“I first started as a project manager, which gave me the opportunity to work on many different projects in civil engineering, systems engineering and terminal building design, for example. I was also involved in business development, growing our footprint on the African continent. Later I became the associate director of the team in South Africa. After about 4 years I shifted to another role that now allows me to deal with master planning and consultancy projects.
Nowadays, I still carry responsibility for business development which I really enjoy. Personally, I see NACO integrates everyone in business development activities. Everyone gets the opportunity to foster client relationships, get involved with thought leadership and visit conferences and events to connect, learn and be inspired. This has given me a tailor-made path that matches my interests, ambitions and what suits the team. Each time I got different responsibilities which has been nice for my development because I can be in control of my self-development in the organisation.”
“Right after my studies, I had already worked in South Africa for several years. Because of this, I knew the country and its people. It is a very nice place to live and that is also why I wanted to return here. It was perfect timing that NACO was also looking for a colleague in the South Africa team at that time. Within NACO there are around 200 employees worldwide. At the NACO team in South Africa there are around 20 employees. This is a smaller and more intimate team with colleagues based mostly in Johannesburg, and a few in Durban and Cape Town. Here we work a lot on projects with the team in the Netherlands.
Our projects are everywhere, meaning from South Africa we work worldwide. For example, our team is involved in an airport upgrade in Qatar and we also design runway lighting at Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands. We have projects in Africa such as the new Cape Winelands Airport, located close to Cape Town. Then, the team in the Netherlands collaborates with us. Thus, we are well integrated into NACO.”
Then our aviation team is the place to be.