“I personally got to know STIJL very well in 2012. At that time, we were working on a tender process for new trains for the Nederlandse Spoorwegen (Dutch Railways). It was a successful project: we won the contract. STIJL was involved in the tender process from the beginning.
At this stage, the focus was mainly on the process, was it properly structured? What I noticed is that STIJL thinks along with you, but also thinks a step further. ‘This is the way we see it today, but this could be the consequences for the future.’ The pre-qualification phase was followed by the bidding phase, during which STIJL played a more substantive role: what are the contract conditions, what does the contract look like, both from a legal and a commercial point of view?
STIJL obviously thinks from a legal perspective – which clauses are in accordance with the legal and, more importantly, the European framework? But STIJL also reflects on the commercial element: ‘pay attention to this, as it could give you a commercial advantage.’
What I also appreciate is that STIJL makes the effort to learn about the technology of trains and trams and to know the jargon. All in all, very pleasant to work with.”