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Country Trade Compliance Officer

Location: Guarulhos, São Paulo, Brazil
Job ID: R0031197
Date Posted: Sep 28, 2023
Segment: Green Energy & Mobility
Business Unit: Hitachi Energy
Profession (Job Category): Customer Service & Contact Center Operations
Job Type (Experience Level): Experienced
Job Schedule: Full time
Remote: No

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Company Description

Hitachi Energy is a global technology leader that provides innovative solutions and services to customers in the utility, industry, and infrastructure sectors. As pioneers in energy technology, we are committed to advancing the world's energy system in order to make it more sustainable, flexible, and secure, while considering social, environmental, and economic value. Our installed base spans across more than 140 countries. Join us and help shape the future of energy.

Role Description

We are looking for a highly motivated Country Trade Compliance Officer to join our team in Guarulhos, SP, with flexibility for some remote work. As the Country Trade Compliance Officer, you will be responsible for ensuring that our operations comply with all applicable export and import laws and regulations, as well as overseeing all aspects of our trade compliance program in Brazil. This is a full-time hybrid role, implying that the role is located in Guarulhos, but some work from home is acceptable.

1.     Authorities, Export Control and Customs Compliance

Serve as single point of contact for local (national) trade compliance authorities and country management (respectively lead local business management) in handling trade compliance relating to Hitachi Energy (deemed) exports, cross-border shipments, customers or vendors.

2.     Governance, Instructions and Procedures

Ensure the creation and maintenance of written trade compliance standards and procedures for all Local Businesses addressing all applicable export control, sanctions, and customs requirements.

In relation to sanction compliance/export control, set screening standards (Sanctioned Party List/Embargo/Product), implement guidelines for the preparation and submission of export license applications and manage, review and ensure the proper release of SAP GTS blocks, where feasible / applicable through delegation of release to local TCO`s and in line with segregation-of-duty requirements.

Ensure transaction-based compliance with regulatory customs requirements (country-of-origin, classification, valuation and other).

Cooperate closely with staff in related domains to ensure seamless connection between overall trade compliance and day-to-day operations, including master data requirements, supplier qualifications etc. Ensure development, implementation, and use of an efficient (communication) platform to drive trade compliance.

3.     Archiving, audit trail

Oversee trade related archiving requirements, ensure that trade compliance records are kept and retrievable, as defined in the relevant instructions and regulations.

4.     Customs and Export Control Classification

Ensure, through appointed business-based Product Classification Engineers (PCEs) and responsible local business management, that all imported and exported products, software and technologies are properly classified with respect to relevant national and international export control regulations and national tariff / commodity classification. Assisting in classification for special transactions, as needed. Ensure maintenance of classification and audit trail in relevant systems (GTS, DMS and SAP or similar systems)

5.     Systems

Jointly with IT and local business management, ensure the effective use of Hitachi Energy`s custom and trade compliance management systems (i.e. SAP’s GTS and Document Management System), ensuring the efficient implementation of the automated screening solution, as well as the customs management functionalities, for both imports and exports.

6.     Trade Compliance Governance & Risk Management

Develop and implement a strategy to monitor, manage and mitigate trade compliance related risks and opportunities, including close cooperation with customs operations staff and the preparation and use of regular local internal trade reviews (audits of trade compliance) in the Local Businesses. Notify Local Business management, Group Trade Compliance and Trade Management and in-house legal counsel of any suspected trade compliance violation. Oversee trade facilitation programs, manage and administrate authorizations and permits. Support audits of Hitachi Energy Group trade compliance and relevant authorities, supervise follow-up actions.

7.     Training

Implement a trade compliance training program to ensure basic knowledge and awareness across the entire local organization and raise specific expertise where needed, in line with the Hitachi Energy Global Trade Program (incl. training framework).

8.     Reporting, Communication

Provide country management (respectively Lead Business management), and Group Trade Management periodic updates regarding the status of the local trade compliance program and on significant changes in applicable trade regulations. Communicate trade compliance updates and promote general awareness of trade compliance in the local organization. Maintain Local Trade Compliance page on Hitachi Energy`s intranet (TC SharePoint) and country specific Trade handbook (complementary to global Trade Handbook). Organize regular (at least quarterly) trade compliance interface (e.g. calls) for the trade compliance community in the country.

9.     Budget and performance targets

Ensure that Trade Compliance targets are achieved. Deliver on budget and targets within the framework.

10.  People leadership and development

Ensure, with HR and local business management support, that Trade Compliance is properly organized, staffed, skilled and directed, at local business level. Guide, motivate and develop nominated TCO`s within HR policies, for the benefit of both Hitachi Energy and the employee.


  • Bachelor's or master's degree in International Business, Law, or a related field
  • Experience in trade compliance, including experience with export and import laws and regulations in Brazil
  • Experience with a broad range of trade compliance laws and regulations, including but not limited to sanctions, anti-boycott, and anti-boycott regulations, as well as the Brazilian customs regulations
  • Experience in conducting export and import classification, investigation, and audit activities
  • Strong attention to detail, a deep understanding of compliance risk management principles, and the ability to develop effective mitigation strategies
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to work effectively with cross-functional teams and external stakeholders
  • Professional certification in trade compliance (e.g., AEO, CTPAT, CCEP) is preferred
  • Language proficiency in English and Portuguese is required
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