Associate, Trade & Customs



Chicago, IL, USA · Dallas, TX, USA
Posted on Tuesday, January 23, 2024

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KPMG is currently seeking an Associate/Senior Associate to join our Trade and Customs practice.


  • Meet with and provide advice to clients, in a variety of industries, on trade compliance matters (i.e., import and/or export matters)
  • Lead and manage client projects including trade compliance audits, reviews, program development and training among other areas
  • Support market development and thought leadership initiatives including articles
  • Research, write, and review advice, specifically in the area of export compliance
  • Aid in the management, career development and training of team members

Additional Responsibilities for Senior Associate:

  • Provide leadership to associates and review their work


  • Minimum one year of recent direct experience in trade compliance including, but not limited to, U.S. Customs and Border protection rules and regulations, the U.S. Harmonized Tariff Code, U.S. customs valuation requirements, export compliance (e.g., EAR and ITAR) including deemed exports, export jurisdiction and classification of complex products, licenses and other ITAR/EAR export authorizations, technology control plans, Consent Agreements, ITAR brokering, Congressional Notification, EAR de minimis guidelines and developing sustainable export compliance programs as an attorney, trade consultant, in-house professional or government official
  • Bachelors degree, J.D., LL.M. in taxation and/or MBA from an accredited college/university
  • Outstanding and in-depth experience with U.S. import and export control regulations with the ability to address complex matters with practical advice and solutions
  • General export control and sanctions experience, in areas such as export control compliance audits/review and assessments, voluntary self-disclosures, advisory opinion requests, classification and developing a trade compliance framework
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication/presentation skills with strong technical skills with the ability to plan and conduct in-depth reviews of transactional data using data and analytics preferred; previous experience in a leading tax/advisory or trade law firm is preferred
  • Ability to travel both domestically and internationally

Additional Qualifications for Senior Associate:

  • Minimum three years of recent direct experience working on engagements involving import and/or export compliance matters
  • United States Customs Broker or CUSECO certification preferred

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