Supply Chain Operations Sourcing Manager


Fulltime (38 hours)

The Supply Chain Operations Sourcing Manager is part of the Supply Chain function and is responsible for the selection of the best possible Sourcing Partners against realistic / slightly ambitious terms, in accordance with Actions operations sourcing strategy and in time to secure operation start-up / continuity, with buy-in of all relevant stakeholders (internal and external).

Your everyday tasks and responsibilities as a Supply Chain Operations Sourcing Manager

With the current expansion plans, and ongoing business, we need to conduct several large tenders per year, for all of the outsourced operations. This complex process needs to be managed by the Supply Chain Operations Sourcing Manager.
The main focus lies in coordinating all activities on contracting outsourced operations in relation to the expansion of new DCs, but also improving contract principles / targets with learnings, experiences & insights for new contract as well as during renegotiations of existing contracts.
This position will head up a sourcing team consisting of controllers, legal counsels and procurement officers. Although they hierarchically report to their respective managers, they will have a functional reporting line to the Supply Chain Operations Sourcing Manager and will work together intensively as a team during all sourcing/ tender processes.

The Supply Chain Operations Sourcing Manager will focus on the following areas:
Stakeholder management
• Proactively aligns on updates from internal stakeholders linked to the all Sourcing Partners (at Group and Local level) and monitors the execution of the required expansion activities. Includes ensuring internal stakeholders are kept adequately up to date on status of outstanding issues, but also ensuring that they are all aligned on what’s expected from them in relation to the expansion activities.
• Maintains quality ongoing relationships with the key external stakeholders, which include Logistic Service Providers, Transport Service Providers, Hub Service Providers, Maintenance Providers and other relevant suppliers.

Contract (re)negotiations
• Escalation point for operations in case contracts are not met/understood/respected, but also ensuring further insights & learning experiences are incorporated in “new” contracts with SP.
• Responsible for timely selection of the best possible SP against realistic but slightly ambitious terms, in accordance with Actions operations sourcing strategy, in time to secure operation start-up / continuity, with buy-in of all relevant stakeholders.
• Deciding on conducting a tender vs grant the contract to a current preferred partner (or something in between, like a limited tender amongst current partners)

People Management (Sourcing Team)
• Takes the lead where necessary, gives clear working instructions, plans employees and activities in such a manner that targets are successfully achieved.
• Is actively involved in improving employee skills by providing constructive feedback, instructions, explanation and coaching.
• Makes employees enthusiastic, clearly indicates the intended effect of targets, brings about a positive attitude towards the work and inspires team members' strong will to perform.
• Gives direct and constructive feedback about the delivered performance and personal development related to future requirements and priorities.
• Stimulates employees to join in on the thought process and to actively contribute to the development of new ideas and to learn from his/her own experiences and those of others.

What characterizes a Supply Chain Operations Sourcing Manager at Action

A sourcing manager always puts the customer first, while maintaining a cost-efficient and simplistic approach. You work closely together with your team in a respectful way. You have strong leadership capabilities and you know exactly how to manager you team, by setting the right example and communicating clearly and effectively. You have a proactive and result-oriented attitude and you proceed with pace and urgency, yet in a structured manner. You have the discipline to self-start and you are proficient in both negotiating and analyzing. You see the bigger picture, rather than just your own department.

Furthermore you have:
• Bachelor’s degree
• Minimum of 10 years of experience in a fast growing international supply chain environment
• Good general knowledge of computers and applications like SAP

We offer

Working at Action is different to working anywhere else. No other retail experience can compare to what we do, how we do it and what we offer. We are the most successful and fastest growing retailer in Europe. Our teams are our greatest asset, and we firmly believe that Action’s success is rooted in offering them a great place to work. That means creating a great culture: a place of collaboration, purpose, role-modelling, trust, discipline, challenge, customer centricity and ambition. This is not ‘just another job’, but about being part of one of the most dynamic retail environments in Europe, about building a future for yourself and joining a culture of opportunity. Besides that we offer a market-based salary based on a 38-hour working week with a company and performance bonus, long term incentive bonus, laptop, telephone and 15% staff discount on your purchases from Action.

Personal growth

The Action Academy offers various training modules to help you in your personal development. Programs in areas such as leadership, communication and project management are all offered in-house. In addition, external development and / or training opportunities are negotiable.


For more information about the application procedure, please contact our Recruiter Christina Asimakopoulou via You can only apply via the online application form!

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