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Jelte

CEO Smurfit Kappa Solid Board, Netherlands
 

I wanted an international career and Smurfit Kappa gave me the opportunity to work in 4 different countries: France, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands

 

 

Why did I join Smurfit Kappa?

Ever since I was young I always wanted to work with big complicated machines, and you can't get more complicated machines than paper machines. The people I met when I applied for a job at Smurfit Kappa were very enthusiastic and they managed to transfer this enthusiasm about the company. Meeting these people actually convinced me to accept a job at Smurfit Kappa.

What has been the most rewarding experience at Smurfit Kappa?

I spent some time at the divisional HQ where I really leant how the company was run. This was a completely new experience for me, having worked exclusively in operations. It made me a much better manager.

What does one working week look like?

Roughly half my time is focused on operational issues - making sure we satisfy our customers. The remaining part of my time I work on long-term development: one day I’m visiting customers, the next day we could be planning how we can make the organization more responsive to our customers, quicker to react when problems occur and how we can make the mill a nicer place to work.

What advice would you give someone considering joining Smurfit Kappa?

Go for it. It’s a flat and lean organisation where you get given a lot of responsibility very quickly. It's a company that's moving, there's lot of things happening all the time.

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