International Trade & Compliance Manager
Job Details
Seattle HQ - Seattle, WA

Who We Are

Elevate Outdoor Collective is an alliance of iconic outdoor and winter sports brands with a specialized focus on skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing. With each unique brand maintaining its own individual points of view and driving independent innovation, the Collective is fueled with the strength of world-class development facilities and engineers, global distribution channels and committed outdoor lifestyle enthusiasts and experts. Our brands include K2 Skis, K2 Snowboards, Marker, Dalbello, Völkl, RIDE Snowboards, LINE Skis, Backcountry Access, Atlas Snow Shoe Co., Tubbs Snowshoes, Madshus and K2 Skates.

With an international portfolio of world-renowned brands recognized as trailblazers in innovation, performance and, most importantly, fun times by active lifestyle enthusiasts across the globe, Elevate Outdoor Collective will continue its mission to progress the culture of each and every outdoor endeavor it represents. As “One Team” backed by world-class development facilities and product engineers, incredibly talented athletes and ambassadors and a top-notch crew of employees who live and breathe the outdoor active lifestyle, Elevate Outdoor Collective is eager to take things to the next level.


Position Summary

As an International Trade and Compliance Manager, you’ll play a key role in operations and creating various trade related policies, regulations, change management, and standards in how the company conducts its trade business from the APAC and EMEA regions into North America. In this exciting role, you’ll be the Subject Matter Expert on trade related issues, while providing operational processes and controls for applying securities on the company’s imports and exports processes. You will have the opportunity to take on complex trade challenges and use creative initiatives to implement solutions around trade risk mitigation, and trade and product compliance requirements within North America, and overseeing trade regulator changes and compliance efforts for APAC and EMEA regions.

This position will work closely with the transportation team, legal team, finance team, supply chain teams, the sales team, and the warehouse teams.

The International Trade Compliance Manager role is based out of Seattle WA office, and eligible for a hybrid work environment.


Key Responsibilities

  • Partner with internal stakeholders to build, enforce, and maintain trade regulatory changes from a global perspective regarding imports and exports
  • Advise on risk mitigation on a trade compliance perspective as it relates to the growing Supply Chain initiatives of the company
  • Create various Key Performance Indicators and mechanisms for controls around imports and exports while assessing compliance requirements to enter products into different countries within APAC, EMEA, and North America
  • Become a leader for several global trade compliance programs and initiatives including supporting global new product introduction efforts
  • Oversee and maintain CTPAT, Importer Self-Assessment, Reconciliation, and routine Customs escalations and trade related programs
  • Create internal policies and processes regarding country expansion strategies and development of cross-functional relationships for Importer of Record capabilities
  • Develop strategic and operational plans for trade compliance and in-country regulatory changes that will support the continued growth of the company
  • Maintain consistency and standards among air, ocean, consolidation, brokerage, and customs programs
  • Provide global customs and trade compliance guidance to departments and programs that will result in elevating the company’s global footprint


Minimum Qualifications

  • Customs Brokerage License
  • Product Regulatory and Compliance knowledge
  • IATA/ Dangerous goods certification
  • Adept in quantitative (statistical) analysis; proficient in analyzing regulations, experience with analyzing and interpreting data, and process improvement. Must be confident in reviewing all ACE Reports.
  • 4 -5 years of relevant experience in in-house trade compliance department, indirect tax, trade law, trade regulations, or related discipline
  • Experience with global import and export regulations, specifically within the North America and APAC regions
  • 4 – 5 years of experience with import and export regulations, compliance, and classification including HTS and ECCN
  • 4 – 5 years in directly dealing with valuation related compliance efforts such as computed value, deductive value, assists, and various dutiable charges
  • 5 years of working knowledge and interpretation of WTO Regulations, Title 19 Code of Federal Regulations, WCO Regulations, and GAAP functionalities
  • 4 – 5 years of working knowledge and application of EAR
  • Resolving escalations related to Partnering Government Agencies (PGA), such as, FDA, APHIS, TSCA, etc.
  • Maintaining working knowledge in regulatory changes regarding trade compliance and product compliance governing or affecting international transactions
  • Working knowledge in advising, resolving, and maintaining a record keeping process around Conflict Minerals for various finished goods or raw materials
  • Proven track record of creating complex programs, or processes in mitigating various trade compliance and product compliance risks within a Global Supply Chain
  • Deep understanding of marking, labeling, and country of origin marking of goods from foreign origins
  • Deep understanding and knowledge of export controls and trade sanctions pursuant to OFAC and BIS, as well as knowledge of the same principals within the EU and APAC regions
  • Working knowledge in analyzing and resolving trade compliance risk as it relates to a Global Supply Chain
  • Working knowledge in identifying and implementing duty mitigation programs specifically for Section 301
  • Excellent verbal/written skills
  • Proficient in Window based applications including MS Office Suites


Preferred Qualifications

  • Policy creation skills pertinent to Trade Compliance and Product Regulatory
  • Six Sigma Green Belt
  • Customs Certified Specialist
  • FIATA Certified


Physical Requirements

  • Ability to sit for long periods of time
  • Ability to enter data for long periods of time
  • Ability to sit in front of computer for long periods of time
  • May be required to lift 15-50 pounds occasionally
  • Must be able to distinguish colors and shapes to design and oversee graphics with or without assistance


Elevate Outdoor Collective and its subsidiaries is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities/Women/Individuals with Disabilities/Protected Veterans. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other protected characteristics. View the EEO is the Law poster here


  • Advanced knowledge of Customs programs including CFR, S321, MTB & Exclusions Customs Classification, Importer Self-Assessment (ISA), PSCs, Protests, Antidumping and Countervailing duty orders, and PGAs (e.g. FDA, APHIS, etc.) requirements.
  • Adept in quantitative (statistical) analysis; proficient in analyzing regulations, experience with analyzing and interpreting data, and process improvement. Must be confident in reviewing all ACE Reports.
  • Strong analytical skills and duty mitigation efforts for Section 301 and 232 Duties.
  • Strong understanding in creation of US Customs Ruling for Country of Origin, and Classification.
  • Strong negotiating skills
  • Excellent verbal/written skills
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously
  • Polished interpersonal skills
  • Willingness to travel
  • Proficient in Window based applications including MS Office Suites


  • 5 years domestic and international logistics
  • 3-5 years customs regulations (preferably in various countries)
  • Policy and process development skills
  • Project management experience
  • Brokerage License
  • IATA/FIATA Certified