Abbott Distribution Specialist (50%) in Zwolle, Netherlands

For our International planning center (ALOG) in the Abbott Logistics Nutrition Organization based in Zwolle (Meeuwenlaan, NL) we are looking for a:

Distribution Specialist (50%)

About the job

As distribution specialist you are active within the distribution team and responsible for shipment execution, providing a set of documentation, warehouse level loading and inventory control. You are creating shipments based on the shipment planning prepared by the supply chain planner and instructs the warehouses what, where and when to load in a container/truck. Ensuring the shipments bookings are confirmed on the requested vessels/departure dates in order to meet the desired customer delivery dates. The responsibility of the distribution specialist is to ensure that the inventory in the warehouses is aligned with our system to avoid disruption in the execution process.

On a daily basis, you work with warehouses, international logistics, carriers and supply chain planners, Quality Assurance and finance and any other department that is required to provide the highest level of customer service.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Be the primary source for shipment related information for the Customer Service department, Transportation and other ALOG departments.

  • Create inbound and outbound shipments in line with the shipment plan, transport capability and warehouse agreements.

  • Book shipments, with selected forwarders using Electronic Data Interchange communication and/or other means of communication (including direct shipment handling, Letter of Credit handling, Manage return shipment).

  • Create import/export documentation.

  • Inventory control and inventory matching.

  • Review key performance indicators regularly, identify opportunities to improve performance, and execute implementation of improvements.


  • A higher Education (Bachelor) in one of the following disciplines: Supply Chain Management, Production Operations Management or Logistics Management.

  • Supply Chain knowledge and/or work experience.

  • Creative and analytical problem solving skills.

  • High accuracy and strong communication skills.

  • Excellent English speaking and writing skills.

  • Preferable available 5 days a week.

About the Abbott Logistics Nutrition

The Abbott Logistics Nutrition Organization has an unwavering ambition to deliver on its promise of superior customer service, in a cost-effective environment. Primary in this ambition is our drive to operate a world-class supply chain, recognized by optimal resource planning and comprehensive problem solving. In the mix of people, processes and systems, it is critical to develop and nurture strong communication networks that ensure transparency between affiliates and planning centers for all supply chain issues.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Abbot welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.

We provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.

To request accommodation, please call 224-667-4913 or email