An interview with Lydia, Senior Labelling Specialist, Body&Fit

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After 20 years of figure skating, striving for perfection is ingrained in who I am. Every second that I’m on the ice, whether I’m spinning, jumping or trying to land an axel, I’m always aiming to be the best that I can be. That’s why I love working at Body&Fit too — it’s our goal to be the best in what we do.

I’m a Senior Labelling Specialist, based in Heerenveen, and it’s my job to ensure that each product label is up to date, complies with Dutch and European regulations and looks perfect. In skating, you always aim to get it perfect and while you might fail 100 times in training, it’s the work you put in to get it right that determines your success. I think that reflects in my work. I always strive for excellence, even if it takes a bit more time.

I joined Body&Fit three years ago. I started in Customer Service before moving to my current role. I studied sports education, nutrition and dietetics in college and I’m a dietician and certified fitness trainer. I was already using Body&Fit products before I started working here so I feel like this company is the ideal merging of all my passions. It’s good to have that connection with the products, especially when I was working in Customer Service. With my background and knowing that weight loss is 80% diet and 20% exercise, I was able to make recommendations and educate consumers depending on whether they wanted to lose or gain weight.

Plus, it’s really flexible here. I always teach and skate on Tuesdays. It’s during work hours but Body&Fit allows me to make up the time during the rest of the week so that I can go to the rink, which is great. I wouldn’t be able to do that if I was working anywhere else.

There’s a real sense of teamwork and camaraderie at Body&Fit. Everybody is interested in food and sports so it’s easy to make friends and build a connection with your colleagues. A good example of how we work as a team is our four-eyes principle: I check what my colleague does and she checks what I do. Regulations can be difficult so we discuss everything with each other.

Now that I’ve been working as a Senior Labelling Specialist for two years in more of an overall compliance role, I’d like to develop my regulatory skills. Body&Fit is growing, expanding into new markets and launching products and there is always new and emerging legislation to take into account. So I’d like to play a bigger part in that side of things. I’m now a senior member of the team so another one of my goals is to mentor and guide my junior and mid-level colleagues which is a great addition to my daily tasks.