Meet Gert-Jan Bartels

Asian food has it all, but especially flavor! 

My name is Gert-Jan Bartels. I’m 33 years young and I’ve been with my girlfriend Romana for 8 years. We met when we were students in Groningen and we moved together to Amsterdam after finishing our studies. I’m ValueBlue’s Financial Controller and I’m responsible for the company’s day-to-day financial affairs. I also work on optimizing the ERP package and I help my colleagues where necessary.  

Besides my work, I spend a lot of time riding my racing bike, playing tennis and regularly meeting friends for drinks at a favorite terrace café or pub. I like to eat in good restaurants, but I also like cooking at home, especially Asian food. I love Bao Buns, Dumplings, Curry and Pho. Asian food has it all: sweet, sour, salt, spicy – but especially flavor. Travel is another great hobby of mine, and I spent 7 months traveling in Asia & Australia before I came to work at ValueBlue. I’m not a great person for quotes, but I like to take things easy and I never get too stressed out. So I’d say my motto is: “Enjoy life. There’s plenty of time to be dead” 

Lots of opportunities to challenge and develop myself 

I studied Accountancy & Control at the University of Groningen. After a fun time as a student, at the end of my Masters I moved to Amsterdam to finish my thesis. Quite soon after that, I got a job at Grapedistrict, which is a chain of wine shops that sells honest wines. There I was responsible for the finances from A to Z. After two-and-a-half years, I switched over to secondment so that I could learn about companies from the inside. After 5 different jobs, my final assignment was at ValueBlue. I liked it so much here that I applied for a permanent job.  

When I started at ValueBlue at the end of October, it felt comfortable and familiar from the start. I really liked the combination of friendly colleagues and the high degree of independence in a scale-up environment where not all the tasks are fully pre-set. And I get lots of opportunities here to challenge and develop myself!  

The BlueDolphin options have been expanded. Based on the 3 modules we offer, it’s a complete product that optimizes the collaboration and transparency of business processes. In the next 5 years, I believe that ValueBlue will become the market leader in Enterprise Architecture. We’ll soon be even more professional and will be active worldwide. The modules we supply will be even better in terms of their functionality. Team back-office will grow and become more and more important in the organization, and the demand for financial analyses and reports in the organization will increase.