Godelieve KielPurchase Manager
I outlined my ambitions early and asked about the opportunities available to me. The company really heard me and started looking for openings.
Tell us how you ended up at HTG.
A friend of mine already works at HTG, that’s how it came about. We were on the same course and she recommended I come take a look. As an International Business & Languages graduate, I could see the opportunities a company like HTG could offer. The day I came for an introductory meeting we all got on so well that I left with a new job! It all happened really quickly, but it made my decision even easier. The company and its business appealed to me and the meetings confirmed my positive feelings.
How have you progressed?
I started as a Purchase Assistant, which is a supporting role. It was a great starting point for me, because I could build my own foundation and experience the purchasing process from start to finish. I am still at the same purchasing department, but I am a Purchase Manager now. This means I am no longer acting as support, I manage my own schedule. I had intended to progress to Purchase Manager from the start, and it became clear to me that those types of opportunities really are achievable at HTG. All the knowledge I gained from being an Assistant is now being put to good use in my current role.
What are your tasks as a Purchase Manager?
As an Assistant, I was responsible for the process following the purchase. As a Purchase Manager, I negotiate, make price agreements, and determine what quantity should be purchased at what price. For example, searching for new suppliers is also part of my job to ensure we can add even more brands to our range soon. But first, let’s get to grips with everything! The supporting role meant I did a lot of work for others, but now I have to structure my own day and plan my work. I am improving all the time, so that I can take on even more tasks in no time.
Is there support and guidance from HTG when you move to a new role?
I outlined my ambitions early and asked about the opportunities available to me. This certainly helped me in the process. The company really heard me and started looking for openings. Everything happened quite quickly, partly due to a colleague who left. All in all, I feel that the support is excellent and being open about my ambitions turned out great for me.
What makes you enjoy your workday?
This has to be a combination of the work and the colleagues. You’re working together every day, which means the atmosphere in the office certainly affects how much you enjoy your work. I spend time with some colleagues outside of work too, but we also make time to have a break from work while we’re here, and that’s really nice.