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Buying Assistant

Fulltime, 38 hours a week

Are you commercially minded and looking for a job where you can make an impact? If so, join our Buying team as a Buying Assistant and get involved in one of our categories to have a direct impact on our product range!

This is your daily Action

Our buyers are responsible for finding the best products for our stores. Our stores have 14 categories, ranging from clothes to office supplies and cleaning products to DIY. As a Buying Assistant, you will enjoy a lot of freedom and responsibility to build the product range in your category. You will do this by supporting the buyers in the purchasing process from start to finish. This includes looking at upcoming trends, making agreements with suppliers about product specifications, seeking agreements with Supply Chain about deliveries, and sparring with Marketing and Promo to get your products in the spotlight. You will also take on administrative tasks. In this dynamic role, you will have an overview and will have plenty of scope to cooperate within the Buying team. As a true all-rounder, you will ensure procurement processes run smoothly and adminsitration is up to date, and gain commercial insights. To maintain high quality, you will organise and visit stores, check samples received, and maintain contact with our national and international suppliers.

Meet your team

Let’s tell you about Buying in Action! You and your +50 colleagues are the driving force behind Action’s success. As a team we continuously shape Action’s product range, introducing more than 150 new products every week. Together, we are responsible for our sustainable, surprising, low-price and well-balanced product range of +/-6,000 items. Entrepreneurship and customer focus are at the heart of everything we do. Whether it’s planning or buying: your role is crucial for Action’s growth throughout Europe. As we grow, so do you in terms of personal development and career advancement opportunities. So join our international, energetic, open and supportive team. And help us surprise and delight our millions of customers every day!

Curious about your new team members? Nastasia and Karina can’t wait to work with you!

This is you

You enjoy making arrangements, making sure that everything runs smoothly and is accurately recorded. You prefer to work in a dynamic and developing environment where you need to respond quickly and engage with several stakeholders at the same time. You have strong organisational and communication skills that will help you run processes smoothly and have a sharp, fresh, commercial attitude. 

You also have the following: 

  • A completed bachelor’s or master’s degree in a commercial field
  • Experience in a commercial environment, preferably retail
  • Knowledge of systems such as Excel and SAP
  • A good command of Dutch and English (both spoken and written)

What we offer

Surprisingly more! From our bustling home base in the Netherlands, you’ll have an impact on the whole of Europe. The counter now stands at more than 2,000 stores in 10 countries and millions of smiles from our customers. And we have big growth ambitions. For Action and for you. Because our growth means that you can always take new steps. A different job, an interesting innovation project, new skills: as a professional you can develop without limits. And all this in a culture where our shared values are truly lived: customer focus, teamwork, simplicity, discipline, cost consciousness and respect.

Did you know that you can also count on us for:

  • A market-based salary based on a 38-hour work week
  • 24 days of holiday and the option to buy 5 extra days (based on 38 hours per week)
  • A temporary contract with the intention of offering you a permanent contract in the long term
  • Flexible working hours
  • 15% staff discount on your purchases at Action 
  • A good pension scheme, collective health insurance and travel expenses allowance (Zwaagdijk-Oost is traffic jam-free and only 30 minutes by car from Amsterdam)

How we contribute to society

If you only know Action from the stores, a world will open up for you when you join us. For example, we are working hard behind the scenes to make a positive impact on society and the environment. Did you know, for example, that we sponsor more than 2,000 children worldwide who are growing up in an SOS Children’s Village? That our team reflects the diversity of our customers, including 124 nationalities? That we already source 70% of our wood products and 86% of our cotton sustainably? And that only energy-efficient LED lighting is used in more than half of our stores? Yes, that is also Action. Curious about what other initiatives we’re facilitating? Join our team and find out for yourself.


We are proud to be an inclusive employer, and we warmly invite anyone who recognises themselves in the vacancy to apply. So take action and respond to this vacancy now!

What happens next:

  1. Response to your application within 14 days (and usually earlier)
  2. First meeting with the manager and a colleague
  3. Online assessment to get to know you better
  4. Second interview with your recruiter, among others
  5. Welcome to Action…

Throughout the process, your recruiter is your permanent point of contact and is available to answer any questions you may have.

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