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Trade Compliance Manager

Date: Jun 14, 2019

Location: Cleveland, OH, US, 44117

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Lincoln Electric is a global manufacturer of the highest quality welding, cutting and joining solutions ranging from simple to complex. With over 120 years of service excellence, we are committed to employing talent that will support our strategy to foster innovation and a first class experience for our customers. Lincoln Electric, where the actual is limited and the possible is immense.


PURPOSE:  This position is responsible for leading the Global Trade Compliance function for entities operating within Cleveland Operations. Position supports Trade Compliance activity generating $1.5 Billion of annual turnover. The position will reside at the Corporate HQ building located in Cleveland Ohio.



  • Lead a staff of at least three professional trade associates.
  • Evaluate current trade practices to determine gaps between current practices and best practices. 
  • Prioritize opportunities and close gaps. Develop multiyear strategic plan to close the gaps.  Articulate vision to senior leadership team and delivery value.
  • Lead annual Free Trade Agreement preferential programs including USMCA and AFTA utilizing SAP GTS
  • Day to day management of import/export activities and global custom brokerage support.
  • Classify and maintain correct harmonized tariff codes and country of origin information to accurately define traded goods.
  • Manage and respond to import/export compliance audits.
  • Complete and maintain all required recordkeeping and reporting.
  • Manage Import Compliance for various commodities including Steel, Electronics and Chemicals
  • Develop and establishes KPIs to monitor trade compliance. 
  • Provides item master updates and work with internal/external systems on extracting relevant information for brokers, carriers and warehouses to support operations.
  • Share knowledge and expertise with other parts of the Supply Chain including engineering, purchasing and customer service to strengthen trade compliance knowledge across the supply chain
  • Assume additional responsibilities and performs special projects as needed or directed in support of Lincoln Electric’s strategic plan and 2020 Vision.



  • Bachelor’s degree. MBA Preferred.
  • Degree in Logistics, Supply Chain, Engineering, Finance or International Trade preferred
  • United States Customs brokerage license and a minimum of 5 years’ experience required.
  • Working knowledge of SAP and SAP GTS.
  • Excellent communications skills both written and verbal
  • Able to share ideas and vision with coworkers, manager and executive stakeholders
  • Familiarity with US, EU as well as other import and export regulations including HTS classification framework and other Government Agency requirements.
  • Developed business acumen on an International level.
  • Database experience required preferably with SAP.


Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, protected veteran status or disability.

Lincoln Electric is a $2.5B publicly traded company (NASDAQ) with over 10,000 employees around the world.  With operations in over 40 manufacturing locations in 19 countries, we are well positioned to continue this partnership and poised to grow with our customers. 

As a part of that continuing legacy, you will contribute to a new generation of innovation and experience the pride that comes with being part of the solution to the world’s challenges.  It is a great time to be part of the welding industry!

Lincoln Electric does not accept unsolicited resumes from third-party recruiters.  Resumes submitted to any employee(s) of Lincoln Electric without a signed vendor agreement, by the Manager of Recruiting & Training, will become property of Lincoln Electric.  Verbal or written commitments from any other member of Lincoln Electric will not be considered binding terms.  Lincoln Electric will not pay a fee to any third-party recruiter that has not coordinated their recruiting activity through the Recruiting Department.

Employment Status: Salary Full-Time 
Function: Logistics 
Section:  Lincoln Cleveland (US10) 


Nearest Major Market: Cleveland

Job Segment: ERP, Engineer, Welding, SAP, Database, Technology, Engineering, Manufacturing

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