Abbott Supervisor Freight Ops & Inventory Management in Breda, Netherlands


Primary Job Function

  • Provide Leadership to the Transport Planning team in order to achieve an accurate and optimal transport planning for the Abbott Nutrition division.

  • Provide Leadership to the inventory team in order to maintain and optimize inventory accuracy & capacity for the Abbott Nutrition division.

  • Realize an excellent customer service level for the division Abbott Nutrition.

  • Ensures key metrics are visible and maintained throughout the business.

  • Assure adherence and keep AN site up to the required standards of the Good Distribution Practices and the ISO900 requirements.

  • Manages activities and allocates resources within the Transport Planning and Inventory Control Team to ensure strategic and departmental goals are achieved.

Core Job Responsibilities

Major Accountabilities

Freight Operations

  • Ensure daily & weekly planning of all Inbound and Outbound shipments is created and agreed with warehouse operations.

  • Ensure freight is processed every day: monitoring pickups and deliveries throughout the day, identifying and swiftly responding to challenges.

  • Review and respond to customer complaints about delivery quality.

  • Represent carrier performance issues to ANSC Freight & Distribution team.

  • Performs analysis and provides feedback on freight consolidation and mode optimization to ensure maximum potential is achieved in corporation with ANSC Freight & Distribution.

  • Communicates carrier performance and propose actions to address performance gaps.

  • Act as liaison with warehouse departments and ANSC Freight & Distribution team.

  • Fully utilize the functionality of the Fulfillment Transportation Management System (FTMS), and continually evaluate the technology to ensure it meet the needs of the business.

  • Develop and implement strategies that optimize the carrier relationship and meet the service levels of the organization.

  • Develop a Best In Class freight operations team built on technology, talent, and solid processes.

  • Close monitoring of planning progress and external elements and follow-up on deviations.

  • Support periodic Business Reviews with (local) carriers in close cooperation with ANSC Freight & Distribution team.

  • Ensure that EXA/T1 documentation is prepared correctly in customs system and shipments are announced in Portbase (port of Rotterdam) or APCS (port of Antwerp).

Inventory Control

  • Monitor monthly inventory levels. Analyze actuals vs. LBE & create inventory projections.

  • Responsible for the reconciliation of differences between “actual inventory (physical)”, “Warehouse Management System records” and or “Customer system records” of inventory.

  • Defines off site storages needs and provides recommendation on volumes and duration.

  • Management of Item Master data in the warehouse management system and the Fulfillment Transportation Management System.

  • Maintains Inventory related parameters within the Warehouse Management system to ensure efficient use of the automated material handling equipment.

  • Maintains relationship with IFO (Finance) to ensure full alignment on financial audits and acts as point of contact for IFO (Finance) and accounts during financial audits.

  • Ensure proper management of hold inventory including internal and external reporting.

  • Identify opportunities for inventory optimization to meet agreed customer service levels.

  • Integrate supply chain inventory reporting within MBR/ S&OP process.

Quality & Compliance

  • Ensure Exception Reports (ER) meet expectations on quality and lead-time.

  • Ensure the quality system for transportation and warehouse support processes is up to date at all time.

  • Fulfill the role of auditee during internal and external audits for the transportation and warehouse support team.

  • Maintain compliance with Quality, Legal, EHS and Regulatory requirements.

Supervisory/Management Responsibilities

This position is responsible for various disciplines;

  • Transportation Planning (4 FTE)

  • Inventory Control (2 FTE)

Position Accountability / Scope

  • Reporting to the Operations Manager.

  • Relationship to AN Supply Chain team

  • Relationship with IFO (Finance) in relation to hold inventory and financial audits.

  • Budget responsibility $300.000.

  • Responsible for Inventory Management. Inventory value 200MM+.

Minimum Education

  • Bachelor Degree in Business Administration, Operations, Logistics or Materials Management.

Minimum Experience/Training Required

  • Good Distribution Practices.

  • People manager

  • Supply Chain Management.

  • Operation Management.

  • Change Management / Lean.

  • Knowledge of transportation, warehousing, customs, inventory management and logistic practices.


Supply Chain


ANSC Nutrition Supply Chain


Netherlands > Breda : Minervum 7201







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