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Trade Compliance Specialist - EMEA Region

Job Requisition ID:  35611

Founded in 1920, Eastman is a global specialty materials company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With the purpose of enhancing the quality of life in a material way, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. The company’s innovation-driven growth model takes advantage of world-class technology platforms, deep customer engagement, and differentiated application development to grow its leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables. As a globally inclusive and diverse company, Eastman employs approximately 14,500 people around the world and serves customers in more than 100 countries. The company had 2019 revenues of approximately $9.3 billion and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA

The Role


The Trade Compliance Specialist will be a part of the EMEA region and the Global Trade Compliance and Strategy team to execute trade-related processes and measures to maintain the region’s effective, risk-based trade compliance program. The position reports to the Regional Trade Compliance Manager.

This position supports the administrative (EMEA and global) processes to comply with international trade, including, but not limited to the EU duty suspension regimes, dual-use requirements, Free Trade Agreements, export controls and sanctions laws.  This position requires an individual with strong ethics to aid in supporting key corporate business objectives and operational goals while ensuring compliance with legal and risk-mitigation requirements. The Trade Compliance Specialist must possess a willingness to learn and take initiative. This position requires solid communication and research skills.

The Trade Compliance Specialist will be part of a team of global experts and will gain experience in Trade Strategy, Compliance and Customs matters and be provided the opportunity to influence decisions within a global and dynamic environment.



•    Oversee the European Union Regulations and actively contribute to translate these regulations to facilitate Duty mitigation (FTA’s, Suspensions, etc.)  and Trade Compliance programs.
•    Closely work with EMEA Supply Chain and Trade Compliance team on executing the day-to-day operations for Eastman’s trade-related activities.
•    Support in managing Eastman’s due diligence, regulatory requirements and reporting processes required as part of Eastman’s trade programs.
•    Provide internal stakeholders with timely and appropriate training and information on the requirements and documentation to comply with Eastman’s trade compliance programs and activities. 
•    Prepare, submit and administer export licenses, agreements, and miscellaneous correspondence to governmental agencies.
•    Managing SAP control blocks, proceeding Restricted Party Screening and Drug Precursor products.
•    Oversight of Eastman’s EMEA Drug Precursor policy/procedures’ execution; 
•    Facilitate and administer "know your customer" programs under applicable laws and company policies for subject products; determine and evaluate all "red flags."
•    Assisting in interpreting ongoing regulatory changes and facilitate development and maintenance of policies and procedures for these trade-related activities.
•    Assisting the EMEA GTC Regional Manager to identify potential areas of compliance vulnerability and risk through periodic audits and assessments.

Education and Experience



Bachelor's Degree required, i.e. Customs and Trade, International Business, Supply Chain, Law or related studies

At least 3 years’ experience in a similar role.

Technical competencies, key skills & behaviours

•    High ethical standards
•    Knowledge of relevant laws and regulations
•    Strategic approach to international trade
•    High motivation and great passion to learn
•    Solution oriented
•    Excellent social skills and flexibility
•    Native Dutch speaker with command in both reading and written English. Knowledge of other European languages will be a plus
•    Proven ability to multi-task and prioritize in a fast-paced environment while maintaining excellent attention to detail
•    Excellent interpersonal and written/verbal communication skills
•    Knowledge of and experience with Free Trade Agreements is essential
•    Proficient in MS Office: Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, Word and Outlook
•    Knowledge of SAP

Eastman is  committed to creating a powerfully diverse workforce and a broadly inclusive workplace, where everyone can contribute to their fullest potential each day

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