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Graduation: Design for Excellence

Posted 19 Jun 2024
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0 to 2 years
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Start date: September 2024

Assignment Duration: 6 months

Location: Veghel

Educational Level: WO

Desired Study: Industrial engineering, Supply Chain Management, Econometrics or related

Language: English / Dutch

This graduation assignment focuses on supporting a DfX project aimed at standardizing and incorporating sustainability across a specific product or sourcing category within Vanderlande. Given the extensive variety of components and products, the project prioritizes variety reduction and enhances sustainability as a key criterion for the company and its customers. The overarching objective is to optimize product variants to achieve cost competitiveness and support Vanderlande's sustainability goals in its projects.


DfX is a strategic team within Vanderlande's Global Supply Chain center, focused on applying cross-functional methodologies to improve product and process design. This approach aims for comprehensive cost-effectiveness and efficiency, ensuring products are right the first time. As Vanderlande transitions from an Engineering to Order (ETO) to a Configure to Order (CTO) model, the DfX methodology facilitates standardization across both company-designed and third-party components, enhancing value, quality, and price competitiveness. This standardization supports Vanderlande's delivery of leading solutions in Parcel, Airports, and Warehousing sectors.

Your responsibilities

  • Investigate how frequently certain components are chosen in the standard configurations of various functional modules within Vanderlande, and analyze the factors influencing these choices
  • Assess the current variation in product components and strategize how to reduce the number of variants without affecting Vanderlande's market share or compromising functional requirements
  • Explore cost reduction opportunities by considering the use of alternative materials or adjustments to functional requirements
  • Integrate Vanderlande's sustainability strategy to aid in the selection of product variants
  • Identify and utilize discrimination factors that can facilitate the reduction of component variants
    The approach and focus of the assignment may be tailored to align with the candidate’s technical expertise or operational/logistical skills, based on their background and interests

Your profile

  • Strong data analytical skills
  • Knowledge of supply chain/sourcing processes and tools is preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to support in stakeholder management
  • Ability to work independently
  • Mandatory enrolment in a Dutch Education System and resident of The Netherlands


Do you recognize yourself in this challenging profile? And are you looking for an internship/graduation assignment in our?
Please fill out the application form and upload your resume and cover letter. For more information, contact us by e-mail: or Klejdi Filaj (Campus Recruiter) by phone: +31 4 134 946 51

Vanderlande is the global market leader for value-added logistic process automation at airports, and in the parcel market. Vanderlande’s baggage handling systems move 4.2 billion pieces of luggage around the world per year. Its systems are active in 600 airports including 14 of the world’s top 20.

6,000 employees