Headford UK

German Speaking – Head Of Customs

Job Overview

  • Salary offer ▵ up to £100K

Head of Customs

Headford are pleased to be working with a growing and leading Supply Chain who are now hiring for a Head of Customs. This is a high-profile position with huge responsibility, where you will require a professional approach and the skills to develop a customs framework as well as a team of customs compliance specialists.

Due to The liasing with the German Head office, you must be able to speak and write German at business level

You must be a senior customs professional who has experience in regulatory compliance in relation to business activities from non-EU countries. You will address trade compliance issues to mitigate import (as well as potential export) compliance risks and work closely with all stakeholders to ensure non-UK entities follow all the international and national regulations for the movement of goods.

This is an exciting opportunity to play a lead part in continuously shaping the trading strategy across a wider business network while making sure we you are prepared for the challenges ahead.


Your role

  • Leading the Customs Compliance Team with full responsibility of all processes and systems
  • Project managing the Brexit strategy including training and advising relevant business areas
  • Building and maintaining strong relationships with a variety of internal and external stakeholders
  • Undertaking continuous analysis of the regulatory environment, in particular, trade tariffs/duties and trade restrictions/requirements and ensuring accurate communication to the wider business
  • Managing the liaison between regulatory bodies, trade partners and relevant internal departments
  • Identifying risks and opportunities in the complex supply chain
  • Supporting relevant stakeholders in scenario planning and modelling post Brexit scenarios and requirements and their impact on all business areas
  • Building and maintaining relationships with customs brokers
  • Planning and managing multiple complex projects in deadline-driven environment
  • Understanding the objectives and the impact of projects on the business and driving solutions to business-critical issues
  • Developing, implementing, and optimising processes, systems, policies and standards
  • Support the Director in all customs related matters and providing regular status reports up to Board level


Your Experience


  • Extensive knowledge of import from non-EU countries, particularly the documentation and certificates needed goods to enter the UK in a rapidly evolving compliance landscape
  • Expert knowledge of Customs and Excise regulations
  • Experience with customs authorisations (AEO, CFSP, bonded warehousing etc.)
  • Experience managing Customs Compliance, identifying and correcting potential violations and providing management with summary reports
  • Previous experience building processes, structures and frameworks is highly desirable
  • Comfortable working with a complex system landscape, including SAP, GTS and customs broker systems
  • Able to liaise with industry bodies and connections
  • Confident in establishing a strong customs network
  • Team management experience
  • Powerful influencing and communication skills with the ability to liaise effectively with employees across all levels of the business
  • Strong project management skills to be able to work collaboratively with a range of business departments to complete a project successfully
  • Ability to understand and present complex issues clearly and concisely
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Process focused with attention to detail and experience in setting up and managing processes and procedures
  • Solid presentation skills, comfortable working with a variety of stakeholders at all levels

The Offer

An extremely generous Salary, Car Allowance, Amazing new purpose built office with onsite Gym, Restaurant, parking, and a forward thinking team surrounding you.

Contact Michaela for more info  today!


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