Report to: Baroness Greenfield and be an active member of her team
Start date: 1st May 2018 (handover until 24th May)
Salary to be negotiated, depending on experience and expertise
Two professional references required from previous employers
CRB check mandatory
A confidentiality agreement will be requested for signature on commencing the post
Baroness Susan Greenfield is CEO and Founder of Neuro-Bio Ltd and a Cross-Bench Peer in the House of Lords
Neuro-Bio (www.neuro-bio.com) is a privately held company taking a new approach to neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. Building on 40 years of original research initially at Oxford University, and now based at the Culham Science Centre, Neuro-Bio is developing a system for blood biomarker for early diagnosis of neuro-degenerative disorders along with novel drug candidates that could constitute a completely different type of drug to actually halt the neurodegenerative process.
More generally, Baroness Greenfield is a high profile member of the scientific community with many obligations in the senior levels of business, media and politics worldwide. She is involved in various initiatives within both the private and public sector: she has her own private company Greenfield PPS Limited, from which she operates as a speaker to a wide range of sectors.
This full-time position is for a reliable and professional Executive Assistant who will be based at the offices of Neuro-Bio at the Culham Science Centre, OX14 3DB.
You will provide essential and direct support ensuring that Baroness Greenfield’s daily activities run smoothly. This will include administrative support for her work at Neuro-Bio, House of Lords, for Greenfield PPS (her speaking commitments), public relations and scientific research activities, as well as dealing with sensitive personal and private matters.
This position demands a high degree of initiative and flexibility. Attention to detail and high levels of organisational and communication skills are essential. You will manage a continually changing diary over several locations. This involves liaising with different staff across different time zones, organising complex and ever-changing national and international travel plans, and booking personal and business appointments.
You will work independently and must be able to use your initiative, and manage and prioritise your own workload in response to changing demands. This is a challenging but enjoyable job with the core hours: 08:00-16:00 Mon-Fri or 07:30-16:00 Mon-Thurs, 07:30-13:30 on Fri with the afternoon overtime being negotiable subject to work load, In addition, four weeks of hand over are requested prior to Ms Smiths’ departure. This position will suit someone who enjoys a fast-paced environment, is able to think quickly and solve problems, a confident communicator, able to deal with people from all backgrounds and who wishes to progress in an administrative career.
Main Areas of Responsibility
Daily Duties: - including but not limited to
- Management of all the Baroness’ diary and appointments, Management of both private and company accounts
- Raising Invoices following speaking engagements
- Dealing with all communication, including contact with media, academics, politicians, agencies, high net worth individuals and the general public.
- Filtering and prioritise correspondence, email and general external / internal post.
- Taking and relaying accurate and timely messages from telephone callers, and answer queries where possible
- Management of output and workflow deadlines
- Finalising PowerPoint presentations
- Management of up-to-date website and social media accounts
- Liaising with relevant individuals, external organisations etc to arrange meetings and draft supporting documents
- Liaising with event managers to ensure all arrangements are suitable, including audio / visual facilities, accommodation, travel, visa and other requirements
- Maintaining a comprehensive filing system and ensure all supporting files and presentation material are available in support of the daily schedule.
- Undertaking research, media relations and promotional work
- In her absence, acting as the point of contact for communication between the Baroness and her laboratory in Culham keeping her fully informed of ongoing internal and external matters.
- Undertake any other duties as reasonably requested
Skills & Experience
You will have:
- Exceptional communication skills, both written and oral, with a professional telephone manner and an ability to communicate with people at all levels in a personable and effective way
- Outstanding organisational skills with proven ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines
- Excellent computer skills and advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office packages, including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint
- A flexible and mature approach to work with the ability to carry out tasks unsupervised
- High standards with an eye for detail and accuracy
- Ability to take notes and compose emails quickly and accurately with a sound command of English grammar and spelling
You will be:
- Utterly reliable and able to treat all the work as confidential. Sufficiently trustworthy and professional and to handle credit card transactions with privileged access to passwords etc.
- Friendly, approachable and well presented
- Enthusiastic, pro-active and confident
Baroness Susan Greenfield will be speaking at the SCI Public Lecture on 28th February 2018, on how the introduction of 21st Century technology may lead to unprecedented changes in the development of our brains. Baroness Greenfield will also address how new imaging methods can visualise fundamental brain mechanisms, and how this can influence the way we treat Alzheimer’s disease.
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In this article she shows how in turn the three great Greek tragedians raised questions and issues that have parallels in neuroscience. Aeschylus emphasised fate at the expense of the individual, arguably corresponding to genetic determinism; Sophocles paid more attention to the individual, albeit with no free will, - a subject tackled in the pioneering experiments of the 20th neuroscientist Benjamin Libet.
Finally, Euripides highlighted the inner conflicts within each one of us, the 'wine' force of abandonment versus the 'bread' force of reason, which correspond, respectively under-functioning and full functioning of a key part of the brain (prefrontal cortex).
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Baroness Greenfield will take part in the OECD Forum in Paris on 6 June, click on the link below to read her contribution to the OECD year book 2017;
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An internationally-acclaimed neuroscientist has used her visit to Newcastle to offer an update on the fight against Alzheimer’s Disease.
Considered one of Britain’s most influential women, Professor Susan Greenfield is working to answer questions about the brain that for so long, have gone unanswered.
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