“The slightest advantage in one being, at any age or during any season, over those with which it comes into competition, or better adaptation in however slight a degree to the surrounding physical conditions, will turn the balance.”

(Darwin, C, 1959: On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life)

 

We are convinced same is true for organizations. In order to gain competitive advantage, organizations have to adapt to today’s rapidly changing world.

We’re happy to help!

Allotrope offers interim management and consultancy of national and international scope for complex queries and project implementations in the field of supply chain & procurement. We bring exceptional expertise in direct & indirect procurement (including HR MSP / VMS), supply chain management, and ERP. With a custom and holistic approach and the importance of change management in heart and mind, you will be supported in the right pace of change and impact, based on what is possible and desirable within your company.


How we matter to you

  1. Extensive experience and expertise go without saying. As does confidentiality.
  2. Sensitivity and listening allow us to connect the dots, openness and interest put you and your organization in the center of attention. This is for you.
  3. We address what we see, say what we do, and do what we say. Rely on us.
  4. Holism is an intuitively applied, ingrained principle. We deliver beyond expectations.
  5. We are real people. Human. Down to earth. Caring. This is how we approach you.
  6. We are passionate and enthusiastic about our work. We inspire you.

More insights? Check our references or contact us.

 

 

 

 

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"It was and still is a great pleasure to know Olaf. He is, what I would say, a 100% person. He goes always for the 100%. First of all, he's nearly always at work, and when he's not working he's always busy."More...
Freddy HeylenStrategic International Accounts Manager
"I have known Olaf for several years and can attest of his energy and positive spirit both at a personal and professional levels. Olaf is dedicated and entrepreneurial when it comes to tackling and approaching challenges with new perspectives."More...
Enrique CorderoManaging Director
"Olaf’s passion and professionalism impressed me from the very beginning. His leadership, ability to engage others, and cultural savvy across organizations and geographies added tremendous value to our new combined department."More...
Connie WaltersDirector
"What distinguishes Olaf from other is that he sees the benefits of collaboration and engagement to get the best out of people for them to deliver objectives."More...
Steve LordeHead of Talent Acquisition | International Operations
"Olaf creates networks. By getting people involved and enthusiastic, he creates energy and common targets. He communicates on a personal level, appreciates progress and thereby is able to achieve results."More...
Peter HermkensVice President Global Solutions EMEA
"I can characterize Olaf as a passionate, professional and highly driven expert that is very well able to manage complex, multi country programs. Tough as a partner, but always fair and with a clear focus on the end result."More...
Michel StokvisDirector COE EMEA
"Olaf drives delivery through identifying and recognising the skills of others, understanding individual motivations and encouraging best practice."More...
Claire GilesGroup Executive Director
"Olaf distinguishes himself by his enormous amount of energy and drive, combined with a good feeling for people. A person that exudes his passion in all he does."More...
Annemarie WoltersCoach
"Olaf came always across as very strong, knowing all the details of the Managed Services program in the different countries, while also keeping the helicopter view, and making sure that the agreed quality standards and timelines were respected."More...
Patrick De Maeseneire CEO
"Olaf is one of the most sincere, thoughtful & kind people that I know. It's almost always guaranteed that he will display a positive attitude, exude energy & be truly engaging when you are in his company. 'Ridiculously passionate, intelligent & sincere'."More...
Sabrina O'ConnelMyHR & EMEA AWF Program Manager
"Olaf is very direct, but at the same time very considered in his communication and style of collaboration – which has always allowed me when working with him to tackle the real and underlying issues and challenges in a constructive manner."More...
Ranjit de SousaExecutive VP EMEA
"I came to know Olaf as one of my first customers. Olaf is first of all very nice person to work with. He is a very professional businessman that knows what he wants and most important, how to achieve it."More...
Bjorn BoumanMarketing- and Salesprofessional
"His structured but also strict way of working, his openness and excellent detailed listening skills are exemplary of what you want someone hired as an interim manager to be."More...
Prof. Dr. Johan KamphuisManaging Director EVP
"It’s a person to stay connected with even after the projects - value adding and always great discussions!"More...
Dr. Christian EwersVice President
"I've got to know Olaf as a very passionate and energetic procurement professional. A man who, based on a catchy positive approach, knows how to manage complex structures in a transparent and decisive way."More...
Mark van GaalManaging Director
"Olaf at work: good network, very result oriented, communicates well and pleasant, broadly experienced (both, in the Rheinland- as well as the Anglo-Saxon business model)."More...
ir. A.L.M. SandersManaging Director
"Olaf is an integer, social sensitive person. Direct and clear in personal contact, with well-developed emotional intelligence and therefore very pleasant to deal with."More...
Jan HelmichCoach and Consultant
"His knowledge in the HRO and related procurement categories is impeccable. He strives for perfection and ensures that people involved too aim for it in a constructive way."More...
Sweta ManpuriaSenior Engagement Manager
"Olaf is authentic and very clear about what he wants to achieve in his life. But above all he is a social person and towards his employees a real peoples person. It was always a pleasure to work with/for Olaf."More...
Corné de WitSenior Specialist Contracts
"A very pleasant person to work with, he keeps over-sight of the process end-to-end, is in control, acts pro-active, is result driven and understands how the play the strategic procurement role in front of third parties along with business representatives to receive agreement under beneficial conditions."More...
Rene Van Den BersselaarSenior Director Enterprise Portal and Collaboration
"A valuable mixture of expertise, varying from GxP compliance to purchasing & business development. Olaf combines both worlds and ways of thinking in a refreshing manner."More...
Dr. Jan DammManaging Director
"Olaf combines the ability to be interested in the person behind the matter, to understand and, thanks to his broad experience,  get to the heart of complex interrelations; attributes that make him so valueable for consultancy."More...
Dr. Markus WyssCEO
"As an innovator, Olaf has driven his company to be one of the very first users in Europe of the Managed Services Providing concept allowing major savings and recruitment efficiency increase."More...
Alain DehazeCEO
"Olaf’s long experience in a global environment created the professional background from which others will benefit. He has a very good eye for people and for the things which can be done at once, without losing sight of the underlying vision."More...
Wolfgang StengerProcurement lead

 

Dr. Christian Ewers


Title:
Vice President 

Employers: Corden Pharma International

Working environment

“Primarily, I reached out to Olaf van der Linden to analyze the Supply Chain & Procurement function for our sites in Belgium and Switzerland. On top, Olaf was requested to optimize the collaboration between these stand-alone sites, considering culture and different ways of working. He did a great job in doing the analysis for each site in scope and sharing it in highly accepted feedback sessions at all levels on the sites, and through clear reporting and the personal calls / meetings with me. In the end, Olaf had successfully lead the international final GM’s meeting to evaluate and discuss the outcome and next steps.”

Private

“Olaf as a person is easy to connect with and his skill to get trust and information from people at all levels in different functions is remarkable. He creates trust in an easy way – this enables him to reveal hidden bottlenecks which were blocking the different processes. Next to his broad general knowledge of the business processes, his positive energy and real interest in business and people make Olaf a unique person. It’s a person to stay connected with even after the projects – value adding and always great discussions!”

 

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Prof. Dr. Johan Kamphuis


Title:
Managing Director EVP 

Employers: Bioriginal Europe / Asia B.V.

Working environment

“As Bioriginal had a challenge in July 2016 to introduce an ERP system and we were with a small crew, we asked Olaf van der Linden to support us and help us out in the newly created department of support, new product development and production.

His mission was to guide us through the ERP implementation and use all his experience to make sure the departments (incl. business teams) would be able to cope with that.

Olaf did a great job in making sure all the elements for the pre-prep where envisioned and clearly planned for.  Within a very short time he was able to give me, the Managing Director, lots of advice on a strategic level how to improve the business and the exposure of Bioriginal to our new markets and customer base.”

Private

“As a person, Olaf is very skilled in getting to know the business very fast and guiding me on various elements. He is very structured in his way of working and stays very well connected to the MD in making sure things are picked up and prioritized accordingly.

I worked really well with him. He is easy in talking and a helping hand on various levels within the company, but also always makes sure the business decides.

He is pro-active, enthusiastic and has a lot of positive energy. Very fast it feels as if he is an employee of the company. His structured but also strict way of working, his openness and excellent detailed listening skills are exemplary of what you want someone hired as an interim manager to be.”

 

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Paul van der Knaap


Title:
Manager Procurement
Employer: ZorgService XL

Private and working environment

“I experience you as a very energized person. Always positive and in a good temper. As a real professional, who is really good in establishing contacts, working diligently and daring to address if things don’t go as intended.”

 

 

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Sweta Manpuria


Title:
Senior Engagement Manager
Employer: Payoda Technologies

Private and working environment

“I have worked with Olaf in the capacity of an Engagement Manager. He has been an absolute joy to work with. He has a pleasant and courteous demeanor. Despite his busy schedule, he was very punctual for the calls and made sure that he kept us informed of any change in plans in advance. His knowledge in the HRO and related procurement categories is impeccable. He strives for perfection and ensures that people involved too aim for it in a constructive way. The review calls were an absolute delight. He challenged findings even in alien categories in a logical way and all differences were sorted in a healthy way. He left no stones unturned until all his questions were logically answered. He still beholds the inquisitive mind of a child and is an avid learner. He believes in team work and would be willing to go the extra mile. His foresight and planning distinguishes him from other procurement leads. He charts the course and milestones in keeping with the long term goal. His plans are not only effective but also realistic. Olaf is also a very understanding and approachable individual.”

 

 

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A. Patrick Legziel


Title:
International Sales Director
Employer: Lyreco

Private and working environment

“I had the great pleasure to get to know Olaf as an exceptional business professional, when he was at Schering-Plough with the global responsibility for an International Agreement. Olaf in his work is precise, knowledgeable, innovative and hard-working. Olaf demonstrated his capabilities to use his extensive knowledge and skills to achieve the best results for his business objectives. At the same time, Olaf’s open-minded and amicable nature enables him to build very constructive and positive relationship with his business partners. I would wholeheartedly recommend Olaf as one of the best professionals I worked with, to help an organization to improve and maximize its procurement & supply chain and BPO.”

 

 

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Sabine Evers


Title:
QA-QC
Employer:  Aspen

Private and working environment

“Olaf possesses a gift for being honestly interested in the person behind work. Communicative savvy and challenging and motivating/ confronting people with their own hidden strengths. Even though not having had a lot of direct professional interaction, I learned a lot from him.”

 

 

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Patrick De Maeseneire


Title:
 CEO
Employer:  Jacobs Holding AG

Private and working environment

“I got to know Olaf while I was CEO between 2009 and 2015 of the Adecco group, the largest staffing group, with revenues of Euro 21 billion and 32’000 employees.  Olaf was then in charge at Merck SD to introduce the Managed Services program, where the temporary workforce of MSD would be recruited and managed by Adecco across all countries.  During that period Olaf and I had several follow up meetings, where Olaf came always across as very strong, knowing all the details of the program in the different countries, while also keeping the helicopter view, and making sure that the agreed quality standards and timelines were respected.  With the introduction of such a complex program, there are always roadblocks and issues, but Olaf succeeds to always bring these clearly across and have them either internally or externally solved.”

 

 

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Markus Füller


Title:
 Operations Manager/ Entrepreneur
Employer: Chiemgau Thermen Bad Endorf

Private and working environment

“In all joint projects, the collaboration with Olaf van der Linden was professionally just as successful as personally pleasant. I especially value his professional manner to calmly and deliberately approach new projects, analyze strengths and weaknesses, and therewith form a sound view on things. It often helped me to receive new impulses in an advisory capacity which I could make use of in my projects and in the development of my company. Over time and as a result of our regular collaboration, a friendship developed, and I really appreciate not only to have a business partner that supports me in many aspects, but also have a friend which I can trust without restrictions thanks to his loyal, open and honest character.”

 

 

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Leo van den Besselaar


Title:
Compliance, Risk & Audit Manager
Employer: Audit Professionals 4U

Private and working environment

“For me, personally, you are a distant friend, with emphasis on friend. For me, you are a sympathetic ear, always interested and full of understanding, a pleasant guy to share joys and sorrows. You are very driven, entrepreneurial, and perseverant. Impressive to watch.”

 

 

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Rene Van Den Bersselaar


Title:
Senior Director Enterprise Portal and Collaboration
Employer: MSD

Private and working environment

“I had the privilege to have Olaf available along my side during many years of my professional life and in many different functions where he made a big difference in being successful negotiating long and short term contracts, IT- and Scientific literature licenses, IT hardware and software agreements, Utility equipment on a Local level as well on the Enterprise level. Olaf was instrumental in making these contractual processes a success for the company and for me as a manager. He is very knowledgeable, creative and analytic thinker, without losing sight of putting in place very pragmatic and cost effective solutions. Olaf is a very pleasant person to work with, he keeps over-sight of the process end-to-end, is in control, acts pro-active, is result driven and understands how the play the strategic procurement role in front of third parties along with business representatives to receive agreement under beneficial conditions.”

 

 

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Connie Walters


Title:
Director 

Employers:  Bristol-Myers Squibb

Working environment

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Olaf for many years beginning in 2009 when we found ourselves on an integration team charged with bringing together the best of our two organizations.  Olaf’s passion and professionalism impressed me from the very beginning.  He graciously extended himself to everyone on the team, willingly sharing his knowledge and experience to ensure an optimal result for the company.  His leadership, ability to engage others, and cultural savvy across organizations and geographies added tremendous value to our new combined department.  I would highly recommend Olaf to any organization looking for the optimal blend of knowledge and experience to help drive strategic results.

Private

“In addition to knowing Olaf professionally, Olaf has also become a close friend.  His engaging personality, and respectful and inquisitive approach make him easy to relate to on multiple levels.  He is quite selfless and caring, and a great listener, going the extra mile for those around him.  I have had the unique pleasure to share many a chocolate dessert with Olaf, a shared passion discovered through his love of learning about others, as we have shared our professional and personal journeys over the years.

 

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Ranjit de Sousa


Title:
Executive VP EMEA 

Employers:  Lee Hecht Harrison

Working environment

“In my professional experience with Olaf, he has always taken a broad business, data-driven and outcome oriented perspective on any kind of discussion or negotiation. The other key element he’s brought into any discussion is a forward looking perspective – e.g. what innovations or trends do we need to take into account in order to scope a truly differentiated solution.

Private

“Olaf is very direct, but at the same time very considered in his communication and style of collaboration – which has always allowed me when working with him to tackle the real and underlying issues and challenges in a constructive manner. His open personality and willingness to problem solve in the moment have also enabled us to address topics quickly. Finally, he brings across a genuine curiosity in you as a person, which again allows for better and more productive relationship building and collaboration.

 

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Annemarie Wolters


Title:
 Coach

Employers: Echt Wolters

Working environment

“The totally different set-up of procurement within a company, this is where Olaf goes for, so that it is connected to the business. Procurement not as an institute or department, but smart and cost-efficient procurement as a logical part of everyone’s thinking, anchored in the genes of the organization. He not only comes up with a totally new perspective, but also makes sure it’s part of the company’s DNA. Creating real ownership – amongst other things, he does so thanks to his engaging personality, his enormous experience in this area, his ability to communicate on all levels and get people in motion, and his curious, entrepreneurial spirit. Breaking fixed patterns, thinking innovatively, and creating sustainable win-win-situations whereby practical results count.

Private

“Olaf distinguishes himself by his enormous amount of energy and drive, combined with a good feeling for people. A person that exudes his passion in all he does. Someone with a heart and soul, believing in something and fully going for it, looking for- and keeping up good contact with others and taking care of everyone’s interests and business results. Honestly interested, integer, binding and motivating.

 

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Liesbeth Tankens


Title:
 Manager Supply Chain 

Employers: Diosynth / Akzo Nobel Pharma

Working environment

“Olaf is driven, knows what he wants to achieve and always wants to make progress and improve things. Olaf is honestly interested in the people around him/ he works with, also personally. Olaf asks for feedback regularly and targeted.

Private

“Is friendly, warm, open and honest. Knows what he wants, and dares to face his own ‘weaknesses’ in order to work on them. Olaf can also get angry when he is done wrong or when injustice takes place, and he will do everything in his power to get it out of his way.

 

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Frank Meijerink


Title:
Senior Specialist Logistics

Employers: Intervet International bv

Working environment

“Olaf is very driven in his work and if he is delivering something, he wants it to be prepared almost to perfection. If he has come up with a plan and stands with it, he will advocate 100% to implement the plan. If you’re struggling with something, he will do everything in his power to help you. He is a very pleasant colleague, in- and outside work. Also during our business travels, I experienced this as very positive.

Private

“Olaf is a very friendly and pleasant person who is easy to approach. He is open and honest and listens well, is sincerely interested in your personal situation and will, for example if you have kids or are exercising, always ask how things go.

 

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Freya Fueller


Title:
 Psychotherapist

Employers: Schön Klinik Roseneck

Working environment

“Professionally, we did not have a lot of touchpoints so far, but I admire how diligently, competent and goal-oriented he approaches and masters professional challenges.

Private

“Privately, I know Olaf as honest, empathic and sensitive person, who has a marvelous humor, but knows very well how to differentiate between fun and serious in the right situations. I appreciate his incisiveness, combative spirit, and stamina – and love him for making my best friend so happy!

 

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Jet Bloemers


Title:
Executive Assistant

Employers: Diosynth / Akzo Nobel Pharma

Working environment

“Olaf goes for it: what he does, he does with 100% (or more). He easily establishes contacts and knows how to find the correct tone in communicating at all levels. He is reliable, inventive, and stands by the promises he makes. He has a heart for the business and – not to forget – for his employees. Honesty, assertiveness and courage inextricably belong to Olaf. I experienced him as a very pleasant colleague, and wish him all the best for this new adventure. Knowing Olaf, for sure he will succeed!

Private

“I look at Olaf as a people-person: he is truly interested in others, in their joy and sorrow, and follows up on it, thus, not ‘in one ear and out the other’. Olaf really listens! He is pleasant to deal with, courteous, and representing – in his behavior as well as in his personal presentation. He also is an emotional person. Loyal, humorous, alert, energized, keen, entrepreneurial. In short: value add for every company.”

 

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Anton Molenaar


Title:
Quality Assurance Lead a.i. 

Employers: Aspen Pharma

Working environment

“I noticed that you’re an expert in procurement in the B2B environment, contracts and negotiations. Furthermore, you’re very result-oriented. And, you are good in leading and stimulating people to get the most out of them.”

Private

“My view on you, based on our collaboration some time ago, is very positive: an open, honest, reliable and integer person, energized, driven and entrepreneurial. Actually someone for a smaller company! What I always appreciated in you is your appreciation for the counterpart, and that you don’t operate with hidden agendas.”

 

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Peter Hermkens


Title:
 Vice President Global Solutions EMEA 

Employers: Pontoon Solutions

Working environment

“Olaf creates networks. By getting people involved and enthusiastic, he creates energy and common targets. He communicates on a personal level, appreciates progress and thereby is able to achieve results. He demonstrates effective communication on all levels and follows up. Thanks to his way of positioning himself and communication he possesses a natural leadership style without being dominant.”

Private

“I experienced Olaf as an involved and engaged person. He cares about his environment and is sensitive to what’s happening. He is open, listening, provides feedback. He goes for the result without losing sight of the process.”

 

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Els ter Braak and Ingrid van Eijk


Title:
 Works Council Assistants

Employers: MSD Oss

Working environment

“First and foremost, Olaf is all about people-to-people communication and -contact.”

Private

“Olaf is a fast thinker with a healthy bit of impatience, punctual, social, attentive with the need of mutual interest, persistent, energized and caring.”

 

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Janny Klijn


Title:
Management Assistant

Employers: Diosynth / Akzo Nobel Pharma

Working environment

“Olaf easily connects to people. He is eager to achieve results but always open to different solutions than he had in mind to achieve his targets. He communicates well and is pleasant to work with. He is broadly oriented and has gained loads of experience in different areas of expertise.”

Private

“Olaf is someone with a strong character and a very open person. He differentiates himself by his honesty and involvement towards people in his direct surrounding.”

 

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Jan Helmich


Title:
Coach and Consultant

Employers: Mirror 1o1

Working environment

“Olaf is solution- and target focused. He listens well and dares to share his view under all circumstances. He can build as well as lead a team. He sets clear targets for himself and his employees, and as a manager, he is hard but fair when it comes to evaluating the targets. Olaf is a pleasant colleague and supportive manager. He adapts quickly to changing circumstances and is very creative when searching and implementing solutions for complex projects and matters in his area of expertise.”

Private

“I got to know Olaf as a likeable, correct, energized and driven go-getter. An intelligent, eager to learn, hard working person, who knows to succeed in transforming his drive and desire for perfection into tangible results, and someone who isn’t afraid of getting his hands dirty. Olaf is an integer, social sensitive person. Direct and clear in personal contact, with well-developed emotional intelligence and therefore very pleasant to deal with.”

 

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Olaf De Kok


Title:
 Recruiting Expert

Employers: DenkWens

Working environment

“Unfortunately we haven’t had the chance to work together yet, but I liked the way you thought in solutions and various scenarios. You were very clear in your wishes and what you’re not looking for. According to me, you bring great expertise in your sector, whereby the strength lies in the combination of experience and background which one doesn’t come across often.”

Private

“In our conversation you appeared to be a pleasant conversation partner. Open and clear in your communication, interested in the person vis-à-vis and following the question.”

 

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Lydia Notz


Title:
HR Advisor

Employers: Catharina Ziekenhuis Eindhoven

Working environment

“When colleagues, we often spent lunch break taking a walk, talking about everything and anything. Olaf is good at looking at things from a different perspective. It often helped me in my process of thinking, to think broadly.”

Private

“When typecasting Olaf, I think of the following keywords: self-confident, convincing, good listener, realistic, social. Very positive attitude, thinks in opportunities and represents this approach, pleasant to be in contact with.”

 

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Sabrina O'Connel


Title:
MyHR Programs & EMEA AWF Program Manager

Employers: PayPal

Working environment

“I had the pleasure of working with Olaf at MSD, where he was one of my main sponsors in my role as Program Manager for an outsourced project in Europe. Olaf has without doubt great vision & this allows him to take risks while also doing the right thing, both for the company & the employees. I was in awe of his ability to command a room, & convince everyone with different views to get on board with his ideas. His open, honest & direct approach ensures people relate easily to him. To add to this, his belief in all team members, naturally encourages them to grow individually & deliver above what is needed of them. It is satisfying to give him my highest recommendation.”

Private

“Olaf is one of the most sincere, thoughtful & kind people that I know. It’s almost always guaranteed that he will display a positive attitude, exude energy & be truly engaging when you are in his company. ‘Ridiculously passionate, intelligent & sincere’, are key phrases that spring to mind when I think about Olaf.”

 

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Steve Lorde


Title:
 Head of Talent Acquisition | International Operations

Employers: GM Financial

Working environment

“We were implementing a managed service solution, Olaf was a key client stakeholder; he was able to ensure internal and external stakeholders worked together to deliver the solution and overcome challenges in a collaborative way. Olaf has the ability to ensure all parties see the situation from different perspectives; he has the ability to translate strategic objectives into a project plan and operational tasks. He is politically savvy and has a unique way of engaging people to discuss and agree the actions required to meet the objectives. Olaf is selfless and this quality makes people commit to him and they feel open about discussing challenges as they know he will provide feedback to offer options to overcome the challenges.”

Private

“Olaf is a big picture thinker; he exudes positivity and is engaging to anyone he meets. What distinguishes Olaf from other is that he sees the benefits of collaboration and engagement to get the best out of people for them to deliver objectives. He will go out of his way to have a one-to-one discussion with an individual and will offer advice to aid their personal development, objectives or deliverables.”

 

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Thierry Delait


Title:
Managing consultant
Employers: Michael Page

Private and working environment

“Olaf is a very enthusiastic, friendly, open candidate.
He communicates and presents himself as a high level procurement man. We did not even grap his CV, but instead, the conversation went automatically. This shows his easy accessibleness. We finally even took a picture together. This shows how fast you feel comfortable with Olaf.
He had good ideas around getting to work together. He has done every category within Procurement. Extensive experience in:
-direct
-indirect
-HR/ professional staffing.”

 

 

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Wolfgang Stenger


Title:
 Procurement lead MSD Germany

Employers: MSD GmbH

Working environment

“Olaf’s long experience in a global environment created the professional background from which others will benefit. He has a very good eye for people and for the things which can be done at once, without losing sight of the underlying vision. This is his foundation for a focused implementation of short-term, medium-term and long-term corporate targets.”

Private

“Olaf van der Linden is cosmopolitan, committed and interested in many different things. At the same time, he is an attentive listener and a communicator. His open and obliging manner create an atmosphere which creates trust, in which different opinions and streams are connected which make consensus possible in the first place.”

 

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Peter den Besten


Title:
Global E-Procurement Manager
Employer: Akzo Nobel

Private and working environment

“I experienced Olaf as a pleasant colleague, great to work with and absolutely reliable. Olaf easily connects to people, no matter what position. He possesses excellent communication skills and the ability to put himself in the other person’s shoes. In addition he keeps the agreed arrangements and should never commit to something he knows in advance he cannot fulfil. Beside his contagious enthusiasm, he’s a person that doesn’t give up easily. In short, someone to rely on. “

 

 

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Werner Luining


Title:
Business Development Manager Life Sciences
Employer: Agidens

Private and working environment

“I got to know Olaf while I was working for Organon, works council elections ahead. Olaf was one of the candidates we had in mind as potential new member. A good relationship was immediately established and it turned out that Olaf could incredibly well get along with everyone, whether manager or blue-collar worker. His open attitude, but also his sense of humor makes him easy to approach. In preparation to the elections, Olaf knew how to ask the right questions. He is rational, practical and respectful in his approach. He kept agreed arrangements and always followed up on items. Within the group he knew how to differentiate himself by his interest, not only in work but also the person behind. Due to the upcoming merger with Schering-Plough, Olaf had to shift focus and pull back his candidacy. Due to Olaf being very attentive, we nevertheless kept in touch. He often helped me in making the right choices by asking the right questions and providing advice. He is able to break down complex questions into comprehensible pieces, and still, I thankfully am benefitting from this quality. “

 

 

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Paudie O'Connor


Title:
Global Sourcing Manager
Employer: MSD

Private and working environment

“I have worked with Olaf on some very significant global projects where he, on an on-going basis,  demonstrated and lived by strong leadership and inclusive behaviours throughout. His open, honest, transparent, results driven approach coupled with his strong communication skillset have proved to be the foundation of Olaf’s working and personal style which has led to him being a well-respected and valued member of any team he was involved in. “

 

 

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Jack Hoeven


Title:
HR Head European Operations

Employers: Aspen

Working environment

“You have the skill to understand the organizational issues of other departments and to contribute to solutions and improvements on that basis. In my opinion you are sensitive to the demand of the customer. You are result oriented and understand to balance what’s possible and what isn’t. In my opinion your drive for perfection is not unrestrained, but based on a healthy portion of pragmatism. You are solution oriented and a capable of analyzing situations well. In the political space you act thoughtful and scan the force fields and analyze the feasibility. You communicate clearly and balanced and don’t hold back your opinion. Your style is direct and firm. Work tasks are being taken care of at high quality and (according to me always) within timelines.”

Private

“You are service oriented and helpful. Honestly interested in the people you work with; socially sensitive. In general a tidied character. In my opinion, you possess a considerably high degree of perseverance and you like to contribute by thinking in solutions. You possess a strongly developed sense of responsibility and are open to criticism and you try to prevent/ resolve possible bottlenecks.”

 

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Bjorn Bouman


Title:
Marketing- en Salesprofessional
Employer: SmartBerry

Private and working environment

“I came to know Olaf as one of my first customers. Olaf is first of all very nice person to work with. He is a very professional businessman that knows what he wants and most important, how to achieve it. When working with Olaf, I  discovered what a social person and a great communicator he is. In my opinion, Olaf is the perfect mix of professional and a companion. Olaf knows how to streamline processes in a way that is fun and very effective at the same time.”

 

 

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Enrique Cordero


Title:
Managing Director
Employers:  Strategic Sourcing and Business Solutions

Private and working environment

“I have known Olaf for several years and can attest of his energy and positive spirit both at a personal and professional levels. Olaf is dedicated and entrepreneurial when it comes to tackling and approaching challenges with new perspectives. We worked together in several projects at Merck and he was always a great contributor to the team. I’m confident that Olaf’s experience and core competencies will be a great asset to any organization.”

 

 

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Freddy Heylen


Title:
Strategic International Accounts Manager – Customer Development
Employer: Lyreco

Private and working environment

“It was and still is a great pleasure to know Olaf. He is, what I would say, a 100% person. He goes always for the 100%. First of all, he’s nearly always at work, and when he’s not working he’s always busy. Whatever project, national or international, in the job or private, it is well structured (and if not structured he will structure it), it is secured at all levels and sold internally as well as externally. He has no fear to pick up difficult issues and to bring them to a great result. Olaf is also very focused in whatever environment, taking care about all and everything. Making sure that everybody involved knows why and what to do. He will delegate where needed and meanwhile keep the big picture, overview and result in place.

Olaf has an open character, always ready to help, very curious, willing to learn at all times, as well as willing to share his knowledge. A great person!”

 

 

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Dr. Markus Wyss


Title:
CEO
Employers: CAMAG, Schweiz

Working environment

“Olaf combines the ability to be interested in the person behind the matter, to understand and, thanks to his broad experience,  get to the heart of complex interrelations; attributes that make him so valueable for consultancy.”

Private

“I got to know Olaf as an exceptional business partner with whom – businesswise hard but very pleasant on personal level – one can conclude difficult negotiations with a for all involved parties interesting result.”

 

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Claudia Verstegen


Title:
Senior Buyer
Employers: MSD

Private and working environment

“Driven, fair, target focused, enthusiastic, assertive, unwavering, focused, pleasant to work with in projects – adding value.
Olaf easily connects and gets in contact, is present and reliable.”

 

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Frank Bakker


Title:
Senior Quality Officer GMP/ISO lead auditor, Quality Systems and Improvement / Audits
Employers: Aspen Oss B.V.

Private and working environment

“Olaf is a pleasant person, committed to others, interested in others, loves humor (also has humor).”

 

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Mark van Gaal


Title:
Managing Director
Employers: Inquest

Private and working environment

“In my regular contacts with Olaf throughout the years, I’ve got to know him as a very passionate and energetic procurement professional.A man who, based on a catchy positive approach, knows how to manage complex structures in a transparent and decisive way . This made him stand out in the subsequently fast, structurally changing  organization(s). Starting over again and again with a motivating persistence. A man of structure, but also of control, someone you can count on under all circumstances. On top of that, he’s a nice guy, associated with a high “goodwill” factor.”

 

 

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Michel Stokvis


Title:
Director COE EMEA
Employers: Randstad Sourceright

Working environment

“Throughout the years, Olaf managed to exceed results, both from a cost savings perspective, but also from a client expectation perspective.”

Private

“I worked with Olaf for more than 6 years. During these Years Olaf was globally responsible for the contingent workforce program at Merck/MSD.

I can characterize Olaf as a passionate, professional and highly driven expert that is very well able to manage complex, multi country programs.

Tough as a partner, but always fair and with a clear focus on the end result.

Olaf is a great person to work with, and i can only recommend him for any future engagement.”

 

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Alain Dehaze


Title:
CEO
Employers: Adecco Group

Working environment

“As an innovator, Olaf has driven his company to be one of the very first users in Europe of the Managed Services Providing concept allowing major savings and recruitment efficiency increase.”

Private

“I have worked together with Olaf van der Linden in my quality of Regional Head of Northern Europe at Adecco during the years 2009 till 2011.

I have known Olaf as an innovative, accurate, open, firm, loyal and trustful business partner.”

 

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Mariella Birkmayer

Title: Buyer
Employers: MSD

Working environment

“Pro-active, professional, loyal, result-oriented, funny, quick-action, collaborative, team-oriented, open-minded, always gives ear to s.th./s.o., flexible.”

Private

“Very friendly, collaborative, loyal, funny, always gives ear to s.o.”

 

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Claire Giles


Title:
Group Executive Director
Employers: Impellam Group Plc

Working environment

“Olaf drives delivery through identifying and recognising the skills of others, understanding individual motivations and encouraging best practice.”

Private

“Olaf is a spirited and engaging leader; someone who understands how to successfully navigate political landscapes of complex organisations.”

 

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Leonie van den Berg


Title:
Planner IPT Implanon
Employers: MSD

Working environment

“Particularly the knowledge about the whole procurement process is huge and he is an expert to the core. He has good insights into and understanding for the interests of the various stakeholders. He is pragmatic and strongly driven and always goes for the best result. He is also particularly straightforward.”

Private

“Olaf is a person with a very friendly character and an extremely strong personality. He always stands bold behind his employees. To me, Olaf is the best manager I’ve ever had.”

 

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Frank Mattijssen


Title:
CFO
Employers: MSD

Working environment

“In his work he is result oriented and capable of communicating on all levels and getting his message accross.”

Private

“Olaf is a sincere open person with a high degree of credibility by a broad group of people.”

 

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Mark Uyterwijk


Title:
Category Manager Indirect Goods & Services – Group Sourcing – DSM Sourcing B.V.

Employers: DSM  B.V.

Working environment

“I know Olaf as a driven professional who works focussed, thereby engaging his environment on the path to results. Sometimes the striving for perfectionism can work against him, nevertheless, he’s open towards a good discussion and has adaptive capacity.”

Private

“As a person I’d like to characterize Olaf as someone who might cause the first impression that business interests, ethics and performance are his number one drivers. However, by getting to know him better, I have experienced him as taking care of his employees (and fellow human beings) in a authentic and warm-hearted manner.”

 

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Tom Verhoeven


Title:
Senior Director Client of Services

Employers: Act-1

Working environment

“For many years I have worked with Olaf as my peer in our client organization on a complex international outsourcing initiative. As a person, Olaf is great to work with, is very knowledgeable and has the ability to define a clear vision and make it happen by understanding and acting upon people’s individual drivers.”

Private

“As a person Olaf is always interested in you as a person and not only in who you represent or the role you play.”

 

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ir. A.L.M. Sanders


Title:
Managing Director

Employers: Diosynth / Akzo Nobel Pharma

Working environment

“Olaf at work: good network, very result oriented, communicates well and pleasant, broadly experienced (both, in the Rheinland- as well as the Anglo-Saxon business model). My overall view: both, personally as well as professionally perfectly suitable for interim management. Really adding value.”

Private

“Olaf as a person: honest, enthusiastic, hard working, setting himself high standards.”

 

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Ad Scheepers


Title:
 Entrepreneurial Advisor

Employers: Dutch Chamber of Commerce

Private and working environment

“Olaf can be characterized as: assertive, friendly, accessible, result oriented, solution oriented, client oriented, distinguishing, communicative and in search of challenges. Success with your business!”

 

 

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Angélique M.G. van der Loo


Title:
Coach

Employers: AMG Coaching

Private and working environment

“As a person I got to know Olaf as open, honestly interested in people, truthful, enthusiastic and candid. Olaf is a strongly driven professional who will make his business a success. Olaf has a good business view which he combines with a strong social factor, is tremendously driven and I’m convinced that in the near future he will be a successful entrepreneur. I wish him loads of success.”

 

 

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Bert Klaas


Title:
Manager Procurement Department 

Employers: Diosynth / Akzo Nobel Pharma

Working environment

“Olaf is hard working. He is persistent and knows how to make projects a success.
He is good in organizing en switches fast as circumstances change. He thereby is result oriented.
Olaf also is a succesful negotiator, benefitting from his empathy.
He has a strong drive to perform, but thanks to his amiable personality, this does not negatively influence the relationships to others.”

Private

“Olaf is an amiable person and knows how to influence and engage people.
He is relyable, thorough and decent.
He also is a person with a strong sense of justice.
Looking at empathy and loyalty, he distinguishes himself in a positive way from many others.”

 

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Dr. Jan Damm


Title:
Managing Director

Employers: PharmSupport-Flexwerk

Working environment

“A valuable mixture of expertise, varying from GxP compliance to purchasing & business development. Olaf combines both worlds and ways of thinking in a refreshing manner.”

Private

“In search of an enthusiastic, driven and inspiring professional who thinks in solutions? Then Olaf is your man!”

 

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Angela Guzinski


Title:
Secretary

Employers: Philips Huberts Notarissen

Working environment

“I worked together with Olaf van der Linden at MSD (Schering-Plough, Organon, Diosynth). At that time Olaf was my manager. He was always committed towards his employees and took care of creating structure and resolving ones problems in the correct manner. During the aquisitions the company has gone through and the impact of the accompanying sphere, Olaf made sure to communicate in a clear and transparent way and restore calm. Olaf is very service oriented. In short: I enjoyed working with Olaf!!”

Private

“The the years I’ve worked with Olaf van der Linden I experienced as very pleasant. Olaf as a person is very social, sincere, loyal, motivating, enthusiastic, organized, very pleasant to deal with and someone to go to with problems and receiving the right feedback from. Olaf is a real people person.”

 

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Corné de Wit


Title:
 Senior Specialist Contracts, Center of Expertise Contract Management

Employers: Facilities Management MSD Oss

Working environment

“Olaf as a professional is someone who always has the drive to achieve his personal objectives. In a project Olaf works always close together with his team while he act as a leader to support the team members wherever he can. He always understand what the client has in mind and consult all the stakeholders involved. After that he will make decisions and goes for the most optimal solution. He is a professional negotiator, but that goes without saying after his years of experience as a purchasing manager.”

“Olaf is authentic and very clear about what he wants to achieve in his life. But above all he is a social person and towards his employees a real peoples person. It was always a pleasure to work with/for Olaf.”

Private

“Olaf is authentic and very clear about what he wants to achieve in his life. But above all he is a social person and towards his employees a real peoples person. It was always a pleasure to work with/for Olaf.”

 

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