ASML Sr. Manager of Trade & Customs in Hong Kong, Hong Kong


Together with customers and suppliers, ASML is heading towards an interesting and challenging era growing today’s company into a 10bE company. Are you the person that wants to be part this challenge? Are you able to translate business demands into a strategic vision for the Trade & Customs operations? Are you the person who is not only an expert in Trade & Customs legislation, but is also hands on? Do you have the ability to understand complex trade issues and do you enjoy translating those into optimization programs together with your stakeholders? Why not join us? In your role as a Manager Trade & Customs you are part of a team of professionals in an international environment and a presence on three continents. Customs and export control compliance are not only essential to enable the supply chain organization to meet the commitments we made to our customers, but compliance is considered to be one of the core values within ASML.

Job Mission

The mission of the Trade & Customs department is ensure and manage trade & customs compliance in a manner that minimizes risk and pro-actively supports the business and contributes to an uninterrupted supply chain in the various relevant jurisdictions. The position supports the APAC management of trade compliance activities and efforts in Asia Pacific region to ensure adherence with regulations.

Job Description
  • As part of the customs team you are responsible for continuously monitoring of (customs) laws and regulations in the relevant jurisdictions and assess the relevancy and impact of these changes for ASML. Together with your team members you are responsible for trade & customs compliance in your region. This includes managing relevant KPI’s with customs brokers and other teams involved in operational import and export process.

  • We expect you to stimulate and establish good working relationships at different levels with relevant government agencies, special interest groups and professional network groups and outside counsel in order to stay abreast of relevant developments

  • Represent ASML towards governmental agencies including audits

  • Provide support to affiliates in the region with operational activities and work to improve operational efficiency and facilitate the reduction of tariff and non-tariff barriers.

  • . Represent Trade & Customs on internal strategic trade projects with key cross-functional teams

  • Provide direction, deliver training, create processes and conduct monitoring on best practices related to Internal Compliance Programs and management, AEO and other compliance controls.

  • Provide guidance to local business personnel, assist in the development and deployment of trade compliance procedures/policies, Participate in improvement and change projects as Subject Matter Expert, representing the APAC Trade & Customs department.

  • Manage interfaces, collaborate and if necessary advise logistics, customers and suppliers to ensure a flexible and compliant supply chain

The ideal candidate has an academic background (MSc+) International Trade, Supply Chain/Logistics or Legal and has a minimum of 8 years of relevant working experience in International Trade & Customs within a multinational company, law firm or a big4 consulting company.


You have extensive knowledge of customs regulation and at a minimum basic understanding of (US) export regulations. You are aware of the cultural differences in the region and are experienced in doing business in APAC. Experience with SAP GTS or a similar trade compliance system is a pre.

Personal skills
  • Strong leadership, able to define a vision and give direction

  • Ability to translate complex trade compliance regulations into concrete operational requirements and drive execution.

  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to communicate with business leaders with diverse perspectives in different parties effectively in difficult situations with diplomacy and tact.

  • A strategic mindset while having the ability to translate strategy into actionable objectives (short, medium and long-term)

  • Able to cope with a multicultural, dynamic and changing environment

  • Strong analytical skills, with the ability to translate complex business issues into simple problem statements, clear processes and actions

  • Good business instincts and the ability to merge those instincts with sound trade compliance judgment.

  • Good time management, results oriented, positive attitude, and ability to act decisively within limited time periods

  • Good team player

Context of the position

Trade compliance and risk management are key to a smooth supply chain: ultra-fast transportation networks and 36-hour delivery guarantees are no use if shipments are delayed at border crossings due to missing paperwork. Hence the Trade & Customs team is present wherever ASML is, streamlining border passage while minimizing duty and handling costs. We build and maintain relationships with both internal stakeholders and relevant government agencies and we’re managing our compliance through our state of the art Customs Control Framework.

Other Information

Supply Chain Management at ASML is an industry-leading supply-chain management organization, responsible for ensuring material availability to ASML’s factories and customers. Our DNA contains customer focus, concurrent engineering, virtual integration plus the ability to thrive in a volatile market, accelerate the supply chain and deliver creative solutions. SCM plans up to four years ahead while customer requirements and system bill of materials can change at any time. Any break in material availability can have an unacceptable impact for our customers. So SCM must proactively identify and solve potential issues by working closely with our technical departments and customers, and actively managing an extensive supplier base. With over 500 highly educated and motivated people, SCM has contributed to ASML being named “Best Factory” in the Netherlands and in the top 4 in Europe.

Location: Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Level: Master

Experience: 5-10 Experienced

Available since: 2017-04-19

Functional area: Planning & Logistics

Background: Others - Technical, Logistics / Supply Chain Management, Information Technology

Reference: TW00273