Plenty of freedom and flexibility in an organisation that feels warm and welcoming

Organising and planning, that is what especially appealed to Mariëlle Proost during her studies at the Hogere Hotelschool. However, after graduating, she was unsure what kind of workplace would suit her. She was given the opportunity to work as a trainee in the operational purchasing department of Twence.

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An open mind and scope for development

"I was not very sure about what to expect, and went into it very open-minded. That was at the beginning of 2018," Mariëlle recalls. "It turned out to be a great job. I learned plenty of new things and was given the space to develop myself. When a permanent job in the department became available, I applied for it."

Plenty of opportunities

As an operational purchaser, Mariëlle took two courses to brush up on her theoretical knowledge. She did the job for two years and really enjoyed it. Yet after a while, she started to get cold feet. "When my manager asked me what I found important in my work, I said that I would like to do more with the organisational and planning side of things." And she got that chance.

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Right up her street

"In June 2020, a vacancy came up for the position of Director of Facilities. A job that suits me down to a T," Mariëlle says enthusiastically. "What does the job entail? Plenty of organising, arranging and planning. For example, I manage the cleaning, arrange any office furniture that's needed, I'm responsible for company clothing and I'm involved in the security arrangements for access to our locations. Alongside my regular responsibilities, I take on a range of projects each year, such as setting up a workshop." It is a really varied job. With lots of interactions with colleagues and people from outside the company.

Fun comes first

Mariëlle thoroughly enjoys her work. "The cooperation within Twence is really wonderful. I receive all the freedom and flexibility I need to do my job. People are friendly and always want to give you a hand. This makes a large organisation seem somehow smaller and warm and welcoming."