Senior Shipping Manager Contracting & Routing and Forwarding

Senior Shipping Manager Contracting & Routing and Forwarding

Veghel, Netherlands.
Contract type
Full time

Are you looking to develop your career in managing the complete Warehouse Operations of Vanderlande Veghel, and satisfy your ambitions at a company where you can aspire to new heights, enjoy personal growth, and thrive on achievement?

At Vanderlande, we are seeking passionate and ambitious people, capable of making a positive impact on Projects in Supply Chain Center Europe, while developing a prosperous career in a fast-paced international environment.   

What will you be doing?

You will lead two teams of shipping managers and forwarding officers who are together responsible for the entire logistics process for global projects from sales stage until the delivery of goods to site.

Where needed, and in case of problems during execution, the Senior Manager Contracting & Routing and Forwarding continues to play a supporting and advisory role. He/she works as a business partner for both his own teams, the internal organization as well as the external stakeholders, including customers and suppliers

By acting proactively, he/she gives the customers peace of mind and also manages the expectations of the parties involved. Independently and with a drive to win projects are prepared successfully. guiding principle is that the order goes smoothly,  on time, complete and delivered within budget.

Furthermore, as a Sourcing Manager, you will be responsible for developing and maintaining a reliable supplier base to support current and future projects. You define the strategy for the logistics categories and negotiate pricing and terms, and implement (framework) contracts with suppliers.

The shipping Manager works from Veghel and is willing to travel to when needed (max 10% of your time). He/She is part of the  EU Physical Distribution management team and reports to the Director Physical Distribution.


If you’re an experienced, enthusiastic and versatile Shipping Manager, you will excel at:

•  Determine and execute the logistics procurement strategy, global spend around 30 million yearly

• Determine the transport and packaging costs and taxes and duties for projects and the associated risk assessment.

• Negotiating with and selection of, the appropriate transport service providers

Develop project specific shipping plan and ensure the acceptance of the plan by the stakeholders. Including determining proper documentation for import and export shipments and to establish various cross trades

• Lead together with the team leader forwarding and supporting the Forwarding team which is operationally executing the orders


• Steer on continuous improvement and KPI’s and improve sustainability within the teams

• Identify, propose and implement process and logistical improvements. Translate wishes of (internal) customers and suppliers into solutions.

• Remain up to date on developments in logistics by following training and maintaining logistical relations inside and outside Vanderlande.

• Advise (globally) on Logistics, customs, export compliancy and in- and export related topics.

What do we ask from you?​

  • HBO/WO educated in Supply Chain, Logistics or Operations
  • Minimum of 8 years relevant working experience as global shipping manager in a relevant international production logistical environment, including leading a team
  • Analytical and conceptual thinker on a strategic level
  • Strong stakeholder management skills
  • Planning and organization
  • Pragmatic and result driven
  • Flexibility and adjustability
  • Teamplay incl. high sense of urgency to support teams where needed
  • Negotiating
  • Individual and team leadership
  • An excellent communicator in English (and preferably also in Dutch)

About the team

Within the team of the European Distribution Center of Vanderlande, the contracts & routing team is located. This team consists of the forwarding department and the shipping department.

Vanderlande is the global market leader for future-proof logistic process automation at airports and in the parcel market. Furthermore, we are also a leading supplier of process automation solutions for warehouses, which seamlessly integrate innovative systems, intelligent software and life-cycle services. 

At Vanderlande, you can develop your career, satisfy your ambitions, aspire to new heights, while enjoying personal growth and thriving on achievement. 

What we offer

In the challenging and responsible position of Shipping 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 scope 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 € 5.300,– to € 6.800,–  gross per month (excluding 8% holiday allowance). Through exceeding performance expectations, you even have the possibility to grow outside this scale.   

On top of your fixed salary you’ll receive the following secondary benefits:​ 

  • 40 vacation days (20 statutory days and a flexible budget worth 20 days).​ 
  • Flexible working hours.​ 
  • A hybrid workplace (40% working from home and 60% in the office).​ 
  • A Health & Wellbeing budget worth €300,- per calendar year. 
  • Commuting allowance, including full reimbursement of travel by public transport.​ 
  • Working from home allowance.​ 
  • Collective pension scheme and discount on additional health insurance.​ 
  • On-site company health centres 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 application

So, if you would like to join a profitable and growing company that will enable you to reach your goals and focus on your future, then please apply now by completing the application form, and uploading your CV and covering letter. For more information, please contact Charlotte Rooseboom on 0413-495122 .

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.