Hester van Middelkoop

Compliance Consultant
at ffiqs in the Netherlands

Helping my clients meet all requirements

My role is to support and advise our clients on compliance topics. This could be about financial management and administration, but also about the legislation of subsidies or subsidy schemes. At times, this can mean really going in depth: then I dig into the scheme text and make sure every requirement can be translated into concrete advice or support for the client. Providing our clients with the assurance that they meet all requirements gives me great satisfaction. This also leads me to liaise between our clients and the grant providers. In the end I find that this gives my clients a lot of comfort.

I always find time for a nice chat at the coffee machine

Let me start by saying that the many different aspects of my work make that no day is the same, but all days have in common that they are a little too short to tick everything off my TODO list! Having said that, although I start every day by making a schedule, I have lots of interesting meetings with clients every day about ongoing and new projects, and I am busy advising on financial and grant administration, I always find time for a nice chat at the coffee machine. Checking documents, invoices, payments and timesheets is also part of the job. Maybe I have something of an accountant because I always find it very satisfying when an administration is completely correct.

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Having impact on what our clients do

Making an impact is very important to me. For instance, I want to contribute to a better world, which means that in my work I need to be able to have an impact on what the companies we work with are doing. The grants we work with are mostly related to the sustainability of companies and their processes, products or services. By supporting these companies in obtaining and maintaining grants for their projects, I hope to contribute to a more sustainable future.

Working on things that matter

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