Name: Kevin A.
Title: Screen Operator
Career Area: Production & Maintenance
Location: Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands
“Cargill gives me the opportunity to learn and develop myself, not only for my regular activities, but also by doing projects outside my job family. In this way Cargill reinforces collaboration with supervisors, colleagues and other functions.”
My colleagues and I take our responsibilities very seriously. With each individual strength and weakness, we try to collaborate as a strong team and succeed every day, always seeking for opportunities to improve our way of working. This eventually will take us to a higher level. Successes are always the result of good teamwork, and therefore, valued within the company by all of our stakeholders (maintenance, quality, management, etc.).
Describe your work responsibilities and the importance of your role.
My role is to run the plant at the required capacity in compliance with our customer specifications, but always with safety as priority number one. My responsibilities include delivering the product which Sales and Supply Chain have promised to our costumer and that I deal with (food) safety issues to create a safe and healthy work environment for our employees and the community in which we operate. Besides that, I supply my maintenance, process expert and reliability colleagues with input to solve reoccurring problems, technical failures and optimizing our process.
Describe your day-to-day activities and the skills needed to perform well.
Monitoring the wheat process from the control room is one of my main responsibilities. We take line samples to make sure that our product is produced within specification and I intervene when needed. I have to be very focused and always have a good overview. If there’s need for maintenance, I make sure that the needed pipes and equipment are secured, so that my maintenance colleague can work safely.
Describe your career path. Where did you start and how did you get to where you are today?
I started at Cargill seven years ago in the wheat plant, more specific in the flour mill area. Next to my normal work, I obtained the degree of process operator (Vapro B) following evening classes. In two years, I learned all other areas on the wheat plant. After a couple of years I was asked to join several projects to improve internal communication and plant reliability, known as the reliability excellence deployment. As Operator Care facilitator, I train my colleagues to work more efficiently and to get the continuous improvement mentality into the DNA of my co-workers. In that way, we are able to be more profitable and become the partner of choice for our customers
Why did you choose to join Cargill and what keeps you here? In other words, how has a career at Cargill helped you to thrive?
Here at Cargill, we have a friendly working area. Cargill gives me the opportunity to learn and develop myself, not only for my regular activities, but also by doing projects outside my job family. In this way Cargill reinforces collaboration with supervisors, colleagues and other functions.
Share an interesting tidbit about yourself such as hobbies, volunteerism, favorite foods or activities, accomplishments inside or outside of work.
I like to enjoy my life spending time with my family and friends. Because we love electronic music, we travel a lot to explore new parties, places and meet new friends. A few times a year we organize trips and parties ourselves. I’m also very interested in media in general. With some friends, I sometimes support television- and film producers with their productions. Next to that, I love sailing and winter sports.