Continuous Improvement (VPS) Leader - Gent Central Distribution Center


At Service Market Logistics (SML), we aim to deliver excellent services to our customers, for all Volvo Group brands. Our job is to develop, manage and optimize the Service Market supply chain, based on smart logistics solutions. We ensure the highest possible parts availability, delivery precision and quality everywhere in the world.

In our region, we operate the Supply Planning teams, the Central Distribution Center (CDC) in Gent and the Support Distribution Centers across Europe, and the Service Centers. We embrace our lean journey, and we have a strong focus on our agility: how to adapt smart and quick to what really matters to our customers.

Meet your team

Welcome to the CDC Gent, this is the biggest warehouse of the Volvo Group, operated by approximately 800 brilliant and engaged people, who do their outmost daily to receive and deliver spare parts in quality and on time to satisfy our customers, for all brands (Volvo Trucks, VCE, Penta, Volvo Bus, Renault Trucks) all over the world. We are proud to deliver, together, for our customers, now and in the future.

We strive towards Operational Excellence and to strengthen our journey, we need a Leader in Continuous Improvement (VPS - Volvo Production System). If you are energized by translating Business ambitions into concrete roadmap activities and deliverables, if you are passionate about developing people and working on a sustainable culture of improvement, we NEED you!

No room for solo player here, we need a reliable team player who can challenge the team while supporting us in making “it” happen…

Are we a perfect match?

Your ideal job?

  • You are a self-motivated guru: You have a deep knowledge of lean principles and their application in logistics. You have a broad experience in using lean tools and methods (5 whys, VSM, Makigami, Kaizen, etc.…). You can coach and guide colleagues in their application.

  • You are a reliable coordinator: you know how to plan and coordinate activities (strategic roadmaps, Kaizen events, audits, etc.…) so that the people in the organization are on board.

  • You are an engaging listener: when people come to you with an issue, you know how to listen to them and make them think in solutions.

Your Qualifications

  • Proven experience in leading complex continuous improvement activities

  • Leadership experience is a plus

  • Fluent in Dutch and English (both written and spoken)

Almost convinced?

We have the perfect opportunity for you to work in a global and dynamic organization with highly skilled colleagues. A working environment that truly believes in customer success, trust, passion, performance, and change.

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Who we are and what we believe in
Our focus on Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity allows each of us the opportunity to bring our full authentic self to work and thrive by providing a safe and supportive environment, free of harassment and discrimination. We are committed to removing the barriers to entry, which is why we ask that even if you feel you may not meet every qualification on the job description, please apply and let us decide.

Applying to this job offers you the opportunity to join Volvo Group. Every day, across the globe, our trucks, buses, engines, construction equipment, financial services, and solutions make modern life possible. We are almost 100,000 people empowered to shape the future landscape of efficient, safe and sustainable transport solutions. Fulfilling our mission creates countless career opportunities for talents with sharp minds and passion across the group’s leading brands and entities.

Group Trucks Operations encompasses all production of the Group’s manufacturing of Volvo, Renault and Mack trucks, as well as engines and transmissions. We also orchestrate the spare parts distribution for Volvo Group’s customers globally and design, operate and optimize logistics and supply chains for all brands. We count 30,000 employees at 30 plants and 50 distribution centers across the globe. Our global footprint offers an opportunity for an international career in a state-of-the-art industrial environment, where continuous improvement is the foundation. As our planet is facing great challenges, we - one of the largest industrial organizations in the world - stand at the forefront of innovation. We are ready to rise to the challenge. Would you like to join us?