SMITS started as a family business in 1948. We honor its tradition: our team consists of forty
people who know each other well on and beyond the work floor. By having a great team
dynamic, we can maintain the quality of our products while really working together: at
SMITS, job satisfaction comes first.
Rapid, technological changes make regular team meetings the foundation of engagement in
the workplace. Every week we discuss a variety of topics concerning SMITS as a company.
Think of questions like 'what are our pillars', what’s our main focus for the coming months'
and more. And, above all: why are we making these new decisions?
SMITS’ agile way of working leaves room for innovative solutions: “The onion is a tangible,
vulnerable produce. We require our products to meet the highest achievable quality, which
demands a sharp eye for constant adjustment and a short-term perspective," SMITS' director
Johan Otto explains.
The best way to go about this way of working, is with a relatively small
team; people who understand each other. “We run sprints of up to three months, to maintain
momentum and flexibility. By doing so, we achieve our goals while having the flexibility to
make necessary adjustments along the way.”
Production manager Wahid’s career started 22 years ago, and according to him, no day at
SMITS is the same. “I began my career at SMITS as a junior factory employee. Over time, I
started assisting the production manager with tasks like machine operation and staff
management. Now, I took over his role and lead our team. The positive vibe on the work floor
reflects our team’s spirit: everyone has their own tasks fitting their personal strengths. Staff
are given the opportunity to explore different skills or focus on one expertise. There’s a
reason why I've happily been working here for twenty years. We see a great future, in which
we can learn more”, says Wahid.