Exceptional times, exceptional people: Robin van Berkel
Discover how Strand is stepping up during these challenging times.
"Who doesn't like candy", laughs Robin van Berkel, the new Planner at Astra Sweets. Working for a company with a nice product made this job extra attractive. Robin has been working at the candy manufacturer for 3 weeks now and has already found his way. "It all feels a bit different. Normally you get to know a lot of new people in a short period of time. As a lot of people still work from home, many workplaces remain empty, which is a pity."
Challenging times"I've been working freelance for 6 years now. Shorter periods with different employers, that offers me a lot of variety and I like that. Strand Associates already knew me from previous assignments. Suddenly I was available because my new employer, a manufacturer of aircraft parts, had cancelled my assignment due to the corona crisis.
"Strand Associates was able to make a quick match between my profile and the Astra Sweets vacancy. The selection procedure went very smoothly because Strand Associates already knew my expertise very well."
"After a few telephone conversations there was a face-to-face interview. A personal conversation still gives a better picture of the person you are going to work with."
"It's a challenging time to work as a planner”, says Robin.
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Astra Sweets accepted the challenge!
"As a planner normally you work on the basis of data from the past, but now you have to respond to a current, actual consumer demand. For example, packaging of 3kg suddenly has to be adapted to consumer packaging. It’s difficult to anticipate. The crystal ball is very blurry at the moment. But I see it as a nice challenge!”
Read how Astra Sweets showed resilience during Covid and hired Robin by clicking here.