A day in the life of an Executive Assistant.....

Sadie Hiard / Executive Assistant to the Managing Director | 11/12/2023

What is the best thing about working at Naimuri?

The culture.

How did you find the recruitment process?

Simple and very informative. Our recruitment team and Ian Wilson who I dealt with, is a super star at making you feel at ease during the whole process.

Describe a typical day in your role?

A typical day as an executive assistant involves being the organisational backbone for the managing director and general manager.

Mornings kick off with a meticulous dive into the email inboxes, sorting, prioritising, and drafting responses as needed. Calendars are my domain.
I make sure every minute is accounted for, from crucial meetings to coffee breaks.

Throughout the day, I play the role of a human GPS for the SLT members, ensuring they're always where they need to be, armed with the right information and preparedness.

Queries from colleagues are a constant stream, and my expertise lies in swift resolutions, whether it's a logistical challenge or a request for information.

New hires mean induction, and that's my cue to orchestrate meetings and orientation sessions.

The seamless integration of fresh faces into the company is a rewarding aspect of my role. Juggling these tasks requires a meticulous dance between diplomacy and efficiency.

Supplier relations are also under my purview. I negotiate, communicate, and ensure the necessary resources are in place. Whether it's stationary or a lavish spread for a corporate event, I'm the bridge between the company and its external partners.

All of this takes place against the backdrop of my own educational journey—an apprenticeship in business management. It's a dynamic blend of hands-on experience and academic growth, where each day brings new challenges and opportunities for learning.

In the world of an executive assistant, no two days are the same, and that's what keeps me on my toes, honing my multitasking skills and fostering a sense of accomplishment as I contribute to the smooth operation of the executive suite.

What are the main skills you need to do your role?
Organization

Communication

Time Management

Tech Savvy

Adaptability

Discretion

Problem-Solving

Detail-Oriented

Proactivity

Team Player

What is the biggest challenge you find in your role/industry?

Having enough hours in the day!

What do you like to do outside of work?

I absolutely love spending quality time with my family. I have two wonderful boys, 5 years-old and 6 months who keep me on my toes.

Hiking brings out the adventurer in me, and there's something magical about being surrounded by nature.

Baking is my creative outlet, and the kitchen is my happy place where I whip up delicious treats.

Lately, I've been picking up my camera more and teaching myself more photography skills, finding joy in capturing the beauty of life through my lens.

It's a journey of self-discovery and a source of endless inspiration

What are your career aspirations?

I'm on a mission to level up my skills—taking on more responsibilities, staying ahead in my field, and fine-tuning my leadership game.

Certifications and extra training are on the horizon. Communication and organisation?

Nailed it. Networking? I'm on it. Project management, here I come!

What would you say to anyone considering doing the same role as you?

Do it! You become the heart and soul of a business and can really make a different.

What would you say to anyone considering doing the same role as you?

DO IT! There is so much to learn in this industry & the Business Analyst skills are so transferable too.



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