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Sourcing Specialist (Logistics)

Title: Sourcing Specialist (Logistics)
 

The mission of FIRST® is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting Mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities. Make a difference in thousands of students' lives. Create an impact on the workforce of tomorrow. Become a member of our passionate employee base working to make science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education accessible to all students around the world.

FIRST is looking for someone to source and execute international transportation; ensure on time delivery of all shipments through carrier selection and scheduling.  They will also manage the internal export/import compliance program to ensure all shipments and the organization are compliant with customs regulations.  This position will assist in the movement of FIRST material between warehouses and locations.  

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES (including but not limited to):

  • Trains employees on appropriate import/export procedures and resources at FIRST 
  • Coordinates all activities involved in export/import regulatory compliance included, but not limited to, ECCN product classifications, harmonized tariff classifications, country of origin determination, product valuation reporting, export license application, reviewing end use statement for exports, and destination screenings.
  • Prepares international export documentation and electronic export filings, as required.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with  freight forwarders, manage daily relationships with brokers and carriers.
  • Works with forwarders, brokers and carriers to quickly resolve problems at all points in transit.  Identifies and resolves routing delays.    
  • Serves as an organization-wide logistics resource
  • Creates and maintains tracking visibility for international shipments  
  • Monitors shipment progress and updates interested parties of delays and arrival information in a timely manner
  • Conducts yearly export/import audits and risk assessments of FIRST's Export Management and Control Program. 
  • Works with shipping and warehouse coordinator to schedule inbound and outbound shipments
  • Works to improve movement and organization between FIRST and FIRST's warehouses and other locations
  • Makes recommendations to Management on freight expense reduction opportunities
  • Identifies cost saving opportunities and coordinates change.  
  • Creates and issues Purchase Orders and/or Request for Quotes (RFQ’s) for the required commodities or services as required.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelor's Degree in a related field plus two to three years of related experience or equivalent combination of education and related experience shall be considered 
  • Inquisitive, detail-oriented with strong quantitative analytical skills and an innovative approach to problem solving
  • Strong written communication and presentation skills required
  • Import/Export Experience Preferred
  • Experience with FedEx systems including FedEx Trade Networks (FTN), and knowledge of customs regulations and basic broker relationships
  • Required knowledge and understanding of shipping multiple products to multiple countries
  • Strong computer skills and ability to learn FIRST internal computer software
  • Ability to improve current shipping and warehouse processes
  • Must be energetic, motivated and committed to FIRST mission and goals
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