Lead Procurement Manager

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Action has become a big player in the retail world and we have expanded to many new countries in the last years. The Supply Chain landscape is key for the development for our expansion in existing and new countries. The procurement department is a necessary interlocutor, internally and externally, to achieve best deals and company successes, and key player on bringing the company to an improved and sustainable way of working.
We are hiring a Lead Procurement Manager in the Supply Chain (SC) domain to support the needs of the SC department. The chosen candidate will join our Procurement team, under the CFO domain, and consists of 7 international colleagues that report to the Head of Procurement and manages a team of 3 supply chain Procurement Managers. We are looking for an experienced professional with at least 12 years background in a similar role;
Are you a skilled negotiator with strategic vision and eye for detail? Are you a hands-on professional with ability to define and manage internal and external relationships? Do you have deep Supply Chain domain knowledge including RFI, RFP, contract and suppliers knowledge? Do you like a fast pace environment full of opportunities and challenges? Do you want to work within the dynamics of the retail industry, in a young department with plenty of international growth opportunities? Take Action!


The Lead Procurement Manager is responsible for the selection of the best possible Logistic Service Providers (LSP’s), as part of the Supply Chain Procurement team which are sourcing Transport Service Providers (TSP’s) and other Distribution Center related services. The main focus lies within the coordination of all activities on contracting outsourced operations in relation to the expansion of new distribution centers, but it also entails the improvement of contract principles with learning and insights for new contracts as well as during renegotiations of existing contracts.

Additionally, managing the Procurement managers of the Supply Chain Procurement team is an important part of this job. You will take the lead and give clear working instructions and plan the employees and activities in such a way that targets are achieved successfully. Managing people will also involve the improvement of employee skills through constructive feedback sessions, by explaining and coaching. It is important to enthuse the employees and clearly indicate the intended effect of the targets so as to create a positive work attitude and an inspired team so as to enhance their performance and personal development related to future requirements and priorities. You will also stimulate employees to participate in the thought process and to contribute new ideas in order to learn from their own experiences and those of others.

This is your daily action

Strategic Business Partner
In this role you will be the trusted business partner for the SC demand side for all external spend. You will coach and train a group of procurement managers and relevant stakeholders with regards to in- and outbound insights and procurement best practices. Additionally, you are able to articulate, advocate and work effectively at a senior level to build relationships, develop support, and advance the activities within, and strategy of the company, and you are able to liaise effectively with executive vendor management and have contract negotiation skills covering complex agreements.
RFP process
You will create and select supplier strategy for the Supply Chain, specifically LSP’s, and you will execute the Tendering & Supplier selection, Contracting & Implementation.
Relationship Management
You will maintain supplier relationship management for the strategic suppliers at an executive level, and ensuring leverage of existing suppliers & contracts. You will organize and lead Quarterly business review meeting with EB members and Strategic suppliers, and you will drive actions to drive cost out of the relation/improve ROI.
TCO Management
You will create sourcing strategies for Supply Chain to prioritize impact of procurement efforts. Additionally, you will balance our long term business needs, short term cost efficiencies and available (fact based / systems driven) knowledge of (future) developments, and leverage the size of the company, tools & processes to ensure maximum result.
People Management
As a Lead Procurement Manager you will be responsible for managing and developing the team of Procurement Managers, and set priorities and manage their workload. Moreover, you will give input to further professionalize the procurement department.
You will set the (best practice) standard contracts for our top suppliers, and you will follow up with stakeholders to ensure contract reflects reality and adjust where needed. Furthermore, you will manage contracts due for renewal/renegotiation and/or exiting the supplier.

Meet your team

Curious about your new team members? Sjoerd Wolthoorn, Anke Brands, Jan Achterveld, and Judith Ootes can’t wait to work with you!

This is you

You demonstrate credibility and confidence when addressing the business getting them onboard. You have good communication and networking skills, are very organized, are able to structure activities and projects, stick to agreements within deadlines and according to guidelines. You make it happen with the team – long term view versus short term needs. You have a can-do mentality, are pragmatic, and have a drive for excellent results. You demonstrate integrity: be the ‘conscience of the organization’, working collectively, not individually.
In addition you have:

  • Master’s degree in Business Administration or Finance/ Procurement
  • A minimum of 12 years of working experience in Procurement and/or supply chain environment
  • Experience in working in an international/ multi country/ matrix environment
  • Management experience is a pre
  • Experience in contract- and vendor management
  • Excellent knowledge of the Dutch and English language (oral and written)
What we offer

You will work in a team of professionals within an international environment. Action has almost 2.000 stores in 9 European countries and opens a number of new stores every week. The rapid growth of the organization continues continuously. Not only is Action growing, but there are also career opportunities for you to develop within the company.

  • Market-based salary
  • Annual bonus between 7,5-15% based on personal and business goals
  • 24 vacation days, with the option to purchase 5 extra days based on a 38-hour work week
  • Indefinite contract
  • Flexible working hours in coordination with the team and direct manager
  • 15% staff discount on your purchases at Action
  • Extensive range of education and training at our own Action Academy
  • Working in a vibrant and fun team
  • A lease car
  • The possibility to participate in a group health insurance policy
  • A company laptop and mobile phone

Take action and apply now!

What happens next

Our recruiter will review your application and get back to you as soon as possible.
We will invite you to an initial job interview.
We would like to get to know you better, which is why we ask you to complete an online assessment.
We will invite you to a second interview and discuss your assessment and more.
If we are both happy, we will become new colleagues!


COVID-19 has recently forced us to look at new ways of working. The health, safety and well-being of our employees is of course a priority. Currently, most teams operate in a hybrid form. As a result, depending on business needs and personal preferences, our employees work both at home and in the office.

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