Daniëlle | Office Manager

As Office Manager I support various departments within the company, particularly Purchasing, Outsourcing, Production, Front office, Administration and the Warehouse.

When I started at Van der Valk Systemen as an Office Assistant 2.5 years ago, this position did not yet exist, so I have had largely to shape it myself. Because of the pressure, there was too little time in several departments, but especially Purchasing, to process everything precisely in the system. My first focus was updating matters for the Purchasing Department, like monitoring delivery times and following up orders that had not yet been delivered. As this also affects other departments, we continued working from there. Now Bertine has arrived to strengthen the team. This gives me more time to focus on resolving 'problems' like examining differences in stock levels, deviating invoices and deliveries, etc. From 1 January 2023 our team has merged with the Front Office and I have been promoted to the position of Office Manager. My task package includes managing the Front Office.

My work days are often varied. My daily tasks include recording the incoming goods, reporting the readiness of productions and managing the mailbox for the Purchasing Department. The rest of the day depends on the incoming needs. I may be adjusting the prices in the system, then I’m in the warehouse counting pallets because of an irregularity on the receipt.

Recently there was a variation in the stock of steel cables with reels. After 2 hours of examining everything, it appeared that a correction booking was done incorrectly, and the reels we thought were lost were recovered.

Working in this field is attractive because technology has always interested me. I studied a year of mechanical engineering at the institute of technology and that clearly suits the innovative character of Van der Valk Systemen. In addition, I live in the Westland surrounded by greenhouses, so it is interesting to understand how they are built and what is involved in their construction.

Working at Van der Valk Systemen doesn’t feel like a job, it’s more like a hobby (that is the best answer I can give, otherwise the owner will say you have to look for another job 😉). Despite the considerable growth in the company since I started here, it has retained its family feeling. Everyone is open to discussions and/or suggestions for improvement, from colleagues in production to the management. It’s a pleasant place to work, nice colleagues and the combination of laughing and working hard tells me that I have found where I want to be.