One of the North’s three best employers
Processing approximately two million tons of potatoes a year, extracting everything to be had: that takes a lot of work. Avebe employs 1,350 people, 950 of whom are involved in ‘Operations’: the production of starch, protein and fibres.
Thank God it’s Friday (TGIF)! That’s something you’ll often hear people say when they can’t wait for the weekend because the working week has been so drawn out. But you won’t hear it from Avebe employee Janny Chen. ‘Every day presents a different challenge. Avebe is a very innovative employer. I love being able to make my contribution.’
Admission potato proteins in different countries
Janny Chen works at the head office in Veendam as a Product Safety & Regulatory Affairs officer. ‘I concentrate on product regulations and work on aspects such as the admission of potato protein in different countries. I have a legal background and graduated in Constitutional and Administrative Law and Food Safety Law.’ Avebe was unknown to Janny at first. ‘I was contacted about this position and didn’t yet know Avebe. My roots are in the north of the country, but without any connections with the agricultural sector. It was all new to me. But the job looked like a perfect match with my studies, so I decided to take the step. I haven’t regretted it for a moment.’
Janny sees Avebe as a horizontal organisation. ‘It’s a good employer that gives you freedom to do your job and organise your own day. The colleagues are very friendly and help you to settle in. Most of the staff have been here a long time and have a wealth of information to offer. But it’s not only these experienced people that you should cherish, says Janny. ‘You have to show young people at a company how to develop within an organisation. ‘They’re very good at that here at Avebe’, says Janny. ‘They invest in people and in lasting relationships.