Sustainable Development Leader Logistics

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Sustainable Development Leader Logistics

Do you strive for an environment that is as sustainable (duurzaam in dutch) as possible? Do you want to improve our sustainable way of working in our logistics processes and use your stakeholders to reach your KPIs? We are searching for a new sustainable development leader for logistics & transport

Full-time · Tilburg

Context & Work environment

Decathlon’s purpose is to ‘Move people through the wonders of sport’. And with one of our five pillars ‘Decathlon is a driving force and a beacon of light for a sustainable future’, we want to focus ourselves on a sustainable planet. We need to develop our operations in line our ambitions towards such a model that it benefits People, Planet and Profit.

300 teammates are working in Tilburg within several (multicultural) teams. Such as logistics, circular center, e-logistics, etc. With a lot of different expertises and (Decathlon) experiences.

Since the beginning sustainability (duurzaamheid) is part of our logistics project, as we:

  • Decided the location to optimize our transport
  • The warehouse is a BREEAM Excellent construction on a brownfield re-development area
  • The warehouse is at biking distance from the city center of Tilburg
  • Implemented a low consumption automated system (robots) & are generating more than our needs with our solar panels 

Your job

As a Sustainability Development Leader for logistics & transport, you lead for the coming years the process of co-creating and rolling out our local sustainability action plan aligned with the country’s strategy, legal requirements and internal/external best practices. You will connect the key stakeholders from logistics, the stores, the service center, e-logistics, and Second Life and work in close contact with key players to achieve our sustainability & CO2 reduction goals. You will be having people, planet and profit related KPIs where you make sure the sustainability goals are clear for our team mates and clear actions will be taken. Furthermore you will define & manage the local ‘planet’ score assessment.


Strategical : Inspire & influence (detect & suggest solutions)

Detect any relevant innovation for our logistics activities related to sustainability and work in close contact with the leading logistics team. You will inspire the team and bring concrete projects to be implemented.

Logistics plays a pivotal role in the transformation towards a more circular business model. You will be an important part of this broader transformation and connect all different stakeholders around the same purpose.

Tactical : optimize the operations (project based)

You will work in close collaboration with key stakeholders on optimizing our CO2 emission :

  • Sustainability expert: You will compute our CO2 emission trajectories & functionally manage it across logistics
  • Safety & Maintenance leader: You’ll optimize the waste & energy management
  • Transport managers: You’ll help our customers to make more conscious choices & find more sustainable delivery solutions (B2C & B2B)
  • Operational teams: You’ll optimize the consumables we use, enhance innovative projects striving for CO2-neutral delivery
  • Circular center & warehouse operational teams: You’ll find the best solutions for our (end of life) goods & waste steam and tend to a 0-waste purpose
  • HR team: You’ll manage the training for sustainability and increase sustainability awareness among our employees.

Operational : activate the awareness & involvement of our teammates

You will work with the logistics leading team to integrate sustainability thoroughly in every aspect of our operational activities. You’ll raise the awareness of our teams via training & local actions to activate them on sustainable initiatives.

“Planet” score Assessment

  • Create & manage the local score assessment grid
  • Co-define a CO2 reduction target aligned with the country strategy
  • Guarantee the data collection to follow quarterly the score assessment & the CO2 reduction
  • Share the project & performance progress via a regular reporting

What we offer

At Decathlon we not only believe in sports as a lifestyle, but also in creating a stimulating working environment where colleagues with a passion for sports can enjoy exercising together. Job satisfaction is our priority and we ppromote a great sports culture in which you can be yourself and share your passion for sports. In addition, we offer:

  • A salary that matches your experience & knowlegde, 8% holiday pay and 24 wonderful holiday days.
  • 20% discount on our own brands. Whether it concerns sportswear, shoes or equipment, you benefit from great discounts on the products that support your sporting adventures.
  • We understand that personal growth and development are crucial to a successful career. That is why we offer the unique opportunity to participate in training through our Decathlon Academy.
  • Decathlon shareholding plan: We believe in sharing success with our employees and offer you the opportunity to become a co-owner of our successful company
  • To make your trip to our Decathlon team even more pleasant, we also provide a travel allowance. 
  • Decathlon encourages a healthy mind in a healthy body. That's why we offer access to the 'Open Up' platform, where you can find professional support for mental and physical challenges in both your work and private life.
  • We organize great events such as an annual event where all your colleagues from the Netherlands come together for a day full of sports, fun, food & drinks and a dance! An annual ski trip is also organized for which you can register. 

What we expect from you

  • Highly motivation to protect planet & people
  • You have proven project management skills
  • Capable to be autonomous, detect the needs, take initiatives
  • Capacity to integrate into an operational environment & connect with multiple stakeholders
  • Good communication skills & pedagogical talent
  • Creative, concrete, result-driven
  • Well aware of innovations in sustainability and logistics and eager to drive these forward
  • Background :
          • Experience in sustainability, either in-store, service or logistics
          • Minimum 2 years of experience as a leader (project or team)
  • You speak English fluently
  • Speaking Dutch would be an advantage

Application process

  • Apply by sending your cv and motivational letter
  • Telephonic acquintance
  • First interview
  • Second interview
  • Contract proposal
  • Welcome at Decathlon!!

Apply now and become part of our sportif and passionate team at Decathlon!