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Logistics Manager Benelux Full-time Job

1 year ago   Manufacturing & Warehouse   Rotterdam   2.1K views Reference: 824
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Note: Deadline for applying is 23.59 the day before the Job Posting End Date.


Location: Hofplein, Rotterdam the Netherlands


Local conditions apply


Unilever is one of the world`s largest Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) businesses, with interest across Personal Care, Homecare, Refreshment and Foods product categories. We reach 2 billion consumers a day. It has 161,000 employees. We make products that people love and that make a difference. Nutritious foods. Household care essentials. Indulgent ice creams. Refreshing teas. Luxurious shampoos. Affordable, disease-combating soaps... and many more. In fact, we make around 400 much-loved brands including global brands such as Knorr & Dove, but also local brand such as Calvé (the Netherlands) and Suave (the Americas) and of course our products of the Vegetarian Butcher. Shoppers buy them in more than 190 countries. That means youll find at least one of our products in seven out of ten households on the planet. And we want every one of those products to make a positive impact on the lives of the people who buy them.

We want our business to flourish, and we know that our success depends on others flourishing around us. That's why our purpose is to make sustainable living commonplace, and why sustainable, long-term growth is at the heart of our business model.


In this role you are responsible for managing day-to-day logistics operations, master plan development and execution for the Benelux region.

The logistics network in Benelux consists of several ambient and frozen warehouses located across the Netherlands and Belgium, which together with the accompanying distribution networks deliver over 1mio pallets to our customers per annum.

The primary focus of the role is to ensure smooth logistics operations and processes to ensure the best product, best service and the best experience to our customers at the lowest costs and carbon impact and prevent or when needed solve any operational issues (capacity, network).

As part of costs, service and carbon optimization it is expected to develop, initiate, implement and deliver (operational) continuous improvement, Zero Based Budgeting and Fuel for Growth projects and initiatives and develop future fit logistics capability as well as participate, engage and interact in centrally led initiatives from Europe Logistics and Global Logistics.

You will be required to work closely with the wider logistics team (Global, Europe and UltraLogistik), other internal functions like Plan, Customer Service, Procurement and Quality, as well as with a wide set of external companies and stakeholders like 3PL, warehouse operators, transporters and carriers in order to achieve this.

The role is representing Benelux Logistics in the European Logistics Leadership Team (ELLT) as well as in the Benelux SC-OPS leadership team and assumes direct line management and people development of the entire logistics team in Netherlands as well as the Logistics Manager in Belgium.


Day-to-day management and control of all warehousing and distribution operations for Benelux route-to-market.

KPI, cost and operational performance (CCFOT) management across all warehousing operations and distribution networks.

Budget control, financial forecasting and performance cycle management of entire Benelux Logistics scope and spend, across 1Y transport, 2Y transport, warehousing and pallets.

Zero Based Budgeting and Fuel for Growth agenda: identification, initiation and implementation of efficiency, continuous-improvement and savings projects.

Development and implementation of continuous improvement roadmaps and masterplans with all the Benelux Logistics 3PL partners, both in warehousing and in transportation.

Logistics Transformation: definition, development and implementation of in-flight and future Benelux Logistics strategy, network design and capabilities together with the Logistics Transformation team and Procurement, in line with overall Supply Chain strategy and external market developments.

Understanding of local business requirement and translation into required in-market logistics services and capabilities.

Alignment with procurement on contracting cycle and schedule, tendering requirements and market logistics requirements to ensure fit for purpose procurement of logistics services.

Key member of the European Logistics Leadership team, co-creating and developing the logistics strategic agenda and program.

Build, maintain and develop strong relationships with external 3PLs, warehousing providers and carriers and other relevant industry players.

Development and implementation of sustainability and carbon reduction initiatives (e.g. alternative fuels and alternative vehicle technologies.)

Lead and develop the Benelux Logistics team (7 FTE) and ensure high employee engagement at every level through effective motivation, coaching, training, and development of employees in the team.


University level degree

Minimum 5 years of experience in Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Working knowledge of the end-to-end Unilever Supply Chain

Distinctive analytical power combined with practical creativity for identification of improvement potential and problem resolution.

Hands-on mentality and bias for action mindset, goes above and beyond to ensure smooth logistics operations in Benelux.

Ability to turn thought into action and think strategically.

Excellent communication skills and experience in collaboration and negotiation with 3rd parties.

Previous experience in people management and leading a team.

Ability to see and understand multiple perspectives of different internal and external stakeholders and act as bridge builder in finding solutions and maintaining healthy relationships.

What do we offer?

Unilever is the place where you can be yourself and bring your purpose to life with the work that you do creating a better business and a better world. We offer an exciting & dynamic work environment where you can make things happen. Furthermore, we offer some great reward and benefits!

Attractive total remuneration package; excellent company pension, bonus, share scheme

Flexible cross-disciplinary career opportunities and a wealth of training opportunities & wellbeing resources whenever and wherever

Plenty of company-paid holidays to further ensure your work-life balance is maintained

We encourage an inclusive culture, which comes to life with interchangeable public holidays, paid paternity leave of 6 weeks and our transgender policy

Working in a hybrid way: combining working from home and collaborating at office locations are at your customer or supplier. If your work permits, you may work from home for 60% of your time. We have good arrangements for setting up your home office.

Informal culture and being the first one trying our new products

My Fitness Plan (reduction on your Fitness Subscription)

Green Mobility Policy

Excited about the role?

Join Unilever and our team! To apply, you must do so online. Please do not forget to upload your CV and a motivation letter. Your application will be reviewed against our requirements and we will be in touch shortly after the closing date to provide you with an update on the status of your application.

Looking forward to meeting you!

Please note this is a Direct Search led by Unilever. Applications from agencies will not be accepted, nor will fees be paid for unsolicited CVs.


Please save a copy of this vacancy for personal use as it will disappear from the website after closing of the role. Deadline for applying is at 23.59 the day before the Job Posting End Date.


Equal Opportunity Employer: Unilever is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, or any other basis protected by applicable law, and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

By highlighting the gender diversity at the workplace, Unilever encourages women equally men to apply. If you look for a job after a long career break or after any type of leave, do not hesitate to apply.

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Company Description
We are driven by our purpose: to make sustainable living commonplace.
Established over 100 years ago, we are one of the worlds largest consumer goods companies. We are known for our great brands and our belief that doing business the right way drives superior performance.

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