‘First Seek to Understand, Then to Be Understood’

Who are the people behind Accenture? What drives and inspires them on a daily basis? Through a series of portraits, we answer these questions and introduce you to our people.This is the portrait of Sander van der Heijden, Managing Director Chemicals & Natural Resources at Accenture Netherlands. 

Introducing Sander van der Heijden, Managing Director Strategy at Accenture Netherlands and member of the Netherlands Leadership Team (NLT).

Sander van der Heijden, Managing Director Chemicals & Natural Resources

‘I joined Accenture in April 2016 and in July I was invited to become part of the Netherlands Leadership Team. Being asked to join the NLT was both a great compliment and an enormous vote of confidence. The fact that most of Accenture’s Managing Directors are homegrown has its pros and cons. The obvious advantage is that the MDs know the organization, the industries, the people and their markets inside out, while the challenging part is the fact that one doesn’t necessarily have as much information from outside the organization as one would possibly like.’

‘Over the last 20 years I have worked for a variety of companies in both engineering and professional services. I see it as my responsibility to share my experiences and best practices that I have gained at other companies and clients. It was great to experience how open-minded and interested my colleagues are in learning new ideas and exploring new ways of doing things. In my opinion, being open minded and embracing change is one of the strengths of Accenture.’

More about Sander's passion, life-changing moments, and surprising facts are awaiting you to discover. Read his full story and explore the opportunities to join us and share your own stories at: www.werkenbijaccenture.nl

Author: Inge Abraham