Supply Chain & Procurement Director/COO

Breda, North Brabant, Netherlands · An organisation that serves Dutch beers worldwide



The organization is happy to say that beer is their business. They were among the first to export their iconic Dutch beers all over the world and have been brewing, shipping, marketing and exploring ever since. They are proud to deliver their brands to every corner of the world; fast and highly efficient. Today, they have loyal customer relations and brand presence in over 100 countries. They work with only the best breweries in Europe. The key to success is their strong portfolio that covers the full beer spectrum: from premium lagers to specialty beers to non-alcoholic malt beverages.
The organisation is a young company with a rich history. They operate from an asset light model, being a ‘brewer without a brewery’. The beer and beverages portfolio is being sourced at various breweries in five different European countries. Building long-term sustainable relationships with the breweries is a key objective of their sourcing strategy. Their headquarters are based in the Netherlands and the sales offices operate from Shanghai and Singapore. The company has been very successful in hiring and developing a team that lives the entrepreneurial spirit and sense of ownership.


The Supply Chain & Procurement Director/COO is a member of the Management Team and reports directly to the CEO. He/she is head of the Supply Chain Department which consists of Brewery Management, Demand Planning, Logistics, Quality Assurance, Documentation and the Warehouse. The Supply Chain & Procurement Director is responsible for the operation, optimization and strategic conformity of the total chain from suppliers (breweries, packaging) to customers, with a strong focus on the procurement of products and services.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the long-term supply chain strategy, including risk management (e.g. guaranteeing product availability) and the supply chain budget (formulating and executing the budget on annual basis). Procuring products and services is also a very important responsibility of the Supply Chain & Procurement Director. Together with the Supply Chain team, they will be responsible for creating a strong and positive customer experience. The QA-system acts as the base for the implementation of a successful supply chain & procurement strategy.

Key activities

  • Act as a trusted partner to the company’s strategic partners (e.g. brewers);
  • Develop long-term supply chain strategy to optimize customer experience by developing a high-performing supply chain organisation based on efficient processes, procedures and systems. The Supply Chain includes “demand planning suppliers, stock suppliers, warehouse or direct loading from suppliers, transport and shipping”;
  • Develop and where needed revise brewery footprint (from European to Global) within the context of the asset-light model, considering cost, quality control, efficiency and risk management;
  • Procure products and services (e.g. transport and packaging) based on global market insights. Create/operate a high performing supply chain team with a KPI-based approach in line with the culture;
  • Propose an annual budget to the MT and execute the approved budget accordingly. A high level of commitment to the budget is important;
  • Set up a continuous monitoring and improvement process around key supply chain characteristics based on KPI’s: service, cost, speed (time to deliver) and quality (complaints);
  • Monitor, maintain and expand the quality assurance system, procedures and processes.
  • Requirements


    The ideal candidate is able to manage the complete supply chain, including procurement, and is continuously focused on improvement of processes. He or she works effectively with others (cross organizational collaboration) to achieve common targets and looks for opportunities to cooperate. The wishes and needs of the customers are actively being identified in line with the strategy, and he or she delivers more or quicker than was agreed or expected by internal and external customers. You will also have the ability to build long-term relationships at board level. You will be highly organized, able to structure activities and projects, stick to agreements and work in accordance with guidelines. At the same time you will demonstrate a high level of pragmatism.

    Profile requirements

  • Master’s degree in Business Administration, Operations Management & Logistics or related disciplines;
  • At least fifteen years’ experience in a senior management position in the international supply chain of FMCG-products (preferable beverages such as beer, soft drinks or dairy);
  • Extensive experience is procurement (Third Party Manufacturing);
  • Outstanding People Manager, including coaching;
  • Experience in international project management;
  • Experienced in a private equity setting is an advantage;
  • Fluently in Dutch and English (French, German or Spanish is a plus).
  • Benefits

    Excellent compensation package.

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