Senior Administrator and PA - HUB

United Kingdom
£23,406.00 - £29,107.00
Jan 11, 2021
Feb 10, 2021
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Position Details

College of Social Sciences

University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £23,406 to £25,143. With potential progression once in post to £29,107 a year

Band 500

Full time


Closing Date: 3rd January 2021

Job Purpose

As a senior PA within the College of Social Sciences Hub you will provide support for a broad range of administrative duties, some of which may be complex. You may also be responsible for managing other staff or for supporting colleagues and sharing knowledge. You will use your excellent organisational skills and attention to detail to ensure the people you support are well prepared, and that the tasks you carry out are completed to a high quality in a timely manner.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

1. Undertake complex diary management and meeting planning, usually 6-12 months ahead, making decisions on the best use of time. This will require you to understand the priorities and deadlines you and your manager(s) are working to and will involve developing relationships across the University and beyond.

1. Proactive inbox management, with confidence to make decisions on behalf of others where appropriate.

2. Dealing with a wide range of more complex enquiries and correspondence independently, or exercising judgement to redirect them to senior colleagues or other departments within the University.

2. If in a supervisory role, you will line manage all staff and take responsibility for co-ordinating and prioritising the work of others, normally as the head of a small team or sub-unit of a team. If not in a supervisory role you will still be expected to act as a role model and coach members of the team.

3. Maintain high profile working relationships with key stakeholders, fielding enquiries and ensuring that appropriate information is disseminated to stakeholders as appropriate.

4. Proactive preparation and collation of meeting-related papers, working collaboratively to determine what information might be required in advance of a meeting, articulating clear deadlines for submission and proactively chasing where necessary. This may include attending meetings to provide high-quality committee support, taking minutes and following up as appropriate.

5. Arranging complex UK and overseas travel, including booking flights, hotels, transfers, and organisation and planning of itineraries, ensuring best use of time and taking into account budgetary constraints.

6. Organisation of events including booking a venue, sending invitations, arranging refreshments, liaising with speakers, manage bookings, co-ordination of colleagues, advertising, collating feedback and reporting back.

7. Collate, analyse and interpret data. This may include identifying and resolving issues with the data.

8. Will manage some smaller projects on own initiative, but will also carry out desk research and source data from internal and external sources in order to contribute to wider projects.

9. Support the management, development and implementation of operational processes and systems.

10. Will be responsible for one or more of the following:

- monitoring budgets including processing payments, authorising expenditure, raising concerns where finances are not in line with the budget,

- procuring goods and services through the University system,

- updating and writing contents for the department's communications eg intranet pages,

- dealing with health and safety and facilities issues,

- HR-related tasks such as managing staff absence, induction, or dealing with leavers

- dealing with arrangements for international visitors

- monitoring internal procedures/compliance and ensuring these are followed and disseminated as appropriate.

11. Supports equality and values diversity, moderates own behaviour to avoid unfair discriminatory impact or bias on others.

Person Specification
  • Educated to A Level standard, or equivalent level 3 qualification such as a Level 3 NVQ, or level 3 national diploma or relevant work experience evidencing the skills and ability to undertake the role.
  • Minimum of grade C in Mathematics and English at GCSE or equivalent level 2 qualification.
  • Previous administrative or PA experience.
  • Highly proficient IT skills, in particular the ability to handle complex electronic diaries and emails, the wider MS Office suite of programmes including excel and powerpoint, and some experience of using an enterprise resource planning package. The post holder should also be confident and able to quickly learn new IT skills and software packages as required.
  • Proven ability to plan ahead and anticipate requirements, proactively planning own (and sometimes others' workloads) to manage time effectively, progress tasks concurrently and work to deadlines.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to write for different audiences, and to required deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills. The postholder must inspire confidence and command authority with a range of colleagues and provide excellent customer service at all times.
  • A high degree of professionalism, tact, and diplomacy, and the ability to exercise discretion regarding the handling and management of sensitive information/issues.
  • A high degree of initiative, personal judgement, resourcefulness, flexibility, and a self-motivating approach.
  • Ability to work effectively in a large, complex organisation, and to develop a good understanding of how the University and higher education institutions work.
  • Ability to understand policy and procedures and how to apply these.
  • Understands the importance of equality and diversity in the workplace.
  • Ability to identify and respond to equality and diversity issues in line with relevant policies and procedures.

For informal inquiries please contact Stacey Smith via email -

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