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Senior Trade Counsel

Location: Plymouth, Minnesota US


This position is no longer open.

Job Number: 5454

Requisition Number: R6557

Position Title:

External Description: At Polaris Inc., we have fun doing what we love by driving change and innovation. We empower employees to take on challenging assignments and roles with an elevated level of responsibility in our agile working environment. Our people make us who we are, and we create incredible products and experiences that empower us to Think Outside.

Job Summary:

The Senior Trade Counsel will manage all aspects of global trade compliance while advising the company on legal and policy matters related to international trade, sanctions, tariffs, and import/export regulations in the countries where Polaris does business which include UK, Europe, Russia, China, Japan, Australia, Mexico, Brazil, Canada, US, and others. Identifies and manages risks to the business while serving as trusted advisor when counseling management. Leads a global matrixed and direct reporting trade compliance organization distributed across Europe, North America, and India. The ideal candidate can identify and drive organizational and cultural changes needed to adapt strategically to changing market demands, supply chain imperatives, technological transformation, and internal product innovation and sourcing initiatives.

Remote work environment possible.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Provide thought leadership and guidance to the business units, executive leaders and C-Suite on import/export regulations and sanctions as needed, including without limitation HTS classification, free trade agreements, USMCA, ADD/CVD, and duty drawback

  • Leads a global matrixed and direct reporting trade compliance organization distributed across Europe, North America, and India

  • Provide guidance on audit, assessment and compliance monitoring activities by developing relevant plans and protocols

  • Support continuous improvement efforts to enhance compliance with internal policies and regulations by monitoring key performance indicators and benchmarking outcomes

  • Monitoring and advising on relevant global and country specific enforcement trends and upcoming regulatory changes

  • Managing contracts and legal relationships with brokers and other trade related vendors

  • Manage the voluntary disclosure process as well as continuous improvement efforts by providing substantive input and generating data to support initiatives

  • Lead cross functional projects with supply chain, engineering, global business units and finance on significant initiatives, counseling on strategic business priorities and decision making

  • Identify and assess legal risks and opportunities related to trade compliance and advise accordingly

  • Partner with and rationalize the use of outside counsel to manage complex regulatory issues and interface with regulatory agencies

Skills & Knowledge:

  • 8+ years of experience with professional services firm, law firm and/or in-house counsel or combination thereof

  • Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school

  • Strong knowledge in international business law, including without limitation, the Customs and Border Protection rules and regulations, Export Administration Regulations, ITAR, OFAC sanctions, CFIUS, HTS classification, working knowledge of World Trade Organization and anticorruption laws

  • Ability to influence and leverage through a matrixed organization

  • Managerial and leadership courage; should demonstrate superior people leadership skills with a global team

  • Excellent communication both verbally and written are a must; ability to communicate in various mediums (phone, video, etc.) to empower global teams with adequate information to deliver high quality work product

  • Demonstrated ability to be flexible and shift internal procedures and controls as regulatory environment changes

  • Experience engaging with US and/or foreign import/export regulators that govern manufacturing organizations

  • Experience with software and data analytics to improve trade controls and operations

  • High emotional intelligence that shows emotional strength and maturity

  • Strong organizational skills, ability to juggle multiple priorities and meet short deadlines

  • Strong advocacy, negotiation, interpersonal and legal research skills

  • Strategic and innovative thinker

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced, high pressure environment

Working Conditions:

  • Corporate office environment

  • Potential for travel

We are an ambitious, resourceful, and driven workforce, which empowers us to Think Outside. Apply today!

About Polaris

As the global leader in Powersports, Polaris Inc. (NYSE: PII) pioneers product breakthroughs and enriching experiences and services that have invited people to discover the joy of being outdoors since our founding in 1954. With annual 2020 sales of $7.0 billion, Polaris' high-quality product line-up includes the Polaris RANGER®, RZR® and Polaris GENERAL side-by-side off-road vehicles; Sportsman® all-terrain off-road vehicles; Indian Motorcycle® mid-size and heavyweight motorcycles; Slingshot® moto-roadsters; snowmobiles; and deck, cruiser and pontoon boats, including industry-leading Bennington pontoons. Polaris enhances the riding experience with parts, garments, and accessories, along with a growing aftermarket portfolio, including Transamerican Auto Parts. Polaris' presence in adjacent markets includes military and commercial off-road vehicles, quadricycles, and electric vehicles. Proudly headquartered in Minnesota, Polaris serves more than 100 countries across the globe.

EEO Statement

Polaris is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will make all employment-related decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, familial status, status with regard to public assistance, membership or activity in a local commission, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.

City: Plymouth

State: Minnesota

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