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Corporate Strategist

Corporate Strategist

Job area Project management Location Veghel, Netherlands Contract type Full time

Vanderlande is a leading company in automated material handling solutions, with focus on Airports, Warehousing and Parcel solutions. Last year Vanderlande was acquired by TICO (Toyota Material Handling) with aim to be the number one player in material handling solutions in the world. In past years, the growth rates of Vanderlande have been very high and the current market outlook remains promising. The current combined focus of Vanderlande and TICO has opened a new window to grow profitable. To further support and strengthen the business development activities of the department Corporate Development, Vanderlande is looking for a corporate strategist.

Your position

The department Corporate Development reports directly to the Vanderlande CEO and includes the following workstreams:

  • (Corporate) Strategy Development
  • Organisational (Re-)Design
  • Strategic Program Management
  • M&A (pre & post-deal) and Corporate Venturing

As one of the valued members of the Corporate Development department you will play a vital role in these workstreams. Expect to be involved in definition phases of the corporate strategy and other board level decisions. You are expected to challenge and support decision-making, for example by providing the management team with a framework or prepared analysis (together with other key stakeholders in the organization). In addition, you can expect to be part of the execution of the strategy, by leading projects and/or programs as part of our strategy execution.

The work approach could be characterized by the following steps, defining the issue or challenge, collecting data (via several sources like hard data as well as interviews) and analyse the challenge, finding possible solutions, discuss and validate the solutions with the stakeholders, also to create buy in, and formulate the final proposal which is mostly input to management or supervisory board decisions. These steps are applied to a wide variety of areas, like (Corporate) Strategy, Organisation Design, M&A and Corporate Venturing, Toyota Advanced Logistics Group projects as well as a wide array of miscellaneous Board Projects or Program Management of Change Projects.

(Corporate) Strategy development

  • Act as (co-)process owner
  • Bring strategic expertise or methodologies
  • Act as project lead for specific strategic deep-dives
  • Prepare board level decisions (i.e. quantified analyses/Business Case)

Organisational Design

  • Bring in expertise and critical thinking
  • Hands-on support of Corporate Development management (workshops, write-ups, ..)
  • Apply best-practices from earlier experience
  • Manage and advice on change processes

M&A

  • Definition of strategic rationale and objectives
  • Management of process and external consultants
  • Supporting Integration projects
  • Leading small Integration projects/part of that

Corporate Venturing

  • Alignment of strategy and rationale and objectives of Corporate Venturing

Management of process and internal scouting teams

Strategic Program Management

  • Project Management, PMO, Program Management, depending on scope of deliverables and experience of candidate

Toyota Advanced Logistics Group

  • Act as liaison and contact person for (international) cooperation between TICO organisations or work in related projects

Board Projects

  • Quick turn-around of analysis and initial assessments
  • Shaping of conceptual framework and analyses to improve decision-making
  • Hands-on support of Corporate Development management (workshops, write-ups, ..)

Your Profile

This challenging position requires the candidate to (be):

  • Enjoy an environment that aims for excellent results
  • Thrive in high-pressure periods
  • Pragmatic and perfectionistic (balance act)
  • Professional
  • Affinity with technology
  • Feel for numbers and analyses
  • Talent to quickly establish good relationships with the business
  • Affinity with international environments
  • Self-starting and ownership
  • Pro-active
  • Trustworthy

Background

  • Academic degree (MSc+)
  • 5+ year work experience in the direction of Strategy or Consulting Experience in corporate strategy
  • Experience in organizational design
  • Experience in M&A (you have seen/been in Due Diligences and know about Post Merger Integration)

Capabilities

  • Analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Conceptual thinking and story telling
  • Data analysis
  • Project management
  • Strong communication skills and stakeholder management
  • Strong English skills, both written and verbal

Other

  • Willingness to travel (very limited)
  • Due to international work, is it unavoidable that working time need to be seen as flexible 

Our offer

If you join Vanderlande as a Corporate Strategist, you get the chance to play a key role in executing high-level programs, supporting the growth and innovation of a fast-growing multinational company. You will be working together with an international team in a very dynamic context.

Our company has been named for several years in a row as ‘Best Employer'.

We offer a full-time position in an informal and professional working environment with a lot of scope for personal development. As well as your fixed salary you'll receive the following secondary benefits:

  • 27 days’ vacation and 13 ADV (working hours reduction) days
  • Phone and laptop
  • Flexible working hours
  • Training facilities
  • Travel expenses
  • Collective pension scheme and insurance facilities for healthcare, WGA (Return to Work
  • Scheme for the Partially Disabled) etc.

Contact:

If the position of Strategist appeals to you, then please apply now by completing the application form, and uploading your CV and motivation letter. For more information, please contact Eric Everstijn +31 413 495288.

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