Strategic Supply Chain Manager (Industry) | The Hague

TNO pushes the boundaries of technology. This leads, for example, to innovative satellites, lightening quick quantum systems and bio-aromatics for a green chemical industry. You will ensure that the right strategic suppliers are involved as partners


Den Haag

Education type

university (wo)



Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

As a strategic supply chain manager, you will have a key role in the large strategic research projects of our Industry unit. These are multiannual, complex high-tech projects with major underperformance risks. Ensuring that these projects succeed and deliver successful prototypes requires close cooperation with the international market. You will develop and maintain the supply and value chains for the various departments in the unit. One of your core tasks will be to forge sustainable partnerships with (potential) strategic suppliers. You will map out the supplier market and link it to the unit's research projects. 

Where there is a contract with a strategic supplier, you will closely monitor it. TNO places high demands on suppliers and the technical aspects of the subject matter are tremendously complex. It is therefore essential that we are always on the same page with our suppliers. You will take them into the world of TNO, promote cooperation and encourage them to keep sharing ideas about innovations. In addition, you will monitor whether the purchasing for the strategic projects takes place in the right way and you will regularly consult with the board and management.

Within the unit, you will pave the way for innovations that will define the industry of the future and you will work with leading suppliers and clients, such as ESA, ASML, VSL and Philips. Furthermore, as this position is brand-new, you will have a big influence on its development. 

What do we require of you?

You feel perfectly at home in a research environment and speak the language of highly educated technical professionals. At the same time, you know how to translate concepts to the market. You keep an eye on developments and you can capitalise on opportunities for TNO. Suppliers like to work with you, because of your expertise and the confidence you inspire. In addition, it's important that you have a strong learning ability: you quickly absorb and apply new learnings.
What else can you offer? 
  • A university degree in a technical/engineering subject.
  • At least ten years of experience in an R&D environment.
  • Experience as a supply chain manager, account manager or supplier manager for a complex organisation.

What can you expect of your work situation?

Within TNO you will work in the Procurement department. Here you will be part of a team of ten colleagues, including buyers and category managers. We ensure that our staff and researchers can count on receiving the right products and services at the right time. Although we work together a lot, you will also have a lot of freedom to organise your own work and to operate independently. We would also like to invite you to share ideas with us about the development of the department.

What can TNO offer you?

Work enjoyment means something different for each employee. This is why we offer a-la-carte terms and conditions of employment that you can switch around on a monthly basis. Flexible working hours (like 4 days x 9 hours) and different leave schemes mean that you can create a package attuned to your specific wishes. Visit this page to find out more about our flexible terms of employment. TNO attaches great value to both your personal and your professional development. Many opportunities exist for you to develop: conferences, courses, workshops, coaching, intervision, mentoring and job rotation. At TNO you can orchestrate your own career.

Application process

You can apply till the 29th of February. The first round of interviews is scheduled on the 12th of March. The process comprises at least two (selection) rounds. After a positive selection, we will finish off the process by discussing terms and conditions of employment. We try to complete the interviews and assessment within 4 weeks.

For this vacancy it is required that the AIVD issues a security clearance after conducting a security screening. Please visit for more information the AIVD website.

Has this vacancy sparked your interest?

Then please feel free to apply on this vacancy! For further questions don’t hesitate to contact us.

Recruiter: Anouk Bos
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6-413 74015

Hiring manager: Marcel Boone
Phone number: +31 (0)88-86 68642

Note that applications via email and third party applications are not taken into consideration.


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Marcel Boone

  • procurement
  • category management
  • supplier management
  • contract management
  • tendering

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