Supply Chain & Operations Traineeship - Fast Track to Leadership (February 2023)
Location: Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands

Deadline has passed - application period for the February 2023 edition is closed

At Picnic, we’re revolutionizing the way people buy groceries with our innovative and sustainable app-only service. We do almost everything in-house, developing cutting-edge technologies and processes to ensure we continue to grow rapidly without missing a beat. If you’re a graduate passionate about supply chain, we’re offering you the opportunity to join the diverse team at our fulfilment centers and make a real difference in our scaleup environment.

🥜 In a nutshell 

Picnic is growing fast! We’re now operating in the Netherlands, Germany and France and who knows which countries will be next. Do you want to build the future of logistics with us, boost your career, get a lot of freedom, responsibility and international experience? Then apply to Picnic’s international Fast Track to Leadership in Supply Chain & Operations, starting in February 2023.

During this leadership program, you’ll dive into all operational aspects of Picnic, we’ll coach you to become a true leader in one of our Fulfilment Centers where you can supervise 100+ people on one single day and over time you will get more and more project responsibility to increase the overall efficiency in our FC’s. You can take complete ownership over those projects, but don’t worry, it’s OK to make mistakes!  

Not convinced yet? You’ll develop your soft skills with trainings and on the job learning, on topics such as providing constructive feedback, getting to know your own leadership style, and managing projects from A to Z, and improve your hard skills, by training yourself on our tech and analytical tools. 

Fast Track Visual

🎯 What you’ll do


Year 1

You start the program strong with an extensive onboarding of one month, together with your fellow trainees. During this onboarding you’ll join workshops from many teams (such as the distribution, inbound and customer success teams), work on multiple continuous improvement projects, and visit many Picnic locations, so you build a network within Picnic and grow an understanding of our full supply chain.  

Once you’ve completed the onboarding, you move to one Fulfilment Center (FC), Distribution Center (DC) or Automated Fulfilment Center (your base for the rest of the year) where you work your way through all roles in the FC to get a complete overview of what happens. At the same time, you are coached by experienced team members and mentors, and you attend classes and workshops all focusing on leadership skills. After a month or two, you’ll be in charge of the entire process in your FC a few times a week during supervisor shifts, which requires a strong sense of responsibility. 

On top of that, you will become the team lead of a team in your FC and get an introduction in HR: how to deliver feedback, recruit, and interview our personnel. You will definitely improve your people skills this year!  

Later this year, you will use your insights from the floor to work on improvement projects within your FC that aim at increasing productivity and eliminating bottlenecks within our processes. You are always in control of your own development, so together with your team lead, we build your personalized program. 

Year 2

After you’ve mastered the skill of leading an FC and looked at improvements within your FC, it’s time to focus on improving the entire supply chain and getting some international experience!

You will potentially work at an FC abroad for 6 months. With the experience gained in the first year, you will surely be able to bring insightful knowledge to this FC. What comes around goes around, as you will also certainly learn a thing or two from your colleagues abroad. 

Besides your international adventure, you will start working on bigger projects. These projects can focus on any area within our supply chain - from optimizing our purchasing orders to supporting the opening of a new (automated) FC / DC. You can use your inside knowledge and data-driven project management skills to bring Picnic’s supply chain to the next level. 

What happens when you finish this Fast Track? You will be an experienced Operations Manager or you could explore other (supply chain) options within Picnic!


⭐ About you

  • Master’s degree graduate, preferably in Logistics, Supply Chain, Management or (industrial) Engineering  
  • 0 - 2 years of work experience
  • Preferably already some leadership experience (e.g. board year, committee, voluntary projects) 
  • Fluent in English
  • German, Dutch or French for bonus points
  • Analytical eye: You quickly grasp numerical information
  • Excited to get started with a very hands-on job in operations; you are not afraid to get your hands dirty!
  • Drive: with a get-up-and-go attitude, you can be ready at 6:00 A.M. whenever you have an early supervisor shift
  • Looking for an innovative company where you can make an impact and grow with the company
  • EU work permit

📖 Picnic Perks  

  • An awesome start-up atmosphere with the freedom to drive your own projects and the opportunity to have an impact!
  • The chance to work in an international environment with motivated team members & legendary company events
  • Free lunch options as well as delicious snacks and drinks available at all Picnic locations
  • 25 vacation days per year to recharge your batteries
  • Competitive compensation package 
  • Lease car option
  • Company pension plan
  • Many internal learning & development possibilities 
  • Picnic laptop and smartphone

Important dates

  • Official start of the Fast Track program: February 2023 
  • We can decide on your personal starting date together, so there’s an option to start before February 2023 
  • You will receive a response to your application within 2 weeks.
  • Application deadline: Sunday October 30th, 2022
  • The selection days will take place between November 21st - 25th

The application process will be as follows:

  1. Apply with CV and ideally a video pitch
  2. Online assessment and video pitch (if you hadn't sent it yet)
  3. Virtual interview
  4. Selection Day

Do you have any questions remaining, or would like a coffee chat with a current Fast Track Trainee? Feel free to email recruiter Daphne (NL+FR) or Julius (DE).

Tip: Watch the recording of our last Fast Track webinar about the February 2022 edition, during which current Fast Track trainees and recruiters answer many questions on the program!

Tip: read the story of previous Fast Track to Leadership trainee Stefan Tjeerdsma

Our recruitment process

Online test

Phone screening

Assessment day


Apply now!