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Kampen, NL

Function:  Supply Chain Management
Job Category:  Support Functions

Manager, Customs Compliance

Wärtsilä is leading the maritime industry’s transformation towards a decarbonised and sustainable future. We at Wärtsilä Marine Power are proud to offer our customers the world’s widest network of maritime expertise and the full portfolio from engines to lifecycle solutions. 

We want to change the course towards an interconnected and cleaner maritime future and are constantly on the lookout for future-oriented talent to join our team and to work towards enabling sustainable
societies through innovation in technology and services - together. Are you ready to jump onboard?


We are looking for Manager, Customs Compliance to join WGLS Global Customs Management. The location for the position is one of the main Wärtsilä locations in The Netherlands (Kampen, Zwolle, Drunen).  You will be responsible for both WGLS and also WNL Customs compliance matters.

You will lead the Global Customs team in the Netherlands by ensuring customs compliance according to applicable laws, rules and regulations, and serve also as a subject matter expert in the area of customs compliance in terms of interpretation, guidance, integration, compliance and assessment. Moreover, you will support efforts to execute a customs compliant supply chain and co-ordinate related supply chain risk assessment and mitigation strategies and ensure proactive monitoring and communicating (incl. training) the impact of customs compliance and changing regulations to all key stakeholders (internal and external).


In this position you are reporting to General Manager, Global Customs Management.


In this position, you will be responsible for:


  • Developing and overseeing control systems, such as AEO, to prevent or deal with violations of legal guidelines and internal policies. Evaluating the efficiency of controls and improve them continuously. Revising procedures, reports etc.
  • Managing of the local customs compliance programme and the monitoring of exports controls
  • Target setting and development of the team
  • Managing the day-to-day activities of the team and monitor the team’s performance in accordance to the agreed KPI’s
  • Motivating the team to achieve organizational goals
  • Being the single point of contact in customs matters locally, to internal and external stakeholders (customers)
  • Relationship with authorities such as local customs e.g.
  • Brokerage management and following up and monitoring customs clearances
  • Bringing possible development matters to Global Customs Management team
  • Identifying locally value-adding opportunities, minimize compliance risks and optimize (import) duties, the use of simplified entry procedures and local clearance authorisations
  • Ensuring the integration of necessary customs compliance work activities into other functions' work streams to deliver customs compliance reliability


 We hope you have:


  • Minimum bachelor’s degree in relevant field or extensive experience in the field of customs
  • Good understanding of the global customs compliance environment, rules and regulations with skills to translate those to clear business requirements and concrete actions
  • Special knowledge of managing an AEO authorization and other special customs licenses
  • 10+ years work experience, preferably working with customs compliance related challenges and proven track record of solving those
  • Good knowledge of the export control matters, incl. dual-use, export licenses
  • Experience in managing remote teams
  • Willingness to solve challenging situations with positive reinforcement to ensure sustainable internal and external stakeholder relationships
  • Team player with strong customer service attitude with the ability to work also effectively independently
  • Experience in working within a global and multi-cultural environment
  • Fluent written and spoken English & Dutch with good presentation and communication skills


Why you and us


We at Wärtsilä believe in empowerment, ownership and taking responsibility of our work. We support each other’s growth and co-creation is the true basis of our innovation. We have courage to see opportunities and take initiative.

We are authentic and honest, and we strongly believe in a diverse and inclusive work community where everyone can be their true self. We don’t always get it right the first time, and if mistakes are made, we make sure to learn and grow from them. We want everyone to voice their opinions freely. That is why we have built an environment that empowers you and everyone around you, and where you can feel safe and cared for. Are you eager to be part of this ambition? 


Contact & next steps


Does this sound like the job for you? If yes, we hope to hear from you before the application deadline 08.06.2022, through submitting your application through our careers portal. We aim to keep you updated on the process all the way.


Please apply by 8th of June 2022 at 23:59 EEST. Our recruiting tool recognizes the time zone where the job ad has been published and closes the application period according to same time zone.

At Wärtsilä we value, respect and embrace all our differences, and are committed to diversity, inclusion and equal employment opportunities; everyone can be their true self and succeed based on their job-relevant merits and abilities.

This is Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä Marine Power leads the industry in its journey towards a decarbonised and sustainable future. Our broad portfolio of engines, propulsion systems, hybrid technology, and integrated powertrain systems delivers the efficiency, reliability, safety, and environmental performance needed to support our customers to be successful. Our offering includes performance-based agreements, lifecycle solutions, and an unrivalled global network of maritime expertise. 

Wärtsilä is a global leader in innovative technologies and lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. We emphasise innovation in sustainable technology and services to help our customers continuously improve their environmental and economic performance. Our dedicated and passionate team of 17,000 professionals in more than 200 locations in 68 countries shape the decarbonisation transformation of our industries across the globe. In 2021, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 4.8 billion. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. Find out more at