Vacature: Unit Planning Manager Supply Chain (Europe)

Referentiecode JRQ$443-31681



As Unit Planning Manager Supply Chain (SC) you are accountable for a group of categories. The department Supply Chain Planning oversees the demand / supply planning function to enable business planning and enhance profitability.

What are the main responsibilities of the Unit Planning Manager SC?

You will steer a team of 1 demand planner and 5 inventory planners who are responsible for a couple of buying categories (DIY, Fashion & Sports, FMCG, Stationary & Hobby, etc.,) and oversees the forecast and inventory planning process to optimize and balance inventory stocking levels and to meet service level objectives in their categories.

Daily work

As Unit Planning Manager you will give actively guidance and direction to the strategic demand and supply balancing across the categories. Your team is responsible for managing the categories on an operational and tactical level by collaborating closely with the Buying team counterparts. You will evolve and maintain documentation and standard operating procedures for demand/supply planning processes and systems. You also ensure that these are being followed within the team.  Another important part is setting up a supplier monitoring structure to have a very good overview for the capacity and resource plan development and improvement.  Another responsibility in this role is to define and improve forecasting techniques, methods (statistical models and software tools) in creating forecasts and respective inventory targets.

In this role you will monitor all warehouse service levels within Actions network and you will stimulate the team to improve on these levels.  In this role you are part of the Supply Chain Planning management team. You will support and contribute to continuous improvement projects within the DCs/Hubs/Stores. As Unit Planning Manager Supply Chain, you are actively involved in improving the employee skills in your team by providing constructive feedback, instructions, explanation and coaching.

What makes a good Unit Planning Manager SC?

The perfect candidate has strong leadership skills is an enthusiastic person and has the ability to develop the team. Extremely good analytical and communication skills and able to execute with pace.  You demonstrate a high level of pragmatism you are very organised, able to structure activities and projects and sticks to agreements within deadlines and according to guidelines.

Necessary hard skills

  • Educational level at Master’s degree
  • 6-8 years of relevant working experience in supply chain management/ planning, in an (international) retail environment/ or trading company.
  • Experience in managing teams
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Language skills: excellent Business level English and Dutch

We offer the following remuneration

Employment conditions

  • Competitive salary based on a 38-hour week
  • Bonus scheme based on personal – and business objectives
  • Laptop / Iphone
  • 15% staff discount on your purchases in Action

Personal Growth Opportunities

In addition, Action’s expansion involves challenges and opportunities in terms of processes, projects and professionalization. An entrepreneurial and proactive attitude will allow you to contribute to the continued success of Action and develop your career in fast paced environment.



For questions about the role itself please contact Bart van Werkum (Head of Supply Chain Planning). For more information about the application process please contact Esther Sancho Argiles, (Senior Recruiter) Both can be reached via 0228-565080.

Are you ready to take on a responsible Supply Chain role in retail and do you want to help build the future of the most successful and fastest growing discounter in the Netherlands with European aspirations?