Principal, International Trade Compliance (Itc)

Ascend Performance Materials Houston , TX 77020

Posted 6 days ago


Ascend Performance Materials' Office of International Trade Compliance (ITC) is seeking a compliance professional to manage ITC-related projects, reporting, & consulting, as well as serve as the backup for export operations. The successful candidate will be expected to hit the ground running to lead projects and initiatives of medium to high complexity. Strong U.S. export expertise is a must, and global trade compliance experience dealing with countries such as China, Canada, Mexico, and/or the EU is highly desired.

This role is ideal for the career-minded individual interested in applying the technical aspects of trade compliance such as EAR export controls, HTS classification, valuation, and related software systems to improve Ascend's compliance profile, achieve efficiencies, and save money. You will be a member of Ascend's focused team of ITC professionals located in our global headquarters in downtown Houston, TX.


  • Learn Ascend's products, trade flows, and overall business

  • Take ownership and complete projects and other assignments with quality, timeliness, dependability, and professionalism

  • Meet key stakeholders and integrate into Ascend's culture and values


  • Interface with Ascend personnel, customs brokers, freight forwarders and other service providers to complete projects, resolve issues and give clear guidance

  • SAP enhancements & break/fixes

  • Identify, develop and deliver savings initiatives

  • Develop and execute company and governmental reporting

  • Consult & advise on trade matters to internal customers (e.g., sales, CSRs)

  • Make HTS/ECCN classification determinations

  • Onboard new carriers, brokers, and other service providers (ITC components)

  • Handle Customs rulings requests

  • Handling legal issues

  • Manage external audits (Customs, BIS, etc.)

  • Support/back up other areas of the ITC as business circumstances require

  • Domestic and international travel is anticipated (approx. 10-20%)


  • Bachelor's Degree in a related field such as business, supply chain/logistics, economics, tax, or finance. Work history, achievements, and strong ITC credentials will be considered in lieu of a degree.

  • At least 10 years of specific experience in international trade compliance.

  • Proficient with U.S. export regulations including CCL/ECCN

  • NAFTA and other free-trade agreements

  • HTS classification, valuation, country of origin determination, routed exports, EEI filings, Incoterms

  • Comfortable working with customs brokers and freight forwarders


  • Strong project management and organizational skills

  • Strong communication skills (verbal, written)

  • Strong understanding of logistics and supply chain

  • MS Word and Excel

  • Detail-oriented with unwavering commitment to accuracy and quality results

  • Ability to work independently and focus on a single task that demands a high attention to detail for an extended period of time

  • Comfortable asking questions as appropriate, and the judgement to know when to escalate

  • Intrinsically motivated with a results-oriented work ethic

  • Proven ability to work in a team environment


  • Licensed Customs Broker (LCB)
  • Export credential such as Certified U.S. Export Compliance Officer (CUSECO) or Certified Export Specialist (CES)
  • SAP (MM, GTS)


If you are looking for a career with one of the plastics industry's most enlightened employers, Ascend Performance Materials offers an opportunity to develop a true sense of fulfillment and pride in your achievements.

Ascend provides an exciting platform from which you, your family and your community will benefit. You'll become a trusted member of an interdependent and safe working environment where your opinions and ideas will be encouraged and respected, regardless of your position. Working alongside a diverse range of renowned technical experts on a continuous stream of industry-leading products and technologies, you'll find a wide variety of opportunities within our growing business for both learning and career development.

Our culture is built on a strong set of core values that foster innovation and collaboration across every level of the organization. It is a culture grounded in open relationships between every member of the Ascend team. All of this is driven by an inspirational leadership team, intently focused on maximizing the new investment in the business.

The essence of our organization is embodied in the words "inspiring everyday," and we have built a strong and confident business with performance at its core. It will be challenging but holistically rewarding and will enable you to achieve your personal and professional aspirations.

Ascend is an organization that genuinely seeks to inspire our people to inspire others. We believe this gives Ascend a higher purpose, making it a unique work environment for you to consider when choosing career options.

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