Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive

Term                           Permanent contract

Salary & benefits      £30,000 - £34,000 per annum

Up to 10% employers pension contribution

25 days holiday pa pro rata rising by 1 day per year to a max of 30

Employee Life Assurance Scheme

Season Ticket Loan

Cycle scheme

Working hours          Full-time 5 days a week Monday to Friday 09.00 to 17.00 (35 hours)

Place of work             Old Royal Naval College, King William Walk, Greenwich SE10 9NN

Reports to                  Chief Executive


The Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich is looking for a full-time Executive Assistant (EA) to support the Chief Executive. We are one of London’s most popular visitor attractions at the heart of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site welcoming 1.5m visitors annually.

This is a truly exciting time to join the organisation - we are embarking on our most ambitious transformation to become an extraordinary cultural destination. We are doing this by exemplifying our values of Bold | Embracing | Imaginative | Resilient. With a dynamic new Chief Executive and a highly engaged Board we are looking to attract a small number of passionate and talented people capable of driving our organisation to its aspiration. We are looking for people who want to deepen and strengthen their own already excellent skills, to join our talented and engaged team: in our recent staff and volunteer survey 97% of our team said they were proud to work at the Old Royal Naval College.

The EA is being recruited to help the CEO achieve her goals for the organisation. By providing general administrative support s/he will filter and manage issues effectively to support the CEO to lead the organisation proactively and to a consistently high standard. The EA will need to possess excellent managerial skills. S/he is expected to have considerable problem solving, decision-making skills and the ability to handle projects on her/his own with excellent interpersonal skills. S/he will be expected to work strategically & communicate diplomatically, both verbally and in writing, with senior leaders from both the business and public sectors. The ability to anticipate the needs of the CEO and the Senior Leadership Team and take initiative is crucial.

The EA will attend meetings when required and have an extensive knowledge of key issues within the organisation. S/he will take notes at meetings with key players (including Board level) and ensure follow up is undertaken swiftly. The CEO will trust that the organisation will be represented well and work will be handled efficiently in her absence.

Download the full job description and person specification here. For an informal conversation about the role please contact Jenny McMillan [email protected]

Application instructions

  • Please send your CV and a short covering letter to [email protected]
  • The closing date is 12 noon on Tuesday 29 May. First interviews will be held w/c 4 June. Second interviews will be held w/c 11 June.
  • Your covering letter should be no more than two sides in length and should clearly demonstrate how you meet the requirements of the role and the person specification.

Please note that if you have not heard from us by Friday 1 June you should assume that you have not been successful on this occasion.