Building something from scratch; that's how Rudy gets energised. From a new R&D centre in Singapore to production lines in Africa. Rudy is entrepreneurial by nature, but where does this drive come from?
The entrepreneur in Rudy came up when he changed jobs in 2013: from FrieslandCampina's R&D centre in Wageningen to supporting in building an entirely new R&D centre and process technology team in Singapore.
"I learned a lot in Singapore, amongst others, to take decisions faster. This was a big change for me. When working in R&D you usually want 95% certainty that something works, while I now had to take decisions based on 80% certainty. At the same time, I had to ensure safety, food safety and quality."
When Rudy finalised his assignment after 3 years and moved back to the Netherlands, he started working as a Senior Process Technologist in our supply chain. He supports factories in Nigeria and Ivory Coast in designing new production lines and rebuilding factories.
The latest production line Rudy designed was a drink yoghurt process line in Nigeria.
When the first products rolled off the production line I saw the joy of the local team, and the Managing Director even got emotional. This gave such an enormous kick and energy.
Rudy is reflecting on his career path within FrieslandCampina: "I didn't have a specific path that I wanted to follow. I have had many great opportunities and worked on great projects. I am very well aware that I have a very special job."