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Our high growth and leadership position in the renewable energy business offers outstanding opportunities to individuals seeking an exciting work environment in one of the most important industries for the 21st century. First Solar is a leader in the development and manufacturing of thin film solar modules used in grid-connected solar power plants, as well as a provider of complete solar generation solutions for U.S. utilities. Our culture is one where teamwork, continuous improvement, achievement of results, and environmental responsibility are core values. We are seeking new associates who are motivated to contribute their talents to making cost-effective solar energy an important part of the world's energy mix.
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Primary Job Functions:
Job Title:                   Trade Compliance Specialist, Vietnam – Supervisor
Reports To:               Sr. Manager, Global Trade Compliance
FLSA Job Status:     Exempt
Basic Job Functions:
  • Responsible for conducting a full range of activities for import/export compliance related processes within the First Solar, Inc. global organization to ensure adherence to global government regulations and First Solar, Inc. internal requirements.
  • Interface with First Solar, Inc. divisions, factories, subsidiaries, suppliers, brokers and freight forwarders to ensure compliance to all domestic and international government import/export regulations.
  • Develop strong business relationships and strategic alliances supporting First Solar growth plan.
  • Manage (EPE) Export Processing Enterprise -  Imports and Exports
Experience:
  • College degree plus 5 or more years of experience working in international trade compliance
  • In-depth knowledge of Vietnamese Import and Export operational trade compliance processes & concepts.
  • Experience working with regulatory agencies such as Vietnamese Customs Authorities inclusive of Export Processing Enterprise.
  • SAP software experience is a plus.
                                   
Education:
  • Four year college degree in Business, Supply Chain, Logistics or related technical or business field.
Required Skills:
Decision Making:
  • Determine most effective methods, develop and execute supporting programs and projects to achieve company goals
  • Contribute and implement sourcing decisions based on team consensus to a weighted scorecard and senior executive guidance.
  • Robust knowledge of Vietnamese import/export operations
Problem Solving:
  • Apply root cause analysis and derive corrective actions, and assess adequacy of the analyses and plans proposed by suppliers.
  • Able to influence peers and internal customers to achieve mutually beneficial solutions.
Project Management:
  • Understand and demonstrate advanced project management skills.
  • Possess demonstrated ability to successfully manage multiple projects at the same time and to close projects on time.
Interaction:
  • Highly effective communicator, (in English and Vietnamese) including oral, written and presentation preparation             
  • Interact primarily with peers, managers, senior managers, directors and senior executives from First Solar
    • Influence or change the thinking of others. Frequently associate with higher level positions to achieve organizational goals in sensitive situations without damaging relationships. 
    • Act as team leader of cross-functional group for ad-hoc or standing projects of high complexity and visibility.
  • Interact routinely with senior level executives of government agencies and  government agencies
  • Build deep industry relationships. Widely recognized as a category subject matter expertise internally and externally
  • Highly self-motivated, and a team player
Job Complexity
  • Establish and gain approval for operational objectives and work plans which support overall corporate goals. Work independently on issues of broad scope and complexity where analysis of situation is highly complicated and requires evaluation of intangibles.
  • Act independently within established guidelines to determine appropriate action.  Create new approaches with lack of precedent but in accordance with laws and regulations.
  • Develop and implement cost-reduction and cost avoidance programs.
  • Measure and track supplier performance.
  • Communicate effectively with appropriate management levels both internally and externally. 
  • Demonstrate project management skills in leading cross functional teams. 
  • Conduct business dealings with the highest level of integrity and regard for legal and environmental issues.
Essential Functions & Responsibilities
  • Responsible for preparation and submission of Customs entry documentation and preparation and submission of export documentation in and out of the EPE.
  • Manage EPE (Export Processing Enterprise) covering both Imports & Exports.
  • Ensure accurate documentation is created and data is transmitted timely to appropriate governmental agencies for all Vietnamese import/export activities.
  • Determine appropriate Harmonized Tariff numbers on import and export shipments.
  • Responsible for the development, delivery and ongoing oversight of import/export compliance processes by understanding and applying relevant Vietnamese and US international laws and regulations.
  • Represent the company as needed with customs and trade officials to develop solutions to resolve trade compliance issues with relevant government agencies.  Ensure compliance with Vietnamese Customs regulations and other government agency regulations. Confirm such knowledge is factored into the departmental processes.
  • Review and customize process for recordkeeping and retention of import/export control related documents such as product classification, valuation etc.
  • Oversee and complete necessary license application forms (Export and Import)
  • Identify trade compliance risks and provide guidance for mitigation.
  • Manage trade compliance issues involving multiple functions, business units and/or countries by adhering to processes established by Global Trade Compliance Department.
  • Initiate and administer training to staff and other First Solar personnel on regulatory requirements inclusive of Incoterms 2010 and international documentation.
  • Oversee application for tariff concessions such as Free Trade Agreements
  • Respond to inquiries and issues involving customs and other Vietnamese government agencies
  • Organize, update and disseminate customs regulations to First Solar personnel
  • Track and publish metrics and KPI's to achieve objectives and adherence to regulations. Maintain brokerage supplier scorecard.
  • Conduct business dealings with the highest level of integrity and regard for governmental and legal regulations and environmental issues.
  • Prepare monthly and special request reports as required.
  • May travel to support operations.
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Language Requirements
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Experience
International Trade
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Education
Bachelors: Business Administration/Management
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Potential candidates will meet the education and experience requirements provided on the above job description and excel in completing the listed responsibilities for this role.  All candidates receiving an offer of employment must successfully complete a background check, pre-employment drug screen, and any other test that may be required for the role.Potential candidates will meet the education and experience requirements provided on the above job description and excel in completing the listed responsibilities for this role.  All candidates receiving an offer of employment must successfully complete a background check, pre-employment drug screen, and any other test that may be required for the role.