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Global Head of Customs & International Trade

Full time
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AstraZeneca UK
Healthcare & medical
10,001+ employees
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AstraZeneca is a global, science-led, patient-focused biopharmaceutical company. We focus on discovering, developing and commercialising prescription medicines for some of the world's most serious diseases. But we are more than one of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies. At AstraZeneca, we're dedicated to being a Great Place to Work. Where you are empowered to push the boundaries of science, challenge convention and unleash your entrepreneurial spirit. To embrace differences and take bold actions to drive the change needed to meet global healthcare and sustainability challenges.

The Head of Customs & International Trade will have overall responsibility for leading AstraZeneca's new global customs and trade function, which will include setting strategy, direction and delivering on a new global operating model. This is a brand-new role which is the result of expansion, and the strategic decision to consolidate AstraZeneca's existing regional trade teams into a single global team. This role will report into the Global Head of Indirect Taxes based in the U.K.

The key responsibilities of the role include and are not limited to:

  • Lead the new global Customs & Trade organisation, ensure its efficiency and effectiveness.

  • Advising the business on the constant and relentless change and evolution of customs trade rules and regulations

  • Represent Group Tax / Global Specialist Finance and ensure business collaboration and partnership with other departments across AstraZeneca group.

  • Design, review, and govern the implementation of Customs & Trade strategies for the AstraZeneca group to ensure continuity of supply of AstraZeneca's products and materials, in accordance with the relevant legal, fiscal, and regulatory requirements related to Customs & Trade around the world.

  • Responsible for the review, update, and governance of relevant standards and policies related to Customs & Trade, ensure effective management of relevant risks and opportunities.

  • Managing external auditor's view of the group's Customs & Trade positions

  • Represent AstraZeneca group when interacting with external agencies, e.g. Customs Authorities, ensuring such interactions, such as disclosures and support with audits, are handled in a manner consistent with AZ's corporate values.

  • Determine and implement future operating model for Customs & Trade e.g. shared service.

  • Enforce robust governance for matters related to Customs & Trade.

  • Lead and determine any Customs & Trade related automation and duty optimisation strategies.

Knowledge / Education required

  • A substantial and in-depth understanding of Customs principles and their application internationally, e.g. customs valuation, rules of origin, classification, customs special procedures, AEO etc.

  • The role is expected to have significant interaction with other Tax/Finance teams. A good working knowledge of other taxes (direct and indirect taxes) and their interaction with Customs & Trade is highly desirable.

  • The role also involves extensive business partnering and interaction with other departments of the business (e.g. R&D, Clinical, Manufacturing, Logistics, finance, customer services) and requires the candidate to possess a deep understanding of commercial and supply chain operations.


  • 10+ years of experience in strategic roles related to Customs & Trade.

  • Proven experience of undertaking senior positions of Customs & Trade in multinational corporations.

  • Proven record in driving changes and implementing them on a regional or global scale.

  • Experience with global Transformation programmes alongside the implementation and operation of a global trade management systems such as SAP GTS is highly desired.

  • Experience with setting up or transforming customs operating models, global processes and controls within multinational and cross-functional environment e.g. setting up shared services centres.

  • Experience working in a multi-cultured environment or experience working in multiple geographic jurisdictions is highly desired.

  • Strong stakeholder management experience, ideally gained with pharma/life sciences/biotech industryExperience in developing and executing standard Customs processes across an organisation.

  • Experience in business strategy and business case development.

Ready to make a difference? Apply now and join us in our mission to push the boundaries of science to deliver life-changing medicines!

AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements.