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International Store Leadership Program

Our program

a unique opportunity

You will get an unique opportunity to accelerate your career in international store operations. You grow from the practical foundation of operational experience, as we believe that a solid operational base is essential for being successful as a leader in our company.

You add value in store operations and you’re aiming for maximum sales against minimal costs. We offer a huge career opportunity: fast-paced personal growth in both professional skills and in personal development, training, guidance from and exposure to Action’s senior management.

International retail adventure

This is not a set program. It is an adventure in which you grasp unexpected opportunities. These kind of challenges should sound appealing to you. Pioneering also means that you are willing to take on new challenges and you are willing to confront and persevere, and you have enough guts and adventurous spirit to be successful.

During our program you will be stationed in different countries where Action is operational now, or where we aim to be in the coming years. After a solid training and induction period (1,5 to 2 years) you will be working as Regional Manager and developing towards Area Manager or Country Manager in existing or new countries. You will be assigned to a mentor with whom you will further develop core competences and leadership skills.

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About Action

surprising customers again and again

Action is a fast-growing non-food discount retailer where customers always find something they like. And even more. In addition to the products that appeal to our loyal customers, we also offer new products that you may not expect, on a weekly basis. Products that always surprise you with their great price-quality balance. Action also offers a pleasant store environment with plenty of friendly staff. It is precisely this combination that makes Action a unique retail format.

Our retail format

Surprising customers again and again with new products at an extremely competitive price: that was the aim of the founders from day one. At first the main products were cleaning products and writing materials. These days we offer more than 5,000 different products, most of them non-food. Our prices are much lower than those of other retailers. That is a core principle of our business and one to which we owe much of our success. The secret of this success is in the way that we buy. Our buyers understand what makes customers happy. We have built up a strong network of suppliers that know exactly how we work and what our quality requirements are.

An international success story

Action first opened its doors in 1993 in Enkhuizen with a little store of sixty square metres and a garage that served as a warehouse. It has now become a successful international retail chain with almost 600 stores in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France and Luxemburg and over 26,000 employees. The stores are stocked daily from the company’s two distribution centres in the north and south of the Netherlands, which together cover a surface area of more than 28 soccer fields. Currently we are building a third distribution center in Paris.

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Who we are looking for

People who have a can-do mentality!

To join our program you have proven experience in Retail (3-6 years), of which 2 in discount. You are ambitious and energetic, have strong leadership skills, gained from experience, and the perseverance to build a company with both feet on the ground. You show realism and perspective and act, in everything that you do, with a can do mentality! You share our belief that customer focus and cost consciousness can go hand in hand and you help us realize our future growth ambitions. You also have the ability to pass this spirit on to others. You build disciplined store operations and you attract happy customers by continuously focusing on stores, customers, employees and processes.

People who bring:

  • Bachelor/Masters level
  • At least 3-6 years of experience in retail, of which 2 years in discount
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience in people management, preferably with leading one or more teams indirectly.
  • The ability to start your leadership career at the level of Regional Manager.
  • The potential to develop fast and build on your career in store operations to the level of at least Area manager.
  • Language skills in English and at least one other language
  • International mobility (you're willing to live abroad for 6 to 12 months)
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