Born in Belgium 25 years ago, Philip van den Berh has been living in Spain now for the last 2.5 years. He holds a masters in biomedical engineering and has a dream to start his own MedTech startup at one point in his career.
After work, Philip spends a lot of his time in a small e-commerce company that he started with a friend a while ago, and he tries to do as many sports as possible. In Barcelona he discovered padel and he started cycling in the beautiful countryside of Catalonia.
If you want to know more about Philip, don't miss his interview in this post.
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Meet our International Business Development Manager, Philip van den Bergh
1. How did you discover Signaturit?
As part of a master´s project for my university degree I was looking for an internship position in a high growth startup in Barcelona. After some research I realised that Signaturit was repeatedly mentioned in several high quality articles, so without even taking a look at the open positions on the website, I sent a nice email to Juan Zamora, the CEO of the company, explaining what I was looking for. After a few days I received the invitation for a talk with him.
2. How would you describe your work?
During the past year and a half that I’ve been working at Signaturit my work has changed a lot. In the beginning I had an internship position where I was taking a look to optimise the sales processes in the company, but when that ended, a completely different opportunity arose: Signaturit wanted to expand its business to The Netherlands. With me being the only person in the company who speaks Dutch, I was suddenly responsible for the business development in BENELUX.
My current job consists of assessing different opportunities and verticals in the BENELUX countries to define which markets could be interesting for the company as a source of income in the near future.
3. What is the overall purpose of your position?
The function is mainly to asses which (new) markets and verticals are most interesting for the company to focus on. Of course, in order to do so, it's necessary to have a lot of contact with clients to understand their needs.
4. What do you like most about working in the Marketing Department?
The Business development department is a group of very international, young and ambitious people, which allows me to learn about other cultures and ways of doing business. Also the fact that travelling is a very important part of the job as international business developer is an important factor.
5. How is a typical day in Signaturit for you?
Apart from an amazing atmosphere that makes everyone arrive to work with a smile, it would be the opportunity that Signaturit offers to develop myself. Without much experience, I have had the chance to open a new market from scratch learning from the experience of the Spanish market.
6. What do you value most about working in Signaturit?
Every day in Signaturit is different for me. When I’m not travelling abroad to visit clients or attend trade shows, I usually try to split my day in three different blocks:
- Conference calls with clients or potential customers.
- Reaching out to new potential customers.
- Helping other colleagues from the Business development team.
- Writing reports for the company founders.
7. What are your biggest challenges in Signaturit?
By far the biggest challenge is to get Signaturit known in BENELUX. Since we do not have the same brand awareness that we have in the Spanish market, we need to gain the trust of each and every prospect. The only way to do so is to start small, and build on reputation.
8. What do you like most about working in such an innovative sector?
I think it is very easy to make links between our technology and other innovative technologies (such as blockchain, AI etc.), and thus in a natural way learn a lot about the new technology trends.
9. What are the characteristics of a Signabuddy for you?
A Signabuddy is a hard working, sociable human being that is always ready to give his/her best for the company, but is always ready to celebrate the team achievements in a positive way.
10. What would you recommend for future Signabuddies?
Before you take action, think about what you really like to do in life. And once you decide on something, go for it 100% until the very end.
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