Interview: Supply Chain Traineeship at Cordstrap

At Avance, we have a very challenging and promising supply chain traineeship vacancy available at Cordstrap. We asked Marc Janssen (VP of Global Supply Chain Operations) and Joep Slangen, the trainee that we placed two years ago, about their experiences with this traineeship as well as about Cordstrap as a company. 


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Let's start with you Marc, what does Cordstrap (and therefore you as the manager involved) offer in terms of guidance or other working conditions to enable the trainee to grow optimally during this program?

“At Cordstrap we hire personality and train skills” - Marc Janssen

Marc: Trainees will experience a great mix of taking operational responsibility for various supply chain management areas, supply chain analytics and project management. You will be exposed to and coached by senior management to position you for a challenging job after approximately 2 years. We believe in training on the job and external coaching and training that can be applied immediately in the workplace. I started as a supply chain trainee a while ago, and my ambition is to develop our future operations leaders from our current and future trainees.

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Of course, we also wanted to hear from Joep Slangen, the current trainee. So we asked him about the most beautiful, funniest or unique moment he experienced that characterises his period at Cordstrap?

Joep: Most unique moment(s) to me were the team meetings we (with the project team) had with a potential outsourcing partner in China. My role in this project was to analyse the financial implications of outsourcing. Participating in a project with such strategic relevance contributed substantially to my personal development. In addition, it also indicates that Cordstrap genuinely values the input of trainees. Marc invited me to be part of this project after telling him that I would like to learn more about the purchasing profession. This characterizes the traineeship at Cordstrap because it illustrates that the company actively contributes to the realization of wishes related to the candidate's development.

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What new opportunities has your time at Cordstrap brought you?

Joep: My time at Cordstrap has mainly given me insight into which areas are of particular interest to me at the moment and where I want to improve myself hats. That's how I will start as a team leader in production in April. We even discussed possible future positions/opportunities after this position. I hadn't thought of this before my traineeship.

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How would you describe your time at Cordstrap in max. 4 words?

Joep: Good question, that would certainly be diverse, challenging, pleasant and full of opportunities!

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Next, we were also curious about the working environment and company culture at Cordstrap, so we've asked some questions again to Marc about this subject.

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How would you describe the company's culture and mentality (in terms of staff)?

“Cordstrap is a great place to work for those that thrive in a high pace and challenging environment” - Marc Janssen

Marc: Cordstrap has a flat and open company culture. We look for energetic, proactive and data-savvy personalities with the right expertise to start in a job and the confidence to develop further with the opportunities that come along. We are a customer-centric and ambitious company that continuously professionalizes across all functions, so if you’re looking for change and challenges, this is your next workplace.

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Marc just told us about the company culture of Cordstrap, what was the decisive reason for you Joep to join this trainee program?

Joep: For me, the most decisive reason to choose this traineeship was the combination of the type of company and size/ international orientation. I was looking for a company that had a strong international presence without having the typical disadvantages of a big international company. Such disadvantages are often bureaucracy, narrow functions, and hard to see your efforts making a difference. This in combination with the possibility to take on responsibilities in various areas of Cordstrap’s supply chain and external training opportunities made me choose this traineeship. 

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What is the most valuable thing for you as a person that you have experienced or learned during this trainee program?

Joep: Make yourself visible in the company and dare to stand out. Opportunities will present themselves if people get to know you and hear good things about you.

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Last question to you Joep, what would your best tip be for aspiring trainees?

Joep: Take control of your own development, only then the traineeship will be a success!

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Be quick to apply for more information: Click here!

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