On the 8th of March we celebrated International Women’s Day and wanted to take this opportunity to highlight some of the fantastic ladies that work at AGRO Merchants and share their stories.

Patrycja Hellfeuer, Packaging Line Operator, AGRO Merchants Barneveld

Q: Tell us a bit about your background.

Patrycja: My name is Patrycja Hellfeuer and my journey at this company started 12,5 years ago. At first I did everything that needed to be done, but from the very start I was very interested in all the machines and how they worked. After a couple of years I got the opportunity to prove myself and was promoted to Operator. I learned a lot of things and to this day I work as an Operator. Now I know how to operate every machine at AGRO Merchants Barneveld Packaging!

Q: What does your role entail and what skills are important to have in your role?

Patrycja: The position of an Operator is demanding, and comes with a lot of responsibility. In addition to operating the machine, you have make sure that all the products are packed the right way and you have to be a real team player. In my opinion responsibility, involvement, and communication are the three skills any Operator should have.

Q: What do you like about your job?

Patrycja: I really love my job! All the tasks that are given to me, inspire me to perform well. Because you have to be able to work with different kinds of machines, you never have a dull moment. I also like working in a team where everybody is happy most of the time. If you choose the right people in your team it will help you to perform on the highest level. I also feel that I am appreciated by my superiors which makes me feel confident and perform well.

Q: What piece of advice would you give to a woman thinking of starting a job in cold storage / logistics?

Patrycja: The cold storage/logistics business is not only for men, women also have a place in this sector and we are the proof that this is true. Just be yourself, work hard and have fun at what you do and nothing is stopping you to be successful in this the world of cold storage and logistics!