Action Logistiek & Supply Chain

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Originele vacaturetekst

Control Tower Manager Supply Chain Import


(38 hours per week)

Supply Chain Inbound is responsible for an optimal efficient and cost effective flow of commercial goods from supplier to DC. Supply Chain Import takes care of an efficient and cost effective direct import process per container from our Fast East suppliers towards our DC’s, Hubs and overflow locations.


As a Control Tower Manager Direct Import you will be operationally responsible for an optimal supply chain process for all import items from mostly Far East towards our Action DC’s, Hubs and overflow locations. You will, in line with the Direct Import ambitions and strategy, plan, monitor and execute the delivery of the import volumes and DC’s spread out over Europe. You will be constantly looking for opportunities to improve the process, making it more efficient or effective with lower cost, using all supply chain options that are available in- and outside the company and cooperating with the direct stakeholders regarding options and decisions.


You will be responsible for setting up and maintaining an efficient process in Far East to minimize weeks of stock that is shipped per container, matching with the requested demand per DC. Also, you will setup and maintain an efficient process in Europe to handle containers via multiple options available in the logistic market, using external partners, while creating integration between container planning and the Stock Planning department. You will setup and maintain an efficient custom clearance process executed by the freight forwarding LSP’s while creating full alignment with internal stakeholders (Indirect Tax & Buying), and ensure that custom clearance is made within local and EU regulations. Additionally, you will ensure that key performance indicators agreed with LSP’s are met. You will analyze quantitative information and apply professional judgment to resolve a variety of supply chain challenges.

You will manage a team of 4 container planners and 1 import assistant and you will take the lead where necessary, by giving clear working instructions, and planning employees and activities in such a manner that targets are successfully achieved.


You have strong communication skills (towards logistic partners, other departments and team members) as well as analytical skills, focused on facts over emotions. Moreover, you demonstrate a high level of pragmatism and are pro-active and eager to gain results in an effective way while maintaining a cost-conscious mindset taking into account all involved costs. You have a helicopter view on processes and potential improvements.
Furthermore you have:

  • Minimal HBO/University degree in Supply Chain / Logistics / Economics
  • Over 5 years of experience with Import from Far East, in a comparable environment (pref. retail), including leadership experience and excellent knowledge of the logistical market in both Far East and Europe
  • English, Reporting, Supply Chain Analysis
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office software
  • Experience in the retail branch and an international environment is preferable.
  • Are willing to travel to different work locations depending on requirements
What we offer
  • Market-based salary
  • 24 holiday days and the option to buy 5 extra days a year (based on 38 hours)
  • A company laptop and mobile phone
  • Flexible working hours
  • The option to participate within a collective health insurance scheme
  • 15% staff discount on Action merchandise
  • Extensive education and training at our own Action Academy

Are you ready to take Action? Apply now!
Curious what’s next?
Christina Asimakopoulou, Recruiter Supply Chain, will review your application and will get back to you asap. When you are selected you will be invited for a first job interview. When we are both enthusiast we will invite you for the second interview. In that second interview we’d like to get to know you even better. In order to do so we will ask you to take an online assessment. Are we still a great match? Then we’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse!