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The Perfect Placement

Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons

This enchanting, luxury hotel based in Oxford and owned by celebrated chef, Raymond Blanc OBE, offers one of Britain’s greatest culinary experiences.

The brief
Allen Associates was approached by Le Manoir for help in finding a private secretary and PA for Raymond Blanc. In addition to excellent shorthand and typing skills, this role required exceptional organisational skills, complete discretion, diplomacy and assertiveness. The ability to handle the media and speak fluent French was also desirable.

Working with Allen Associates
Le Manoir was looking to fill the role within a month. With this deadline in mind, consultants from Allen Associates’ PA recruitment team visited the hotel to get a better understanding of the demands of this unique working environment and further insights into the role and the ideal personality-fit.  After a thorough investigation of their database, Allen Associates identified two candidates who met the criteria and were available to start work within the tight timeframe. Both candidates were interviewed by Le Manoir’s personnel manager and one, Leanda, was invited back to be interviewed by Raymond Blanc himself. Leanda was appointed and started work soon afterwards.

Outcomes
Several years later and Leanda’s role at Le Manoir has grown from a PA and private secretary to a valued member of the executive team.

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