13 November, 2014
In this post, we decided to leave the Translation department for a while and talk to Ferdinand Sloof, the person in charge of the administration. His job is crucial for the day-to-day operations of the company, and it’s a complex task, since he is in charge of the administration of both the Dutch and the Spanish branches.
What is your origin?
I was born in a small village in the province of Utrecht, Kamerik (Holland)
What did you study?
Why did you decide to move to Spain?
Ever since I was a teenager and had the opportunity to travel, I just knew that I would live abroad some day. Holland is a lovely country, but the climate makes you live indoors most time of the year, unlike here in Andalucía. That blue sky over her is a gift, and allows me to enjoy life more than I did back in Holland.
What are your main tasks?
Bookkeeping and invoicing. It may sound boring to most of you, but with our business partners located all over the world, I regard my job as quite satisfactory and interesting.
What are the pros and cons of your job?
Really can´t think of any particular pros and cons. For example, arguing with the Spanish Tax Authorities is not something I enjoy a lot, but it is part of the job I guess.
Working with authorities in both countries, do you see many differences between each of them?
Social Security and Hacienda are two different entities in Spain, in Holland they are united in one entity. Apart from that, there is not much difference, also due to the overall European regulations.
What do you do in your spare time? Any hobbies?
Cycling with my daughter, gardening, hiking, camping, classic vehicles, motorcycle racing.
What do you think are the most difficult challenges Jensen Localization will face in the next years?
Business is extremely tough these days, the profit margins are minimized. We will have to be very alert to new developments in our industry, renewing our skills, keep on working very hard and try to be better than our competitors in the market.
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