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Executive Personal Assistant

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Information

The post is to support Directors/Heads of Service and the Business Transformation and Governance Team in their respective roles by ensuring a flexible approach is maintained in the provision of high quality administrative/secretarial support. Responsible for the overall administration of those officers including co-ordination of yearly plan of meetings, booking venues, preparation of agenda/supporting papers, taking minutes and taking relevant follow-up action. Act as a key link and central point of contact for staff and the public providing information and advice as necessary.  


The post will be based within the Adult Services Directorate of Northumberland County Council and will provide support to the senior management team. The role will also report into and support the Business Transformation and Governance team which is responsible for Adult Services Governance, Transformation, Service Improvement and Communications. This will allow for involvement in a wide variety of tasks and the opportunity for the successful candidate to develop their knowledge and skills. 


We are looking for a candidate that is motivated and enjoys a challenge as well as having: 

  • Significant experience in a senior secretarial position, in taking minutes and diary management. 

  • Excellent interpersonal and organisational skills. 

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. 

  • Extensive skills in the use of Microsoft Office. (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel) 

  • The ability to resolve problems and work on own initiative exercising due care and attention to detail 

  • The ability to plan and prioritise work, to set and work to deadlines. 


The post will be based at County Hall, Morpeth. 

However, there will be the option for agile working and working from home on a rota basis. 


The salary is £26,421 - £28,770 per annum. 

The role is permanent. 

The successful candidate will show: 

  • Good general education demonstrating numeracy and literacy. 

  • NVQ 3 Business Administration or an equivalent portfolio of experience. 

  • RSA III typing qualification or an equivalent demonstrable competency, for example ECDL. 

  • Significant experience in a senior secretarial / personal assistant position. 

  • Experience in taking minutes and diary management. 

Northumberland is world-renowned as a visitor destination and an ideal location to strike a perfect work/life balance. There is no better way of enjoying the picturesque scenery and stunning coastline than on an everyday basis! 

Why choose us? 

We have some outstanding benefits to offer you, including: 

  • 26 days annual leave plus public/bank holidays, rising to 31 days after 5 years of service (pro rata for part-time employees) 

  • Automatic enrolment into the Local Government Pension Scheme 

  • Flexi scheme – up to 2 days flexible leave available per month (pro rata for part-time employees) 

  • Local government discount schemes available to all employees with offers at local businesses along with various national brands 

  • Commitment to work/life balance offering flexibility through various schemes including job sharing, home working, flexible working, term-time only, and compressed hours 

  • Car leasing scheme

  • A range of salary sacrifice schemes

  • Staff networks, run by staff for staff, providing opportunities for peer networking, mutual support, staff development e.g. Apprenticeship, Armed Forces, ASD, Enable (disability), LGBT+, Menopause, Mental Wellbeing, Racial Equality 


Further information 

We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer. We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria. If you wish to notify us of your eligibility for this scheme, please email or ring 01670 623930 with your name and the job title you have applied for and one of the recruitment team will ensure this is factored into the shortlisting process and kept anonymous. If you have a disability and would prefer to apply in a different format or would like us to make reasonable adjustments to enable you to attend an interview, please also let the team know.  This information will be treated as confidential and will only be used to check that you meet the essential requirements of the post.   

Alternative application format: 
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For those with speech difficulties or hearing loss: Text relay service dial 018001 01670 623930 

Although we advertise on North East Jobs, and other websites, your application process will be directed to our Tribepad system.  Please note that all communication regarding your application for this post will be sent to the email address that you have registered on Tribepad, including your invite to interview if you are shortlisted. Please check your emails regularly, including Spam/Junk, after the closing dates for notifications

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