My first month at… Illumina

31 May 2019


Arthur Jacobs

The “My first month…” column will elaborate on the experiences of professionals who recently started their new job in the medical devices industry.

This article is about the experiences of  Arthur Jacobs (51) who recently started as a Trade Compliance Specialist at Illumina. We asked him a few questions about his first month at Illumina. If you want to know more about the company, Arthur and his experiences working at Illumina. Then keep on reading.

  • What is the work you do here?

I am the key contact for trade compliance affairs within the Netherlands and for the EMEA region. As a trade compliance specialist, you work with import and export activities, execute various tasks operationally for order releases and work on classification, valuation and country of origin determination.

  • Why is it the perfect fit?

It really is a perfect fit, because everything that goes around in this role, I have been involved with directly or indirectly. Different aspects of trade compliance; from customs regulations and harmonised tariff classification to incoterms and from country of origin determination (rules of origin) to data management. This and more aspects are all incorporated.

  • What is your first impression of the company?

It is a company with a lot of young people, great talents with good skill sets and incredibly focused on getting things done in order to deliver products and services to the customers. Furthermore, the people are very open to suggestions. From this they improve. The company culture promotes a continuous learning environment.

  • What are your growth ambitions?

I have just got a taste of the company. The way I see it, there are equal challenges and opportunities to grow. I really see growth potentials for me. Whether it is by using my skills and experiences in the same line of work or perhaps in another field. Which enables me to make positive contributions to the company and customers!


Thank you, Arthur, for sharing your experiences during your first month at Illumina. We wish you good luck and cannot wait to see what successes lie ahead of you. 

Want to get in contact with Arthur? You can reach him via his LinkedIn.