One can play the role of accountant in a wide variety of worlds. Derk Jan once briefly explored a career in a larger accountancy firm, where one is a passing specialist and all revolves around money and little else. Considered a firm specializing in digital financial services. But it soon became apparent that he most preferred to be part of a company with a creative profile.

He joined ZJA at a time of significant changes. Moshé Zwarts, one of the two founders, retired and new partners joined the board and the company started growing.

‘I have been working here for ten years now and I really love the fact I have my own little shop, the cave that holds all the numbers, contracts and the money. I like the feeling I complement what is happening on the floor. I am no passing character, mine is an independent, useful function right at the heart of the company.’