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Senior Customs Specialist

We aim high. So do you.

At Volvo Cars, we have bold targets when it comes to innovation, sales and customer experience, and we’re developing new technologies to lead in safety, autonomous driving and electrification. If you want to grow together with talented people creating a new automotive future, we have a job for you.


Senior Customs Specialist


Your leadership will make a difference. 
At Volvo Cars, we are always looking for world-class people who bring the best. If you want to be part of leading and inspiring our mission to change the automotive experience and make people’s lives less complicated, then we have the job for you. 

What’s in it for you in this role?
As Customs Specialist Transformation you will become a main player for Trade & Customs and you will be part of the Global Customs & Export controls team. 
You will be part of driving the transformation in the way we work and in how we approach challenges in our running business. As such you will be setting the scene for our customs handling for the foreseeable future ensuring that our internal customs handling is always efficient, effective and compliant. 


What you’ll do in this important role. 
As Customs Specialist Transformation you will be part of a newly formed team “Customs Transformation” consisting of about 10 experienced customs professionals in Europe, USA and China. The goal is to reduce the dependency on human intervention and firefighting in our customs operations following a concept of automation and robotization.

Together with the team, you will own the roadmap towards full automation / robotization of our customs operations and will drive the necessary process changes, define the needed adaptations and negotiate needs and possibilities between Customs and the relevant stakeholders. This team will take the lead in the transformation within our customs operations. The work will need to be done in close collaboration between our Customs Operations team, our Digital team, and our business stakeholders such Logistics functions, procurement, goods receivers etc.

You will be responsible for delivering on the plan set together with your manager and the team. A key success factor will be your ability to translate inefficiencies into activities improving and on delivering on the improvements. You will be achieving the goals of this roles through cooperation with our Digital teams but the main focus of this role will be the improvement of the “way we work”; i.e. our processes, approach ensuring structure, predictability and steady flow.

Do you fit the profile? 

  • You have 3+ years experience of international trade and customs operations together with proven project management skills, as well as experience of working with process improvement methodologies such as Six Sigma / Lean. 
  • You have an affinity for IT systems, processes and standards but understand that all tools, systems and processes are only valuable if they support a strong, standardized way of working.
  • You are proactive and work along the entire value chain with all relevant stakeholders to solve challenges so that everybody wins.
  • You are not afraid of being challenged – or diving into conflicting interests – but tackle them head-on with the aim to solve the challenges by reaching the best possible solution for the company.
  • Beyond this you know how to translate your ideas into concrete plans, and bring others on the journey to achieve these ideas.
  • You follow through on your ideas and your commitments. People around you see you as trustworthy, dependable and a collaborator. You balance the interests of everyone, and work proactively in shaping expectations from stakeholders as well as communicate your expectations clearly.
  • You have a clear focus on delivering your value. You never give up but you know when to stop and focus on something more valuable.


Additional Information:
This role is considered an FTZ “Key Employee”. In addition to the Volvo Car background check/investigation completed prior to hire, all Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) “Key Employees” will be required to complete a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) background check, which includes a Volvo Car background check/investigation, at least every five years. If an employee fails the background check, they will not be allowed to work as a “FTZ key employee”.  


Who are we? 
Volvo Cars is a company on a mission; to bring traditional car manufacturing into a connected, sustainable and smart future. Since 1927, we have been a brand known for our commitment to safety, creating innovative cars that make life less complicated for our consumers. In 2010, we decided to transform our business, resulting in a totally new generation of cars and technologies, as well as steady growth and record sales. Today, we’re expanding our global footprint in Europe, China and the US, and we’re on the lookout for new talent. We are constantly pushing our own skills and abilities to drive change in the automobile industry like never before. We are looking for innovative, committed people to join us in this endeavour and create safe, sustainable and connected cars. We believe in the power of people and will challenge and support you to reach your full potential. Join us and be part of Volvo Cars’ journey into the future. 



Who are we?

Everything we do starts with people. Our purpose is to provide freedom to move, in a personal, sustainable and safe way. We are committed to simplifying our customers’ lives by offering better technology solutions that improve their impact on the world and bringing the most advanced mobility innovations to protect them, their loved ones and the people around them. 

Volvo Cars’ continued success is the result of a collaborative, diverse, and inclusive working environment. The people of Volvo Cars are committed to making a difference in our world. Today, we are one of the most well-known and respected car brands, with over 40,000 employees across the globe. We believe in bringing out the best in each other and harnessing the true power of people. At Volvo Cars your career is designed around your talents and aspirations so you can reach your full potential. Join us on a journey of a lifetime as we create safety, autonomous driving and electrification technologies of tomorrow.

Charleston, SC, US

Job requisition ID:  59377

Nearest Major Market: Charleston South Carolina
Nearest Secondary Market: South Carolina

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