¡Hola Oscar! What does a Sales Analyst at Amadeus Benelux do?
Everything related to figures, really. Budgets, forecasts, business cases,… every day I encounter something new. And that’s the way I like it, too. Some tasks feel repetitive, sure, but that helps me appreciate the good stuff even more!
What makes your job so interesting?
The job diversity you get at Amadeus. As the single point of contact with Madrid, for instance, I can really employ my expertise to help advance processes internally. I’m also in charge of a CRM system, locally. I guess I’ve earned that level of responsibility over the years. I’ve been working for Amadeus since the year 2000. That’s a long time, right? (laughs)
After more than 17 years, you must have seen things change?
I certainly have. Amadeus is a very dynamic company. Things are always changing. Not only the technology and the people, but the culture, too. That’s the way it should be.
When did you move to Amsterdam?
I have always been fascinated with travel and the flow of people, so after my first job, I went looking for a job in the travel industry. I quickly found work at Amadeus HQ in Madrid. I loved my time there, but after a while I wanted to move to Amsterdam. So I did, in 2008. That’s one of the beauties of working for Amadeus, you can truly move around.
Is Amsterdam still as attractive as it was then?
Of course! My original reasons might have changed, but in the end I fell in love with this city. The people, the way of thinking, everything so close by – it’s wonderful.
Sometimes I miss Spain, and the sun in particular, but I certainly plan to stay here for the foreseeable future.
How is your Dutch coming along?
I was afraid that might come up. (laughs) By now I understand about 80% of what people say, but I’m so afraid to speak Dutch myself. I can’t stand making mistakes, you know. I do want to make an effort though, but people speak such good English here. It’s hard to get some practice in.
Have you followed your passion for travel around the world?
One trip that stands out in my memories is when I went to Cuba. We rented a car and drove around the island in 2 weeks. I wanted to go before everything became too Americanised. We really got to know the local population during that trip, because we always stayed at locals’ houses. The people there really inspired me. Very little money, but so happy. They had to get their food with stamps, but they were content.
Do you have a personal motto?
In Spain I always used to be late. But now I appreciate punctuality much more. Especially in a professional setting. So that’s what I always abide by: never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
Who would you like to sit next to in our following installment?
I would like to see Lennert Kerremans do this. He’s one of our valued Business Support Controllers.
Care to link up?Find Oscar Gurpide on LinkedIn here.