Job Info
Job Title: Import Manager
Location: Seattle, WA
Job Number: 11014
Posted Date: 9/17/2019
Job description

Charlie’s Produce, the largest privately owned produce distributor on the West Coast, is looking for an experienced Import Manager to manage a team of importers. We offer a generous  benefits that include: Vacation/Sick/Holiday/401(K)/Profit Sharing and College Tuition Assistance.  This position will be onsite and housed in Seattle location.

Job Summary:

The Import Manager’s responsibilities include organizing import and operations and ensuring that they are carried out effectively and efficiently. The Import Manager leads a strong team of importers reps in day-to-day projects, goal setting, and mentors the team to continued career growth within the department and the company.

Shift: Monday – Friday (some Saturdays)

Essential functions include:

  • Manage the global import team
  • Communicates and works with existing growers and interacts with and helps assess new grower prospects
  • Reviews and analyzes product availability, pricing strategy, packaging and logistics with the Sales Team
  • Monitors inbound shipments to ensure compliance with import regulations
  • Provides shipping information and required documentation to appropriate parties including U.S. customs brokers, expeditors, inspectors and warehouses.
  • Works closely with Sales Team and shippers/growers to schedule, coordinate and align inbound shipments with product demand, customer requirements and sales needs.
  • Coordinate the scheduling of freight forwarding with the in house transportation team from the point of delivery (port, border and packing house) to the final destination.
  • Continually identify and determine optimum sources of supply
  • Communicate effectively to all department supervisors
  • Maintain awareness of Company’s marketing strategies and competitive activity
  • Some travel required: visiting growers & attending produce conventions.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Logistics, Business or International Business preferred
  •  Minimum Five (5) perishable commodities import experience
  • 3-5 years of people management skills
  • Strong negotiating skills
  • Strong Math & Writing skills required to quickly multiply & add cases/pallets & calculate product cost, market, & margin
  • Multiple task management
  • Be able to set priorities, meet deadlines, and able to accomplish team objectives
  • Candidate should possess excellent verbal and written communication skills with computer competency, including Excel, Word, & Outlook
  • Strong commodities knowledge, including vegetable, fruit, herbs, and specialty produce lines
  • Physical requirements: Walking thru the warehouse to check product inventory & quality
  • Ability to observe and follow proper safety procedures, and a willingness to report potentially unsafe conditions.

We are an equal opportunity company with a strong internal promotion philosophy. If you are ready this job posting, it’s only because we exhausted an extensive internal search.

We participate in e-Verify and require all new hires to pass a pre-employment drug test.

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