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Director, Global Trade and Customs Compliance


North Bergen, NJ, US

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Defined by inclusivity rather than exclusivity, Tapestry embraces the exploration of individuality and invests in helping you grow personally and professionally. Every individual in our global house has the opportunity to make an impact, learn and be part of our growing and unique story.

At Tapestry, we have the freedom to express ourselves and run with our best ideas across Coach, Kate Spade New York, and Stuart Weitzman. We share a profound belief in both our individual and collective potential, and know that with hard work and dedication, anything is possible.

Job Title: Director, Global Trade & Customs Compliance

Primary Purpose: The position is responsible for supporting Tapestry’s Vice President of Global Trade Services focusing on the Kate Spade brand in ensuring the company’s processes, internal controls and reporting are compliant with customs and trade laws while driving the company’s overall trade optimization strategy. The position will also provide international compliance support on country of origin marking, product valuation, tariff classification, duties paid, etc. and continuously assess potential compliance risks and opportunities.


The successful individual will leverage their proficiency in Trade and Customs to...

Lead a team of customs and trade professionals to optimize a compliance and risk mitigation program that delivers value to the business

  • Strengthen a program for ensuring compliance with applicable trade laws and regulations, as well communicating these requirements to internal and external partners
  • Proactively identify opportunities to reduce customs/import tax costs, mitigate risks and improve cash flow and cash management strategies
  • Support business development strategies and other growth opportunities like foreign trade zones,  bonded warehouses, market expansions, license buybacks and providing advice and solutions in respect of customs/import taxes
  • Identify opportunities to streamline, harmonize and support the roll-out of compliance best practices
  • Provide commercially focused advice on all aspects of customs/import taxes relating to the group’s international supply chain
  • Develop and deliver training on Trade Compliance topics as needed to internal and external partners and ensure the sustainability of the company’s duty savings productivity platform
  • Communicate and maintain oversight of Customs Brokers and other agents
  • Manage customs audits and inquiries, applications for rulings, protests, post summary corrections and other negotiations with customs authorities
  • Collaborate with colleagues in the US and abroad on various compliance topics
  • Support the Vice President of Global Trade Services on various projects, as needed such as conducting research on various trade topics, supporting long-term strategic initiatives and working cross-functionally and divisionally to drive global trade agenda


The accomplished individual will possess...


  • Ability to lead a team, prioritize work, and inspire others especially through times of change
  • Working knowledge of WTO, regional and local import tariff rules and practices together with working knowledge of other taxes payable on the shipment of tangible goods (e.g. import VAT)
  • Practical experience of customs/import tax valuation and compliance processes, from extraction of data and preparation of documentation to the handling of disputes
  • Sound commercial awareness and understanding of business drivers
  • Good organizational skills and ability to prioritize personal workload
  • Self-starter with ability to work effectively in multicultural, international teams focused on identifying practical solutions
  • Excellent English writing and speaking skills with the ability to present complex subject matter clearly and succinctly


An outstanding professional will have...


  • 10+ years of experience within industry or Big 4 with extensive knowledge of customs and trade rules to global supply chains
  • Law degree, Certified Public Accountant or US Customs brokerage license a plus but not required 
  • Understanding of Integration Point or other software trade management solutions

Our Competencies for All Employees

  • Drive for Results: Can be counted on to exceed goals successfully; is constantly and consistently one of the top performers; very bottom-line oriented; steadfastly pushes self and others for results.
  • Customer Focus: Is dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers; gets first-hand customer information and uses it for improvements in products and services; acts with customers in mind; establishes and maintains effective relationships with customers and gains their trust and respect.
  • Creativity: Comes up with a lot of new and unique ideas; easily makes connections among previously unrelated notions; tends to be seen as original and value-added in brainstorming settings.
  • Interpersonal Savvy: Relates well to all kinds of people, up, down, and sideways, inside and outside the organization; builds appropriate rapport; builds constructive and effective relationships; uses diplomacy and tact; can diffuse even high-tension situations comfortably.
  • Learning on the Fly: Learns quickly when facing new problems; a relentless and versatile learner; open to change; analyzes both successes and failures for clues to improvement; experiments and will try anything to find solutions; enjoys the challenge of unfamiliar tasks; quickly grasps the essence and the underlying structure of anything.
  • Perseverance: Pursues everything with energy, drive, and a need to finish; seldom gives up before finishing, especially in the face of resistance or setbacks.
  • Dealing with Ambiguity: Can effectively cope with change; can shift gears comfortably; can decide and act without having the total picture; isn’t upset when things are up in the air; doesn’t have to finish things before moving on; can comfortably handle risk and uncertainty.

Our Competencies for All People Managers

  • Strategic Agility: Sees ahead clearly; can anticipate future consequences and trends accurately; has broad knowledge and perspective; is future oriented; can articulately paint credible pictures and visions of possibilities and likelihoods; can create competitive and breakthrough strategies and plans.
  • Building Effective Teams: Blends people into teams when needed; creates strong morale and spirit in their team; shares wins and successes; fosters open dialogue; lets people finish and be responsible for their work; defines success in terms of the whole team; creates a feeling of belonging in the team.
  • Managerial Courage: Doesn’t hold back anything that needs to be said; provides current, direct, complete, and “actionable” positive and corrective feedback to others; lets people know where they stand; faces up to people problems on any person or situation (not including direct reports) quickly and directly; is not afraid to take negative action when necessary.

Tapestry, Inc. is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and we pride ourselves on hiring and developing the best people. All employment decisions (including recruitment, hiring, promotion, compensation, transfer, training, discipline and termination) are based on the applicant’s or employee’s qualifications as they relate to the requirements of the position under consideration. These decisions are made without regard to age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic characteristics, race, color, creed, religion, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship, disability, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or any other legally-recognized protected basis prohibited by applicable law. #LI-JW1 Visit Tapestry, Inc. at

Req ID:  60725

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Nearest Secondary Market: Newark

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