Senior Simulation Engineer / Team Lead

Senior Simulation Engineer / Team Lead

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Veghel, Netherlands.
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Senior Logistic Simulation Engineer / Team Lead

Do you want to be part of an innovative Technology / R&D organization? Do you enjoy solving and optimizing logistic puzzles? Are you a communicative analyst who wants to develop his/her technical knowledge in a young and enthusiastic team?

Vanderlande’s warehousing solutions are the first choice for major e-commerce players across the globe, helping them to fulfil their promise of same-day delivery for billions of orders. In addition, nine of the 15 largest global food retailers rely on Vanderlande’s efficient and reliable solutions. Our airport’s baggage handling systems are installed in over 600 airports around the globe, capable of moving over 4 billion pieces of baggage around the world per year. For the parcel market our systems handle 52 million parcels per day.

Your department

To make sure that these systems meet the performance requirements of our customer, the Simulation and Emulation Department specializes in the analysis of system performance and system behavior by means of simulation models and operational data. The engineers within the department use the results of these analyses to verify that performance requirements are met and to suggest improvements to system designs. We work within all the market segments (Airports, Warehousing and Parcel), for all phases of the life cycle of a system, from R&D and sales, to project execution and life cycle services.

Your job

This is a hybrid role of Senior logistics simulation engineer and teamlead.

As a team lead you will manage a team, performing a variety of interrelated activities. Sets priorities, distributes work, monitoring progress and quality. Methodologically analysing and improving departmental processes, and taking responsibility for people development as well as strategic decisions.

As a logistic simulation engineer, you conduct studies on the dynamic interaction in – and the logistics performance of – the complex material handling systems sold by Vanderlande. You use 3-D simulation software to analyse and solve complex logistic problems. With your analytical skills and proactive attitude, you optimize the system and identify bottlenecks prior to installation at the customer site. You develop conceptual improvements to control strategies and provide customers with tailored advice by thinking creatively when developing your simulation model. After you have gained more experience, your communication skills will enable you to act as a link between the different disciplines involved when working on larger projects.


Required Education and Experience

  • 6-10 years relevant work experience (seniority level) (study time can be counted for as part of this time)

  • Excellent understanding of logistics automation

  • Experienced in working in multinational teams

  • Master's degree in technical and/or business management

  • You have been training and mentoring others and have shown to be successful helping them continuously improve. Proven training and Certifications on coaching and mentoring are a plus

  • System thinking

  • Minimal 5 years of logistic process simulation, logistic flow analysis experience

  • Solid experience with model building, requirements specification, able to turn abstract concepts into model requirements

  • Solid experience in programming languages with object orientation such as Java

  • Proven experience in project-driven work-environment

  • Track record of leading own project activities independently

Preferred Qualification (Any of the following additional experience are a plus)

  • Experienced in working with Atlassian tools (JIRA, Confluence, etc.) or other applications supporting Agile environment

  • Working knowledge of Java IDE like IntelliJ, Eclipse, and/or NetBeans

Knowledge-Skills-Abilities (Competencies)

  • You are energetic and people oriented

  • You love technology and thrive in fast paced digital R&D environments

  • You love to support and empower others do and be their best

  • You take pride in the collective and individual success of your direct reports, our department and Vanderlande

  • You are a smart self-starter with a pragmatic mindset and pro-active spirit

  • Excellent communicator at all levels, proactive, result oriented, determined and confident

  • Commercial mindset, proven cultural and business awareness

  • Proven leadership skills

  • Ability to create strong relationships and perform excellent stakeholder management

  • Able to handle planning and adapt to deadline-shifts with ease

  • Experience with both quantitative and qualitative analysis techniques

  • Enthusiastic result-driven professional with proactive, pragmatic and hands-on attitude

  • Fast learned with curiosity and strong inquiry skills

  • Proven experience working with colleagues located in different parts of the world

  • Strong communication skills with very good command of the English language both in oral as well as written; Dutch is a nice-to-have

  • Willing to travel occasionally

What we offer 

In the challenging and responsible position of IT Service Delivery Manager, you will have the chance to make a significant contribution to industry-leading projects and be connected to our dedicated people and customers. We offer a position in an informal, international and professional working environment with a lot of opportunities for personal development. By joining our profitable and growing company you will be able to reach your goals and focus on your future. 


This position offers a competitive salary range of €4600 to €5900  gross per month. Through exceeding performance expectations, you even have the possibility to grow outside this scale

  • On top of your fixed salary, you will receive the following secondary benefits: 

  • 40 vacation days (20 statutory days and a flexible budget worth 20 days). 

  • Health budget worth of ¤300,-

  • Flexible working hours. 

  • A hybrid workplace (40% working from home and 60% in the office). 

  • Commuting allowance, including full reimbursement of travel by public transport. 

  • Working from home allowance. 

  • Collective pension scheme and discount on health insurance. 

  • On-site company health centers with a gym, physiotherapists and occupational therapists. 

  • Vanderlande Academy and training facilities to boost your skills. 

  • A variety in Vanderlande Network communities and initiatives. 

  • And a great company restaurant and coffee bar with barista. 

Your Department

Within Vanderlande, the Customer Centre Warehousing Solutions International (CC WS INT) is active throughout the world, you are part of the IT Services department. The department consists of IT service consultancy, IT architecture, IT project management and IT service management who work together to make sure IT systems and services are fit-for-purpose and available around the clock for our customers to use.

Our customers are increasingly recognizing the importance of IT services throughout the life cycle of a system. Our Material handling solutions are evolving in size and complexity, increasingly productized and become more modular on all levels (equipment, software and IT hardware), which leads to a growing importance of our IT services.


If the role of Senior Logistic Simulation Engineer / Team Lead appeals to you, then please apply now by completing the application form, and uploading your CV and covering letter. 

For more information on the position, please contact Misha Wittkowski (Recruiter) +31 413 493 230 or

Diversity & Inclusion 

Vanderlande is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Qualified applicants will be considered without regards to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status. 

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