Supply Chain Manager


Do you want to be responsible for the day-to-day operations including purchasing, assembly and calibration of all Diver products? Do you have a continuous improvement mindset? Are you a people manager that is able to motivate the team to obtain optimal results? If the answer to these questions is ‘yes’, this could be the perfect role for you.

The organization

Since its founding in 1938, Van Essen Instruments has focused on the development of water-related instrumentation. Its current range of innovate data-loggers and services are used around the world in a variety of applications such as ground water monitoring, mining, remediation and saltwater intrusion.

The Delft-based manufacturer is certified under ISO 9001:2015 for the design, development and manufacturing of water monitoring products, technology and data management solutions. It is supported by both a direct sales team as well as a global distributor network of more than 60 re-seller partners in over 100 locations across the globe.

Van Essen Instruments’ commitment to quality and performance has made it one of the premier brands in the industry. Its people are passionate about the environment and feel honored to be involved in projects that protect the earth’s precious resources.

Job Description

As Supply Chain Manager you report to the General Manager of Van Essen Instruments and you will lead the Supply Chain department. The department consists of a Production Coordinator, 2 Production Engineers and Shipping. The team is located at the headquarters in Delft. Along with the General Manager, Controller, Sales Manager and R&D Manager you form the Management Team. The Supply Chain Manager will be responsible for purchasing, production, assembly, calibration and logistics (inbound and outbound) and inventory management for all products of Van Essen Instruments. Besides, as a buyer you will manage external production partners and make sure there is a good cooperation with internal departments. You will assure quality, timely production and you will keep the cost as low as possible.

In your role as Supply Chain Manager, you act as a sparring partner to the General Manager and you are in close contact with the Sales Manager and the R&D Manager, and with the rest of the organization. Moreover, you maintain the communication with production, which is mainly done by external partners located in The Netherlands. You will plan internal assembly and calibration activities based on customer demand, required stock levels and availability of parts and products from suppliers. You manage and control stock levels within established ranges through the company’s ERP system. Also, you are able to coach and motivate your team in order to maximize their potential and the potential of Van Essen. The Supply Chain Manager is expected to initiate continuous improvement projects and you will motivate the team to proactively partake in these projects.

The Supply Chain Manager is able to perform and oversee the purchasing activities to assure orders are placed and fulfilled within stated lead times, and to prepare and process the purchasing requisitions within the company’s guidelines. One of the goals is to identify any single source suppliers and to develop alternative sources. Furthermore, you maintain vendor scorecards to identify top ten major suppliers.

The products of Van Essen Instruments are mainly produced by two external parties in The Netherlands. Van Essen is specialized in developing, assembling and calibrating the Divers and peripherals. Therefore, managing the whole process of procurement, assembly, calibration, inventory and logistics within the organization is crucial for success and is the focus of this position.

Your profile

You have a clear vision to further professionalize and improve the internal organization. You have an entrepreneurial mindset and are continuously searching for ways to make the production, assembly and calibration process more efficient.

You combine this mindset with a coaching and motivating management style, and you strive to inspire your team to be the best version of themselves. A communicator and an inspirator with an eye for improvement, which is what describes your personality. You are analytical and ambitious and work in a structured manner. You are a problem solver and thrive in a production environment.

Furthermore, you have a positive mindset and perseverance with a “can-do” mentality. You communicate clear and to the point and you know how to prioritize.

In addition, you:

  • Have a technical bachelor’s degree;
  • Have 3 to 5 years of purchasing experience in a manufacturing environment;
  • Have knowledge and experience with ERP systems;
  • Have the experience with supervising and managing a small team;
  • Have strong interpersonal skills;
  • Have the ability to work autonomously;
  • Are fluent in English and Dutch, written and spoken.

Terms of Employment

Van Essen Instruments is offering you a Supply Chain Management position in which you can develop your own managerial skills, work with experts in the field and get to work with state-of-the-art instruments.

At Van Essen Instruments, they believe staff represent their biggest strength. They empower and motivate employees to grow and develop with them and encourage innovative and creative ideas from all team members. Van Essen Instruments is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace.

Van Essen Instruments offers a competitive salary, a potential bonus and a stimulating work environment. You will receive annual leave, a pension scheme and other secondary benefits are subject to the Metaal en Techniek (CBA) Collective Labor Agreement.

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