Thijs van Stiphout – Business Support Engineer
What does your current role involve?
I am the interface between R&D and our customers. I’m a physicist, and make use of my technical background and knowledge to understand our customers’ needs, translate them into technical requirements for R&D, and work out the solutions to be implemented in our products.
What makes working at Canon Production Printing unique?
For me, it’s how we all work together, the connections and interactions with colleagues and your stakeholders. You are expected to take responsibility for and ownership of the part of the product you are working on. That gives you the sense that you are in the driving seat, with the opportunity to explore your own ideas. But what is also important is that people are willing to help you. We have a flat organizational structure which makes it easy to connect with both your colleagues and management.
Why did you join Canon Production Printing – and why do you stay?
After my internship at Canon Production Printing, I felt part of the family! I started as a media specialist, which enabled me to build a specialization and increase my knowledge about inkjet and media. I also appreciated the opportunity to work on several products and develop my role within the company. It’s continuously different, and that’s what I really like about my job. There are always opportunities to take the next challenge.
What is the most valuable thing you have learned at the company?
When I was studying Applied Physics at university, I just worked with other physicists. But since joining the Canon Production Printing, I have seen the importance of multidisciplinary teams, and that a team effort has greater impact than individual efforts. Here, we work with engineers, designers, chemists, and in my current role also with stakeholders in the business units. It’s really part of the DNA at Canon Production Printing to work in this multidisciplinary way with so many determined professionals – people who are committed to making things happen.