Imports Manager

Anonymous Employer

Job Summary

The Imports Manager will be responsible for control performances of purchase activities so as to turn approved Purchase Requisitions into accurately executed Profoma, Form M, LC and other import documentation and ensure that required goods and required documentation to clear and arrive to Nigeria. Coordinate cargo clearance from the ports while utilizing internal and external resources.

  • Minimum Qualification: Degree
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 7 years

Job Description

About Company 

We connect people and businesses with meaningful innovation” at scale. We want to be at the heart of improving how we live, learn and work in Africa through innovation. Over 10 million people have connected with platforms enabled by our company. We operate currently from Nigeria and are expanding to other countries in Africa, Europe and Asia. We are a human-centered company with an emphasis on product quality, intimacy with our customers and ensuring our people can achieve their best. We are currently focused on building technology to enable Identity, Payments, Learning and Data


Responsibilities:

  • Effective follow up of import documentation to ensure the timely arrival of documentation to minimise total port waiting time.

  • Processing LC application

  • Understanding the difference between Bills for collection, LCs (confirmed, unconfirmed),

  • Being familiar with CBN and Banking portals for import documentation and Forex applications.

  • Ensure timely payment of import suppliers by timely completion of the clearing documentation process.

  • Proactively monitor activities at the port to identify in advance potential issues (crises), escalate and drive for quick resolution.

  • Monitor and report performance of the 3PL providers and use the information for benchmarking the logistics process against industry and agreeing & implementing improvement plans.

  • Ensure contractual commitments of the suppliers are delivered and exceeded, managed via clearly defined governance structure (target, performance, support).

  • Ensure that the total cost of clearing is within target.

  • To Execute and manage all customs licenses in relation to Customs and factory and the warehouses to ensure they are always valid thus ensuring continuity of the business.

  • Carry out or recommend training, induction and orientation for new and existing supply chain staff in the import process

  • Carry out regular evaluation of existing clearing agent and new ones

  • Provide training, development and coaching of direct reports.

  • To ensure excellent relationship with the following key external stakeholders: Customs, 3PLs, External Audit, governmental agencies and Banks to ensure smooth and efficient logistics operations and services


Key Success Factors:

  • Achieving the clearing cost targets

  • Excellence in import clearance execution

  • Full adherence and compliance to internal and external control requirements and regulations

  • Regular imports performance reviews and improvements to achieve business results


Qualifications and Requirements:

  • University degree and 7 years’ experience in the Nigerian importation process.

  • Result-driven professional with extensive experience in Logistics (freight sourcing strategy, external & internal relationship management, shipping, import documentation.

  • Grasp of Clearing process 

  • Appreciation of Nigeria Customs trends

  • Leadership, teambuilding, motivation, communication and negotiation skills

  • Customer-focus, with a desire and resourcefulness to find solutions to complex problems.

  • Awareness of security and insurance policies and practices

  • Supplier / third party / outsourced logistics solution management

  • Influencing and leadership skills

  • Good command of English (written and spoken)

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