Jeroen and Bart at Bart’s bachelor party
If you know that QbD was founded 10 years ago, then it won’t come as a surprise to you that the 10 year anniversary of an employee is an EXTRA big deal to us. After QbD founder Bart (obviously), Jeroen Verhoeven is the very first employee to reach that landmark.
In order to give this news the attention it deserves, we fired 10 questions at Jeroen, one for each year he’s been with us!
What drove you and QbD into each other’s arms in 2011?
Jeroen: I was actually going for my doctorate after my Master’s in Biosystems Engineering when I first got in touch with Bart. QbD was pretty much just Bart at the time, so he was still executing client projects and needed help. So I just quit my doctorate and never looked back.
You’re one of the few people who experienced QbD’s first baby steps. What do you remember from that period?
Jeroen: Needless to say, it was all pretty DIY at the time. We didn’t even have an office yet. I don’t think many people can say that they signed their contract in a bar – more precisely café La Royale in Leuven.
Talking about offices, you’ve seen the ever-growing QbD move around quite a bit, haven’t you?
Jeroen: Yep, from no office to the first one at Neerveld in Kontich, then to Fotografielaan 18 in Wilrijk, and finally a bit further down the road to our fantastic office at number 5.
10 years after café La Royale, you're still loyal to your first employer...
Jeroen: The best thing about working here is that you get to dive into so many different aspects of the life sciences world.
First, I was mainly involved in pharma projects, but later on, I discovered the very exciting Medical Devices world, which immediately got me hooked. Today, I’m the head of the MD core team at QbD.
What got you so hooked on Medical Devices?
Jeroen: It’s such an agile industry that develops a wide array of innovative products, often at a very high pace. As an insider, you can really see innovation flash before your eyes.
Is that also why, until now, you’ve chosen to stay on as a consultant instead of – for example – a project management or commercial role?
Jeroen: Pretty much, although that may obviously change in the future. But I’ve always enjoyed the variety this job offers.
And many additional responsibilities – like my MD core team and trainer role, and my involvement in the annual QbD Strategy Day – allow me to weigh in on important topics on a higher level as well.
What’s been your most interesting project so far?
Jeroen: The one I’m working on right now. At miDiagnostics, we’re setting up a new manufacturing process for COVID-19 testing (IVD).
Which of our corporate values comes to live most in your day-to-day work?
Jeroen: Looking at how QbD has evolved since my first day, there’s no doubt that everybody, on all levels, always ‘gets things done’. But obviously, ‘joy’ has always been a major factor as well.
Speaking of which, what's the most joyful thing you've ever experienced at QbD?
Jeroen: The QbD Weekends have always been a blast. And the Tomorrowland trip – VIP-style – in the early days, is also a great memory.
Any advice for your ‘newer’ colleagues?
Jeroen: In my 10 years as a QbD consultant, I’ve developed myself on so many levels… There are tons of opportunities to learn and to keep the job interesting as a consultant.
Moreover, the growth of the QbD Group brings so many opportunities for horizontal and vertical growth. If you keep your eyes open, QbD is the perfect place to not only start but really build your career.
Many thanks for the insightful answers Jeroen, and congratulations on your 10th anniversary at QbD!
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