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General Electric Regional Customs Leader - Customs Operations in Charlottesville, Virginia

Job Description Summary

As the Regional Customs Leader, you will be responsible for leading all customs-related activities for your region (not only the US/CAN but also across the LATAM countries). Process development, process improvement and problem solving are key components of the function.

Job Description

Main Duties

  • Develop and implement a strategy for regional customs operations in all the countries in the Americas where GE is doing business

  • Identify customs risks areas and develop actionable plans and procedures to mitigate those risks

  • Lead regional customs councils

  • Manage TSA pre-close and post-close tasks

  • Ensure performance of pre-declaration reviews (valuation, classification, country of origin, any applicable special program documentation is complete before an import or export occurs)


  • Evaluate internal controls and drive implementation of recommended improvement plans

  • Prepare reports and metrics on duty, quality, savings, R&O, accomplishments and value creation

  • Respond to internal and external requests and investigations

  • Map out the cross-functional customs processes for each country where the business is currently importing


  • Work with approved agents to support daily customs clearances; own shipment issue resolution

  • Ensure support of regional customs activities by qualified personnel

  • Participate in QBRs with agents to address their areas of concern

  • Manage local customs agency relationship (gov’t)


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college with minimum 5 years’ experience in customs processes or

  • High school diploma/GED with at least 7 years of experience in customs processes


  • Experience in multiple aspects of US Customs required, minimum 5 years experience

  • Experience in multiple aspects of a LATAM country where GE is active (Mexico, Brazil, Colombia), preferred

Behavioral and/or Technical Know-how

  • Wing to wing expertise across customs processes

  • Demonstrated compliance mindset

  • Demonstrated ability, knowledge and experience to make accurate and timely decisions

  • Demonstrated ability of working with all levels of internal and external organizations

  • Demonstrated ability to implement simple, fast and non-bureaucratic process improvements

  • Demonstrated leadership experience in a challenging and fast changing environment

  • Experience in working with global teams with demonstrated global mindset

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Demonstrated leadership experience in a challenging and fast changing environment

  • Demonstrated team player with strong influencing, interpersonal and motivating skills

Language skills

  • Fluent in English

  • Competency in Spanish ( strongly preferred )

This role is restricted to U.S. persons (i.e., U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and other protected individuals under the Immigration and Naturalization Act, 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3)) due to access to export-controlled technology. GE will require proof of status prior to employment.

Additional Information

GE offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, and competitive compensation. GE is an Equal Opportunity Employer ( . Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

GE will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a drug screen (as applicable).

As a federal government contractor, GE requires U.S. employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless an employee is in a state where this requirement is temporarily paused for federal contractors. Proof of vaccination will be required.

Relocation Assistance Provided: No