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Global Trade Compliance Analyst

Date: Apr 8, 2021

Location: LAKE FOREST, IL, US, 60045-5201

Company: Grainger Businesses

Grainger is a broad line, business-to-business distributor of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) supplies and other related products and services. More than 3.2 million businesses and institutions worldwide rely on Grainger for products such as safety gloves, ladders, motors and janitorial supplies, along with services like inventory management and technical support. These customers represent a broad collection of industries including commercial, government, healthcare and manufacturing. They place orders online, on mobile devices, through sales representatives, over the phone and at local branches. Approximately 5,000 suppliers provide Grainger with more than 1.6 million products stocked in Grainger’s distribution centers and branches worldwide.


The Global Trade Compliance Analyst is responsible for U.S. export compliance (screening of government denied party lists and export license determination), obtaining and processing international trade data from suppliers, and all interactions to support customs clearance activities for Grainger Canada.  The analyst provides guidance, resolves issues, independently manages projects and ensures the smooth flow of Grainger product throughout the U.S. and Canada.


The Global Trade Compliance Analyst works closely with Grainger business units to ensure compliance with US export regulations, corporate export policies as well as any country specific requirements.

  • Ensures export transactions are compliant with U.S. Government regulations by continually evaluating processes and system updates as they relate to International Trade. 
  • Screens export orders against U.S. Government denied party listings and export license determination through the export compliance system, SAP-Global Trade Services (SAP-GTS).
  • Independently makes decisions and exercises discretion on clearing customers through denied party listings and determines amount of risk that Grainger will assume on each export order based on background review of customer details with oversight and direction from the Manager of Global Logistics and Compliance.
  • Review and assist export customers with application for U.S. export licenses.
  • Audit all classification, documentation, and billings for goods moving into Canada.
  • Serve as a central point of contact and center of expertise for Canadian customs matters.
  • Work closely with the Global Governance team to ensure compliance with all applicable Canadian customs laws.
  • Monitor the performance, resolve operational issues and correct deficiencies of customs brokers and processes associated with the importation into Canada.


Preferred Education & Experience

  • 3+ years’ experience in trade compliance, global operations or international supply chain logistics at a Fortune 500 company
  • Canadian Customs Certification or US Customs broker certification is preferred, or ability to acquire one within the year
  • SAP experience preferred.
  • Experienced in effectively communicating (both written and verbal) with suppliers, external partners and leadership.
  • Ability to work in a team environment; strong interpersonal skills.
  • Strong analytical/story telling skills and attention to detail
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to interact with all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to adapt and multi-task in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Project management skills, strong organizational skills and ability to drive projects to completion.
  • Ability to travel 10-15%


EEOC Statement

Grainger is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, or protected veteran status.