Senior Manager Supply Chain Transformation (f/m/d)

Senior Manager Supply Chain Transformation (f/m/d)


Job Description

The Company

  • Sector: Management Consulting
  • Location: Belgium,Brussels


In today’s VUCA world, supply chains are at the centre of the storm with disruptions occurring at a speed like never seen before. Supply lines are under pressure, costs are increasing, resources are getting scarce and customer confidence is declining. Companies must become more resilient and embed digital solutions and sustainability in their future ways of working. .

With 800 consultants, operating from 35 offices and working in over 75 countries, our client is a global management consulting group currently supporting more than 1000 “Progression programs” every year.

Their “Progression” motto, “Improving your results today, securing your results for tomorrow”, means balancing: (i) the implementation of structural changes & redesigned business models (Transformation), with (ii) tangible performance improvement in the short term (Boost) and  with (iii) the investment in the processes, assets, capabilities, leadership and culture needed to ensure target results are also realized in the medium/long term (Build) and therefore making progression sustainable. It is not only about generating results quickly, but also about moving the client in the direction where it will be able to generate results tomorrow and progress faster and better than the competition.

Their approach, integrating value chain process optimization, digitalization, human dynamics and sustainability is: pragmatic in exploiting new technological opportunities, respectful, personalized, people-oriented and focused and committed to results rather than concepts. They cultivate long-term work relationships with their clients and their “tandem approach”, working “with” their clients and not “for” them, is central in their way of working.

The success of their unique approach is reflected by a 90% client retention and an established and first-rate reputation with large, high-profile local and global players in various sectors, such as Chemical, Food & Beverage, Pharma & Biotech, Cosmetics, Aerospace & Defense, Automotive, Utilities/Telco, FMCG, Retail, Hospitals & Healthcare …and others. 

To support and accelerate their further growth and ambition, their Belgian Office is now looking to recruit one or more Senior Manager(s) Supply Chain Transformation.

A role with impact 

As a Senior Manager Supply Chain Transformation, you will be a trusted advisor to our client’s customers and guide them through their large scale and often highly complex assessments and transformations of the end-to-end value chain. Through improvement programs, ranging from introducing specific processes (e.g. S&OP, reviewing the product portfolio, introducing procurement excellence, assessing and redesigning the physical footprint and product flow …) to using the latest developments in supply chain technology, digitalization and data analytics,… you are eager to maximize the supply chain performance of your clients. You commit to realize significant improvements in terms of: supply chain performance and flexibility, customer service delivery, reliability through the entire value chain and/or digital support of decision and planning processes to maximizing asset utilization while minimizing business risks.

You will serve as the primary program contact for clients and play a key role in supporting them in their business progression programs. A pragmatic and strong performance mindset combined with excellent communications skills will guarantee successful and timely delivery. As a key local lead, you will deliver value to the client by adding tangible and sustainable value to their operations. 

As an entrepreneurial and result driven candidate you will be expected to pick up a role in business development as well. When working for your clients, you will look beyond the project to capture the unmet needs and to try to position our client for further help and business. Furthermore, you will be developing new leads with your colleagues who are specialized in the same industry and/or expertise as you are.

You will be primarily staffed on projects in Belgium and at the same time you will, if you desire, have the opportunity to work on international projects to develop an international career as Supply Chain doesn’t stop at country’s borders. In terms of development and innovation, you will be part of both local, regional and group communities, with plenty of opportunity to develop in your areas of choice.  As such, you will be encouraged to develop your network, working methods and certain leads at group level. You will also take part in the training curriculum of the company, which is in essence organised at an international level.

Our client is looking to recruit an experienced, dynamic and enthusiastic candidate with business acumen and a proven track record in implementing large and strategic programs. A natural born leader who understands change management challenges, has excellent project management skills and the ability to pinpoint problems and act in a timely manner to mitigate any issues. At the same time, the candidate has a profound knowledge of how to design the end-to-end supply chain, including pockets of in depth expertise and preferably gained in Industrial Process-based Operations (chemicals, food & beverages, pharma, ...).

Key responsibilities 

  • Project Management & Delivery: managing “in tandem with the client” the successful delivery of complex and challenging assignments transforming the supply chain from strategy to implementation, including all commercial -, financial -, project -, and people aspects and client relationship management. 
  • Client Management & Development: developing and/or maintaining strong client relationships and being recognized by them as a “trusted advisor”.  Taking advantage of your network to assist in growing the business through the origination of new opportunities and proposal development and enhancing the reputation of our client through the quality of own work, knowledge and experience.
  • Innovation: taking a leading role in development and innovation through the growing of intellectual capital and the support and development of other consultants and contributing to firm activities and internal knowledge management and sharing.
  • People Management: providing professional development opportunities, coaching, counseling and feedback for less senior team members and contributing to the annual performance evaluation process.

Required Experience/Qualifications

Ideally the candidate should have:

  • 7 to 15 years of experience in a consulting role covering multiple domains of the supply chain (e.g. distribution network design, transport, warehousing, forecasting, demand and supply planning, S&OP/IBP, Digital Supply Chain, Digital Twin, Sustainable Supply Chain…;
  • a minimum of 3 years experience with driving and managing large scale, complex and end-to-end transformation programs at multiple levels in an organization, implementing digital solutions;
  • solid change management expertise and solid, presentation - , workshop facilitation - and stakeholder management skills;
  • experience with business development, writing and reviewing proposals, elaborating estimates, financial forecasting and budget control; 
  • experience working on projects in various industries and not afraid of deep-diving in diverse and complex functional areas (e.g. Demand management & statistical forecasting, distribution network redesign, transport optimization, advanced planning & scheduling, multi echelon inventory optimization, trade-off cost/cash/service, procurement excellence …);
  • digital and data analytics savvy and up to date with latest supply chain technologies;
  • a master’s degree in a Business or Engineering related field complemented with an MBA or similar by experience is a plus as well as an international accepted certification in supply chain management such as SCOR-P model, APICS CSCP and/or APICS CPIM;
  • additional training combined with proven expertise in Lean, Continuous Improvement methodologies, 5S, …;
  • fluent in English and either Dutch or French, with professional proficiency in the other language.

Your Profile

Our client is seeking to hire an outstanding, competent and versatile individual with:

  • an entrepreneurial mind and real team player spirit, who demonstrates ownership by working independently on key activities;
  • high integrity and a passion for excellence and achieving high value for clients;
  • strong analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • solid business judgment, able to: (i) understand the impact of decisions on the organization as a whole; (ii) balance strategic and tactical issues and (iii), balance the content (hard) and people (soft) aspects of change initiatives;
  • proven ability to communicate and interact effectively at all levels (from the executive suite to the production floor) in small groups as well as with larger audiences, and to give persuasive advice and build strong business relationships;
  • effective interpersonal and coaching skills and proven ability to adapt and “getting things done” in complex organizations and in culturally different client environments;
  • a strong team and people orientation (empathy) and demonstrated leadership capabilities, able to drive collaboration and inclusion and to inspire and coach client teams and colleagues towards the targeted results and success;
  • a high level of intellectual agility and adaptability; an open, flexible, resilient, positive and pragmatic mind with a can-do attitude, able to think laterally and creatively in developing simple and bold solutions to complex problems;
  • a strong determination and sense of responsibility, high pro-activity, action and result-driven personality, with lots of energy and able to work independently;
  • a strong orientation toward achievement and persistence in overcoming obstacles and focusing on what matters, execution;
  • superior organizational and planning skills and able to work on different domains simultaneously and at times under high pressure and in fast changing circumstances;
  • an orientation to details without losing the bigger picture and keeping the final goal in mind;
  • good commercial acumen and strong interest and willingness to further develop this capability;
  • a strong commitment to further develop knowledge and skills in line with objectives and;
  • an openness for suggestions, respectful of others and honest about mistakes and proactively seeking and providing feedback;
  • a true scale up mentality to help grow the business.

The Role Offers

The possibility to work on challenging programs for top clients and an exciting opportunity for ambitious and entrepreneurial candidates, looking to accelerate their career and join a growing international leader in its field, with a clear strategy.

Our client’s culture is inclusive, diverse, respectful and co-creative, direct, feedback driven, high performing and no-nonsense, where own initiative and taking on responsibilities is highly valued. Its working environment is entrepreneurial and dynamic with a flat hierarchy, transparent processes and short decision lines. It has a strong team spirit and flexible working models.

The role will offer ample opportunities for personal development and growth and for someone with the right entrepreneurial spirit, initiative and drive, the possibility to be in charge of his/her own career and to help shape the future and growth of the practice and participate in its success.

And a competitive salary package including a company car, insurances and a rewarding bonus system.


If of interest, please apply online and provide us with your CV together with the reasons for your interest and relevant experience summary for this role. For further information, please call Pierre Melis: +32. 2.790.6880.


Please feel free to forward this brief to an acquaintance should this not be of interest to you.



Pierre Melis