60 Seconds with…Jane Stanton

Our 60 Seconds with…’ blogs are designed to provide a quick run down of what our staff do here at Itad. Here is what Jane had to say:

What’s your job here at Itad?

Executive Assistant

What does that involve?

I have worked for Itad since March 2000 and my role has evolved over the years from contracts manager covering projects and personnel, to assistant to the managing director, and executive assistant . I now work part time and support the personnel team and SMT with drafting company policies and procedures, keeping up to date with employment law, and maintaining our IIP and ISO compliance.

How did you get into the field?

After Oxford I worked at the British Council in Manchester, assisting with the setting up of libraries in the newly independent states of Russia. I then moved back down to Oxford and started working as project administrator for the Food Studies Group, a research department of Oxford University, which whilst I was there became a limited company, Oxford Policy Management. After five years at OPM in a role that involved business development, finance, project administration and personnel (during which time I gained the IPD qualification) I then moved to Sussex in 2000; and contacted Itad to see if a job was available! The role of Contracts Manager was created for me and the rest is history…

What do you enjoy most about your job?

All of it really – the research, drafting policy, incorporating comments and feedback to get policies and procedures that facilitate Itad staff and improve ways of working.

What new innovations/methods have you noticed in your sector?

Not one thing in particular, but there are constant innovations in personnel management in response to new ideas in psychology on for example leadership or motivation, and it’s interesting to research what could work at Itad.

Recent highlight?

The growth of the company – more staff means more opportunities and challenges for the personnel team.

Most interesting question you have been asked recently?

“How can we implement mentoring at Itad?”’ has been an interesting question I’ve been asking myself recently! We’ve done a great deal of work on this, and a policy has been circulated, but we’re not quite there yet with how this can best work in practice for staff and the mentors; and the feedback and recent conversations with staff have prompted new angles to explore.

Jane Stanton, July 2014