Procurement Director @ Overseas Distribution Company – Antwerp

Client Description

As a leading distributor in duty free travel retail in Europe, Overseas supplies retail outlets of a wide range of clients. They serve key airports, inflight customers, bordershops, diplomatic suppiers, ship chandlers and military organisations in more than 50 countries.

Their HQ lies in Antwerp. A top logistics centrein Europe, that connects the most important ports, highways and airports and offers the best supply solution for their clients.

At their Antwerp warehouse of 14.000 m2 Overseas stocks over 4000 SKU’s of duty free products in the categories, tobacco, cigarettes, cigars, spirits, wines, champagne, P&C and confectionery.

Overseas employs more than 60 people, exclusively involved in the duty free travel retail distribution.

To further strengthen the organisation, we are on the look-out for a procurement director.

Job description

  • You will lead a team of 6 purchase managers and 1 business analyst – the team focusses on a variety of categories: wines, spirtis, perfumes, confectionery, tobacco,…
  • You ensure high quality supplier relationship management and monitor individual supplier performance (KAM-annual supplier meetings etc).
  • You guarantee your departement builds bridges between purchasing activities and sales activities. You will closely work together with different stakeholders and ensure procurement is bringing added value to the organization.
  • You follow-up on market trends and look for new business opportunities with new and existing suppliers.
  • You will strongly partner with Customer Service & Logistics regarding the fulfillment of PO’s and optimization of service/communication levels in oirder to maximize supplier satisfaction. You will also spar intensively with Sales & Finance.
  • You take ownership on process management, data quality & digitalization (Navision). You aim to continuously improve systems & tools.
  • You take full responsibility on optimal stock management (Slim Stock).
  • You will be in charge to set up a procurement program with new initiatives & projects.
  • You will coach, empower, lead, develop and expand your team in close collaboration with HR.
  • You will report to the CEO.


  • You are a natural born leader, a dynamic and action oriented professional who communicates in an efficient, open & constructive manor.
  • You possess strong influencing and relationship building skills. Both internally and externally.
  • You lead by example, act on all levels and inspire your co-workers.
  • You show natural flair as ambassador of the company you represent and always aim to get the best deal possible.
  • You are fluent in English, other languages are a plus.
  • You are digitally savvy and have a good feel for process definition and improvement.
  • You show strong analytical skills and are commercially gifted.
  • You are detail oriented, know how to get full control on the entire supply chain and bring added value throughout every step of the process.
  • You are a strong project manager who loves to take end-2-end ownership.


  • You will be offered a more than challenging position within a fast-moving and ambitious company.
  • You will get to work autonomously and leave your mark on the company’s results.
  • You will be handed the opportunity to develop the procurement function and make it future proof.
  • You will be offered a multi dimensional role with lots of potential.
  • We are both open to employees as well as indepedent professionals looking to committ long term.


 Nick Vermeulen | | 0032 491 13 35 79