Job opportunity: Associate Director European Distribution at Astellas

Do you have a university degree in Logistics, Supply Chain or a related field and a genuine interest for the distribution process, combined with sound experience in this area? Then Astellas has an interesting job opportunity for you!

Associate Director European Distribution

Fulltime, 40 hours, Leiden, The Netherlands

Your job as an Associate Director European Distribution

As Associate Director European Distribution you co-develop, document and implement the supply chain strategy in relation to the transport and distribution process of the European products. You promote distribution services to the affiliates and guard the quality of the distributed products in order to optimize the distribution process of Astellas and deliver the products to the affiliates and customers.

Besides this you develop the distribution proposition of the department and promote and present the proposition to the affiliate, influencing and convincing the affiliate management and agree upon the distribution. Next to this you have experience in tendering, including setting up requirements and selection and negotiation with third parties. You are also responsible to identify areas of improvement for affiliates, define and implement those changes and improvements in the distribution process.

Furthermore you act as regional logistics expert and you can define, document, implement, investigate and act upon cases in relation to insurance and claims. Next to this you support colleagues with operations (customs, import/export, VAT etc.) and make sure these items are compliant for all physical and trading flows of goods into and from the European community.

Your personal qualifications as an Associate Director European Distribution

  • University degree in Logistics, Supply Chain or related field
  • 4-8 years of logistics management experience
  • Knowledge of current best practices in warehousing and transport for pharmaceutical distribution in Europe and worldwide

As Associate Director European Distribution you demonstrate the ability to transform current business models to a cohesive, transparent and cost effective distribution network. Furthermore you have experience with sub-contracting logistic services and vendor performance management. You are also familiar with project portfolio management. As an Associate Director European Distribution you manage priorities and deal with conflicting demands in a global organization. You have excellent organizational skills and the ability to multitask and to work to tight deadlines. Besides that you have a high degree of attention to detail and able to follow many prescribed processes. Next to this you can work on different levels and you can build great relationships with people from other cultures.

We offer

  • A challenging and diversified job in an international setting
  • Good career opportunities
  • Inspiring work climate in an state of the art building
  • Attractive remuneration, which includes:
    – a 13th month
    – excellent pension policy
    – health insurance compensation
    – collective health insurance
    – company own saving scheme arrangement
    – 25 Holidays + 13 so called ADV Days
    – and more….

At Astellas, we believe that nurturing a good relationship with our employees delivers good business results.

It is our stated aim in the vision for Astellas to be recognised as an Employer of Choice. This means ensuring we are a highly effective organisation, that applies best-in-class people management, creates a positive working environment and has an inspirational company culture.. This reflects the working culture of Astellas, outlines our expectations as an employer and captures the essence of our company ethos; changing tomorrow.

About Astellas

Astellas is a Japanese multinational pharmaceutical company employing over 18,000 people worldwide with global sales exceeding 10billion euro. The group’s EMEA headquarters are based in London, with affiliates throughout Europe engaged in research & development (R&D), manufacturing and sales & marketing. With over 4,500 employees, EMEA is an important and growing Astellas region, having key strengths in the therapy areas of Urology, Transplantation, Anti Infectives, Pain Management and Oncology. The global annual R&D investment of 15% to 20% of sales is evidence of the group’s commitment to improving the health of people worldwide through the provision of innovative and reliable products. Astellas employs around 900 persons in the Netherlands, in Leiden and Meppel.

Mirai House, located in Leiden Bio Science Park, is home to a number of divisions, including the Technology division. This division is focused on ensuring our products reach all our customers in a timely manner. We strive to produce products, with excellent quality assurance. In order to realize this we endeavor to work safely at all times and take our environmental responsibilities very seriously.


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