Customs Attorney

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Customs Attorney
Ford Motor Company

Job Description
At Ford Motor Company, we are dedicated to designing, manufacturing and selling high quality vehicles that meet the diverse needs of our customers. We believe our employees and the different perspectives that they bring to the business are the driving force behind our success. Come discover a company that is focused on the quality of our vehicles, the environment, the community and the world in which we live.

Position Duties:
  • Assist with the identification and implementation of strategic Customs Duties minimization and cash flow optimization initiatives for U.S. Parent and its affiliates on a global basis in an effort to: (i) reduce operating costs throughout the supply-chain, (ii) improve capital efficiency, and (iii) optimize the product sourcing and capital allocation decision processes
  • Provide ad hoc transactional support to the various business units, including due diligence, planning, and cost reduction implementation strategies associated with product launches, sourcing decisions, acquisitions, divestures, and restructurings
  • Provide global support for the Customs Duties and value added tax compliance, audit, and controversy functions
  • Identify supply-chain tax minimization strategies by working collaboratively with the International Tax and Transfer Pricing functions
  • Work with cross-functional teams including Accounting, Materials Planning &Logistics, and various business operations
  • Assist in the occasional investigation into global value added tax compliance issues that stem from European intrastat or other government Customs Duties and logistic reporting
  • Manage outside consultants and advisors through the process of identifying, developing and implementing planning strategies
    - including negotiating fees, project scope, and delivering projects within budget
  • Must have a demonstrated ability to recommend, scope, develop, and drive projects to successful completion, excellent oral and written communication skills, the ability to develop strong partnerships and influence people
  • Must be willing to travel
Minimum Requirements:
  • Juris Doctor Degree
  • 5 + years’ experience in Customs planning, compliance, and/or controversy
  • 1 + years’ experience in MS Office
Preferred Qualifications:
  • MBA and/or CPA
  • Strong familiarity with value added taxation
  • Proficiency in MS Excel and Word
  • A solid understanding of finance and accounting principles
  • An aptitude and desire to understand: (i) transfer pricing paradigms, trade flows, and internal billing and logistic systems, and (ii) the underlying drivers producing Customs Duties and value added tax results
  • The ability to: (i) work in a highly collaborative environment, (ii) effectively develop and deliver on individual, departmental, and organizational objectives, (iii) identify and reinforce common goals that build commitment and teamwork across functions, (iv) assemble, and arrange resources to meet goals within the department as well as across the organization, and (v) develop and motivate other team members
  • The energy, creativity, and drive to independently form alliances with our internal business partners, and suppliers so we can, in a timely manner, monitor, understand and influence global business operations
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Strong problem-solving and conflict management skills
  • Successful candidate should be able to demonstrate leadership in One FORD (leadership) behaviors combined with outstanding interpersonal, teambuilding, and communication skills

The distance between imagination and … creation. It can be measured in years of innovation, or in moments of brilliance. When you join the Ford team discover all the benefits, rewards and development opportunities you’d expect from a diverse global leader. You’ll become part of a team that is already leading the way, with ingenious solutions and attainable products – and it is always ready to go further.

Candidates for positions with Ford Motor Company must be legally authorized to work in the United States on a permanent basis. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Ford Motor Company is an equal opportunity employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status or protected veteran status.