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Trade Compliance Specialist

LocationVancouver, British Columbia
Job ID R0001948 Date posted 07/26/2019

Job Description Summary

The Trade Compliance Specialist is responsible for ensuring that all ongoing export and import regulatory requirements are met for Canada and the United States, and for ensuring the integrity and completeness of trade compliance data. The Trade Compliance Specialist will also actively contribute to building a scale-able and sustainable STEMCELL Trade Compliance Program.

Job Description

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Day-to-day liaison with Custom Brokers and other external partners to resolve clearance and other issues.

  • Day-to-day trade compliance support to Sales, Customer Service, Distribution and Purchasing.

  • Generates trade compliance documentation as needed, including certificates or origin, declarations, and permit supporting documentation.

  • Trade data determinations including country of origin, free trade agreement qualification, and tariff codes across all STEMCELL jurisdictions, and any other data required to perform import and export activities.

  • Trade compliance data maintenance and record keeping, including ensuring completeness and correctness of data, and assisting with the development and implementation of  systems and processes to manage and maintain data. 

  • Assisting in researching, understanding and communicating trade compliance regulations and standards throughout the organization to ensure products and processes comply with required dynamic export / import requirements. 

  • Working in conjunction with Quality Control, assisting to obtain permits and meet permit requirements to meet global agencies’ requirements (FDA / USDA / CFIA / BICON etc). Coordinate and monitor the renewal of permit applications.

  • Identifies and recommends continuous improvement initiatives and participates in continuous improvement related to the Trade Compliance Program.

  • Conducts periodic export / import self-assessments (compliance audits) and implements any necessary corrective and preventative actions. 

  • Comply with the Company's quality system to the requirements of ISO 13485.


  • Post-secondary education, preferably in supply chain/logistics, and/or international trade and compliance disciplines 

  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in a trade compliance or similar role. 

  • Understanding of U.S. and Canada import and export regulations and requirements.

  • Strong organizational, writing, time management, communication and relationship building skills are essential. 

  • Computer skills, ideally with SAP. 

  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment, effectively contribute to cross department collaboration and communications.

  • Ability to contribute to continuous improvement of processes.

STEMCELL Technologies Inc. is a privately-owned biotechnology company based in Vancouver that helps power leading-edge life science research around the world. Scientists performing stem cell, immunology, cancer, regenerative medicine and cellular therapy research are among those who rely on our cell culture media, cell separation products, instruments, ancillary reagents and contract assay services. We create novel, useful, standardized products of unfailing quality and deliver them to more than 70 countries via our many regional offices plus distribution centres in Vancouver, Seattle, Grenoble and Singapore.  Driven by our love of science and our passion for quality, we see ourselves simply as “Scientists Helping Scientists” – standing by our customers to provide outstanding products, technical support and training.  We have over 1000 science-oriented employees globally, including 250 PhDs/MScs, with most others holding a BSc or engineering degree.  STEMCELL is proud to be the largest Biotechnology employer in Canada.

This is an opportunity to work with highly motivated colleagues in a science-oriented, creative and dynamic environment. We offer a competitive salary, excellent benefits and significant career development opportunities.

To apply please select the apply button. You will then be directed to a login screen asking you to set up an account. You must set up an account in order to apply. 

Create an account by selecting the create account button.  You will then be asked for your email and to create a password. Your Password must be eight characters long, contain at least one special character, one capital letter, and a number.Once you have created your password you will be asked to upload your resume. Uploading your resume will provide the ability to auto-populate your application with information from your resume. If you prefer to manually complete all of the fields in the application you can do this by clicking next. You can upload your cover letter as an attachment in the attachments screen. Thank you for your interest in STEMCELL!


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