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Office Administrator and PA to the Head of Department [Temporary Cover] (Maternity Cover)

Maternity cover: This post is fixed-term until Friday 17th August 2019 or the return of the post holder, whichever is the earlier.

Applications are invited for an adaptable, organised and experienced administrator to support the activities of the Department of Computer Science and Technology, particularly in relation to human resources, immigration compliance and event management, during the absence of the post holder on maternity leave. The post also involves line management of the Personnel Administrator and acting as PA to the Head of Department (HoD). The Head of Department will be new to that role as from 1st May 2018 and will require comprehensive and confidential support with diary management, travel arrangements, meetings and associated paperwork, drafting documents and interaction with external institutions.

The successful candidate will be reliable and discreet with exceptional communication skills and the ability to deal tactfully and confidently with people at all levels. Given the temporary nature of this post the ideal candidate will be quick to absorb new information, able to take initiative with minimal guidance and effective under pressure. Previous experience of working in human resources, especially knowledge of recruitment and immigration compliance issues, would be advantageous, as would experience in the Higher Education sector. Experience in the use of the University's human resources systems (CHRIS, RAS, Web Recruitment) would be beneficial, although training for this can be provided.

The Department offers a stimulating and friendly working environment with a firm commitment to staff development. This is a challenging position, and would provide an excellent secondment opportunity for an employee of the University of Cambridge. Any candidate wishing to consider this post as a secondment opportunity may already have some of the skills required but should also be able to demonstrate a keenness and the aptitude to develop into a more senior administrative role.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Informal inquires may be directed to or

The successful candidate would ideally be able to take up the post from Tuesday 8th May 2018. Interviews will take place on Friday 6th April 2018.

Please quote reference NR14918 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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