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Customs & Excise Manager

Job Name

Customs & Excise Manager







Reporting Line:

Global Customs & Excises Manager

Job type:

Full time

Lead recruiter:

Marina Raffin Duval

About the role

Your Opportunity

The Customs & Excise Manager is responsible for ensuring compliance to Customs and Excise legislation and the implementation of all relevant procedures and controls for FR Operations and all Bacardi entities in that Country, as well as supporting and monitoring all business partners within that territory. Furthermore, this role acts as primary contact for all aspects of customs, excise tax, tax stamps, compliance with legislation, and for ensuring that all required licenses are in place.


With our Consumer at the heart, your key focus will be to:
  • Develop, implement and maintain a clear governance and a control process to ensure compliance in all Customs & Excise areas
  • Ensure compliance with relevant regulations: Customs procedures as Import, export, Customs bonded warehouse, Union and Common Transit, inward processing, as well as Import duties, Excise duty and any other tax pending on alcoholic goods, tax stamps (local and received from abroad); EMCS; ECS; ICS ; NCTS and equivalent systems
  • Maintain an appropriate control environment to ensure all that declarations are made within mandatory deadlines, and all agreed internal controls are followed (including excise related
  • mandatory controls, master data and any relevant SOX controls)
  • Ensure Continuous improvement on processes (e.g. tax warehousing, tendering management, etc...) within the framework of the local legislation.
  • License Management - ensuring that all relevant Customs and Excise authorization and licenses should be in place and up to date, through continuous control and review
  • Awareness of C&E across the business - ensure that the importance of C&E is understood across the business and facilitate training to support this
  • Maintain/build a positive strategic working relationship with Customs and Excise authorities, auditors (for audits results and follow-up).
  • Maintain review procedures to ensure high quality submissions are made to Customs and Excise authorities - Duties calculation/ Customs import & export declarations/ Excise declarations.
  • Be recognized as the key technical and legislative resource on Excise and Customs for C&E team, logistics, finance teams and wider business, providing legislative updates and having the ability to answer related queries.
  • Coordination of Customs and tax assessments/disputes with French Customs Authorities and introduction of relevant measures to ameliorate risks
  • Reviewing SOP's and ensuring that Customs and Excise procedure and controls are embedded, with references to SAP and other systems where relevant
  • Be a recognized system SME (Subject Matter Expert) – drive and sponsor any required enhancements and improvements
  • Directly support with the French Customs Authorities or Other Authorities in case of any issue happens in the French territory to all Bacardi goods under Excise duty suspension or under any Customs suspended procedure.
  • Directly support with the French Customs Authority for any authorization request or any issue can happen with French tax stamps 
  • Ensure processes are in place (with backup) and staff trained to execute and perform C&E related responsibilities, including:
    • ED Module administrative controls – daily, weekly, monthly, annual as required.
    • Timely preparation, review and submission of all required customs and excise declarations 
    • Correct application of local commodity codes and Excise duty product codes for all goods produced/bottled and all goods released for consumption in the local market
    • Implementation of preference and origin checks
    • Handling of the destruction of write-offs and products subject to excise, in line with local regulations
    • Preparation of application, payment and withdraw of local strip stamps and strip stamps received from other countries to be applied at the local plant.
    • Preparation and validation by competent authority of any document requested by the consignee (certificate of origin, EUR1 forms, delivery notes, certificate of analysis and other declarations)
    • Process of following up on irregularities during the transport of products subject to excise and bonded (duty suspended) goods, recoveries of any duties paid
    • Preparation of export, import, transit and  EMCS accompanying documents for shipment to EU, non-EU countries and for national transfer order under excises duty suspension 
    • Maintain with support of logistics team a list of open EAD's at each months end, by number, age and value (if payment has been enforced)
    • Customs bonded warehouse and Tax warehouse accounting and inventory control
    • Inward processing accounting if required
    • Import clearance and compliance with local regulations
    • Union and Common Transit rules
    • AEO certification standards

Skills and Experience

The Skills & Experience needed to create your legacy

Educational Requirements
  • University Degree, ideally with a relevant postgraduate qualification
Work Experience Requirements:
  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant experience in a senior Customs and Excise role within a Global Organization
  • Strong problem solving, numeracy, analytical and communication skills
  • Process-orientation
  • High ethical standards
  • Ability and willingness to work in an international environment in a fast-developing company
  • Ability to build a strong and reliable professional network internally and externally with customs authorities
  • Ability to deal with and communicate complex regulatory requirements in a clear and concise manner with key stakeholders
Language Skills:
  • Local language: business fluent English business fluent
  • Other languages desirable
Functional Competencies:
  • EU law, especially in EU-customs codex and HS system / Combined Nomenclature
  • The 3 main customs areas. Experience of Customs in the key areas of Commodity/ HS Codification, Valuation, and Origin (preferential and non-preferential), and the impact of these pillars on business flows.
  • AEO experience
  • EU and local spirits and wines production regulations
  • Familiarity with the Union Customs Code, its impact on business flows, simplifications, guarantees and certifications etc.
  • Excise legislation – regional and market specific
  • National law and VAT regulations
  • Customs authorities and procedures
  • Simplified customs processes like authorized exporter/importer/ consignor
  • Procedures relating to transit, export, import and summary declaration
  • Origin of goods non preferential and preferential
  • EU Free Trade Agreements
  • French Customs systems (Gamma, Delta, …)
  • SAP

Our culture

We share the passion and entrepreneurial flair of our founder and are guided by our three culture pillars - Fearless, Family and Founders, they inspire our Primos to be the best they can be and drive us forward in all we do. But what does this mean?

·       Being Fearless; means adopting an agile mindset, being comfortable trying new things and taking risks. We are empowered to question, challenge and innovate.

·       Family; We treat each other, and our communities, like Family. Always.

·       Founders; The spirit of entrepreneurship is at the heart of everything we do. We see the business as if it’s our own. We do the right thing for the business and we all take accountability for our work.

When you join Bacardi, you become part of our family and gain more than just a job.

Disclaimer: Bacardi is an equal opportunity employer that values workforce diversity. Diversity is core to our business: by embedding diversity into all aspects of our culture, we maximize the opportunity to achieve sustainable business success and growth. The duties and responsibilities described in the role profile might not be a comprehensive list.