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Date:  Sep 16, 2023
Location:  Ann Arbor
Company:  Wacker Chemical Corporation


Our world needs ideas! As one of the world’s most research-intensive chemical companies, we have been developing leading solutions for numerous sectors – from construction to photovoltaics and cosmetics to rubber – for over 100 years. We have a global presence with production sites on three continents and about 14,500 employees from 70 nations.


At our site in Ann Arbor, we are currently looking for a ​Customs & Trade Compliance Agent​ to join our growing team.


Who we are:

You know us. You just didn’t know it. WACKER is a global chemical manufacturer that prides itself on “Creating Tomorrow’s Solutions”. WACKER materials are so versatile and adaptable, they have virtually unlimited applications just about anywhere imaginable, making WACKER an integral part of daily life. Whether it’s protecting buildings from the elements, a tube of toothpaste, a cell phone, airbags, or cosmetics, people from all over the world come into contact each day with our products and achievements. We are looking for capable, innovative, and enthusiastic achievers to join our team and grow with us. We are currently seeking a Customs and Trade Compliance Agent for our site in Ann Arbor, MI.


What you will do:

This role will provide direction and support toward the implementation of Wacker’s corporate-wide Customs and Trade Compliance program. The Customs and Trade Compliance Division is tasked with global corporate alignment, education, training, program development, implementation, maintenance, and audit thereof, along with the monitoring of regulations in the following “five” key areas to which Wacker is voluntarily or “legally bound” under Federal law.


  1. Customs Compliance including Free Trade Agreements
  2. Export Control
  3. Trade Compliance
  4. CTPAT Supply Chain Security
  5. Foreign Trade Zones


The Customs & Trade Compliance Agent will assist in the drafting of written directives, internal policies and procedures, and their corporate-wide implementation, in alignment with Wacker Chemie AG and multiple Federal Agencies.  Such procedures and policies will be maintained as appropriate in Wacker’s IMS Library. This role will provide required trainings and updates as regulations change, departmental compliance monitoring, audit, and performance measurement thereof. Trainings will be integrated within Wacker’s Learning Solutions Management System (LSO), with appropriate trainings scheduled for all relevant departments and/or individuals. In addition, this person will work with legal and others to ensure Wacker’s Trade compliance policy language where appropriate, are included in Contracts for suppliers and customers.


Corporate-wide Customs and Trade Compliance implementation will include:


Customs Compliance (40%)

  • Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act ULFPA - Implementation of the ULFPA requiring Wacker to have a compliance program in place to prevent Forced Labor, by working with Wacker Procurement and others to ensure compliance from the sourcing of raw materials to assembly to ultimate consignee.
  • Free Trade Agreements-FTA’s - Written compliance procedures to accurately and timely process the United States more than 20 bilateral Free Trade Agreements including USMCA used by over 100 Wacker Customers.
  • Country of Origin-CoO – Work with Process Chemists, Chemists of Record, Technical Managers, Material Coordinators, Supply Chain, SAP Master Data Coordinators and Procurement and Supply Chain personnel to implement Country of Origin policies and procedures and determinations for Wacker products and materials in Wacker’s MAF system on a corporate wide basis.


Export Control (30%)

  • Implement a corporate wide Export Control program in alignment with US laws and regulations and Wacker Chemie, AG. To include:
  • Know Your Customer-KYC Implementation of due diligence processes to determine if red flags exist for imports, exports, reexports or transfer in-country products and materials being sold.  Work with Chemist, Sales department, sales agents and customers to evaluate both new and existing transactions including but not limited to end-use, end users and countries Wacker exports to.
  • ECCN & Export Classification utilizing knowledge of chemical science, this person will assist in the audit and classification of Wacker Exports for purposes of Export Control compliance essential in determining whether an export license is needed from the Department of Commerce.


Trade Compliance (20%)

The successful candidate will be responsible for the implementation of trainings, responding to internal inquiries, audit, and development of compliance measurements for the many trade compliance regulations of PGA’s (Partner Government Agencies) of which Wacker is required under law: Including:

  • The Office of the US Trade Representative i.e., FTA’s, Section 301
  • US International Trade Commission i.e., AD/CD, Miscellaneous Tariff Bill
  • US Drug Enforcement Administration i.e., Recordkeeping for List II Chemicals
  • US Environmental Protection Agency i.e.,
  • US Food and Drug Administration
  • US International Trade Administration
  • US Federal Trade Commission


CTPAT Supply Chain Security (5%)

  • The Customs & Trade Compliance Administrative Agent will assist in the on-going implementation of Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism program for all Wacker sites.  Such administration will seek to ensure Wacker is compliant with CTPAT’s Minimum Security Criteria which now includes Forced Labor compliance.


Foreign Trade Zones-FTZ (5%)

  • Wacker operates (2) two FTZ’s.  The person selected for this position will be trained to administer the day-to-day operations of the Foreign Trade Zone located in Charleston, Tennessee and serve as backup for Wacker’s Adrian FTZ site.  Because of volume, it is expected that the workload will only involve only a quarter of this person’s time, with the remainder being spent on Customs and Trade Compliance matters.


What we need from you:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, or equivalent experience; Master’s degree preferred
  • Familiarity with chemical products, materials including CAS numbers and chemical descriptions
  • Experience in both US and Foreign trade compliance
  • 5+ years of work experience, preferably in a global manufacturing company
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong chemical/science knowledge and background
  • SAP, MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other technical software systems
  • Must have the ability to write and implement policies and procedures
  • Broad understanding of global business and matrix organizations


Life at Wacker:

Wacker is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe that our individual differences are our collective strength. We encourage our employees to be their authentic selves and desire team members that share these interests. You will be valued for your contributions and perspectives as we continue to grow together. Your career is important to us, and we want to foster a mutually beneficial relationship where you feel heard, understood, and fulfilled. We consider our employees’ overall health and satisfaction when creating a benefits package. Below are some of the additional incentives our employees enjoy.


  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance effective Day 1
  • 401(k) with company match
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Advancement Opportunities
  • Education Assistance Program
  • Paid Time Off in addition to personal days and holidays
  • Support for Community Involvement
  • Bonus Plans



WACKER, as an innovative chemical company, makes a vital contribution toward improving the quality of life around the world by developing intelligent solutions for sustainable growth. Our culture focuses on building and retaining diverse and inclusive teams. WACKER offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, competitive benefit offerings and beyond through giving back to our communities.


Be part of our WACKER family, across all nations!


We are looking forward to your online application at
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The information contained herein is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the job, nor are they intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. A minimum requirement for this US-based position is the ability to work legally in the United States on a permanent unrestricted basis.  Visa sponsorship is not available for this position, including for any type of US permanent residency (e.g., for a Green card).


WACKER is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected classes.

Nearest Major Market: Ann Arbor
Nearest Secondary Market: Detroit

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