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The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) Import Export Specialist in Rockville, Maryland


Who is USP?

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) is an independent scientific organization that collaborates with the world's top authorities in health and science to develop quality standards for medicines, dietary supplements, and food ingredients. USP's fundamental belief that Equity = Excellence manifests in our

core value of Passion for Quality through our more than 1,300 hard-working professionals across twenty global locations to deliver the mission to strengthen the supply of safe, quality medicines and supplements worldwide.

At USP, we value inclusivity for all. We recognize the importance of building an organizational culture with meaningful opportunities for mentorship and professional growth. From the standards we create, the partnerships we build, and the conversations we foster, we affirm the value of Diversity, Equity,

Inclusion, and Belonging in building a world where everyone can be confident of quality in health and healthcare.

USP is proud to be an equal employment opportunity employer (EEOE) and affirmative action employer. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment in all aspects of our work—an environment where every employee feels fully empowered and valued irrespective of, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, physical and mental abilities, education, religion, gender identity, and expression, life experience, sexual orientation, country of origin, regional differences, work experience, and family status. We are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities.

Brief Job Overview

This is a hands-on, non-supervisory position to support the daily operation and development of a global best practices import and export compliance program. This position will support USP’s global Trade and DEA compliance programs, mitigating risk to the organization specific to import/export related activities in a manner that fully complies with all governmental and organization policies. The incumbent will provide administrative support for ordering, selling, and shipping of USP products in compliance with Trade and DEA regulations. This includes customer orders from over 80 countries around the world, including North America, LATAM, EMEA, India and APAC regions. Although the candidate will report to Global Trade Compliance, they will also functionally report and

provide support to the DEA Compliance team.

How will YOU create impact here at USP?

In this role at USP, you contribute to USP's public health mission of increasing equitable access to high quality, safe medicine and improving global health through public standards and related programs. In addition, as part of our commitment to our employees, Global, People, and Culture, in partnership with

the Equity Office, regularly invests in the professional development of all people managers. This includes training in inclusive management styles and other competencies necessary to ensure engaged and productive work environments.

This role's primary responsibility is providing support to the Global Trade Compliance and DEA Compliance in administering and implementing USP’s Global Trade and DEA Compliance programs. The incumbent will ensure adherence to customs regulations, EAR (Export Administration Regulations), and other relevant laws affecting different jurisdictions, as well as current DEA and State regulations pertaining to the sale and procurement of controlled substances. Specifically, the Import Export Specialist will provide import/export compliance support and day to day guidance to USP internal stakeholders, which includes the following:

• Assist with classifications of Harmonized Tariff Schedules, Schedule B, Export Control Classification Number) and updating and maintaining USP’s classification database.

• Handle customs clearance, delivery, detentions, administrative hold ups, and other matters as they may arise at various points of entry or exit.

• Communicate with USP’s customs brokers and freight forwarders.

• Assist with USP’s denied and restricted party screening program to review and resolve potential matches.

• Request and issue Chamber of Commerce certificates of origin.

• Monitor changes to import/export processes and regulations and recommend appropriate updates to management.

• Review and approve DEA import/export applications (submission, amendments, and reporting of DEA return information).

• Monitor for early visibility of emerging DEA and state regulatory initiatives that impact controlled substance and List I chemical import/export processes and develop proactive strategies for compliant solutions.

• Seek out opportunities and work with IT team developers to drive efficiencies within the department and across the company.

• Ensure documentation(s) is accurate and complete for compliance recordkeeping.

• Other duties as assigned to support Trade and DEA program activities.

Who is USP Looking For?

The successful candidate will have a demonstrated understanding of our mission, commitment to excellence through inclusive and equitable behaviors and practices, ability to quickly build credibility with stakeholders, along with the following competencies and experience:

• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.

Minimum of 2 (two) to 4+ (four plus) years of experience in international import/export activities .

• Experience in the pharmaceutical, chemical, and biologics industry area a plus.

• Trade and/or DEA related certifications a plus.

• Must possess strong attention to detail, critical thinking, and excellent problem-solving skills.

• Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with time sensitive submissions and strict reporting deadlines.

• Strong and effective verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.

• Ability to build strong relationships with internal stakeholders and to manage change through influence.

Additional Desired Preferences

• Ability to classify Harmonized Tariff Schedules, Schedule B, and Export Control Classification Numbers.

• Knowledge of International Traffic in Arms Regulations, Export Administration Regulations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Foreign Trade Regulations, and Office of Foreign Assets Control Regulations.

• Knowledge of DEA and State of MD regulations involving controlled substances and listed chemicals.

• Knowledge of U.S. sanction programs and restricted party screening.

• Ability to manage multiple and complex tasks while working with individuals across the organization and with minimal supervision.

• Oracle (ERP) experience preferred.

Supervisory Responsibilities

None. This is an individual contributor role.


USP provides the benefits to protect yourself and your family today and tomorrow. From company-paid time off, and comprehensive healthcare options to retirement savings, you can have peace of mind that your personal and financial well-being is protected.

Note: USP does not accept unsolicited resumes from 3rd party recruitment agencies and is not responsible for fees from recruiters or other agencies except under specific written agreement with USP.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

Job Category Legal

Job Type Full-Time