Meet our International Key Account Manager for the DACH region, Jan Beck. Based in Germany, Jan joined our Forbo Flooring International Key Accounts team at the end of March.
How long have you worked at Forbo Flooring? What did you do before joining the team?
I started work at Forbo end of March 2017. Before joining the Forbo Transportation team I spent six years in the rail industry working for Bode, also as a Key Account Manager where I was responsible for Bombardier Transportation. Bode, as part of the transportation focused Schaltbau Group, supplies the rail industry with door and entrance system solutions for regional and high speed trains, metros and trams. By working in a company that supplies into rail industry, I could make a passion out of my fascination around all means of mass transportation that I have been fostering since I was a little kid.
How have you found your first couple of weeks at Forbo?
My first couple of weeks were quite eventful, I must say. I had the privilege to visit three Forbo production sites to get familiarized with the products and to meet the people working there. There were many new faces and a lot of information flooding my way. Something that especially struck me during my first weeks at Forbo was how my new colleagues take all the time necessary to patiently answer questions to things that they may have just explained before. This shows me that the people at Forbo appreciate that all new employees are on a steep learning curve and that it takes time to get fully up to speed.
Do you have any hobbies or interests you enjoy in your spare time?
As a father with young children my goal is to get as much quality time with my family as possible, so I do not get much spare time aside from my family life, which is the most valuable time I can think of anyway. When I do wind up with spare time just for myself I enjoy going to the gym or running.
What do you enjoy most about your new role?
What I like the most about my job is that I can work by myself and also be a part of a dedicated team that works towards a clear goal of developing the transportation segment. At the same time, I very much enjoy my key responsibilities around shaping a business relationship, which is designed to last and is based on mutual trust. This entails not just contact to the customer, but also being the customer’s best advocate when it gets to internally discussing and bringing forward topics that are of their very interest.
What is your favourite film?
I must name two as they are tied first place for me for different reasons. One is Ink by Jamin Winans and the other one is Mr. Nobody by Jaco Van Dormael
Describe yourself in 3 words
Empathetic – Determined – Stubborn