Julma Braat

HR Policy Advisor

TU/e support staff puts everything into place to provide educational and research support. Organized in ten support divisions with additional support staff in the departments, every division is responsible for its own finance, personnel and the setting and reaching of goals.

For our support services, we strive to achieve excellence based on nine leading principles: 

  • Support staff and scientific staff are in dialogue about needs and possibilities 
  • Trust and mutuality 
  • Management is focused on cooperation 
  • Operational excellence when needed, customer intimacy when possible 
  • Professionalism or support staff 
  • Lean & mean: effective and efficient 
  • Focus on personal and servant leadership 
  • Quality is key 
  • Open to use of assessments 

In this interview we talk to Julma Braat. She is policy advisor at the Personnel and Organization Department, where she is responsible for recruitment and career management of academic staff.

What makes working at the TU/e unique?

Julma: I really enjoy working with scientists. People who are really passionate about their research every day. I like the fact that I am one of the people who can ensure that our scientists can develop further. One of the ways I do this is by further shaping the career policy for scientific staff. With our recruitment activities we try to attract the right people who really fit within the TU/e. 
What great projects are you currently working on?

Julma: At the moment we are working hard on Employer Branding: how do we ensure that we are recognized as TU/e but also as a good employer? It is important to involve our own scientists in this recruitment of new scientists, because they know the right people. I am also secretary to the Interdepartmental Committees. These committees promote a fair trial in the assessment of scientists. 

I myself am very proud of the Dual Career Opportunity project. An innovative project in which the career opportunities of partners of scientists are already mapped out, while the scientist is not yet employed. These are often people we recruit abroad who bring their families with them. We find it very important that the family also feels at home in the TU/e environment. 

The focus here is really on people, because people are  most important at the TU/e. They do the research and inspire the students. So we are always looking for scientists who complement the team. 

What developments do you see in 3 years?

Julma: Cooperation is becoming increasingly important. I expect that as support staff we will increasingly work together more integrally. We need to think better about what our target group wants and what they need. There are already projects in which I collaborate with colleagues in finance or communication. But in order to provide the support that the scientist needs, this collaboration will have to take shape in a more intensive way. The new Atlas building, where all support services are housed together, will only strengthen this collaboration.

Where do you see yourself in 3 years?

Julma: There are many opportunities to develop within the TU/e. Probably I will still be a policy advisor in three years' time, but with very different subjects in my portfolio. Fifteen years ago I started here as an HR service employee. After studying I moved on to HR advisor within another department and for two years I have been a policy advisor. It is a combination of opportunities that are offered to you and of seeing opportunities yourself and tackling them with both hands.

Would you recommend the TU/e as an employer? 

Julma: Yes, you are dealing with many different people and different nationalities. You notice the rejuvenation by the students very well, that keeps you alert in your work. The campus has been renewed, there are many new modern buildings in the middle of an open and green site, which creates a nice atmosphere. Within the TU/e you are on the sidelines to ensure a good future for everyone.