Import Manager job description template

About this position

The Import Manager is a critical role in our organization that is responsible for overseeing the import of products from our international suppliers and partners. The Import Manager will work with a team of professionals to ensure that all imports are handled efficiently and in compliance with international and domestic regulations. They will also be responsible for managing the import process from start to finish, from working with suppliers to negotiating contracts and ensuring timely deliveries. The ideal candidate should have strong organizational, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills, as well as extensive experience in international trade and customs regulations.


1. Coordinate import/export shipment activities, including customs clearance and documentation.
2. Develop and implement policies and procedures related to imports and exports.
3. Monitor and analyze import/export data to identify compliance issues and take corrective actions.
4. Maintain and update the import/export compliance database.
5. Monitor and report on international trade trends and developments.
6. Liaise with freight forwarders and other third parties to ensure timely and accurate import/export processes and paperwork.
7. Negotiate contracts with suppliers and customers.
8. Ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations related to imports and exports.
9. Develop and maintain relationships with foreign governments, customs authorities, and other relevant organizations.
10. Prepare and submit required reports to internal and external stakeholders.


• Bachelor's degree in Business, Logistics, Supply Chain Management, or related field
• 5+ years of experience in import and export operations
• Familiarity with international trade regulations and customs clearance processes
• Excellent communication, negotiation, and problem-solving skills
• Proficiency with MS Office and other computer software related to the field


Partnership Development
Strategic Partnerships Partner Relationship Management Partnerships Startup Development Strategic Alliances Partner Development Channel Relationship Management Joint Ventures
Planning and organizing
Taking timely actions to ensure obligations are met Goal setting, planning and priorization Clarifying expectations of self and others
Inventory Management
Managing Orders Stock Management Product Assortment Inventory Management Inventory Control
Cost control
Variance analysis Cost of goods sold Standard Costs Cost reduction Budgeting Cost Control
Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP)
Sales & Operation Planning
Customer Orientation
Understanding customer needs Demonstrating positive attitude towards resolution Solving customer issues within timelines
Procurement & Purchasing
Strategic Sourcing Supply Management Supplier Negotiation Subcontracting Purchasing Procurement bidding
Continuous improvement
Fishbone Diagram Total Quality Management
Logistics Management