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Job title: Executive Assistant/Senior Administrator to the Director

REF: 0004


HOURS OF WORK: 36 hours per week net

JOB STATUS: Permanent

SALARY PER ANNUM: £22,056 - £29,372

DIRECTORATE: Corporate Services



Kew is the world-leader in plant diversity science, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a major visitor attraction, that shows the importance of plants in all our lives. Kew’s mission is to inspire and deliver science-based plant conservation worldwide, enhancing the quality of life. 

Providing comprehensive executive administration support to the Director of Kew Gardens, this is a crucial role enabling the Director to maximise operational and strategic output. As well as ensuring the effective and efficient management of all relevant arrangements, you will also be required to monitor and report on the team’s budget and undertake autonomous projects aimed at supporting the Director’s activities.

As well as providing direct line management for the receptionist at Kew, you will also build close working relationships with all stakeholders and colleagues inside and outside of Kew, from volunteers to Board members, prominent scientists and key opinion-formers and their offices..

With extensive board-level administrative support experience, you will be highly organised with excellent communication and interpersonal skills.  You will have high professional  standards, utterly discreet and with a sharp attention to detail.. You will be passionate about achieving excellence both personally and as an organisation and will have the ability to motivate and inspire others with your enthusiasm, energy and drive.   This is a high pressured, busy, varied and exciting role.  Solid and extensive competence with MS Office is required.

Benefits include 30 days holiday per year, a choice of pensions, a flexible benefits scheme as well as a great working environment.

CLOSING DATE: 26 November 2013 at 10:00


How To Apply

1. Download and read the Job Profile.

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2. Complete an Application Form and an Equality and Diversity Form.

3. Return your completed Application Form and Equality and Diversity Form to Please be advised that we do not accept applications by post.  If you have a disability or a special need that requires support please contact us on 020 8332 3135.

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