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PA to Head of Department/Department Administrator (Part Time, Fixed Term)

The Department of Plant Sciences has an exciting recruitment opportunity to join our professional services team as PA to the Head of Department and Departmental Administrator. This is a key role supporting Department research and education activity. Based in central Cambridge, we can offer a welcoming and inclusive work environment where you will be encouraged to develop and achieve your full potential with training and management support.

The Department of Plant Sciences is a large teaching and research Department in the School of Biological Sciences with approximately 26 Academics leading research groups, 200 members of staff and 100 postgraduate students.

You will provide a comprehensive PA service to the Head of Department and Departmental Administrator to ensure the efficient management of their time and work, covering tasks such as arranging meetings, preparation of meeting papers and minute-taking, and co-ordinating organisation of Department events. You will also take responsibility for some HR tasks including visitor administration. You will join a friendly administrative team with support and training on University systems provided as required.

Ideally you will have relevant PA experience with high competency in standard software packages (Word, Excel, Outlook), excellent organisational and communication skills, the ability to be pro-active, plan and prioritise a diverse workload, and to work unsupervised and as part of a team.

The post is 29.2 hours per week (0.8 FTE), and fixed term for 3 years.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

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Please notice that if you have not received any news from us 1 month after the closing date you should consider that on this occasion your application has not been successful.

Please quote reference PD36046 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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