The first contact for people reporting to Van Beek’s shipping department has for many years been George Sterrenberg. He keeps an eye on whether orders are confirmed and delivered on time, receives and checks incoming goods, keeps a supply of stock in the warehouse and ensures that everything is neat and tidy.
There is however a change being planned. “Due to our growth our suppliers have had to deal with too many contacts within Van Beek and we want to deal with this by having one central buyer. I have been asked to take this job on, and am handing over some of the logistics to a colleague.” This means that 49 year old Sterrenberg is partly returning to the office where he started in 1993 as engineering work planner.
“I did this for some 15 years. Then I moved to logistics following an internal vacancy, with this position Van Beek wanted to improve monitoring of orders and goods inwards, so as to arrive at better monitoring of order turnaround times.”
Now the next step is being taken. “Due to my experience both in the office and on the shop floor, this is handy in my new position. If something is not right in the production process, it is useful to know the way around both engineering and production, so that you can respond quickly and arrive at a solution internally or externally.”
Now Sterrenberg is returning to the office he will have more to do with suppliers and reaching agreements. “We want to centralise orders and maintain a better overview of prices. I am leaving logistics behind.” However Sterrenberg will remain a well-known face for everyone delivering goods to Van Beek, because he will continue to carry out the goods inward control.