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Trade Compliance Specialist 

LOCATION: Westminster / Maryland (US-MD), United States | BRAND: Knorr Brake Company | REQUISITION ID: 1278 | JOB GRADE:14 



Knorr Brake Company is the innovative leader in the manufacture and supply of braking systems, passenger doors and climate-control equipment for all types of Mass Transit customers such as: METRO, Light Rail Vehicles, High-Speed Trains, Commuter Rail and Monorail Vehicles for the North America market. We’re part of the Knorr-Bremse Group, the global leader in braking technologies. As part of our team, you’ll collaborate with a world of talented and dedicated colleagues whose sense of purpose complements your own. You’ll find rewarding opportunities, diverse experiences, partnerships, and an unwavering commitment to ethics and integrity. Innovation is part of our DNA. Achievement drives our culture. Learn more today at!



The Logistics & Trade Compliance Administrator is a support position within the Inter-company Supply Chain and Trade Compliance Team, helping to oversee internal/export/import compliance strategies for all KBC business units, organizing staff training and global support to comply with all applicable import and export regulations.


Essential Functions

  • Assisting and supporting the ongoing development of the trade program at Knorr Brake Company for imports and exports, covering multiple products within each Business Unit (BU) and ensuring compliance to trade laws and regulations.  This may include, but is not limited to the following:
  • Help develop processes to effectively obtain CUSMA (Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement) and/or USMCA (United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement) information from suppliers
  • Developing “best cost and service” transportation models for material coming in domestically, as well as internationally – specifically from Europe, Asia and Northern Border countries
  • Update and report on the efficiency and execution of logistic services within the given BU budgets on a weekly/monthly basis.
  • Working along with the Logistics & Trade Compliance Specialist, assist with internal trade topics including - Tariff classification, Incoterms, and Country of Origin determination and uploading all necessary import/export data into SAP and Tradeflow database.
  • Correction of invoice errors, routing issues, loss & damage freight claims with carriers and freight forwarders.
  • Assist in writing user documentation, instructions, and procedures – in particular, regarding logistic processes, US and Canadian Customs compliance, and the Transport and Shipping modules in SAP System.
  • Ensuring International supply base is adhering to SOP (standard operating procedure) and the provided routing instructions, while working with Customs Brokerage for proper customs entry.
  • Work with contracted 3PL (third-party logistics) for Domestic supply chain and (4PL fourth-party logistics) for International supply chain for negotiating external contracts with Freight Forwarders and Carriers to achieve yearly cost savings.
  • Trouble-shooting and problem-solving various issues such as bill of lading errors and carrier/broker invoice errors, non-justified charges, as well as working with our 3PL (third-party logistics) partner on carrier delays, shipment routing issues, and proof of deliveries.
  • Manage, prepare and execute various losses, damage, or over-charge claims with the carriers and freight forwarders.
  • Effectively organize all entry packages – ensuring safe retention of the necessary customs documents as well as destruction of documents outside of the 5-year required period.
  • Interaction with KBC personnel, vendors, and carriers to provide freight quotes and landed cost, coordinate freight services to support manufacturing schedules and customer orders.
  • Ensure the in-coming dock scheduling tool is fully functioning and effective for dock planning.


Skills and Competencies

Technical Expertise

  • Good working knowledge of Customs & Trade Compliance topics for both Importing and Exporting out of the United States and the ability to distribute information effectively
  • Excellent material and process knowledge in a manufacturing environment


Core Competencies

  • Advanced level problem solving skills and knowledge
  • Excellent communication skills, written and oral,  the position will actively interface with customs brokers, freight forwarders, business and senior managers, suppliers, global logistics and customs agencies
  • Strong organizational and prioritization skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Demonstrate a commitment to integrity with respect to the adherence to processes and the handling of data, analysis and reporting



Bachelor Degree in relevant field



6-8+ years of relevant experience



What does Knorr Brake Company have to offer you? 

  •  A rich, competitive Health Benefit plan including a wellness program that cuts your benefit premiums down to a fraction of the original cost
  • 401(k) Plan with a 50% Company Match for the first 6% deferred plus additional safe harbor and discretionary company contributions
  • Company Paid Life and Disability Benefits
  • Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Educational Assistance Program
  • Paid Personal Time Off and Volunteer Time Off
  • 12 Company Paid Holidays
  • Monthly Employee Welfare Events and Volunteer Opportunities
  • Free Passes to Baltimore Zoo and Aquarium, Free Tee Times at local golf courses, and Free Gym Membership
  • Celebree Learning Center Westminster childcare discount
  • Exclusive access to travel, theme park and other attractions discounts
  • Automotive Discounts
  • Cellular service discounts
  • Special pricing on BJ’s Wholesale annual membership
  • PNC Workplace Banking and First Financial Credit Union member perks
  • Additional local business discounts

Nearest Major Market: Baltimore