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Our client is a professional organisation, based in Noord-Brabant Netherlands. Our client is a is a values-based organization with a powerful sense of shared purpose toward our mission: to serve patients. They provide the capabilities, resources, and rewards of a global enterprise, while maintaining the entrepreneurialism and pioneering spirit that marked their early days as a biotechnology innovator. In Breda medicines are labelled, assembled, stored and eventually shipped to various countries worldwide. They receive its products as semi-manufactured goods, which are then packed country-specific, stored and eventually shipped to various countries worldwide. Every day more than 600 people in the Netherlands are working on supply chain processes, Engineering, marketing and sales of our medicines and clinical research into new medicines.

Role description

This dynamic position within the larger Worldwide Compliance & Business Ethics organization (WC&BE) will provide compliance advice and support on a variety of trade-related matters, focused on the EU-region, but with broader global scope which includes the Middle East and Africa. This role provides important program guidance and oversight for trade compliance, assurance-related activities related to all imports and exports in support of their global network of transactions and establishes controls for global standards.

As an EU trade compliance expert, the Global Trade Compliance Manager is expected to monitor the external environment - ensuring their risks are proactively managed and its trade compliance program continues to meet the highest standards with respect to EU requirements. Flexibility to travel regionally and globally required.


Specific responsibilities will include:

Serving as expert advisor to internal clients on complex trade-related transactions, issues and projects. Advising on matters such as international customs and Other Government Agency (OGA) import/export requirements, customs valuation, tariff classification, free trade agreements, country of origin, and trusted trader programs

Monitoring the external environment and ensuring that our compliance program continues to meet or exceed standards set by the EU and other European countries

Partnering with cross-functional colleagues on complex trade, transfer pricing, and VAT matters

Conducting training on trade compliance requirements (e.g. customs, export controls, economic sanctions requirements) to internal client groups and other appropriate audiences

Identify and manage GTC program improvement opportunities

Effectively liaising with government agencies, as required

Drafting, revising, and maintaining applicable compliance policies and procedures

Executing and/or monitoring of audit remediation plans

Supporting corporate audits, as required

Supporting local investigations, as required

Monitoring against established policies and procedures

Championing ethical tone throughout the organization


Basic Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree and 8+ years of related professional experience
Master’s degree and 5+ years of related professional experience
JD/LL.B. or PhD and 3+ years of related professional experience

Fluency in English required
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Experience as trade compliance officer working in compliance/legal department of a multi-national company (healthcare sector experience preferred)
Strong interpersonal skills, judgment, maturity and flexibility
Ability to manage competing priorities and provide high level of responsiveness across multiple stakeholders
Ability to operate both independently and as part of a larger in-house compliance group

Other information

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience in the laws and regulations related to trade in the European Union, especially the Netherlands and Ireland, as well as other jurisdictions within Europe and the Middle East and Africa
Experience with managing regional bio/pharma distributor and broker relationships
Experience as compliance officer working in a legal or compliance departments of a multi-national company in the healthcare sector
Experience with implementing compliance policies, programs and training; experience with relevant regulations and industry codes of conduct
General understanding of legal and regulatory requirements applicable to the healthcare sector
Ability to lead complex, cross-functional projects involving diverse stakeholder groups

Are you interested and do want to apply for this role, please fill out your application via the apply button below and contact Joost Spape.

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SIRE Life Sciences®

Ref. number: 47196
Listed by: SIRE Life Sciences®
Listed on: 12-04-2019
Country: The Netherlands
Region: Noord-Brabant
Employment: Permanent
Expertise: 6 - 10 years
Location Type: On location
Education: Master
Language: English
Sector: Pharmaceutical
Specialisation: Legal

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