Erik completed his MBO education and at Beekenkamp they didn’t want to let him go. “They wouldn’t let me leave,” he jokes. Erik likes this himself because he is enjoying it immensely. He starts work as a Mechanic and is immediately thrown in at the deep end because a colleague dropped out. He says: “Being thrown in at the deep end is always a challenge, but this was a very interesting one! It shows that the company had confidence in me and dared to express this in the form of this position.” Erik goes to work at the various Beekenkamp production sites and soon gets his own work bus, always a special moment in a Mechanic’s career anyway.
After working as a Mechanic for more than 10 years, Erik noticed that he was ready for something different. “Basically, fixing a breakdown is always the same trick; just thinking logically and finding the right place to start. The challenge was running out,” Erik says. Besides being fanatical at work, he is perhaps even more fanatical on the football pitch. Unfortunately, this resulted in a nasty injury that kept him at home for several weeks. Sitting still? That’s nothing for Erik. “With my laptop on my lap, I spent those weeks digitising a lot of Technical Service documentation and after this, the Research and Development Center (RDC) project came my way. Beekenkamp had bought a piece of land and a state-of-the-art greenhouse had to be drawn in here.”
Through this work, Erik grows to become Project Manager of the RDC and, besides drawing in, also deals with planning, contact with the consulting firm and construction meetings. In this position, he gets to deal with many different people and parties. Erik says enthusiastically: “Because I have worked as a Mechanic in the field for many years, it was a matter of applying my knowledge at the front end of the project. This is another great example of tackling a challenge, just doing it and, above all, thinking logically”.
Erik feels like a fish in water in the role of Project Manager and as soon as the RDC is completed, the next projects are already in the pipeline. A major renovation is taking place at Deliflor, the vegetable location in ‘s-Gravenzande is being expanded by 1.5 hectares and a newly acquired site is to be completely rebuilt into a greenhouse for young plants. “In this job, ‘no’ is literally not an answer, we always have to think in solutions and that’s what makes it so super challenging,” says Erik.
At the time of writing, Erik has been able to progress to Head of Technical Services. Proudly, he says: “This position came my way this year and you know what’s a fun fact? For every position I’ve had at Beekenkamp so far, I’ve never had to apply. Hard work and a positive attitude will get you there! And