'Being thrown in at the deep end is not bad. You always resurface with a head full of knowledge and experience.'
Jeffrey van der Krogt
Flexible, honest, confident, knowledgeable.
I started work at Kloosterboer in January 2011 after completing my higher professional education (HBO) in Technical Business Administration and my Masters in Supply Chain Management at Erasmus University.
Running, snowboarding, music, festivals.
Right now, I’m working in the Business Development department where, together with some of my colleagues, we are working to develop “new business”. In other words, we are trying to expand Kloosterboer’s activities. My duties include developing business cases, responding to tenders and refining logistics ideas for customers. Although my career at Kloosterboer only started recently, I’ve already been allowed to work in different roles on a wide range of projects. A good example of this was helping to acquire the BREEAM 3 star “very good” certificate for our Maasvlakte location. I also established and ran an entire project involving the siting of 1,800 solar panels at this same location and for our new location in Sweden, I was involved in purchasing and engineering for high-rise racking, cooling and insulation.
The short chain of command, informal atmosphere and freedom you are given to do your work, make Kloosterboer a unique place to work. We even participate in events outside the work place, for example big running events such as the Dam to Dam run. Working here challenges me and this is what I enjoy. When we are working on collaborative projects with large interesting customers it can be challenging and this means of course, that you have to deliver and perform to your best ability. You are regularly kept on your toes by your colleagues! You are also somewhat thrown in at the deep end which took a bit of getting used to at first as you are not always sure how to approach certain tasks. However, the advantage to this ss that you gain a lot of experience and knowledge in a short space of time.
For young people like me, it’s great to be given plenty of opportunity to voice your opinions especially those concerning your own personal development. This has enabled me to follow number of courses and participate in a coaching programme.