I work on a freelance basis for the RvA, as a Lead Assessor and as overall Lead Assessor . With regard to the latter position I manage several Lead Assessors for major clients, who in turn manage their own teams of technical experts.
I have clients in the Netherlands but I also visit organisations in countries such as Japan, China and India. As a Lead Assessor you get to go to all kinds of places. It’s important that you have a helicopter view and a feel for personal communication because whilst we assess according to the standards the way in which you convey the results also plays an important role.
Generally, once I understand something I can quickly become bored but that’s not a risk in this job – it’s far too varied. You are constantly dealing with changes, like new standards, so you have to constantly keep pace. It’s this that makes my work so fascinating and challenging.