Executive Assistant to the Vice-Chancellor and Principal

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
£31,406 to £33,309 p.a. depending on skills and experience
25 Nov 2021
End of advertisement period
13 Dec 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Salary: £31,406 to £33,309 p.a. depending on skills and experience
Contract Type: Full-time, permanent
Closing Date: 13-12-2021 12 Midday
Support/Academic/Management: Support

UCB is a vibrant and diverse university, situated in the heart of Birmingham city centre. We offer both Further and Higher Education programmes as well as apprenticeships and degree apprenticeships, and approximately 30% of our student community is made up of Further Education students.

The opportunity to join us as an Executive Assistant to the Vice-Chancellor and Principal is not necessarily intended for an individual with traditional PA or secretarial experience, and you may not therefore come from such a background. Applications are invited from a broad range of candidates. Administrative experience from a range of settings is welcomed. In this fast-paced and varied role, you will be providing a high level of executive support to the Vice-Chancellor and Principal, as well as providing leadership within the office of the Vice-Chancellor and Principal.

You will provide a professional executive support service to the Vice-Chancellor and Principal, including active and efficient diary management, organisation and administration of meetings and functions, and dealing discreetly with matters and communications of a confidential nature. You will become familiar with the strategic issues concerning the University and keep up-to-date with current policy and initiatives affecting the University.

To be successful, your essential skills will centre around IT literacy: fully versed in Office 365 and MS Teams; strong digital and presentation preparation etc. Your communication skills, both spoken and written, will be excellent and you may be educated to degree level in English, Communications, Business or IT, for example. You will engage with multiple stakeholders, both internal and external and will have the ability to research and draft briefings in preparation for meetings.

This post is offered on a full-time, permanent basis and you will be expected to be predominantly based in the Vice-Chancellor and Principal’s offices during working hours. In addition to a competitive salary, you will benefit from a range of attractive employee benefits, including a generous holiday annual leave allowance of 26 days per year as well as eight bank holidays and four concessionary days, a highly attractive pension scheme membership, excellent staff development opportunities, comprehensive private health care, on-site gym and salary sacrifice car, cycle and technology schemes.

UCB is an equal opportunities employer. We are open to applications from a diverse range of candidates, including males, who are under-represented in this area.

Executive Assistant to the Executive Director (Finance and Corporate Services)

We are also seeking someone with a similar skill set to the above to support our Executive Director (Finance and Corporate Services). For this role, however, you may have previous administrative experience in a Finance setting and be more conversant with Excel, for example.

See details at: (job reference: S189)

The role of Executive Assistant (Finance and Corporate Services) is graded as SS4. 

Closing date: Monday 13 December 2021 at midday 


  • 38 days’ paid leave per year
  • Local government pension scheme 
  • Private healthcare 
  • Excellent staff development opportunities 
  • Salary sacrifice car leasing, tech and cycle schemes 
  • On-site gym

Standard information: 

UCB is an equal opportunities employer.

All applicants for employment at the University will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of the principles of Safeguarding and the PREVENT agenda in the context of further and higher education.

Unless stated otherwise, all roles at UCB will be based on-site at one of our Birmingham City Centre campus buildings. This is a not a remote role. 

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