Navigating the Professional Journey: From Bike Mechanic to NetSuite ERP Consultant – Meet Mark’s Inspiring Career Path Embarking on a Non-Traditional Path When I started college in 2005, I quickly realized this was not the way for me. I was mostly interested in the practical side of things, not so much in the theory behind. … Continued
Navigating the Professional Journey: From Bike Mechanic to NetSuite ERP Consultant - Meet Mark's Inspiring Career Path
Embarking on a Non-Traditional PathWhen I started college in 2005, I quickly realized this was not the way for me. I was mostly interested in the practical side of things, not so much in the theory behind. After just half a year of college I stopped and started working. I was convinced there would be other ways to learn and become experienced in my professional life. This was back in 2006 already. From there, my journey started to where I’m now.
Pedaling into the WorkforceIn 2006 I started my first job as a bike mechanic. I was very passionate about cycling, riding races in the weekends and working on bikes during the week. In my free time I started building some websites. For a while there was my own website about cycling, and a website for a fundraiser project I helped with. At this point, IT started to interest me already. After a few years as a bike mechanic, I switched to a distribution company, of course also in the cycling industry. I started in the warehouse/assembly department of the company, but quickly found my way into logistics. I reckoned a few things could be made easier, the assembly process could be more efficient, and after some of these improvement ideas were actually implemented, I was promoted to the role of logistics coordinator, still working hands-on on day-to-day tasks within the logistics department, but also trying to improve where possible.
Navigating Industry ShiftsThen came 2013, and the distribution company went bankrupt. Fortunately I was picked up by a new company who could use my logistics experience. This company produced and sold cycling shoes. Lake Cycling used to be a US based company, but two entrepreneurs from the Netherlands took over the company and brought it back to life. I came in at the very start and had the opportunity to help shape the company’s logistics. One of the essential steps was the selection of an ERP system. This is where Netsuite came into my life. In my previous job I worked with Microsoft Navision, but for Lake Cycling we needed something more flexible and, as we traveled around the world much of our time to meet colleagues located in China and the US, accessibility to the system was very important.
NetSuite ChroniclesAfter a short selection round, we chose Netsuite as our new system and ERP Fastforward (who became Fast Four and is now part of Zone&Co) as our implementation partner. The main reasons why we selected Netsuite in those days, still stand true today. Scalability, flexibility and a true cloud solution. I took the lead on the NetSuite implementation for Lake Cycling, working in tandem with Hylke Sluis of ERP Fastforward. We implemented all Finance, Order-to-Cash and Logistics processes. This was my first experience with Netsuite as a user and afterwards, as the system administrator.
Consulting EvolutionFrom 2014 to 2019 I worked in various logistics roles, within manufacturing and transport, where I gained a lot of first-hand experience on all these processes within various systems. In 2019 I got back in touch with Hylke Sluis and met the Fast Four team of by then 35 consultants in Amsterdam. Hylke convinced me to make the switch and become a NetSuite ERP consultant specialized in logistics, and this turned out to be one of the best decisions I ever made.
Journey with NovutechSince then, I’m part of the team which is now Novutech. Since my start in 2020, I have worked on 5 implementation projects within the manufacturing, software, retail and e-commerce industries, as well as on various optimization projects at our existing customers. From 2022, I also joined our pre-sales team, demoing NetSuite in general to prospects, or setting up specific tailored concept demos to show what NetSuite can do for them. With the on-hand experience from my previous jobs and all the knowledge I gained within NetSuite, I can transform our clients business processes into solutions within Netsuite so they can improve their way of working and be prepared for the next steps in their growth. With this work I get a look into the kitchen of some very interesting companies, all with their own processes and way of working. Meeting new people every year and building a relationship with customers gives me a lot of energy and motivation. With every new project I learn more and this allows me to bring this experience to the next project.
Background I began my journey in the hectic world of finance at the Amsterdam Options Exchange during its Open Outcry days. The energy there was palpable. Later, I had the privilege to work at Beursplein 5, the historical heart of the Amsterdam Stock Exchange since 1911, a legacy dating back to its founding in 1611. … Continued
Background Eager to learn more about how the business world worked, I decided to embark on the Business Engineering journey in 2014. During my Business Engineering studies I learnt about various topics such as business management, economics, physics, chemistry, mathematics amongst other topics. I followed this curriculum almost entirely at the Louvain-la-Neuve uni in Belgium. … Continued
Background Back in 2015, I began my studies in Namur, Belgium at the Hotel Management school with the aim of pursuing a career in the hospitality sector. In 2019, I completed my studies and secured a job as a cost controller. However, my plans were disrupted when the Covid-19 pandemic hit and the hospitality sector … Continued
Background I started my studies in 2017 at the economics section of the University of Rennes 1. During my bachelor years I had the opportunity to learn how the forces that drive markets operate and how to interpret economic situations, but I was much more interested in cost management and solving practical business cases and … Continued
Background I started my studies in Accounting at EPHEC in 2011. During my bachelor degree, I did an internship of 15 weeks at WinBooks which is a leading accounting software company. I chose the software way because I had a keen interest in IT and it allowed me to have a different approach to accounting. … Continued
Background I started my studies in computer science in September 2009 via a BTS Informatique des gestion. Then a Bachelor’s degree in computer science with the option of software engineering. On the other hand, nothing predestined me to leave and start working in the field of ERP. It was after obtaining my degree and a … Continued
My internship at Novutech Background Last January, I had the opportunity to join Novutech as a Business Analyst intern. A new and exciting adventure for me that ended last April. But it wasn’t the end of my journey as a Novutechos. I joined the team back in September, this time as a full-time Business Analyst. … Continued
Background I started my studies of Business Engineering at UMons 2014. In 2017, I moved to the Louvain-La-Neuve in the Louvain School of Management in order to realize a Master degree with as Major option “Corporate Social Responsibility”. Nevertheless, I have always felt interested in new technologies. I realized some projects and also my thesis … Continued
My journey started when I was 7, I left my native country Djibouti to Belgium. I had to face a new culture, environment and language. Thanks to my adaptation abilities, I managed to learn French quickly which allowed me to integrate Belgian culture and have a classic educational trajectory. Background Finishing secondary school, I decided … Continued