‘I started at Bunge Loders Croklaan in the mail room as an Office Services employee. That was in 1998, and I appeared to have entered an organization with opportunities to grow. I never imagined at the time how high my bar would be placed. My growth path began after a year or two, at the time my supervisor moved to another position within the company. I then took over his position. After eight years, I thought it was time for the next step. I decided to apply for the position of Transport Planner for the factory on the Maasvlakte. It was an entirely new position. Together with colleagues and my supervisor, I gave form and content to the work.
After establishing the Supply Chain department, including the merging of the planning for Wormerveer and Rotterdam, history repeated itself. My supervisor took up another challenge and I decided to take the plunge. After an interview and an assessment I became Logistics Manager. Three years later, in 2012, I was approached to take on the role of Assistant Manager.
In my work I always look for possibilities to bridge the gap between office theory and production practices, and so this step also appealed to me. Bunge Loders Croklaan is a fantastic company to work for. Due to its size, career opportunities are available. It is also encouraged: the employer looks at what an employee is capable of and what his or her potential is. I know from experience that you receive every opportunity and assistance for personal development. The company helps you with training sessions, courses and other ways to develop yourself.’