Although it may not exactly be a household name, the 45-year-old Brazilian firm, Embraer, is one of the largest aerospace companies in the world. It is market leader in commercial jets with up to 120 seats, the fifth-largest manufacturer of executive jets in the world and the largest defence and security solutions company in Brazil.
Bustling, multi-cultural Amsterdam has been home to Embraer’s corporate and commercial activities, customer support and operational support for EMEA since 2015, and from where Embraer currently operates 972 aircraft in 59 countries throughout the region.
The company attributes a large part of its success to the experience and the dedication of every one of its 19,000 employees, from more than 20 nationalities, around the world. Indeed, when one talks to the people at the company’s Amsterdam EMEA Headquarters, one gets the feeling that this melting pot of peoples and cultures is perhaps the company’s secret weapon!
“We have employees from 30 different nationalities in the region. We are just like the United Nations, a microcosm of the world,” explains Human Resources Director for EMEA, Julian Ferrarese, a Dutch-American who joined Embraer in 2014, from outside the aerospace sector, to help set up the Amsterdam office.
Talent for the picking
Indeed, it is exactly the rich pool of talent from which to pick that made the Netherlands such an attractive proposition for the company. “The selection process for the positions of the business units was very rich, with candidates from various countries with great experience, which helped us to form qualified and complimentary teams,” explains Jorge Ramos, Embraer’s President for EMEA.
Brazilian, Pedro Paiva, EMEA Executive Aviation Support and Services Manager, states that ‘diversity encourages the exchange of experiences and the questioning of points of view’, a process that he claims the company has been able to capitalize upon in the service of its customers.
Strategic for growth
In addition to the availability of a multi-lingual, well-educated workforce, Ramos also cites the business climate as one of the top attractions of the Amsterdam location. “Amsterdam is strategic for our growth, as it is a city that offers mobility and easy connectivity to the region’s countries. We also see how the city works in harmony with the central government in The Hague to consolidate its position as one of the most attractive locations for companies to develop their business. In addition, the city is also very welcoming to foreigners.”
But it’s not just the management that are lyrical about their multicultural surroundings. “Everybody here is passionate about the company,” enthuses Anke Szulcek, a German, from the Commercial Aviation Contract Administration Department, working abroad for the very first time. “I see here growth opportunities for me, because I have colleagues who have been working in the company for years and who went through several different roles in several countries.”
It would seem that once Embraer’s employees are on board, they are in for a long and exciting flight!