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“I have a strong commitment to Gosselin”
Mathias Coeck was working in the warehouse of a building materials company when Marc Eennaes, Director of Logistics, Warehousing & Terminal, asked him if he was ready for a new challenge. Things progressed pretty fast from there, and Mathias moved up from temporary employee to supervisor in only five and a half years, a journey he is very grateful to have been on.
“My parents and sister are all physical therapists. I also got my bachelor’s degree in physical therapy, but ultimately decided to pursue a different career path. Even though I still had two years left of my master’s program, I wanted to start working straight away. I ended up working for a building materials company, which is where I learned how to drive a forklift. It was a physically demanding job.”
Mathias started out in the Stuff & Strip division, and also worked as a forklift driver in the military warehouse. He was offered a permanent contract after six months. When his boss and then-warehouse supervisor left, Mathias seized the opportunity. “I’m very passionate about my work, and I have a strong commitment to Gosselin. When they asked me if I was interested in being the warehouse supervisor, I knew that I didn’t meet the criteria in every area, but I managed to quickly shift gears and took a lot of training courses.”
After a six-month probation period, Mathias got the job. “As warehouse supervisor, I have a varied job description and am often able to set my own daily schedule. I can honestly say that I enjoy all of the activities my job involves.” Mathias supervises the work in the warehouses and makes sure that there are plenty of people everywhere depending on what needs to get done. “The warehouses are pretty full; I often have to think in terms of solutions and solve a few puzzles in order to make room. When something doesn’t work out, it can be really frustrating because you can’t uphold the level of efficiency you are aiming for. Fortunately, management knows we do our best.”
Supervised by HR
“HR was a huge help to me during this process, and I was free to take as many training courses as I wanted to. Everyone has the same opportunities, even the guys who are still working on temporary contracts get additional training. The company invests a lot in its employees, and the supervision is also excellent. During assessment reviews, you’re always allowed to talk about your ambitions, but also vent your frustrations.” Mathias hopes that he can continue to do his job for a very long time, but at the same time, is looking ahead to the future. “Gosselin keeps growing and I always dream of achieving more. Hopefully this isn’t the end of the line,” Mathias concludes, laughing.
Founded in 1930, Gosselin currently employs more than 800 people who generate total sales of over 300 million Euros. Gosselin’s headquarters is located on the Albert Canal in Deurne where the container terminal connects the Port of Antwerp Bruges and the Port of Rotterdam with the European hinterland. With 56 offices in 34 countries, the company has strong representation in Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia, the Caucasus, Central Asia and China. The Gosselin Group consists of two divisions: Gosselin Moving and Gosselin Logistics.
Gosselin Moving handles international moves for multinationals, expats, diplomats, military personnel and private individuals.
Gosselin Logistics provides logistics services to businesses, with activities ranging from forwarding, warehouse storage and container processing to industrial logistics projects for heavy machinery and entire factories.