Who are these people who consciously choose to work in the pension sector? What do they do there all day for your pension? And what do they like about their work? We take you behind the scenes of Wesley Verouden, Procurement Officer at APG. “As long as I’m enjoying it and APG wants me here, I’ll stay.”
We’re good at coming up with difficult job titles at APG, but yours seems pretty obvious. You mainly deal with procurement. Or am I wrong about that?
“You’re not far off. As Procurement Officer with a focus on Marketing and Communications, I support the business in contracting with external suppliers, among other things. It is fun and super varied. I think that's why I’ve been working for APG for 23 years. I always have the urge to that. Like, why have I been working for the same employer for so long? Because that is not that common these days. But the procurement projects I do are always different. Each time, I get to work with different colleagues, different services that have to be purchased and different contacts at the service providers. So I may be with the same employer, but every day is different. Plus, I have been able to develop myself. I've taken training courses, switched between departments, had other positions; APG has given me so many options. That also helps. So, as long as I’m enjoying it, and APG wants me here, I’ll stay. Now that I’m saying this, I realize that I’m still defending why I’ve been working for APG for 23 years.”
So, there are no disadvantages to working for the same employer all these years?
“The advantages outweigh the benefits, but there are some minor downsides, of course. What are they? Well, many people know how to find you, including for things that don’t belong on your plate. Then I help them, or at least help them on their way. I don’t leave anyone to their own devices. That’s not in my character. I am social and a connector, something that also fits well with APG.”
What does an average workday look like for you?
“Diverse. For example, there is a lot of coordination with the various areas of expertise within APG. After all, contracting external parties is preceded by a whole process. This requires regular contact with clients, lawyers, contract managers, privacy and security officers. I have a directing role in the procurement process, but always add that it is a team effort. Because the Marketing & Proposition department operates in a participant-focused way, and performs many services for pension funds, we often have to deal with participant data. In these processes, the main focus is on securing the risks. On the basis of risk analyses, we assess the external parties and define the requirements they must meet.”