Executive Support Officer
The starting salary for this role is £36,282 per annum and is based on working 36 hours per week.
While based in one of our main area offices at Woodhatch Place, 11 Cockshot Hill, Woodhatch, Reigate, RH2 8EF, we are continuing to work in an agile way balancing the needs of the organisation by working flexibly between our offices and working from home. Business travel to other offices in Surrey may also be required. In support of our people and our greener futures strategies, we would welcome a conversation with interested candidates on what remote working may look like for you.
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Executive Support Officer to the Chief Executive. The role would be suited to an experienced, proactive, forward-thinking person who can provide first-class administrative, secretarial and information support to the Chief Executive.
Administrative support to the Chief Executive includes managing, organising, prioritising and co-ordinating their work, as well as complex electronic diary management, organising meetings and agendas, co-ordinating correspondence, complex report documents and presentations, transcribing from written information, ensuring the Chief Executive is briefed and prepared with the relevant paperwork for all meetings; screening emails and dealing effectively with queries. You will also track progress against actions and proactively progress areas of work on behalf of the Chief Executive, therefore experience of project management or coordinating large scale projects and events would be beneficial.
You will be required to undertake other such relevant duties as might be deemed necessary by the Chief Executive, contributing flexibly to the overall requirements of the wider Leadership Office team, including minute taking and meeting support where appropriate.
This is a high-profile role where tact, initiative, discretion and the ability to perform to the highest of professional standards are critical. You will work internally with Members and Senior Officers and externally with Members of Parliament, districts and boroughs and other public, private, voluntary and independent agencies and representative organisations organisations in support of the leadership of the Council.
You will have the confidence and ability to approach stakeholders and seek updates on behalf of the Chief Executive. Given the sensitive nature of the work, the post holder will need to maintain a high level of confidentiality together with the ability to enable successful relationships with key contacts.
Travel across the county may be required. Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office software including MS Teams is essential.
To be shortlisted to interview for this position your application will need to clearly evidence your suitability for the role based on the above.
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The job advert closes at 23:59 on 14th August 2022.
Interviews will take place at our Woodhatch office on 22nd August 2022 with successful candidates being required to attend a second interview (virtual) on 26th August 2022.
This post has been designated as a politically restricted post in accordance with the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.
For an informal discussion please contact Emma O'Donnell by e-mail at
We look forward to receiving your application, please click on the apply online button below to submit.
From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.
Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.