includes US Customs Border and Protection, USDA, FDA, Public Health, Bureau of Industry and Security, DEA, FAA and possible other government agencies. Prepare formal responses for questions specific to imports or exports.
  • Create country specific standard operating procedures for importing/exporting clinical trial material and raw materials, including logistics, customs clearance and delivery cycle times. Continually track and maintain changes to regulations and define strategies to avoid potential conflicts.
  • Liaise with in-country coordinators/CRO s to establish standard import and export requirements for clinical trials, including export license determination
  • Screen export orders for compliance with US Government denied party listings
  • Verify shipment documentation of transferred compounds for proper valuation, classification, country of origin, and record retention.
  • Instruct customs brokers and freight forwarders on how to handle the products. Create SOP s for entire clinical supply chain process. Conduct annual performance assessments.
  • Conduct post import audits ensuring transactions comply to US import regulations. If incorrect, provide instructions for entry corrections.
  • Serve as a subject matter expert for San Diego on import/export
  • Perform all record keeping processes and maintain records of all entry
  • Responsible for cross training on shipping process
  • Coverage for receiving responsibilities when required
  • Assist in CTM budget preparation and control activities by identifying customs duties and taxes


  • Minimum 4 years experience in importing and exporting in pharmaceutical industry
  • Bachelor s Degree preferred
  • Strong working knowledge and understanding of the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulations
  • Expert knowledge of Title 19 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) of the United States
  • Proven knowledge of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR)
  • Familiar with Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) and Importer Self-Assessment (ISA) programs and requirements for qualification
  • Understanding of Automated Export System
Skills and Knowledge:
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong general business and business application knowledge
  • Excellent training, listening, diagramming and documentation skills
  • Promotes a spirit of cooperation, trust and respect within the team and with others
  • Demonstrated ability to focus on project work and efficiently bring projects to completion
  • Demonstrates independent troubleshooting and problem solving.
  • Demonstrate problem solving and decision making abilities
  • Attention to details and strong analytical skills
  • Leadership skills ability to lead and train cross-functional project teams
  • Strong ability to influence others and interpret government regulations
  • Requires aptitude and potential to learn import and export regulations


  • Ability to drive or fly to various meetings/ client sites limited overnight. Some international travel may be required. Approximately 5% travel.


  • 401(k) with company match and Annual Retirement Contribution Plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Company match of charitable contributions
  • Health & Wellness programs including onsite flu shots and health screenings
  • Generous time off for vacation and the option to purchase additional vacation days
  • Community Outreach Programs

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