If you’re willing to work for it, there’s always an opportunity to take yourself to the next level at work; rarely does an individual truly outgrow an organisation. A fine example of that is Nutbourne’s Sheraz Hussain, who joined the company in 2013 when it was four people and a ping-pong table. Steadily, he’s worked his way from second line support to managing a team of on-site engineers. His progress has run parallel with Nutbourne’s, which is something he’s enthused by.
“I’ve seen a lot of growth here and it's been interesting. As an employee, you never want to see the company you are working for stand still and that’s why I like it here. The management team don’t rest on their laurels and there’s always an opportunity to test yourself.” And test himself he has.
As the company has grown, Sheraz has assumed responsibility, guiding new recruits and helping to develop junior members of staff, transitioning to his current managerial position. It’s been a challenging role that he says has moved him out of his comfort zone.
“I like a challenge and this has certainly been one,” he says. “Managing a team is a different skillset, it’s not something I am used to. It’s challenged me in different ways. When you work alongside someone you can be quite laid back. As their manager, you have to be a little firmer, and make sure things are carried out correctly and efficiently. That was hard for me to get used to. It’s been a learning curve but I’m adjusting.”
Sheraz is something of a rarity. In an age where job-hopping is the norm, he’s humble and blessed with a tacit understanding of where his attitude has taken him. He appreciates that his respect for the company has fostered his own growth, and he clearly sees Nutbourne as more than just a job.
“As the company grows there will be more opportunities for me and for others to take more responsibility. The senior management is really hands-on and will continue to be that way and to push the company.
“I’m invested in Nutbourne because I’ve seen it grow; seeing the company grow as an employee with the right people is uplifting. We’re all quite young and we’re all really enjoying this experience, and that reflects the togetherness that we’ve always had here.”