Why did you join Wunderman Thompson?
I joined the group in January 2022. I have a background in design and typography, and I’ve always been fascinated by the advertising industry – especially the illustrated ads from the late 19th to early 20th centuries. And Wunderman Thompson’s roots go back to that era! I was excited to work for such a renowned company.
As well as the group’s global status – it was more than 200 offices around the world – I was drawn to the flexibility that Wunderman Thompson offers. I’ve moved around quite a lot in the past, working on short-term contracts in locations including Brussels, Warsaw, and Barcelona, as I love to travel and explore new places. At Wunderman Thompson, I have the flexibility to carve out my own role, in any number of locations, combined with the job security of a permanent role – it’s the best of both worlds.
What’s the culture like?
It’s a very diverse, inclusive, and fun place to work. Everyone gathers in the canteen at lunchtime to chat – including the senior management team – there’s a lot of energy and a love of tech!
Where do you spend most of the working day?
My time is divided between my home in central Amsterdam, the Wunderman Thompson office in Amsterdam, which is a refreshing 10-minute cycle ride along the canal, and the office in Haarlem, where the rest of my team is based. I have a lot of flexibility around where I spend my time, which is great for work/life balance. The senior managers at Wunderman Thompson are very hot on this – they recognise that by helping you get the right balance, you’ll deliver your best when at work.
What projects are you working on at the moment?
I’m currently managing a five-year programme, which involves rolling out marketing automation for a global client across 40 markets. The client’s aim is to standardise marketing worldwide, including locations in Europe, the UK, the US, and India, so it’s huge for them. The project includes technology implementation, configuration, training, and support.
As project manager, my role isn’t just planning and scheduling the different stages of the programme – it also includes a consulting aspect as I’m often advising the client on best practices, discussing brand strategy with its managers, and helping them refine their requirements to suit the culture of local teams.
What are the most important qualities for someone in your role?
A project manager really must excel at bringing the team together. I need to understand my team, my clients, and their ways of working to keep them connected and the project on track. This involves regular one-to-ones with team members. It’s important to be a people person, as I probably spend around half my time in meetings.
You also have to be a leader, staying positive when things go awry and keeping everyone motivated. Diplomacy, problem-solving, and the ability to think outside the box really help too – sometimes you do have to say no to a client to manage their expectations, but you need to be prepared with a valid reason when you do.
What’s your favourite part of the working day?
I’m a morning person, so my favourite moment is first thing before my meetings start. I catch up on emails and check I’m prepared for the day while enjoying a good coffee – I love it!
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Every day is a new challenge! The role is very fast paced, not just because of its wide remit, but also due to the pace of change of the technology we work with. From AI to the Internet of Things (IoT), there’s always new capabilities to learn about and embrace.
How do you spend your spare time?
I’m a big music fan. I love to go to gigs or spend a relaxing Sunday at a blues or jazz café. I also spend a lot of time in record shops browsing for vinyl to add to my collection. When I’m not mixing these on my decks, I’m getting to grips with my new 12-string guitar – it’s not easy, but I’m getting there!
Are you interested in working at Wunderman Thompson? We’re currently looking for enthusiastic people who would love to join our team. To find out more about our opportunities and apply, go to WundermanThompson.nl Careers.