Oscar Gersjes

Oscar Gersjes

Group Procurement Director

Direct Director adept at striding cultural differences

Oscar Gersjes has over 20 years’ experience in International Procurement, specialising in Improvement Management and Change Management, uniting cultures and creating strong teams. He is also strongly endorsed in Purchasing, Logistics and Management.

“My leadership style is results driven and I’m multiculturally aware – in our team we have people from China, France and Netherlands. I’m always trying to get the whole group to get the right results. I’m quite direct in my way of working and communicating – which can be different for some cultures. Germany is quite direct, the UK is somewhere in between.

In my time before De Boer, I worked for a big paint company, part of TOTAL Fin Elf, and had experience working with French and Germans. I lived in Paris for a year. You should be aware of cultural differences.

Most of the time you think of cultural differences between countries, but often it can be within countries. In France, it was especially apparent – the people of Paris had the feeling of exactly what should be done in Bremont. 

It’s much better today. In training we discuss matters, the differences in capabilities among people. Every month we get staff together and share issues, when talking through projects, and also draw on strengths – that’s crucial as it makes the team stronger.”

Previous roles include Co-Founder for ZaaK, Owner of InkoopWijs and Corporate Manager Material Management for De Boer Structures Holding. 

Ultimately he believes in being passionate about your work. “You’re in work for 40 years so it better be something you enjoy.”

 

Read the full story HERE

Share

Featured Interviews

Featured

Rhys Astoralli

Arch Summit Lead, Tomorrow Street

New Zealand-born Rhys Astoralli is a driving force behind Arch Summit, an event designed to bridge gaps in business

Read More

Kenneth Graham

CEO of Tomorrow Street

Kenneth Graham has held a variety of leadership roles in his 20+ years at Vodafone, & brings his collaborative, driven & positive approach to each new role

Read More
Tomorrow Street’s goal is to identify young companies able to support Vodafone’s strategies and Luxembourg's tech goals.
Kenneth Graham
CEO of Tomorrow Street

Sander Voorn

S2C Digital & Process Transformation Design Manager, Shell

Through Digitalisation, Automation and AI systems in procurement, Shell is receiving global recognition for its productivity and growing ethical standards

Read More

Nick Jenkinson

CPO of Santander UK

Nick Jenkinson, Chief Procurement Officer at Santander UK, on the challenges faced undertaking a complete digital transformation at the financial giant

Read More

Jim Townsend

Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) of Walgreens Boots Alliance

WBA’s Chief Procurement Officer, Jim Townsend, details the company’s procurement evolution, digitalisation and ethos

Read More

Rhys Astoralli

Arch Summit Lead, Tomorrow Street

New Zealand-born Rhys Astoralli is a driving force behind Arch Summit, an event designed to bridge gaps in business

Read More