Business Developer

Interview quotes

Marjolein Slappendel (Head of Business Development & Treasury):

“You’ll be able to shape the future of Action and your own role within this fast-paced environment. A proactive attitude is key. For example, you’ll actively identify the wishes and needs of the internal customer and translate topics from concept into action. You’re driven to achieve tangible results.”

Experience and education

  • Academic level.
  • Approximately 4-6 years of working experience in strategy consulting, private equity or project management.
  • Fluent in English both written and spoken.
  • Excellent Power Point skills.
  • Experience in retail is preferred


  • Fits within the Action culture of down to earth and roll up your sleeves.
  • Positive thinker, works towards solutions.
  • Teamplayer, looks for opportunities to cooperate and helps others to reach their goals.
  • Is pragmatic and flexible.
  • Communicates well on all levels both in- as externally.
  • Well organized, is able to structure activities and projects, sticks to agreements within deadlines and according to guidelines.

Employment conditions and location

  • Zwaagdijk
  • Fulltime

About position

The Business Developer works in a small team and reports to the Director of Business Development. He (read also: she)  ensures that key projects are implemented on time and the targeted results delivered, in order to contribute to the overall growth and efficiency within the company. In addition, the person will perform analyses and prepare reports regarding market developments, competition and strategic priorities, and coordinates  the annual strategic planning cycle.

It is expected that the responsibilities of the Business Developer will continue to expand with the growth of the business. But the Business Developer will also be able to make an impact from the get-go with the following responsibilities:

1. Project Management
You will create plans of action, in conjunction with the business, on the larger strategic initiatives and changes, and follow implementation of action plans, discuss progress amongst key players and report about it. You will translate topics from concept into action for colleagues and teams to speed up progress and ensure actual implementation of changes. In this role you are also responsible for project management of multidisciplinary and complex project teams, and driving decision making.

2. Strategy
You will provide insights in the defined strategies and budgets, determine the potential consequences, and report about it. In addition, you will initiate, monitor and check progress on strategic priorities within the company.

3. Advisory
You will perform market research and competitive tracking, gather insights and identify opportunities and new business concepts.

4. Support
You will provide general support (performing analyses, preparing presentations) to CEO and/or CFO on specific projects on an as-needed basis.

Why is this an attractive role?

Action is one of the largest, fastest growing non-food discount retailers in Europe. It currently has stores in The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxemburg, Austria and Poland. In 2017, Action opened their fifth distribution center near Toulouse and the opening of the next distribution centers will not be long. The rapid international expansion of Action brings many challenges and opportunities for the new Business Developer.

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