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Diego is ready for the Al Andalus Ultimate Trail!

In our series ‘People of Pauwels Consulting’, our colleagues introduce themselves and talk about how they experience working at Pauwels Consulting. Today, we are going to get acquainted with Diego De Doncker, Engineering Consultant at Pauwels Consulting.


Diego talks about his current project and about the extreme sports challenge he will face in July in honor of his 40th birthday. Curious? Read on!
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Six years in a row: Pauwels Consulting is Trends Gazelle 2016 for the province of Flemish Brabant

Each year, the financial-economic weekly Trends nominates the 200 fastest-growing and financially sound companies in each Belgian province. Each of these companies contributes significantly to the dynamics, employment and innovation in their region.

For the sixth consecutive year, Pauwels Consulting was one of the winners. Pauwels Consulting has received an amazing 7 Trends Gazelle awards in the last five years. A remarkable achievement.

We spoke with Bert Pauwels, founder and CEO of Pauwels Consulting. Read more

Important differences between ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 9001:2008

Pauwels Consulting assists companies in Belgium and abroad in setting up and monitoring quality systems and continuously improving business processes. We have a number of experienced ISO 9001 consultants on board to achieve this.

Luc Marivoet is one of our quality experts. We interviewed Luc about the publication of the new ISO 9001:2015 standard and the main differences between ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 9001:2008. Read more

2015 CWS Summit Europe – Challenges in Contingent Workforce Management

The 2015 CWS Summit Europe took place in Amsterdam on Tuesday 21 April and Wednesday 22 April, 2015. The CWS Summit is an annual conference where international companies, Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and Vendor Management System (VMS) providers discuss the latest trends in contingent workforce management.

Van Nguyen and Jan Fyens represented Pauwels Consulting at the CWS Summit. We had a brief conversation with Jan Fyens about one of the most important trends in contingent workforce management: the increasing number of contractors, consultants and temporary workers in companies and the implications of this trend for talent management. Read more

GDP Compliance is a continuous process

The publication of the new EU Good Distribution Practices (GDP) Guidelines in March 2013 has urged many companies in the pharmaceutical and biotech supply chain to invest in systems and procedures to become and remain compliant with the new GDP as soon as possible.

Cogezaf, a wholesaler of pharmaceuticals from Gembloux, Belgium, is one of these companies. We spoke with Cogezaf’s Managing Director, Quality Officer and GDP expert Lieven Van Landuyt (Pauwels Consulting) to learn how they plan to make and keep Cogezaf compliant with the EU GDP guidelines. Read more

Pauwels Consulting ist ein dynamisches und kreatives Team

Pauwels Consulting arbeitet intensiv und gerne mit Elia zusammen, dem Betreiber des belgischen Übertragungsnetzes mit Sitz in Brüssel.

Wir befragen unsere Kunden regelmäßig zu Ihren Erfahrungen in der Zusammenarbeit mit Pauwels Consulting. So können wir unsere Dienstleistung kontinuierlich verbessern.

Nachfolgend lesen Sie, was Herr Grégory Huon, Head of Substation Replacement Projects bei Elia Engineering, über die Zusammenarbeit mit Pauwels Consulting zu sagen hat. Mehr lesen

Preparing for the Zermatt Marathon: Where there’s a will there’s a way!

Bert Pauwels and Niels Declerck are Managing Director and Key Account Manager at Pauwels Consulting. Despite their busy schedules, they still find the time take part in extraordinary sports events.

After successfully completing the New York Marathon in November, Bert and Niels will run the Zermatt Marathon in July. That’s 42 kilometers straight to the top! Do you want to know how Bert and Niels prepare for this crazy sports event? Read the article

The benefits of joining a consulting firm

You love consulting and others tell you you’re good at it. You have lots of knowledge and experience to share, you’re a great team player, you’re a big help for your client and the people you work with… but you can’t market yourself.

This is a common problem that many consultants face at some point in their career. And it’s a problem you have to deal with. The solution to this problem is surprisingly simple: join a consulting firm. Read more

8 Characteristics of great consultants. Do you have what it takes?

In our latest article on consulting we discussed the benefits of consultancy. As a consultant you usually enjoy a varied job and lots of opportunities to quickly expand your knowledge, experience and professional network.

Despite these benefits though, consulting jobs are often overlooked by job seekers. This is a pity because consulting may very well be one of the most rewarding professions in the world… if you are a good fit for the job.

That’s what this article is all about: finding out whether you have what it takes to be a successful and a happy consultant. Read more

Pauwels Consulting – Trends Gazelles 2014

Each year, the financial-economic weekly Trends nominates the 200 fastest growing and financially healthy companies in each Belgian province. Each of these companies contributes significantly to the dynamics, employment and innovation in their region. On February 19, 2013, the Trends Gazelles of the province of Flemish Brabant 2014 were honored in Brussels.

It is with great joy and pride that I can annouce that, for the fourth consecutive year, Pauwels Consulting has been selected as the fastest growing enterprise in the province of Flemish Brabant. Read more

Fünf Mal in Folge: Pauwels Consulting Trends Gazelle 2015 der Provinz Flämisch-Brabant

Jedes Jahr wählt das wöchentlich erscheinende Wirtschafts- und Finanzmagazin „Trends“ separat für jede Provinz 200 Unternehmen aus, die am schnellsten wachsen und die finanziell am gesündesten sind, die durch ihr Wirken einen wichtigen Beitrag zur Dynamik, zur Arbeitsplatzversorgung und zu Innovationen leisten. Am 25. Februar wurden die sogenannten Trends Gazellen der Provinz Flämisch-Brabant ausgezeichnet.

Pauwels Consulting gehört im fünften Jahr in Folge zu den Preisträgern. In den vergangen fünf Jahren hat Pauwels Consulting bemerkenswerte sechs Trends-Gazelle-Awards gewonnen. Eine außerordentliche Leistung.

Wir trafen uns mit Bert Pauwels, dem Gründer und CEO von Pauwels Consulting zu einem Gespräch. Mehr lesen

The new EU GDP guidelines turn 1. Are you ready for GDP inspections?

In March 2013, the new EU Guidelines for Good Distribution Practice (GDP) were published. The GDP guidelines describe the European guidelines for storage, transport and distribution of medicinal products. As such, the GDP guidelines are very important to both the pharmaceutical and logistics industries.

Now, one year after publication, GDP inspectors are carrying out (or are about to carry out) the first inspections according to the new GDP guidelines.

Luc Huybreghts, Senior Quality Assurance Consultant Pharma Services at Pauwels Consulting and chairman of the 2014 GDP Inspection Readiness Workshop at the 2014 Cool Supply Systems & Solutions Conference in Brussels, discusses how pharmaceutical companies can prepare for inspections concerning the new GDP guidelines. Read more

What is consulting? And what’s in it for you?

Our recruiters speak with potential new consultants every day. These meetings often bring up similar questions such as “What is consulting?”, “Why should I become a consultant?” and “Do you think I would make a good consultant?”

For this reason we have decided to write a number of articles on consulting. In these articles we will answer frequently asked questions on consulting. At the same time we invite you to share your questions on consulting.

In this first article we describe, in short, how consulting works and why so many others already decided to become a consultant. Read more

Quality Assurance and Supply Chain Management: a consultant’s story

In our series “Consultants tell their stories”, today we want to introduce you to Mehdi Bennani, Quality Assurance Consultant at Pauwels Consulting. Mehdi combines Quality Assurance and Supply Chain Management projects with the challenging APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) educational program to further extend his knowledge of Supply Chain Management. Read more

A short introduction to Lean and TPS

On Thursday October 24, Eddy Claeys introduced the back-office team of Pauwels Consulting to the basics of the Lean methodology. Eddy’s expertise with Lean and teaching Lean resulted in an inspiring workshop all of us enjoyed.

In his workshop, Eddy introduced the most important principles of the Toyota Production System (TPS), probably the most renowned systematic implementation of Lean principles. Read more

Jay to the Z – What job seekers can learn from Jay-Z

On Monday, October 21, Jay-Z performed at the Antwerp Sportpaleis. Jay-Z… one of the most successful rappers in history. His success is phenomenal, but it hasn’t always been like this. Not at all.

Jay Z’s story reads like the perfect ‘American dream come true’. It involves life lessons everyone can learn from. Especially if you are looking for a new job.
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To hop or not to hop? That’s the question.

A few months ago, we stumbled upon an interesting article in Forbes about “The Pros and Cons of Job Hopping”. The article provides a fresh take on the benefits and drawbacks of changing jobs every few years.

The article concluded that “if you do it for the right reasons and maintain healthy relationships with past employers, the pros should outweigh the cons and you’ll be seen as a flexible, recourceful candidate”. Let’s see how this applies to you. Read more

New York City Marathon, here we come!

October is almost behind us, November is just around the corner. This means that the streets of New York will soon be filled with runners again. On November 3, to be precise. That’s when the legendary New York City Marathon will be run.

We are proud to announce that ‘our’ Niels Declerck and Bert Pauwels will join the runners in New York to run one of the most legendary races in the world. Both of them with their own motivation and goals. Read more

What job seekers can learn from Miley Cyrus and Sinead O’Connor

A week ago, the 20-year old American pop star Miley Cyrus started a public fight with the 46-year old Irish singer and all-time rebel Sinead O’Connor.

O’Connor publicly expressed her concerns about Cyrus’ new bad girl image and Cyrus replied by making a fool of O’Connor and her ‘motherly advice’.

This story has at least 3 lessons job seekers may take to heart. Read more

Body language in Job Interviews – 14 Tips for Success

In our previous article we shared 16 tips about body language in job interviews. We described the importance of the first hand shake, your overall posture and the movements you make with your head, eyes, arms and hands.

In this article we share 14 extra tips to control your body language in job interviews. We discuss what to do with your shoulders, torso, back, legs, face and voice. Do you like what your body is saying about you? Read more

Be A Hero For One Day and My Challenge 2014

In 2010, Stefaan Engels ran a marathon every single day. In 2013, he inspires others to take up running and/or to improve their running skills. Every day individual runners and running teams run at least 1 (relay) marathon at the Watersportbaan in Ghent.

We are 8 months into the ‘Be A Hero For One Day’ project now. A great time for some reflection on what we have achieved so far. We asked Stefaan Engels about his experiences of the past 8 months. Read more

The eyes can’t lie! 16 Tips about body language in job interviews.

Body language is important. Very important. You can say what you want during a job interview, but if your body language tells a different story, you may seem insecure, unreliable or arrogant.

In previous articles we wrote about before and during your job interview. In this article we take it one step further with detailed tips to use your body language as a powerful means of communication. Read more

Be A Hero For One Day – Come run with us on September 14!

Last May and June, colleagues and supporters of Pauwels Consulting joined forces to run several Ekiden relays at the Watersportbaan in Ghent. Along the way, we faced some heroic weather conditions. We ran under bright blue skies, ominous clouds and fierce rain showers. But we had great fun all the way! That’s why we want to invite you to run with us once more on Saturday, September 14!
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A Passion for Operational Excellence and Lean Management

In our series “Consultants tell their stories”, today we want to introduce you to Khalid Benaissa. Khalid is an experienced Operational Excellence Consultant. Khalid joined Pauwels Consulting in 2012.

Khalid tells about his vision on Operational Excellence, Lean Management and People Management. An inspiring interview about a rich career and a passion for the job.Read more

What does the word “Engineer” mean to you?

Nearly 40 years ago I graduated as an industrial engineer. I considered starting my career as representative or technical manager. These were the two most obvious career options for new engineers.

When I look around me now, I notice that young engineers are often still thinking along the same lines. That is not bad, but it should not limit your ambitions. Because there are so much more possibilities for engineers!

Read how Jan Mertens, Project Manager with Pauwels Consulting, thinks about engineering and the benefits of the job.Read more

What job seekers can learn from Michael Jordan

Labeled by many as the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan is a living example of what talent, focus and perseverance can do for your life and your career. And Jordan has never been afraid of sharing his vision on things.

In this article we share some of Jordan’s most inspirational quotes on success, failure, stress, patience and perseverance. Practicable wisdom from the basketball court that can help you land your dream job.
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A Risk Mitigation Approach for Identifying and Classifying Modes of Transport According to EU GDP

Pauwels Consulting was recently contacted by Pharmaceutical Outsourcing, the Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Contract Services, to share our thoughts on implementing a risk mitigation approach for identifying and classifying modes of transport according to EU GDP.

As one of our subject matter experts on EU GDP and temperature-controlled storage, transport and distribution, Luc Huybreghts shared his thoughts on the new trends in the EU GDP, the most important changes versus the draft version of July 15, 2011, and a risk mitigation approach to safely identify and classify modes of transport according to the new EU GDP.
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Orphan drugs: Agile development to fight rare diseases

Recently there was a national controversy in Belgium over Victor, a 7-year-old aHUS patient. aHus is a rare and deadly kidney disease and requires a treatment every two weeks. This treatment is very expensive and questions arose as to who had to pay for the high costs.

I cannot and I will not answer this question, but I can and I do want to give you more insight into the development of drugs for rare diseases. Because this is an interesting and life-saving industry… an industry which I work in every single day. Welcome to the world of orphan drugs!
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How to break the ice before a job interview

“How much does a polar bear weigh? Enough to break the ice!”

OK, this is probably not the most original nor the most appropriate icebreaker to use before a job interview. But you get the point, right? Icebreakers can certainly help you relieve tension before a job interview.

In this article we will discuss some tips on how to break the ice before a job interview. And our tips do not involve any use of polar bears!
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How to set your LinkedIn privacy settings for maximum visibility

This is the fourth article in our miniseries on using LinkedIn to build your brand, grow your network and find your dream job.

In our first article, we shared 5 tips to master LinkedIn. In our second article, we shared 8 tips to complete your LinkedIn profile. In our third article, we shared 9 additional tips to polish your LinkedIn profile. In this fourth article we share additional tips to increase your visibility on LinkedIn.
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Polish your LinkedIn Profile: 9 Tips for More Success

This is the third article in our miniseries on using LinkedIn to build your brand, grow your network and find your dream job.

In our first article, we shared 5 tips to master LinkedIn. In our second article, we shared 8 tips to complete your LinkedIn profile. In this third article, we share 9 additional tips to polish your LinkedIn profile to further increase your chances of success.
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Complete your LinkedIn profile and get more opportunities through LinkedIn

Last week we shared 5 tips to increase your success on LinkedIn. We discussed, among other things, the importance of a complete LinkedIn profile. According to Linkedin, a 100% complete LinkedIn profile makes you 40(!) times more likely to receive opportunities through LinkedIn.

In this article we share 8 tips to complete your LinkedIn profile and to optimize your online visibility and findability. Having a LinkedIn profile is just the beginning. Having a complete profile is your gateway to success. So let’s get started!
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Your LinkedIn profile is NOT just your online resume

Are you looking for a new job? Do you want others to contact you about interesting jobs and business opportunities? Then it is time to optimize your LinkedIn Profile and to grow your online network.

This article is the first in a miniseries on using LinkedIn to build your brand, grow your network and find your dream job.

In this article you will learn about the massive potential of LinkedIn, and you will discover 5 Golden Tips to help you get the most from the network.
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What (not) to do while waiting for a job interview

Congratulations! You are about to have and you are ready to make an overwhelming impression. You just passed the reception and you were asked to take a seat waiting for your interview. You are now waiting for the recruiter to show up. What do you do?

Do you sit down, look out of the window, do you check your emails on your smartphone? What you are doing now could determine your future! The following do’s and don’ts can help you make a good first impression.
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Want a job interview? Leave a compelling voicemail message!

No matter how good your resume, your motivation letter, your reputation and your written communication may be, good telephone skills are critical for your job search.

In our previous blog post we discussed the importance of having an inviting voicemail message. But what to do when you have to call (back) a recruiter? How do you leave a compelling voicemail message that invites a recruiter to call you back?
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5 Salary negotiation tips to start your new job on the right foot

An interesting job, a fun work environment, great career opportunities … These are all features that can make your job attractive. But each month you will have to pay your bills. So at some point, you will need to talk about money.

At what point in your job application process should you indicate how much you want to earn? And how can you do this without coming across as a greedy Scrooge McDuck? In this article you will find 5 salary negotiation tips to start your new job on the right foot.
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Crafting the perfect elevator pitch: What is your story?

When somebody asks you what you are doing for a living, what do you say? And suppose you would have 3 sentences to describe yourself, your wishes and ambitions to talk yourself into the company of your dreams. What would this sound like?

In this article you will discover 4 important features of a good ‘elevator pitch’ that will make sure that the right people will think and talk about you at the right time: when they need you!
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Pauwels Consulting erneut für Trends Gazelle nominiert

Each year, the financial-economic weekly Trends nominates 200 fast-growing companies in each Belgian province. Each of these companies contributes significantly to the dynamics, employment and innovation in their region. On March 21, 2013, the Trends Gazelles of 2013 were honored in Brussels.

Following past nominations as Trends Gazelle with the Small Enterprises in the province of Flemish Brabant (2011), Trends ICT Gazelle in Flanders (2011) and Trends Gazelles Ambassador with the Mid-Sized Enterprises in Flemish Brabant (2012), Pauwels Consulting has now been nominated as Trends Gazelle in the province of Flemish Brabant for the third consecutive year.
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Traveling the world as Head of Quality for a biotech startup

Comparative shopping sites are gaining popularity fast. With good reason! Why would you pay more for a product or service if you can get the same quality at a lower price? Based on product features and price, comparative shopping sites help us determine where to get the highest quality at the lowest price.

If only such websites would exist for the pharmaceutical industry! The global nature of this industry makes it challenging to find the best place for buying raw materials and for finding partners for the production, storage, transport and distribution of pharmaceutical products.

In this article you will discover who takes care of this never-ending search for the optimum quality and price, and why it is such an amazing job. Click here to read the full article.

Highlights of the new EU GDP

On Thursday 7 March, 2013 the long-expected EU Good Distribution Practices (EU GDP) were published. These guidelines are important for both the pharmaceutical industry and the logistical and distribution companies. Distribution of medicinal products is an important activity in the integrated supply chain management.

In this article you will discover the highlights of the new EU GDP. This article is the outcome of informal discussions with leading experts in the field of cold chain management and temperature controlled transport at the 2013 Cold Supply Chain Conference in Brussels. Click here to read the full article

Temperature Controlled Transport – A Risk Mitigation Approach according to EU GDP

On Thursday 7 March 2013 Luc Huybreghts, Senior QA Consultant Pharma Services with Pauwels Consulting, gave a presentation on temperature controlled transport of pharmaceutical products at the Cold Supply System & Solutions (CSS2013) Conference in Brussels.

In his presentation Luc Huybreghts discussed the influence of the new EU Good Distribution Practices on transportation. He presented a risk mitigation approach for identifying and classifying different modes of transport. Read more

The benefits of using recruitment agencies for your job search

Recruitment Agencies are increasingly popular. More and more companies are relying on the expertise of a recruitment agency for filling vacant positions and projects. But also more and more candidates are finding their way to these agencies!

In this article you will discover how a recruitment agency works, you will learn different types of recruitment and the benefits of recruitment agencies if you are looking for a new job.
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Personal branding: Build your own brand. Now!

Ten years ago LinkedIn did not yet exist. Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Google+ neither. Nowadays anyone with a computer and an internet connection can build connections and share information with the entire world. This offers huge opportunities for your future job searches and your career in general.

In this article you will discover how to strengthen your network, visibility and findability through personal branding. Through personal branding you can distinguish yourself from other applicants. And you can ensure that interesting jobs will find you, even if you are not yet actively looking for a new job.
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Join us at the Cold Supply System and Solutions 2013 Conference

On Thursday 7 March 2013 Luc Huybreghts, Senior QA Consultant Pharma Services with Pauwels Consulting, will speak at the Cold Supply System & Solutions (CSS2013) Conference in Brussels.

In his presentation Luc Huybreghts will discuss the influence of the new EU Good Distribution Practices on transportation. He will speak about a risk mitigation approach for identifying and classifying different modes of transport. Read more

Be A Hero: Run with us and support us on Saturday 2 March 2013

On February 9 2013, the Heroes of Pauwels Consulting and Medical People completed their first marathon at the Watersportbaan in Ghent, Belgium. A wonderful and unique experience! Next Saturday 2 March 2013, we run our second marathon in Ghent.

Do you want to enjoy the special atmosphere at the Watersportbaan in Ghent? Then come run with us (5 or 10 kilometres) and/or come support us on March 2nd. We count on you! Click here to read the full article.

How to choose and use job boards for your job search

Job boards can be of great help when you are looking for a new job. However, over the years many different kinds of job boards have been created. This raises questions on how to use these job boards.

In this article we briefly discuss the different kinds of job boards and the most frequently used job boards in Belgium. We will also give tips on how to find your ideal job on job boards and how you can be found by recruiters – even when you are not actively searching for a new job.
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Job search in stealth mode: How to Keep Your Job Search Discreet

So you are ready for a new job. Maybe you are looking for your first job or a job that will suit you better. In the first case you can openly begin your search. In the second case, you may have an employer for whom you want to hide your search. In this article we share tips on how to increase your chances for a job interview while keeping your job search discreet.
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Temperature controlled transport according to current EU GDP

Luc Huybreghts, Senior QA Consultant Pharma Services at Pauwels Consulting is involved in several interesting projects with various large pharmaceutical companies in Belgium. Most of these projects deal with controlling the storage, transport and distribution of pharmaceutical products.

Luc shares insights from his work through papers and presentations on a regular basis. In this article Luc discusses a presentation he gave at the College Day of the Belgian Cleanroom Workgroup on November 8, 2012.
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Pauwels Consulting and Medical People run their first marathon

On February 9, the Heroes of Pauwels Consulting and Medical People completed their first marathon at the Watersportbaan in Ghent. As part of our commitment to the Be A Hero For One Day initiative Niels, Ralph, Klaas, Katia, Christophe and Bert joined forces to run a full marathon… and an additional 5 kilometres! It was a joy to do this! The short video below gives a nice impression of the day.
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