International Women’s Day – Interview with Sonet Mudiliyar, Talent Acquisition Manager

This International Women’s Day, we celebrate the incredible achievements of women all around the world and what they stand for, we also want to recognise and celebrate the extraordinary group of empowering women across our global team who inspire us every day. 

This year’s campaign theme is #EmbraceEquity, highlighting the importance that equal opportunities alone aren’t enough – people start from different places, so true inclusion and belonging require equitable action. To learn more about the campaign, click here. 

This day serves as an important reminder to continue to challenge the status quo and a commitment to achieving gender equality and embracing equity for all. 

In honour of International Women’s Day, we’ve interviewed 5 female employees from the Paydock team and we will be publishing a series of these interviews over the course of the week. Take a moment to read and learn about their personal experiences, what this day means to them, and how Paydock provides support for women on their journeys.

Today, we talk with Sonet Mudiliyar, our Talent Acquisition Manager based in London, UK.

Hi Sonet! Tell us about you and what you do at Paydock. 

I joined Paydock in July 2021, as the first Talent hire and have scaled the talent team from 1 > 4 employees working remotely and hiring in 40 countries across the globe. 

As Talent Acquisition Manager, I am responsible for overseeing the running of the Talent department, leading the planning, developing, and implementing an effective Talent Acquisition strategy for the organisation, which includes Employer Branding & DEI. 

I am the voice and usually the first point of contact for employees – so they must be getting a clear picture of who we are as a company and what we can offer them as well as what they can offer us. 

 My role is very people-oriented and I work cross-functionally with teams across different regions.

Why do you think it is important to celebrate International Women’s Day?

We must celebrate women across the world that are all successful. As women, we have historically faced many inequalities purely based on our gender, to continue to fight this we need to elevate/uplift women and keep speaking up about these injustices. I firmly believe in the saying “together we are stronger” and on this day it’s great to have a reminder as you never know who needed the inspiration or push. 

Do you have any female role models that inspire you in your career?

I am constantly inspired by the women around me, and the people I work with daily. I have had the opportunity at Paydock to work with strong, driven and successful women. I believe that there is something you can learn from anyone, all you have to do is observe and listen – I am certainly not afraid to ask! To name a few in the Paydock family, Suzanne Piddock – Chief of Staff and Sophie Theen – Chief Operations Officer. I work closely with Suzanne and Sophie on People and Talent matters, but also on my career pathing and coaching.

What advice would you give to females considering a career in fintech?

Go for it! Working in Fintech is exciting and fast-paced, the exposure you get in a short space of time could be equivalent to working at a corporate company for years. The possibilities are endless and to work in such an innovative and leading field – you will learn something new every day.

How is Paydock supporting our women on this journey?

Paydock supports our women by ensuring that employees are hired and paid in line with market rates/experience and actively re-benchmark to ensure existing employees are brought up, to prevent inequalities. As mentioned earlier, we have two women that sit on our executive team. I have had direct feedback from new hires that have indicated that this was heavily weighted in their decision to join Paydock. It is very motivating and reassuring to know that the possibilities are there and that there are pathways available as a woman in tech.

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