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Natasha Makhijani: An Empathy Leader Connecting Candidates With Organizations

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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