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Sourcing manager Action Asia
Hong Kong | 40 hours a week
Action surprises customers throughout Europe with affordable, high-quality products and a strong focus on sustainability daily. As sourcing manager Action Asia, your role is vital in ensuring a constant supply of our wide product range. You will be based in Hong Kong and travel throughout Asia to build and maintain supplier relationships and find and purchase these very best products. You’ll make it all happen!
This is your daily action
Yours is the great challenge to constantly find buying chances, go there, check the production location (or start one), and set everything in motion. Also, you’ll play a vital role in communicating and maintaining relationships with our Asian sourcing partner Li&Fung (with over a hundred dedicated workers for Action), as well as our buying teams and the international headquarters in Zwaagdijk (the Netherlands). At Action, we are on a fast pace. Find today, start producing tomorrow, buy in two weeks. No need to say that if dynamic applies to any job, it’s this one.
Our department in Hong Kong operates as a HUB for the IHQ and acts in the interest of our stakeholders throughout the globe, involved in the direct import of goods from Asia. For each of our product categories, we have a merchandising team in Hong Kong. Your role is vital in connecting all these stakeholders, as well as balancing European demand with Asian supply. At the same time, you will be the go-to-person for our buyers. Also, whenever a buying opportunity occurs and we need someone for, let’s say, a face-to-face negotiation in Shanghai, you are the one who steps on the airplane to go there. You are proactive in seeing and stepping into opportunities.
Last but not least, it’s a great time to live in Hong Kong! This buzzing metropolitan city, which is called ‘Asia’s world city’, is opening up again after 2,5 years of lockdowns and offers every opportunity for a great stay. After an onboarding program of about 6 weeks at the head office in Zwaagdijk (the Netherlands), you will move to your final Hong Kong base in Hong Kong.
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? Job-Jan Spanjers, Jeannette Paulusma, Pieter de Jonge and Colin Kwok Lan Man can’t wait to work with you!
This is you
You love to learn, dare to take risks, and recognize good buying opportunities. You’re a self-starter: if it does not cross your path, you’ll go out and find it. Also, you are cost-conscious, commercial and a good communicator: you actively seek to establish and maintain clear communication and good relationships between all (intercultural) stakeholders. No need to say this job is excellent for someone adventurous.
You also have:
- A completed bachelor's degree in Economics, Business or similar, or an equivalent level of thinking and work experience.
- At least 3 years working experience in sourcing / buying, preferably retail.
- Excellent English skills, spoken and written. Besides, a good command of the Dutch language is highly preferred.
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
- An annual bonus based on company and personal performance
- 24 days of holiday and the option to buy 5 extra days (based on 38 hours per week)
- A permanent contract
- Flexible working hours and the possibility of working up to 40% from home, of course in coordination with your team and manager
- 15% staff discount on your purchases at Action
- A good pension scheme, collective health insurance and travel expenses allowance
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:
- Response to your application within 14 days (and usually earlier)
- First meeting with the manager and a colleague
- Online assessment to get to know you better
- Second interview with your recruiter, among others
- Welcome to Action…
Throughout the process, your recruiter is your permanent point of contact and is available to answer any questions you may have.
Integrity is very important to us. Pre-employment screening is therefore part of the process for this vacancy. Ask your recruiter for more information.