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Updated: Apr 7, 2021

Recruitment of candidates is the function preceding the selection, which helps create a pool of prospective employees for the organization so that the management can select the right candidates for the right job from such pool. Moreover, the main objective of the recruitment process is to expedite the selection process.

Meet Natasha Makhijani, CEO and Founder of Oliver Sanderson Group PLC, who always seeks something more to provide you with the best solution possible for your recruitment needs. Natasha’s desire for something more led her to launch her own business. What started as one lady and a laptop has now become a worldwide company, Oliver Sanderson Group PLC.

The Firm Start

Degree Qualified from City University and a Master in HR from the USA. Natasha began her professional career with Hays Logistics on their graduate scheme. She set up the Victoria office with her manager, and within two years, the Victoria office and the staff of eight were the top-performing office in the country. She was offered the opportunity to work with Michael Page and Robert Walters. She started with Michael Page Human Resources, and she became their top biller within HR during her first year. She helped set up their St Albans office and then moved to London to set up permanent recruitment for the Public Sector. Later, Natasha was promoted to Managing Consultant and contributed to the growth of the Public sector office. She considers herself lucky to have had a revelation to an entrepreneurial community from an early age, and she believes this helped her to shape into somebody who is vibrant and enthusiastic and with a keen interest and passion for business.

Solutions on The Go

Oliver Sanderson is a dynamic brand in Executive Search & Selection who look after Perm and Interim assignments to FTSE 100 & 250 clients. They offer retained, exclusive and contingent end to end recruitment in a variety of disciplines and serving major UK & Global sectors. They also provide cutting edge service solutions to customers, ensuring the needs are met in tune with the changing marketplace. As the market changes, so do the needs of candidates and clients, and the expert team at Oliver Sanderson ensures there are strategies created around new topics matters, IR35 and BAME, to name a few, to satisfy client and candidate needs.

Oliver Sanderson offers access to new products such as their mobile job app from candidate attraction, to Drag & Drop to 1st stage video interviewing platform through their sister company Snapp CV Group PLC. Devising an alternative method of recruitment through their technology strategy has helped to move forward in the recruitment space, and they are excited about developing the digital side to recruitment through the use of Artificial Intelligence with new products due to be launched Q2 2020.

Strategic Manoeuvre

Natasha states that employers need to ensure there are adequate training and development practices in place for employees, and they need to give them the tools to go out and become independent and deliver to customers. To do this, Natasha has carefully crafted an 18-week learning program, enhanced as to work closely with APSCo to train their recruiters. She encourages the team to get involved in business planning and help to develop the growth strategy of the business by giving them a voice and making them shareholders in the company if they are successful and prove they are part of the team and the journey. Natasha and her team create these strategies by listening to their consultants, our board, and the marketplace. Natasha wants them to feel included, feel like business owners, and be thoroughly in the journey of the company, and she thinks it gives you a sense of ownership and pride.

Achievements on the Rise

For Natasha, setting up Oliver Sanderson was one for most significant achievements. She spent most of her first career in a corporate company and took great pleasure in crafting a recruitment company and working on how she thought it should be created and ran. She is proud that her company has achieved worldwide success and continues an upward trajectory. She is also one of the founders of Snapp CV Group PLC, which is a free job board and video interviewing platform. Together, they are about to launch for Series A VC funding, and with new products launching very soon in the AI space of Phase 2, the sky is the limit. To confirm, Snapp CV Group PLC will quickly be offering a database of 14 million candidates globally and access to 168,000 jobs. They are at the cutting edge of technology in recruitment, and Natasha can’t wait to lead the recruitment market into the next era. Watch this space.

Future Endeavours

Natasha states the industry that she works in is an ever-changing one, and you must continually evolve to adapt to the also ever-changing economic, political, and social climates. The market is changing, considering the Global Pandemic of the Coronaviruses, IR35 regulations being imposed on the Private Sector in April 2021 and, of course, the UK exiting the EU. Recruitment itself is also changing and particularly when it comes to technology. Gone are the days of completing a paper application, and we need to embrace this. People and companies who do not evolve will become stuck and lost. Technology is a major driving force in recruitment nowadays and who’s to say that in a few years something as fundamental as a CV is no longer as it is. It could become a one-page bio and a video attachment. Natasha has led the way on with Snapp CV Group PLC. Despite the influx of new technology, one must not forget that in executive search, the human touch is always required.

What Comes More?

The one thing that Natasha would like to accomplish is growth to an exceptional level in the interim side of our business. She would also like to open offices internationally, and she has already started exploring New York, India, and The Netherlands. She thinks it is essential for her to diversify the working practices and reach out; there is still so much for us to learn and expand. We also recognise that we must be mindful of a changing workplace due to the Global Pandemic and companies changing working practices and how they hire. The next six to twelve months will affect how business strategy is taken forward depending on the Global economy. There is rise for change and its about embracing new ways of working for everyone. Change brings opportunity it’s about navigating your way through the choppy waters to ensure a successful outcome.

Hand-in-Hand with Technology

Natasha believes in moving with time. It is essential to know that change is always imminent, and that technology isn’t just being an integral part of recruitment; it is a crucial part of the world. It is ensuring that she is at the forefront of technology, and embracing the change is how Natasha and her team keep their spirits high. Change doesn’t have to be scary; we’ve adopted the change and are moving forward with it; the sister company Snapp CV Group PLC was launched with technology at its heart. They are also launching Oliver Sanderson Executive app, which will be coming out over the next few months.

Wise Words for Budding Leaders

Natasha firmly believes that a leader should have passion, drive, energy, honestly, integrity, and humor, to name a few! She thinks it is vital to be aware of the needs of the sector, the job market, and the requirements of one’s company and people. A leader has to be open-minded and find solutions through difficult times. Leaders must be challenged, actively listen, constantly know that they are always learning, and be open to others guiding you. As a business grows, a leader should be apt at identifying and cultivating talent; proper succession planning can lead to great leaders.

Natasha believes it is essential to know what your goal is, devise a strategy and a business plan, and continuously refer to it. It would help if you never lost focus on what your goal is and where you want to go. In the whole of the journey, is it essential to focus on the beginning but always be open and adaptive to how things can change? There will be stumbles and knockdowns, but you can’t let them define you. Failure not what sets you. “It is how you get back up and get back on track,” quotes Natasha.

Updated: Apr 7, 2021

The interim job market is in for an interesting year. The UK is set to leave the EU at the end of January and IR35 regulations come into force in the private sector in April. Either by itself would be cause for concern, but both occurring within months of each other inevitably means that the market is in for a bumpy ride until the ramifications of both become clear.

Brexit first. Recent noise from the UK government about moving away from EU rules and regulations could be a cause for concern. However, in order to navigate through these uncertain times with minimal stress we need to embrace the change, adhere to new government legislation and most importantly, work together to forge a positive path into this new era for the country.

IR35 will impact differently, mainly due to the new parameters around assessing which interim specialists are subject to the regulations.

But even with seismic events like Brexit and IR35, at Oliver Sanderson we strongly believe that there will always be a need for a flexible marketplace and interim specialists, pending disruption to the economy may actually increase this need.

We pride ourselves on being at the forefront of interim recruitment – our knowledge of the marketplace and our understanding of the pending regulatory change ideally positions us to advise on and mitigate the impacts for interim specialists and firms alike.

As ever, the key to navigating change is market knowledge, the need to be adaptable, and good partners that can help with both.

What are the benefits of hiring interim?

It’s a year of great change, uncertainty and risk. But what does this mean for the interim market and what are the benefits of hiring an interim versus making a full-time hire?

Starting with the obvious, in times of uncertainty organisations look to reduce costs. As a result, there’s noticeably less appetite to take on full time employees. Why employ a full-time employee when the situation ahead is unknown and far from clear? What happens if the situation deteriorates? As always though, there’s a corresponding uplift. Uncertain times for full time hires are a boon for interim specialists as they are ideally placed to provide short term solutions for projects that have already been commissioned and that need to be delivered. In this scenario hiring interims enables delivery to continue at a reduced cost in the short term.

Consider also the total amount of time that it can take from meeting a prospective full time hire to them starting their position if it is offered, six months is not unusual. A lot can happen in that space of time, one only has to look back at the past few years to see what’s changed in terms of the geopolitical landscape, radically in some cases. In times of risk, hiring interim specialists provides companies with the required immediate support to maintain their operations.

Immediate availability and timely support are two of the key benefits with regards to hiring interim specialists. However, within these two benefits lies a third. Not only can interim specialists start almost immediately, it’s what they start with that is of huge benefit to employers — specialist knowledge. This means that they can hit the ground running with immediate impact.

At Oliver Sanderson we believe that there will always be a need for a flexible marketplace and interim specialists, even more so in times of change and uncertainty, and we pride ourselves on being at the forefront of interim recruitment.

Find out more about how Oliver Sanderson can support your interim talent strategy at or email or call 0844 567 5627 or call 07514 800 090.

Updated: Apr 7, 2021

In the last decade, the employment arena has witnessed a massive change, resulting in the rise in the millennial workforce, which has raised the bar for the HR. This millennial workforce demands not just salary and benefits expectations, but also work-life balance requests that need a much more flexible approach. The traditional rules of the HR department were thrown out due to the incorporation of diversity and BAME in the workplace. Despite all the changes, there are HR services still lagging behind with the traditional rules and policies.

To overcome this lag, Natasha Makhijani, the Founder and CEO of Oliver Sanderson Group PLC, is offering end-to-end recruitment and consultancy solutions. Her aim is to strengthen organizations by identifying and recruiting the very best individuals, as well as supporting their progression into accomplished leaders. She is very committed to achieving the desired outcome.

Channeling Boundless Energy And Experience

Natasha had close contact with the business community and had exposure to entrepreneurial ventures from an early age. This experience shaped her into a vibrant and passionate person with the zest for life coupled with a determined ambition to succeed. In her professional journey, she worked with many renowned companies in a leadership position but was not quite fulfilled with her role. A need to channel her boundless energy and experience led her to consider setting up her own business. An idea generated from a one-bedroomed flat and has turned into a worldwide successful company today— Oliver Sanderson Group PLC.

Responsibilities and Challenges as a Founder

Being the CEO of Oliver Sanderson Group, Natasha is responsible for developing plans and executing its business strategy, managing the myriad of information and paperwork generated by their accountants, NED’s, business consultants, and board. Moreover, being its public face; the dynamic leader interacts with her clients and candidates, listens to their feedback and always tries to add value to their relationships. In the regular team meetings, she closely works with her team to fortify and enhance the Oliver Sanderson Group’s core values and ethos. Furthermore, Natasha and her seasoned team are trying to develop strategies to ensure the incorporation of BAME, diversity, and inclusion are embedded in the business. This is the biggest challenge the company is facing right now. “In the UK we also have a landmark piece of legislation coming into force in April 2020, IR35. This is having an immense effect on both our clients and candidates,” says CEO Natasha. Now, the versatile leader emphasis is to support clients and candidates as well as provide not only stress-free solutions but also sound advice. Additionally, she is planning to run several client events this year to underpin the work they have already done.

Candidates and Clients Are Key to Success

Oliver Sanderson Group’s mission is to deliver the perfect recruitment solution and add value to your talent agenda globally. It is a highly successful Executive Search company providing executive search and select for permanent and interim assignments offering its clients a consultative and flexible approach. Its professional and experienced consultants offer bespoke and custom-made services to solving all their recruitment and consultancy requirements. They pride themselves on attention to detail and successful delivery to FTSE100 and FTSE 250 companies. “Knowing our clients and knowing our candidates are key to our success. Keeping abreast of digital innovations, we have developed our own digital recruitment solutions through our sister company Snapp CV Group PLC. We are now able to provide a new level of delivery,” says Natasha.

Having Family-Oriented Culture

We are blessed to have a team who are a tight-knit group, more like an extended family,” says Natasha. The highly professional team of Oliver Sanderson always inspires and supports each other and share common goals. This team consists of highly motivated consultants who have a passion for providing the very best recruitment and consultancy services. They always strive to maintain a diverse, inclusive and supportive culture in their workplace. Through open channels of communication and regularly meeting both in the working days and at recreational venues, Natasha ensures that everyone is on the same page and working towards the same common goals.

Development plans for 2020

Natasha believes that this year is going to a huge year for them to grow and expand. She with her expert team is targeting growth for their interim and permanent divisions both in the UK and globally. They will continue to build brand awareness in the marketplace. Moreover, she is excited about developing their digital offering to the next level to encompass Artificial Intelligence (AI). These new products are due to be launched by Q2 2020 via their sister company Snapp CV Group PLC.

Multitude of Responsibilities

Being a prominent figure in the HR industry, Natasha’s responsibility does not limit to hiring talented candidates only. Instead, she has to deliver high levels of service and delivery as well as to offer legislative support around identity theft, data protection and ensure stringent standards are maintained properly. “Increasingly, we are becoming involved with worldwide acceptance of re-location of employees as the norm as clients wake up to the mobility requirements of the available talent pool,” shares Natasha.

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