Vinnie Itani is Operations & Payroll Administrator at Bespoke HR

When did you join Bespoke HR and what attracted you to the role?

I joined in May 2022. I was attracted by the opportunity to gain experience in areas that really interest me. Before Bespoke HR I was working in a pub. As much as I enjoyed it, it wasn’t what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I knew I wanted to do something in business. When Alison offered me the position at Bespoke HR, I saw it as the perfect opportunity to explore what really interests me. I’m now in a unique position of learning how business operations work from a small business perspective. I’m looking forward to what’s to come and learning new skills.

Can you tell us what your role involves?

My role involves assisting our Finance Manager; this could be anything payroll related as well as assisting with the general operations of the business. So far, I have been involved in numerous aspects of payroll and have gained exposure to the world of HR through note-taking. All of which have been intriguing. I’ve also been working alongside some of the consultants taking part in a wide array of activities whether that be recruitment, contract work, cross evaluating, and of course payroll!

What are you enjoying most about the role?

I’m enjoying working in different areas of the business and learning new skills.

Why did you choose to focus on HR and payroll?

HR and payroll are two massively important areas and will always be necessary. They also really interest me. I find it so fascinating that so little is understood about HR and payroll by many, despite it being such a crucial business function. When you look into it you find a rabbit’s warren, our consultants could be dealing with disciplinaries one day and tribunals, recruitment, or redundancies the next. If I am honest, before I started working at Bespoke HR I had no idea HR was this complex. With so much to learn it is almost impossible for HR to become boring. Especially when you consider with each day comes a new case.

What is it like working for a small business?

I believe that working for a small business will always be more enjoyable than working in a larger one as your voice is always heard. You also form closer connections with the people you work with. It means I look forward to coming to work.

Would you consider an apprenticeship once you know where your interest lies?

Definitely, I believe apprenticeships are a no-brainer when it comes to the choice of further education. You get the benefit of attending a university and gaining a formal qualification, but you get paid for it and also learn on the job. It’s my humble opinion that university can only go so far as to prepare you in an academic scenario and does little to prepare you for real-world situations in real jobs.

 Which areas of HR are you finding the most interesting so far?

So far, I’m finding payroll and employment law the most fascinating. Mainly due to the aforementioned reasons.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

In my spare time, I like to spend time with my friends and family. I also like to take part in my hobbies which include shooting with my dad or developing software in Java.