“I don’t like desk work“
Thus, she got her first taste of on-site work and discovered that she enjoyed bringing all the threads together at the customer’s plant and supporting the installation, commissioning, and acceptance of new lines. Her bosses, Eric Coevoet and Aditep Kongdee, soon realised that Waan has what it takes to be a site manager. “My professional background is in economics and economic management – but to be honest: I don’t like desk work. That’s why this job on-site is perfect for me”, explains Waan.
After having demonstrated her abilities in a number of smaller projects, she took on full responsibility for her first larger site, in Cambodia, in January 2021, where she supervised the commissioning of a complete line. Waan’s tasks as a site manager include project planning, communication with customers, coordination of the site, and the organisation of the team. In short: She makes sure that the project runs smoothly and that all parties involved are satisfied.
But there is one thing she still has to do: “Normally, there is a theoretical training, which I could not complete yet because of the Covid-19 pandemic. But I hope that I can add that last piece to the jigsaw in 2022.”