Passionate employees at a unique location
What do the employees at Brussels Airport have in common? A bustling and international work environment, and lots of adrenaline. For working at the airport is addictive. There is always something happening. Each month, nearly 2 million passengers pass through the airport and up to 40,000 tons of cargo are handled. Pilots, travel guides, security agents, waiters, store managers, administrative staff and many others are working around the clock, to help the passengers.
“Every day is different"
Samir Derrouich works as a manager at Autogrill. After a career as a waiter he moved up the ladder to become Shift Supervisor and Assistant Terminal Manager. His brief? To train and guide one hundred catering staff at Brussels Airport. During busy times he also helps out in the restaurants and bars, so customers can sit back and enjoy a delicious meal or cup of coffee.
Samir: “We want to pamper our passengers, so that they set off with a smile. And that's just what makes the airport such a heavenly working environment. Every day you meet new people from all over the world. And with so many suitcases and backpacks the holiday atmosphere is always in the air."
“I started at Autogrill with the idea of staying for a few months. I’ve been working here now for fifteen years. I’m given every opportunity to train and grow. And I think I can say I know almost everyone at the airport. I really enjoy working here!”
Meeting place for staff, passengers and neighbours
What developments in terms of catering has Samir seen at the airport? “There is a much wider range of bars and restaurants at the airport than there used to be. There was a beer café and a snack bar back then, and that was enough. Today’s passengers demand much more variety. That’s why we have a sushi restaurant, an oyster bar and an Italian restaurant. Belgorama serves real Belgian classic dishes, such as vol-au-vents and stews, and Hi! Brussels has Belgian beers, Liège waffles and chips in a cone on the menu. Something for everybody. And not just for passengers, because employees and people living nearby often drop in for a bite to eat. Everybody is welcome!”
Fastest way to a job at the airport
Karen Scheelen works for the Brussels Airport House. The employment agency for the airport, you could say. Together with her colleagues she collects all the job vacancies at the airport and puts job seekers and employers in contact with each other.
Karen: “The airport accommodates more than 260 companies: airlines, (logistics) companies at Brucargo and support services." “They are constantly looking for new and motivated employees for very different kinds of jobs. We help them find the right person.”
“Do you know our website? All the vacancies are posted there. And you will also find more information about our activities and training there: until the end of December you can follow a general info session on jobs at the airport - after that, we will go digital. Working in an international setting is a dream job for many people, and we often see it: once you're bitten by the aviation bug, you're hooked!”
Are you ready for a new challenge? Find your dream job on www.brusselsairporthouse.be.