Roughly two years ago, after years of working for major international corporations, I made the exciting decision to come work for a relatively small family business. At least, that is how Bas (the owner of Natec) always described his company when I spoke to him at the sports club we are both members of.
He would talk passionately about the challenging and rapidly changing solar sector with its complex interplay of supply and demand and his own international ambitions. With my background in financial management, it seemed like an enormous challenge to take on this adventure.
To this day, that has not changed. I had grown used to enormous organisations with relatively static processes. Now, I work in an environment where I deal with people from all departments and everyone knows each other. We all want the best for each other here.
The environmental aspect is another big plus: solar helps build a cleaner world. For me, however, the main attraction of the job is getting to work in an enormous growth market. Every single day, I face a wide range of organisational challenges. Think of e.g. managing changes, fielding questions from clients and suppliers, designing processes, setting up finances, digitisation and establishing international sales offices.