Verhaallijn 1 01-09-2021
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What has your career been like so far?
After graduating, I started working at Makro in the Supply Chain department, a wholesaler with a very diverse product range. That also makes the supply chain very interesting and I have been able to fulfill various roles and projects there. For example, moving our warehouse to a new logistics service provider and implementing the planning tool Slim4 (Slimstock). Currently I lead the planning team where we centrally manage the availability and stock of both our warehouses, our stores and webshop.
Looking back on your career with today’s knowledge, where would you have made another choice?
Honestly, nowhere. Makro has been the best choice for me as an employer, I could not have imagined a more instructive start and the organization fits well with me as a person. Big and dynamic enough that there are all kinds of initiatives and projects running and small enough so that you quickly have a broad responsibility.
Is there a step in your career that has been decisive and if so which one?
I am thinking of two things. The choice to follow my master’s in Eindhoven has taught me to think in a structured way. After my studies I started at Makro and gained a lot of experience there. I have been lucky enough to be able to develop myself broadly within Supply Chain and have gained the possibilities and the confidence to do that, I am grateful for that.
An Industrial Engineering expert often knows how to look closely at the bigger picture. Suppose you can trade for a week with Mark Rutte and the Netherlands is your BV, which 2 things would you find important and tackle?
Nice question! The first thing that comes to mind is the Corona vaccinationprogram. To seek (and follow up) more advice from the logistics experts. For the climate issue, I think it would be good if we invested more in science research and technical innovations. In doing so, assess the total life cycle and duration of solutions. As a small country, we can make a global contribution to this and position ourselves economically in a favourable position.
But oh well, the best pilots are ashore.
What advice would you like to give current students?
Think initially of the industry in which you want to work, only then at which company. Especially if you want to specialize, the choice of an industry often determines the further course of your career. Furthermore, you naturally want to have fun in what you do and you want to learn something there. Finally, make a contribution for the company, even if you may want something different at that moment. Put the interest of the company first and then your own interest and career. Your reward will follow automatically.
You can change a question, which one would you change and why?
I would change “Looking back on your career with today’s knowledge, where would you have made a different choice?”, by “Why did you choose the industry in which you now work?”. The old question is very similar to the one that comes after it. I find it interesting to read why someone chooses a certain industry and what the characteristics of that industry are.