The only person who can stop you is you - a Q&A with Sara Bhatti, Senior HR Advisor

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December 2022

The only person who can stop you is you - a Q&A with Sara Bhatti, Senior HR Advisor

How long have you worked at i-Pharm Consulting and what are the main responsibilities of your role?

I've worked at i-Pharm since October 1st, 2021. I am a Senior HR Advisor at i-Pharm and I take care of the HR function globally. That's everything from HR inductions and onboarding policies to organizational structure design, benefits, remunerations, and employee life cycle. Everything from beginning to end essentially that are within the five pillars of H.R. for all our offices globally.


How did you get to where you are now?

I would say sheer hard work and determination. I decided that this is what I wanted to go into and is something that I'm very passionate about. I don't think of HR as a job. I love what I do and I love where I do my work at i-Pharm. You never stop learning, especially in this role. I'm constantly seeking out new experiences and more exposure. It's a blank canvas and I'm lucky that I can wear so many different hats.


What do you enjoy most about working at i-Pharm?

The people. I love the people that I'm surrounded by. I’m part of an incredible wider team – the People & Culture team. We're all very big personalities and it’s an amazing environment to be part of. Outside of the people, it’s definitely how much I enjoy my role itself and the scope of my role.


What do you think makes the People & Culture team a success?

Our People and Culture department is headed up by Leah Naffah, and she's instrumental in what the team looks like today. Leah is an incredible manager to have, and I think her guidance and her vision is something that really resonates. The entire team knows that we all work together cohesively towards one goal. We all agree with the vision so we have such a synergy and there's a good group dynamic and I think that's what's really important.

The only person that can stop you is you

What have been your proudest achievements, individually and as a team?

I'm probably proudest of having a big hand in creating the HR department here at i-Pharm as well as being instrumental in what it looks like currently and where it's going. That’s one overarching achievement that I’m very proud of; establishing a sense of consistency in the organization, whether it be across corporate services or across the sales floor.

I’m also proud of our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). It started out as a policy first but then once I implemented it, I appointed regional EDI Champions and started rolling out quarterly initiatives that soon after developed into monthly initiatives with Marketing. It happened so organically and just creating those relationships and that rapport with different staff members here at i-Pharm really helped with the intersectionality between corporate services and sales.

Outside of EDI, it would have to be the competency frameworks for corporate services. I’m happy that corporate services have clear trajectories in place. They know exactly what their careers look like and how to get there. With sales, it's very meritocratic, you hit your targets, you hit the billing and your next step is clear but with corporate services, it's very different. It's a very different structure and you need those frameworks in place to know where you’re heading.


What’s something about you (a fun fact) that not many people know?

I'm really into dance. I love dancing. I used to do belly dancing for many, many years. I carried on dancing at university. Even now, at any party, any wedding, I'm the first one on the dance floor.


What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t in recruitment?

It's funny because I actually started in recruitment. I was a recruitment consultant myself for a while and then I transitioned into HR which was my original field of interest. I loved the recruitment world, like the recruitment kind of vibe and atmosphere. This is the best of both worlds for me right now because I can do what I love, but do it where I love it too. If I wasn't doing this, I've always wanted to see what it’s like to work in a circus as like a lion tamer or something really creative like a flamethrower.


If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?

Firstly, Nelson Mandela. I always had a vision where I would meet him. As a child, I believed I was going to meet him. I think he was instrumental for what our world looks like today and you don’t really have role models like him nowadays. Secondly, Cleopatra. She was instrumental for women and she set the pace. She broke gender roles and stereotypes. She was millions of years ahead of her time and I think she's an important figure for women, even today.


What advice do you have for someone who wants to get into recruitment?

Jump into the deep end. When I was a recruitment consultant, I was worried to go for it. But that's exactly what you need to do in recruitment. When you're working in a support function like corporate services in the recruitment industry, you need to be fearless and just go for it because the only person who can stop you is you. That's my biggest saying, I really believe it. If I genuinely feel like I can't, I remind myself that no one's saying you can't. So I would say, get in there, get in the deep end and just for go for it.


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