Classification Associate at Flexport

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The opportunity:

We believe global trade can move the human race forward. That’s why it’s our mission to make global trade easier for everyone. We aim to do this by building the Operating System for Global trade - a strategic model combining advanced technology and data analytics, logistics infrastructure, and supply chain expertise. We are a licensed freight forwarder and customs brokerage built around a modern technology stack. We help some of the world's fastest growing brands manage their international supply chains, providing a fully-managed service for moving products between any two places on the planet. 

Flexport is experiencing massive growth with 1,700+ Flexporters across 17 global offices and warehouses. And we’re just getting started. With revenue growing at breakneck speed, Flexport is looking for a Classification and Trade Advisory Associate to join our Trade Advisory team. In this role, you will be the main point of contact for all global classification assignments, responsible for managing all of the classification projects with our clients, service providers and internal stakeholders. In addition, we also expect this role to assist the team with other trade advisory matters, helping our clients navigate the complex web of global trade, customs and logistics industries as we collectively challenge the status quo and reduce friction in global trade.

You will:
  • Own and scale Flexport’s HS classification service globally
  • Performance manage our service providers to be able to provide a competitive offering to our clients
  • Take ownership and actively manage the HS classification projects with our clients and service providers to ensure efficient and proper transition of product data.
  • Analyze, research, and assign proper HS classifications for products imported by our clients using the Harmonized Tariff System.
  • Review HS classifications completed by service providers to check for accuracy. 
  • Use your knowledge of Section 301 China tariffs and exemption classifications.
  • Keep current with changes in regulations that impact classification for our client’s products.
  • Maintain accurate client databases within our system including, product descriptions, SKUs, import and export classifications.
  • Document classification processes and procedures and develop classification audit program.
  • Maintain professional communication with our clients, service providers, and internal stakeholders.
  • Support Trade Advisory infrastructure and administrative requirements.
  • Assist the Trade Advisory team to resolve trade related questions and problems.
  • Research trade related matters such as tariff classification, valuation, country of origin, trade remedies, and free trade agreements
  • Proactively stay informed on the latest CBP and OGA regulations, ruling issuances, and industry trends that are relevant to our clients.
  • Prepare client deliverables including memos and presentations.
You should have:
  • BA/BS
  • Licensed Customs Broker highly desirable, J.D. or graduate degree preferred
  • Trade compliance experience working in house, at customs brokerage, or at a consulting firm preferred.
  • Four (4) years or more experience in classification of a broad range of commodities, including apparel.
  • Proficiency with Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) and Export Control Classification Number (ECCN).
  • A fundamental understanding of valuation, duty minimization and avoidance strategies, government regulations and rulings, and other trade information.
  • Ability to navigate complex rules and regulations.
  • Strong writing and communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and detail-oriented with superior organizational, multi-tasking, and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work effectively independently and within a team environment.
  • Expertise with Microsoft Office suite and Google equivalents.
  • Mastery of email communication. You keep the inbox at zero.
  • High level of computer literacy. No paper. All digital.
  • Ability to multi-task and manage various project elements simultaneously
  • Courage to challenge the status quo when logic and reason require it. See something broken? Fix it.
About Flexport:

Investing your time with Flexport means keeping pace with a rapidly growing business, learning new skills, and seeking opportunities to think from end to end. We appreciate your contributions to making Flexport an amazing place to work and we encourage upwards or lateral movement and transfers that align with current business needs and help Flexport deliver on its mission and unlock the potential in our team members.


At Flexport, our ability to fulfill our mission of making global trade easy for everyone relies on having a diverse, dedicated and engaged workforce. That is why Flexport is committed to creating and nurturing an environment where anyone can be their authentic self. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical and mental disability, health status, marital and family status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

 


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Location

We're located near tons of restaurants and only a 10-minute walk from 3 parks!

An Insider's view of Flexport

What’s the vibe like in the office?

The people in this office are the cream of the crop. They’re down to earth and razor-sharp. You could go up to anyone in the office, ask them a question, and they will stop whatever they were doing and help you out every time.

Victoria

SMB, Account Executive

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

We are solving the extreme complexity and opacity of trucking coordination and execution in international supply chains. We bring visibility and control to our customers while also reducing operational overhead.

Uri

Director, Engineering

What makes someone successful on your team?

Ownership. Our company is growing quickly and the surface area of our product is growing quickly as well. The strongest contributors identify important projects and see them through completely. They are proactive from the initial research and design phases to the post-launch productive monitoring. As Flexport grows, they emerge as natural leaders.

Max

Senior Staff Engineer

How does your team reward individual success?

Every team member's accomplishments are integral to their peers' success which, in turn, stimulates each of us to celebrate each others wins and nominate one another for projects and roles that facilitate unparalleled career development.

Ellen

Solutions Consultant

What are Flexport Perks + Benefits

Flexport Benefits Overview

Flexport is an employee forward company. We know that life comes first and want you to take the time you need with our flexible paid time off program. We offer 100% covered health, vision, and dental insurance, 401K, performance bonuses, stock with a 10-year tax option, commuter benefits, a generous maternity (18 weeks with a phase back program that offers reduced hours and flexible schedule during their first month back) and paternity leave (8 weeks), free lunch and snacks, dog-friendly offices, pay equity, career advancement, and more.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Flexport's flexible PTO policy allows employees to take as many days off as they need, providing they get manager approval.
Paid Volunteer Time
Flexport encourages employees to give back with paid volunteer time off up to 10 hours per year.
Paid Holidays
Flexport gives all full-time employees paid time off to observe all major holidays.
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Flexport offers pre-tax commuter benefits for all full-time employees.
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Flexport provides catered lunches Monday - Friday and stocks our kitchen with breakfast foods for employees to enjoy in the morning.
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Recreational Clubs
Relocation Assistance
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program

Additional Perks + Benefits

We're proud that we collectively speak over 40 languages and live on 3 continents. We strive to create a workplace where candidates, employees, and all community members within Flexport’s ecosystem of connected organizations are encouraged to share their stories, celebrate their cultures, and learn from one another. Joining Flexport means joining a truly global community.

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