Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive

Hours of Work: 36.50 (36h 30m) (1.00FTE )

Salary: £39378 - £44317

Closing Date: December 10, 2018

Salary range:           £38,493 to £43,321 per annum + excellent benefits

Hours:                      36.5 hours per week

Contract type:          Permanent 

We have an exciting opportunity for an Executive Assistant role in our Chief Executive’s Office and are looking for someone who has excellent interpersonal, organisational and communication skills, political awareness, and extensive experience of supporting a senior executive officer. 

About us

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) is a strategic authority working with partners to deliver a stronger West Midlands, with a focus on skills, innovation, transport, economic development and regeneration.  It works collaboratively with councils, Local Enterprise Partnerships, Central Government and others to build a healthier, happier, better connected and more prosperous West Midlands.

This is an exciting time for the West Midlands.  The Commonwealth Games will be here in 2022, the arrival of HS2 will help make us a world class business location. A new £350m housing deal with Central Government aims to deliver 215,000 new homes by 2031, while a skills deal provides the basis for a different approach to improving skills across the region.  The region was recently selected as a 5G test bed area, and will be the first to have a Local Industrial Strategy.

It is a region that is growing in confidence, and an organisation that is developing rapidly.   Against a backdrop of a uniquely challenging, exciting and evolving environment, we are looking for the right people to ensure we can meet the demands of delivering an ambitious agenda.

The Chief Executive’s Office is a small team that provides programme management and administrative support to the Chief Executive and Strategic Leadership Team.  It is at the heart of the organisation and works closely with Directors and Mayor’s Office to support the executive leadership of the organisation and its relationships with a range of stakeholders.

About the role

As Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive of the WMCA you will be working at the heart of the organisation.  You will provide direct support that enhances the Chief Executive’s effectiveness and profile.  You will be responsible for managing and coordinating a busy schedule, ensuring that travel, briefings and other arrangements to support that are in place.  You will be adept at developing and maintaining office systems and processes that enable efficient and effective management of diaries, correspondence and events. 

To succeed in the role …

You will need excellent interpersonal and communication skills in dealing with senior officials, elected members, and a range of other senior stakeholders.  An ability to write clear notes, correspondence and briefings is also required.  Resilient and well-organised, you will have the ability to work under pressure and prioritise whilst maintaining performance and work quality, and be able to respond readily to changing deadlines.  Proficient in the use of office systems you will develop and maintain the processes and practice that effectively and efficiently manages our information and co-ordinates our activity. 

In return for your hard work and commitment, we will reward you with a range of competitive and attractive benefits.

To view and apply for these opportunities please visit https://jobs.wmca.org.uk/ where you will be required to register with our Online Recruitment System which is quick and easy. Please provide detailed information in your application outlining your suitability for the post and ensure it is submitted by the closing date.

A CV may be uploaded for extra information, but please note that personal details should be omitted and a CV alone will not be accepted.

Closing Date: 9th December 2018

Interviews held: 18th December 2018        

(The selection process will include a practical exercise, presentation and an interview)

We are committed to equality of opportunity in service provision and employment.  Our recruitment policies, procedures and practices enable all applicants to be considered on merit and ability to do the job. We will make reasonable adjustments, in line with the Equality Act, for disabled applicants if these are needed.


Associated Documents

WMCA's Benefits Calculator.pdf
Role Profile - CEO Executive Assistant.pdf

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