Current Opportunities

Personal Assistant to the Senior Management Team

To assist with the smooth running of the Co-operative Party by providing administrative and organisational support to the General Secretary and other members of the Senior Management team.  Helping to ensure that their time is efficiently used.

Helping the Party to ensure a professional and efficient interface with external organisations and stakeholders – using diplomacy and discretion.

Key accountabilities:

Provide efficient and effective support to the General Secretary and Deputy General Secretary including:

  • Diary management – arranging meetings and ensuring effective use of time
  • Supporting the management of email inboxes
  • Managing incoming paper correspondence and drafting responses
  • Filing – email and paper
  • attending weekly SMT meetings to take action notes and provide follow up
  • Support SMT members to ensure they are focused on their identified priorities and are meeting critical deadlines.
  • Support the maintenance of critical relationships with key senior stakeholders and their staff.
  • Support the annual planning, budgeting and prioritisation processes, working with the Finance Manager.
  • Support project management, planning and other research as appropriate.
  • Ensure appraisal and objective reviews of all staff reporting directly to the General Secretary and Deputy General Secretary are scheduled within the required time frames.
  • Ensuring regular team meetings and SMT meetings are in diaries; recording and chasing agreed actions.
  • Attend and take minutes at meetings of the Party’s National Executive Committee – 4 x per year at weekends.
  • Other duties as and when necessary.
Key relationships

Internal – excellent relationships with whole staff team but in particular the role holder will work closely with the General Secretary, Deputy General Secretary, Finance & Office Manager and Events Manager.

Co-operative Party NEC members

External – this role is also an outward facing. You will develop working relationships with counterparts in organisations we work closely with, these include:

  • Labour Party and wider labour movement
  • Co-operative Societies and other organisations within the co-operative movement
Essential skills and experience
  • Experience working as an PA or in a similar administrative role
  • Extremely organised and can prioritise and re-prioritise rapidly in response to frequent changes
  • Great written and verbal communication skills, confident on the phone
  • Proficient in all Microsoft Office applications
  • Flexible, sensitive and discrete
  • Enjoys a fast-paced environment
  • Attention to detail
  • Shares the values of the co-operative movement.
Ts & Cs
  • Based in the London office in Farringdon
  • This role is open for both part and full time working hours, with a minimum of 21 hours up to 35 hours per week, 4 or 5 days.
  • £23k pro rata starting salary with annual progression and performance related pay
  • Generous contributory pension scheme and 25+ days annual leave

If you are interested in this role, please submit your CV and a cover letter following the apply method below.

We look forward to hearing from you!