Global Trade Compliance Lead (Hybrid- Toronto)



Toronto, ON, Canada
Posted on Saturday, September 9, 2023
who we are

lululemon is a yoga-inspired technical apparel company up to big things. The practice and philosophy of yoga informs our overall purpose to elevate the world through the power of practice. We are proud to be a growing global company with locations all around the world, from Vancouver to Shanghai, and places in between. We owe our success to our innovative product, our emphasis on our stores, our commitment to our people, and the incredible connections we make in every community we are in.

about this team

The Global Trade Compliance team is a vital pillar within lululemon’s supply chain, dedicated to upholding and enforcing compliance with international trade laws and regulations. With a primary mission of ensuring that trade activities align with established standards, this team plays a central role in upholding lululemon's commitment to compliant and seamless trade practices

a day in the life:

As the Global Trade Compliance Lead, your role centers around championing the execution of trade compliance workflows with a focus on tariff classification, duty management, origin determination, and preferential trade programs. Collaborating with both internal teams and external partners, your work revolves around ensuring the accurate execution of lululemon's trade initiatives. Your responsibilities span duty optimization projects, enhancements to trade systems, and harnessing the capabilities of our global trade management platform (GTMP) to its full extent. Your influence will extend across the organization, fostering relationships with both upstream and downstream partners.

  • Serve as a subject matter expert in product classification, trade data management, global Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), origin determination, and trade systems.

  • Support trade compliance audits, ensuring adherence to customs regulations, trade laws, and regulatory requirements.

  • Collaborate with departments like Sourcing, Product Development, and Materials to educate on tariff classification, potential duty-saving opportunities, and trade compliance.

  • Assist in tariff classification of apparel products.

  • Assist in soliciting, qualifying, and verifying Free Trade Agreement (FTA) programs while maintaining required recordkeeping.

  • Leverage expertise in our global trade management platform (GTMP) for efficient data management, audits, information flow, system enhancements, and upgrades.

  • Contribute to Trade Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and provide essential reporting for business teams.

  • Enhance and document trade procedures through process efficiency identification.

  • Establish and maintain Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for various trade processes.

  • Act as a technical resource for the trade team, providing necessary support.


  • 5-8 years of experience in international trade, preferably within the apparel/textiles sector within a retail organization or brokerage/consulting firm.

  • Expertise in textile classification, tariff engineering, and a comprehensive understanding of free trade agreements and other duty reduction opportunities.

  • Strong analytical and investigative skills, with a high degree of curiosity.

  • Proven work ethic and a resolute desire to achieve excellence and succeed.

  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal, for effective collaboration and stakeholder engagement.

  • Proven track record in leading cross-functional teams and projects, demonstrating strong leadership and organizational abilities.

  • Proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite, showcasing advanced skills in Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, along with a strong familiarity with Global Trade Management Platforms (GTMP).

must haves:

  • Acknowledges the presence of choice in every moment and takes personal responsibility for their life

  • Possesses an entrepreneurial spirit and continuously innovates to achieve great results

  • Communicates with honesty and kindness, and creates the space for others to do the same

  • Leads with courage, knowing the possibility of greatness is bigger than the fear of failure

  • Fosters connection by putting people first and building trusting relationships

  • Integrates fun and joy as a way of being and working, aka doesn’t take themselves too seriously

Immigration support is potentially available for this role.
At lululemon, investing in our people is a top priority. We believe that when life works, work works. In addition to our competitive Total Rewards offering, we also have personal and professional development offerings. Our offerings recognize our teams for their performance and support whole person development, including support for employees on how to grow their career:
  • Extended health and dental benefits, and mental health plans
  • Paid time off
  • Savings and retirement plan matching
  • Generous employee discount
  • Fitness & yoga classes
  • Parenthood top-up
  • Extensive catalog of development course offerings
  • People networks, mentorship programs, and leadership series (to name a few)
Note: Availability of the incentive programs, benefits, and perks may be subject to your location & employment type and may have certain eligibility requirements. The Company reserves the right to alter these incentive programs, benefits, and perks in whole or in part at any time without advance notice.

NOTE: Only those applicants under consideration will be contacted. Please accept our utmost appreciation for your interest. lululemon is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Employment decisions are based on merit and business needs, and not on race, color, creed, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, military service, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions or any other classification protected by federal, state or provincial and local laws and ordinances. Reasonable accommodation is available for qualified individuals with disabilities, upon request. This Equal Employment Opportunity policy applies to all practices relating to recruitment and hiring, compensation, benefits, discipline, transfer, termination and all other terms and conditions of employment. While management is primarily responsible for seeing that lululemon equal employment opportunity policies are implemented, you share in the responsibility for assuring that, by your personal actions, the policies are effective.