'Doing business with respect', because: 'It's all about people'
'After finishing my Higher Technical School education in Mechanical Engineering - 15 years ago - I started as an engineer in the purchase department, where I was able to considerably expand my experience. I am no a Supply Manager within different project teams and I am responsible for the total purchase and outsourcing within ongoing projects.'
'I work at the Hengelo business unit. We work on a project basis so as to deploy our personal experience and skills optimally and help each other out for our weaker points. We work together from different disciplines (such as engineering, sales project management) and that causes a good interaction.'
'In my opinion, our branch is very much a people business. And that is one of my personal slogans: 'it's all about people'. I believe that this is also the most important success factor of my job. To treat each other, the people you work together with and the people you do business with, with respect. Fortunately, the atmosphere at NEM is very informal and personal, which helps me to put into practice my personal slogan as well.'
'I travel a lot for my work, particularly to Asia. Respect is very important there. You learn to communicate more cautiously and that has enriched me a lot as a person. In fact, I do my job the best when having personal contact with my supplier. Particularly in Korea, personal contact is very important. If you want to arrange something, you are more likely to be successful if you take the plane and show your face. Also, if something isn't going well, the problem is solved sooner if you go there personally. The investment in personal contact is highly appreciated by our suppliers.'
'By doing international business, we are regularly confronted with exceptional situations. A good example is when we were invited to a local ritual in honour of a new project. We had no idea what to expect and before we knew we were bowing before a pig head on an altar wearing white gloves. Very impressive!'
'In short, NEM is an interesting company where I have plenty of opportunities to develop myself. You do have to give yourself time to get to know the trade!'