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Jana Van den Wyngaert

Assistant operator
Hoboken, Belgium
Precious Metals Refining
Working for Umicore since 2021
"I find it enormously exciting that I learn something new every day."

Can you describe your role at Umicore?

I work in one of the production departments at the recycling plant in Hoboken. As a production assistant, I have a very diverse job: not only do I supervise the production process, but I also drive the forklift truck to supply the production area and take samples to monitor the quality of our product.

What do you like about your job?

What I like a lot is that it is a very diverse job. The different tasks alternate smoothly throughout the day. 

What do you like about working at Umicore?

I think it's a great advantage that there are different career opportunities. You can grow into a leading position, for example, but there are also many other jobs on the site that you can learn. As a woman, you have just as many opportunities to develop your career.

Why did you want to work at Umicore?

I grew up in Hoboken and heard a lot of positive feedback from employees. For me, that is the biggest sign of a company: if your employees are enthusiastic, it is a good place to work. As a woman, I took my chance and I am extremely happy that I got it.

What do you look forward to when you leave for work in the morning?

I find it enormously exciting that I learn something new every day. We are therefore closely involved in what is happening in the department.

What has been the highlight of your time at Umicore so far?

I have not been working at Umicore for very long. What is my personal highlight is that as a woman I got the chance to work at Umicore. That as a woman you can also do more physically demanding work and that gender does not matter in the selection process.

Any advice for newcomers?

As a woman, you shouldn't be put off by the fact that production is still primarily a man's world. I also think that working in shifts is a great advantage: you don't have to deal with traffic jams, you're also free during the week.

Who is your female role model?

To be honest, I don't really have a female role model. I would like to be the best at what I do and take ownership of my career. I would like to become a field coach at the Hoboken site: this would make me one of the first female field coaches.