Meet the Buroform crew: Robin De Ceuster

Variety abounds within the Buroform crew. Wondering what it’s like to work with us? Then take a look behind the scenes.

Robin de Ceuster

I am Robin and have been working at Buroform for more than four years now. Feel free to call me the jack of all trades within the finishing team.

At Buroform, I am responsible for…

I am part of the team that “finishes” the printing. Within that, my function is actually twofold. Primarily, I am responsible for the Horizon StitchLiner, which amounts to cutting, stapling, gluing, stitching and folding brochures and leaflets. So I put the finishing touches on the printing myself. On the other hand, I serve as our foreman’s right hand. I am the point of contact for my colleagues and help coordinate the work, adjust the machines, you name it.

I got my job at Buroform through…

After my studies, I worked as a graphic designer and digital printer for five years. Then I operated the folding machine in another company for six months. The latter challenge suited me less. Not because of the work per se, but because we worked in a shift system. I had to cut back considerably on my social life, and that is exactly what I find so important. At some point I got in touch with Jesse, manager at Buroform. He was looking for someone for both the graphics team and the finishing team. Since I had experience in both fields, I was allowed to choose. I chose to finish. I like having control over the final product. Every detail has to be right. What disappears in the box toward the customer must be taken care of to perfection.

My morning ritual is…

I get up around 6 am, quietly get ready and leave for Mechelen where I start my work day at 8 am. I have half an hour to bulldoze, so I drive on in time to try to avoid the busiest part of the traffic jam anyway.

What people don’t know about my position is….

I have to pay attention to a lot of things, and sometimes they are minuscule details. Thus, my job is to help ensure that my colleagues can do their jobs perfectly. I check that the paper came in properly, that the printing was packed as requested by the customer, that everything happened as stated on the work orders. All small things that can have major consequences if not meticulously followed.

My proudest moment at Buroform is….

A while ago, our foreman was on vacation. Then I was given the task of replacing him for a week. Being allowed to bear that responsibility really stirred something in me. I have been working here for a good four years and suddenly I was put in charge. Surely I saw that as a form of recognition. If the colleagues also say afterwards how well you did, you should be proud 😊.

What I like most about working at Buroform is….

Colleagues. The atmosphere in our team is fantastic. There is work to be done, but laughter is also allowed. Within our team, everyone pulls the same rope. Even when criticism is once given, we try to see the positive in it. It reflects perfectly how well matched we are.

On weekends you’ll find me…

Rarely at home! I work out, play soccer and like to hang out with friends. My social life is incredibly important. Also during the week, I am constantly out of the house: soccer practices, indoor soccer… When I am among people, I am happy.

If I wasn’t a member of the finishing crew, I’d be….

Maybe cartoonist. As early as elementary school, I constantly heard how good I was at drawing. Later I went on to study graphic design and there, too, my talent must have caught people’s eye. At one point I was even asked by a company in Ostend as a cartoonist. But I was still young, I didn’t want to be so far away from home. Leaving everyone behind, I didn’t see the point. I didn’t take the step then, and although many still don’t understand that, I don’t regret it. I made other choices and I am still very happy about that.

The best career advice I have ever received….

“That I’m a stupid chicken because I never got into that comic book story!” :D
No, I don’t know very well. Personally, I just believe that you should use your mind and always keep going for it. My motto is: give 100% and don’t regret anything. I might have been a cartoonist. I chose the graphic arts field. And I enjoy doing my job immensely.

Stay tuned. We continue to share stories about each member of our team. That’s how you get to know what it’s really like to work at Buroform.

Would you like to be part of our #buroform team? Then take a quick look at our job openings and there might be something for you.

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