Toyota: Assistant Manager: Trade Agreements

Job Title: Assistant Manager: Trade Agreements
Reporting To: Manager
Number of Positions: 1
Location - Country: South Africa
Location - Province: KwaZulu-Natal
Location - Town / City: Durban

Job Description:
The incumbent of this position will fulfil the necessary requirements within the Department to meet objectives with regards To assisting the company to accomplish its objectives through the evaluation and improvement of the effectiveness of Customs and Trade Compliance, by providing a professional, independent, objective assurance and consulting service designed to add value and improve Toyota operations. The Preferred Trader Accreditation status must be effectively implemented, maintained and monitored.

Key Job Functions:
To manage and keep abreast with trade agreements and the specific requirements for each. Inform TSAM about any potential benefit that may exist in using a particular trade agreement in a timely manner.
Support Trade Compliance's objective of monitoring and tracking the operations to ensure that all logistics are conducted in accordance with the stipulations of the Customs and Excise registrations.
To track, improve and maintain the appointed clearing Agents' KPIs.
Support the department's objective of ensuring that the preferred Trader Status is received and secured. These means contributing significantly to all activities aimed towards improving the level of compliance and awareness to PT and its requirements.
Receive all product briefs and ensure that all tariff determinations are done by the Trade Compliance Specialist and distributed to all PICs that make use of such information.

Qualifications and Experience:
NQF5 (240 Credits) - Certificate or Diploma in International Economics or diploma qualification in International Trade (or similar qualifications) or diploma with International Trade or Maritime Law.
Customs and Excise knowledge and experience with adherence to Trade Agreements;
Experience in the Supply Chain Management field and/or MIDP/APDP will be an advantage.
Compliance to Government requirements for accredited importers and exporters under SARS Customs Modernisation Program and to act as TSAM's specialist in this field.Must be computer literate with strong experience in using Microsoft Office packages. Experience in using SAP will be an advantage.Minimum of 5 years in Trade and Customs Compliance

Accurate Information gathering and analysis
Creation of innovative visions.
Communication and sharing of mid to long term action plans
Awareness of situation and decisiveness.
Strategic reallocation of management resource and review of work methods
Establishing a framework and systems for management
Feedback of evaluation results and long-term development of others
Realisation of own mission

Questions after the interview:

At the end of an interview there is usually an opportunity where you can ask any questions you might have. This is a great opportunity to show the interviewer that you are interested in the position as well as the company. It is a good idea to prepare a few questions before the interview – this can be done while you are doing research on the company.

Your questions should show the interviewer that you are a good candidate for the position. Try and avoid questions that are based on your personal needs and preferences, for instance:

- How much leave will I get in a year?
- Will I be considered for promotion in my first year?
- When will I get an increase?
- What time can I leave in the afternoon?

These questions are inappropriate at this stage and will probably raise concerns on the side of the interviewer. Should you be the successful candidate then all these questions will be answered in your letter of appointment so don’t waste this opportunity by asking these basic questions.

If the position is an entry level job or very junior then you are welcome to ask questions in line with the position, for instance:

- Why did the previous person leave the position?
- What would the successful person be tasked to do in a typical day?
- How does this position fit into the department and / or company?
- Could you explain the company structure to me?
- Is there any further education assistance or support?

If the position is more senior then you can prepare question around the following themes:

- current issues that will face the successful candidate;
- inter-personal challenges in the department;
- any process, technology or people challenges that needs to be attended to urgently;
- key result areas that need urgent attention in the first few months;

The above information should get you started. Prepare a few questions so that you can show your worth. Good luck with your interview!
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