Four questions to Brian van Onna, Treasury & Insurance Manager

15-10-2019

Department: Group Controlling

“The short lines and dynamics are what characterise the ForFarmers organisation for me”

How did you end up at ForFarmers?

Afbeelding: Working-at-1

“I've previously worked at BMW, BHP Billiton and Vion Food Group, among others. I have been working in the Food and Agricultural sector since 2011 and it really suits me down to the ground. I have lived and worked in the Dutch Randstad region and London since my student days, but I originally come from the Achterhoek in the east of the Netherlands. The life style in my native region - no traffic jams, to name but one - started becoming increasingly attractive during recent years. When I was approached for this job at ForFarmers in 2017, I seized the opportunity with both hands: it was exactly my field of expertise, more responsibility, working for a fantastic company in a sector I know very well and, as if that wasn’t enough, in my favourite part of the country too!”

Brian van Onna_in-line

What are the most important tasks in your position?

Afbeelding: Working-at-2

“As the Treasury & Insurance Manager, I am mainly involved with ForFarmers’ group finance and insurance portfolio, together with a small team. This involves, for example, maintaining contact with various banks and insurance companies. But matters like the currency policy and organising the shareholders’ meeting and the dividend payments to shareholders also form part of my tasks package. It’s a versatile job with a great deal of responsibility.”

What has been the most exciting thing you have worked on so far?

Afbeelding: Working-at-3

“We recently completed ForFarmers’ refinancing. I talked to various different international banks for this project - naturally together with other colleagues - in order to arrive at an optimal credit facility for ForFarmers. I am very proud of the end result.”

What distinguishes ForFarmers from other companies?

Afbeelding: Working-at-4

“The short lines within ForFarmers are really quite different to what I have grown accustomed to at other large companies. The matrix organisation results in a great deal of dynamics and flexibility and means you also take on a lot of responsibility within your own field of expertise. In addition, an organisation which operates in the agricultural sector also has many different stakeholders. This means you can be talking to customers, suppliers, insurers, our own feed specialists, staff departments and board members on any given day.”