The Manager, Product Compliance partners with Legal and other departments to ensure that all Harbor Freight Tools products meet or exceed relevant regulations and standards, across a diverse array of consumer products in one of three categories: automotive, electrical, or mechanical. The role identifies industry best practices and works closely with internal key stakeholders in Global Sourcing, Imports and Trade Compliance, Legal, Quality Assurance, Product Development, Supply Chain, Store Operations and Merchandising to develop and execute implementation plans. Leads engagement with external parties such as government entities, standards development organizations, trade associations, testing labs, certification agencies and outside counsel for assigned product categories. This role actively seeks continuous improvement opportunities to mitigate risk to the organization.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Accomplishes department objectives by hiring, managing, coaching and developing staff and by planning and evaluating department activities.
Support the introduction of safe and compliant new products while monitoring existing products for continued compliance and assurance of safety.
Prevent safety incidents, reduce risk, ensure compliance with regulations and industry standards while guiding and partnering with internal and external stakeholders.
Work with key stakeholders to ensure that all products comply with relevant voluntary standards, federal, state, local regulations and Harbor Freight Tools policies and procedures.
For electrical products, focus includes, but is not limited to, UL standards, CEC / DoE regulations, lithium battery safety, OSHA/packaging requirements, and HazMat transportation and storage.
For mechanical products, focus includes, but is not limited to, CPSC requirements, ANSI, ASME, and ASTM.
For automotive products, focus includes, but is not limited to, NHTSA, FMVSS, SAE, WSTDA, and ASME PASE.
Identify, prioritize and manage critical product compliance initiatives to minimize risks and ensure consistent regulatory compliance.
Manage product compliance monitoring, oversee compliance control processes, and assist in definition and assessment of the ongoing compliance testing programs.
Collaborate with cross-functional teams to ensure adequate flow of information between departments. Ensure understanding and implementation of new policies and procedures across all impacted teams.
Help develop compliance training programs and deliver specialized training as appropriate.
Ensure accuracy of labeling and certification.
Point of contact for internal departments and vendor partners.
Lead alleged product safety investigations.
Assist in implementation of product safety recalls in assigned product category, as necessary
Job Qualifications – Education and Experience
Bachelors' Degree preferred (technical or engineering preferred).
Minimum of 7 years of relevant experience required. Relevant experience will be with a consumer products company, major retailer or nationally recognized testing laboratory assessing risk and advising management in resolution of regulatory compliance issues.
Minimum of 3 years of regulatory compliance experience in the consumer goods industry is required.
Job Qualifications – Skills
Ability to translate complex regulatory information into compelling stakeholder-friendly language, including the importance of regulatory compliance. Good written and verbal communication skills.
Will have or attain strong knowledge of laws, regulations, industry best practices, and current trends in the applicable field.
Ability to identify compliance risks and competently advise on applicable regulatory matters.
Experience as a strategic thinker and the ability to develop effective plans.
Results-oriented. Ability to design and carry out strategic and operational plans.
Dedicated to the success of the company and willing to commit to necessary hours. This is an opportunity to make a significant impact on the company’s continued successful growth.
Excellent time management and planning skills, organized with the ability to multi-task, exceptional follow-up skills and able to meet deadlines.
Quality Control experience is a strong plus.
MS Office Suite
Telecommuting is allowed.
Internal Number: 96410BR
About Harbor Freight Tools
In 1977, Harbor Freight Tools was started as a small family-owned business. We made a commitment to provide working people with great quality tools at the lowest prices. And for over 43 years, Harbor Freight Tools has done just that. From hand tools and generators, to air and power tools, from shop equipment to automotive tools, Harbor Freight offers more than 5,000 tools and accessories at quality levels that match or exceed competing brands, but at prices that are up to 80% less. All while developing and launching over 1,000 new tools each year. We're not your typical retailer. We're a team of high-achievers, who have a passion for excellence and continuous improvement and obsess about getting things done. We're also equally committed to doing the right thing and giving back to our community. And for us, collaboration is the golden rule. We're a 43 year-old, $5 billion company with over 1,100 stores, opening 2-3 new stores a week with over 40 million loyal customers and growing. If you are looking for a not so ordinary and highly rewarding career opportunity, we would love to talk with you. Delivering Value to the Hardworking Since 1977.