Customs and Foreign Trade Zone Manager

Coolidge, Arizona


We are actively looking for a Customs and Foreign Trade Zone Manager to join Nikola’s Logistics, Customs and Production Control team, who will be responsible to first implement, then oversee daily operations of Nikola’s Customs and Foreign Trade Zone. This role will work cross functionally within the organization, including purchasing, logistics, manufacturing, and accounting.  Additionally, you will help coordinate our 3PLs and other FTZ service providers ensuring all legal and regulatory requirements are met.  Lastly, you will help with the efficient and smooth delivery of parts to our plant in a time manner, as well as finished vehicles to our customers when need to export. This position is a full-time role in Coolidge, AZ.

You will:

  • Establish and implement Nikola’s Foreign Trade Zone at our greenfield manufacturing plant, in Coolidge, AZ and related sites
  • Develop and manage all FTZ and related processes/procedures including operations manuals
  • Act as internal subject matter expert for all issues relating to compliant FTZ operations
  • Oversee daily FTZ operations, including brokers, forwarders, 3PLs
  • Help select and manage FTZ-suppliers and related service providers
  • Coordinate internal and external requirements with regards to compliant FTZ operation, including daily, weekly, quarterly/annual reports
  • Be responsible for required FTZ recordkeeping and coordination/communication with government authorities
  • Analyze, recommend, and effectively present to leadership strategies for making best use of the Foreign Trade Zone and other import/export strategies
  • Help ensure FTZ training material and required training, including supply chain security training, is conducted for employees
  • Build relationships across multiple teams (Finance/Accounting, Customs, Logistics, Manufacturing, Purchasing) and work across different levels in the organization to ensure program objectives are achieved
You Have:
  • 10 years of experience working in or with manufacturing-based FTZ operations
  • U.S. Customs Brokers License
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred
  • Experience working with U.S. Customs and other government agencies
  • Experience with zone operations and software
  • Familiarity with C-TPAT and other international supply chain security programs
  • Familiarity with FTZ requirements, including weekly summary entries and annual reports
  • Experience working in Automotive, Commercial Vehicle, or an Electric Vehicle Start-up is a plus
  • Some travel, including international, may be required

Candidates must have current U.S. work authorization or be TN eligible from Mexico or Canada.  This position is not eligible for CPT or OPT.


Equal Employment Opportunity statement (EEO)

Nikola Motor Company™ is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote without regard to race, color, age, sex, ancestry, marital status, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, medical condition, pregnancy, veteran status, genetic information or any other classification protected by state or federal law.

To all recruitment agencies: Nikola is not responsible for any fee related to unsolicited resumes from 3rd party staffing and recruiting agencies. No fee will be paid for candidates who apply and claim to be represented by an agency. Any unsolicited resumes, CVs, or other candidate information submitted by an agency will become the property of Nikola, and no fee will be paid in the event such candidate is hired.