Quality & Sustainability Manager

Full-time - Amsterdam

Quality - Experience: 1-2 years


Working at Nedstar

Nedstar is more than just a specialised sourcing partner of ethanol: In everything we do, the well-being of people and planet plays a pivotal role – that also includes our employees!

As part of our dynamic, intercultural team of over 25 commercial, logistic, and financial experts, you will be at the forefront of the ethanol trading industry, contributing to Nedstar’s success in over 50 markets worldwide. We foster an environment where your personal growth aligns with our company's development and encourage our employees to go the extra mile not only for our customers, but also for themselves.

Our benefits

Office in Amsterdam
Laptop for work
Competitive salary
Flexible working at home
26 vacation days
32-40 hour work week
Fun and young team
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Job description

Do you want to push your career in a new direction? Are you structured, analytical, and a quick learner with an eye for detail? We’re looking for a Quality & Sustainability Manager who wants to learn all about the quality standards and regulations in the ethanol industry. Nedstar delivers high-quality products and services to customers in multiple industries worldwide, while maintaining the highest standards of safety and compliance with local laws, certifications, and quality marks. It’s a complex industry, and we understand that you will need to be trained.

Therefore, we are looking for a Quality Manager who will be responsible for consistently managing, maintaining, and optimizing our quality management system to ensure it is up-to-date and meets all applicable standards and legislation. In addition, you will play a key role in steering suppliers to make more sustainable decisions, aligning with our commitment to quality, service, and sustainability. Are you looking for the next great step in your career, to expand your knowledge, and take your experience to the next level? Comprehensive training will be provided to help you succeed in this role.

If you do, this might be an amazing opportunity for you!

About the role and key responsibilities

Working closely with our operations manager, you will be our first point of contact for all quality related topics in the organisation. You will ensure that our products and services meet all legal and regulatory requirements, including environmental and safety regulations.

You will be managing audits and certifications, assuming end-to-end accountability for successful certification processes. Depending on the tasks at hand, you will learn about our company, product, market and clients quickly, so you are in control right at the start.

Your profile

  • Acting as the overall accountable and first point of contact for all quality-related topics within the organization. 
  • Managing, maintaining, and optimizing the quality management system to ensure it is up-to-date and meets all applicable standards and legislation. 
  • Creating intelligent workflows and utilizing AI-driven tools to enhance quality management processes.
  • Ensuring all products and services meet all legal and regulatory requirements, including environmental and safety regulations. 
  • Managing audits and certifications, assuming end-to-end accountability for successful certification processes. 
  • Encouraging sustainability practices among suppliers and guiding them to make more sustainable decisions.
  • Completing supplier and client questionnaires and managing external laboratories for testing and analysis of product samples. 
  • Responding to customer complaints and inquiries related to product quality and working with internal teams to address and resolve any issues. 
  • Identifying and addressing quality issues, and developing improvement plans to ensure these quality issues do not occur in the future. 
  • Developing and delivering training programs to improve quality awareness and knowledge among employees and suppliers. 
  • Collaborating with other departments to ensure all products are properly labelled, packaged, and shipped in accordance with established regulations. 
  • Generating all quality documentation like COA’s and MSDS’s. 
  • Collaborating with commercial team, suppliers, customers, and other partners to set up quality procedures. 
  • Preparing regular reports on quality metrics and key performance indicators to track progress and identify areas for improvement. 
  • Receiving, administering, and sending product samples to customers globally. 

What we are looking for

  • Bachelor's or master's degree such as engineering, chemistry, biology or other relevant fields. 
  • Fluent in English and preferably living in the Amsterdam area. Knowledge of a second language like French, Spanish, German or Dutch is a plus point. 
  • Relevant internships or 1-3 years of experience in quality management or different roles, preferably in commodities, trading, or chemical products. 
  • Strong understanding of quality management systems and regulatory requirements. 
  • Experience in managing audits and certifications. 
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills. 
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills. 
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team. 
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to prioritise tasks.
  • Constantly seeking ways to improve things and outspoken with your positive suggestions.
  • Enjoy providing excellent service to clients and suppliers and building lasting stakeholder relationships.
  • A genuine NedSTAR: a flexible, adaptable team player and work-hard/play-hard go-getter.

What is in it for you?

Nedstar operates as a scale-up in a rather conservative commodities market, but we see lots of opportunities for improvements. As our company is only five years old, there is abundant opportunity for improvement in our quality management practices. Therefore, you will play a significant role in shaping this essential process.

We believe people make Nedstar and we have a very enthusiastic and passionate team who work smartly to exceed expectations. We take incredible proud in taking care of our employees in all possible ways we can and give all the support to be their best selves, grow and develop as the company also grows and develops. Some other benefits: 

  • You will have lots of autonomy and the sky is the limit: if you have a good idea, there is a high chance you can execute it. We also have the resources to do so. 
  • Nedstar is a multilingual, multi-national, global player: you will deal with lots of different markets: Europe, Africa, Asia, North/South America. 
  • We have our quality management process in place, however there is lots of room for improvement! 
  • Our products are quite interesting: we source them globally from multiple origins like grains, sugar cane or fruits, we care about Corporate Social Responsibility, sustainability and organically produced alcohol is a fast-growing market. 
  • You will be trained by our top-notch interim quality manager, ensuring you gain the expertise and confidence needed to excel in your role.
  • We foster your talents, giving you the space to grow and develop, and opportunities to learn, including pay languages classes, training courses and coaching.
  • Extremely competitive salary package because we genuinely care about the person behind the role.
  • Open, friendly, fun-loving company culture with experienced, enthusiastic colleagues happy to guide and support you.
  • Regular fun social activities, including boat trips (we bought a boat last year for after work downtime) and amazing annual company trips (last year in Italy).
  • Delicious and healthy free office lunches. A beautiful, centuries-old canal house offices on the Herengracht in the heart of Amsterdam.
  • Flexibility in your work hours. So, if you like going for a run during office hours, we encourage you to do so. Because we believe your well-being is paramount if you’re to thrive and be at your best at work. 


If this sounds like your NEXT in your career path, please send me your resume at [email protected]