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Executive Assistant

£27,049 to £29,102

Dip your toe in the Whitehall pond: this is an opportunity for a bright, dynamic and flexible individual to see the inside workings of Westminster, close up.

You will work with the Senior Management Team in an ambitious organisation which seeks to effect positive change for children throughout Whitehall. The very varied role incorporates project and diary management, liaison with ministers’ offices, preparing briefings for the Children’s Commissioner, and attending events in and around Parliament.

The ability to juggle multiple demands, work towards strict deadlines, take ownership of tasks and be self-sufficient is essential. You will also need to be confident enough to work with senior professionals.

This role offers an opportunity to be part of an ambitious team in a fast-paced environment at the heart of Westminster; to develop policy knowledge, expand contacts, and learn how Whitehall works. The post does require first-rate organisational skills, energy, initiative, flexibility and enthusiasm. Following a successful 12 months in this role, you may have the opportunity to apply for vacancies in policy, evidence or communications teams across the office.

Working to support the Directors of Strategy and Evidence, and where required the Children’s Commissioner, responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Supporting the work of the senior team including managing and minuting their policy and evidence meetings and setting up occasional larger meetings an events
  • Responding to and liaising with Government Departments, Ministers’ Offices, Parliamentarians and national charities and organisations on behalf of the Directors
  • Managing the diary of the two Directors
  • Supporting the policy team with the organisation of high profile events
  • Assisting the senior PA-Kelly with the smooth running of the senior management daily operations
  • Creating a welcoming and professional environment for visitors
  • Managing on request the invitations and correspondence files for the office.

Mandatory Skills/Requirements:

  • Degree or Masters in a relevant subject
  • First-rate written communication
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Research skills, and the ability to apply them in a policy environment
  • Demonstrable organisational skills
  • Adaptability and the ability to multi-task
  • Confidence to hit the ground running and learn fast
  • Knowledge of software including MS Office; basic statistical skills would be an advantage
  • A helpful, open attitude and sound judgement

Applicants may be invited to undertake a verbal reasoning test and those candidates invited to interview will be required to complete a written test.

How to Apply

Please send a copy of your CV in Word (PDF not accepted), a statement of suitability of no more than 500 words, candidate information form and equal opportunities and diversity form to

occ.recruitment@childrenscommissioner.gov.uk

Submissions by midnight on 31 March 2019

Interview dates to be announced

Business Support Assistant

£27,049 to £29,102

We are recruiting a Business Support Assistant whose role is to work with the business services team in the effective delivery of all internal support services and those provided through shared services agreements.

The Children’s Commissioner uses legal powers to shine a light where children are insufficiently supported by public or private authorities. Her messages to policy and decision makers, leaders of industry, charities and sometimes parents provide insight, evidence and challenge to us all to provide the best support possible for children as they grow up.

We employ circa 30 staff and the business support team consists of five people working closely together to deliver a range of activities effectively, including governance, finance and audit, commercial and HR. It is a busy and varied role and the successful candidate will have good organisational skills and be able to work on their own initiative to prioritise and complete competing tasks.

Role

The Business Support Assistant provides administrative support across the whole team. You will be proactive, forward thinking and organised, able to work at pace to ensure efficient provision of support services to the office.

You will work closely with our financial controller to deliver financial activities and will be highly numerate, confident working with numbers, with a very good attention to detail.

A good understanding of Excel is required with the ability to use formulas, create and manipulate spreadsheets.

You will support the delivery of our commercial activities, including: collating the paperwork for tenderer submissions; drafting contracts; maintaining the Contracts Register and ensuring all procurement folders and records are kept up to date. You will also be responsible for travel bookings including maintaining accurate records and reconciling invoices.

Experience of providing excellent customer service is essential as you will be meeting visitors, preparing meeting rooms and answering the reception telephone.

Some experience of providing secretariat support to groups and boards would be a plus.

How to Apply

Please download the attached job description and send a copy of your CV in Word (PDF not accepted), a statement of suitability, (no more than 500 word), candidate information form and the Equality and Diversity form to

occ.recruitment@childrenscommissioner.gov.uk

Submissions by noon on Tuesday 9 April 2019

Interviews will be held on Thursday 18 April 2019