Talent cannot be taken for granted. If, like EPS you even have a group of young talents, then you are of course very proud of that. That is why we will randomly introduce an EPS Talent to you every week in the coming period. This week, Bram Wiertz, 24 years old, is the centerpiece. Bram is a Junior Sales Engineer After Market at EPS.
“After the HTS WTB, I followed a sales course at HBO level because I quickly discovered that I wanted to combine commerce with my technical background. When I was actually looking for such a job, I received a message from EPS via LinkedIn.”
Was it just a message via LinkedIn? “No! I was soon invited for an interview. During the first conversation I noticed that there is a good atmosphere in a modern environment. All this in combination with sufficient possibilities for the future: the complete picture really appealed to me and so the choice was made quite quickly.”
His position is ‘junior sales engineer aftermarket’. That’s quite a mouthful. “The bottom line is that I am the point of contact for customers for pump parts and for replacements. I do almost everything, from contacting the customer with the request to creating the packing slip. The items to be supplied vary from small standard items such as a gasket to a complete pump set.”
And, how do you like it? “As I already indicated, my job is very broad. This makes every day different and that certainly suits me. I also think that the atmosphere is very relevant for your job satisfaction.” That’s obvious, isn’t it? Bram smiles and says: “What I mean is that we are a relatively small group and that means you get to know each other very well. Actually, not a day goes by that I can’t laugh with my colleagues.”
Is it real fun each and every day? “I work for the parts department together with my good colleague Melissa. That collaboration is going very well. But because the tasks are quite broad and there are only two of us in the department, I don’t get to ‘hunt’ as much as I would like. This makes it difficult to find the right balance between keeping existing customers satisfied, who naturally demand a very quick response, and on the other hand, ‘hunting’. Moreover, being educated as a mechanical engineer I notice that I have a fairly broad but very general technical knowledge. So when I just started in this role I sometimes lacked specific knowledge about the products we supply and that can be difficult. Over time you notice that this is getting better, which creates a satisfied feeling”, Bram indicates.
If you had to give advice to other young talents, what would you say? Bram thinks for a moment. “During my studies, I tried to orient myself as broadly as possible by also getting my Lean Green Belt and following sales training. As a result, I have discovered what I really like and I decided to combine these things in ,y search for a job. If you know exactly what you want, you only have to look for a company that best suits your needs. And I found that!”