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International Trade and Customs Manager

Apply now Job no: 508885
Work type: Full Time - Permanent
Location: Wolverton Mill
Categories: Finance

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Job Purpose:

We’re looking for an International Trade and Customs Manager who will be responsible for supporting the AML Senior Manager for International Trader & Customs in developing and implementing robust international trade and customs processes. These processes will enable AML to meet its compliance obligations and to fully utilize trade simplifications and customs special procedures.

AML exports to over 50 countries around the world and therefore the need to efficiently navigate and ensure compliance with numerous markets is vital.

Key internal interfaces include Finance, Purchasing, Material Planning & Logistics, Engineering, Sales, Special Vehicles, Aftersales and AMLE GmbH. Key external interfaces will be with AML’s supplier base, local Chambers of Commerce, HMRC and AML’s third-party service providers (Customs Support, UPS etc.).

The candidate must have detailed technical knowledge and proven experience of customs either in Practice or in an in-house role. The candidate will ideally also have experience of working with, or in, automotive / manufacturing environments.    

Key Duties & Responsibilities:

You will work both with internal cross-functional partners within the business and with external partners and suppliers to ensure that AML meets its customs and international trade compliance obligations namely: 

  • Support the AML Senior Manager for International Trade & Customs in defining and developing processes and controls and identifying and implementing robust duty mitigation measures. 
  • Manage AML Customs Operations resources in their day-to-day and strategic activities.
  • Serve as primary point of contact at AML for all Aftersales-related customs queries.
  • Serve as primary point of contact at AML for all Special Vehicles customs-related queries.
  • Take a pro-active role in validating all import / export information provided by other areas of the AML business and suppliers and urgently addressing / escalating any areas of concern or weakness, including leading cross-functional meetings to resolve issues.
  • Build and developing an effective network of contacts across the AML business to support the operation of all aspects of import / export activities.
  • Develop standard operating procedures working in partnership with other functions in order to ensure compliance across the business.
  • Conduct regular risk assessments in relation to business import/export operations and identifying contingency plans where necessary.     
  • Develop and deliver regular progress reports / presentations to communicate status of import / export operations and driving actions within functions.
  • Seek out efficiency improvements to optimize Trade and Customs operations

Qualification & Experience:

  • Detailed technical and operational knowledge and experience of customs and international trade legislation and requirements, especially in the UK and EU.
  • Strong IT skills using office tools (Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)
  • Ability to work cross functionally and build effective relationships
  • Good communication skills


  • A self-starter able to work independently and/or as part of a small dynamic team.
  • Able to work cross functionally and at pace
  • Able to establish and deliver against a clear set of goals 
  • Able to focus on detail and maintain standards of operational excellence
  • Regular reporting to senior management and able to communicate complex issues to senior management

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