Admin Support (EU Exit)
Salary: £20,033- £20,330 (National) or £23,195 - £23,530 (London)
Grade: Admin Officer
Two year fixed-term contract with the potential for extension or permanency
Locations: London, Bristol or York. Other locations may also be considered, though candidates must be willing to travel to London as needed.
With large and wide-ranging responsibilities, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) works collaboratively to protect the environment and to maintain and grow the rural economy. Our vital work is far-reaching and complex. Plus the UK’s impending exit from the EU continues to set us absorbing challenges. Join us and you will contribute to the development of new approaches and policies affecting millions of people across the country. This is a career-defining opportunity that offers networking and professional development.
Joining the EU and International Trade, Future Farming and Countryside or Agri Food Chain team, you will develop a comprehensive knowledge of your specific area as you support the team in their day-to-day activities. You will:
- Undertake a wide array of administrative tasks such as booking travel, making complex meeting arrangements and raising purchase orders for invoices that need processing.
- Support the Team Leader and colleagues in your wider business area in their duties, and on ad hoc projects relating to EU Exit. This will include on-boarding new starters, and implementing detailed actions after lengthy briefings.
- Develop good working relationships with senior level Defra staff, and external stakeholders such as colleagues from other government departments and industry professionals.
- Take responsibility for handling a broad array of queries, ranging from software and hardware requests, to answering questions about your business area and directing people to the most relevant contact.
Previous work experience in the field is not essential, as long as you are comfortable balancing multiple projects, so this opportunity may be suited to someone looking to enter the civil service, or returning to work after a career break. As the first point of contact for teams and divisions within your business area, this role will offer you the chance to build a valuable network of contacts, and extensive knowledge about what the team are working on. You will therefore be keen to learn, with good attention to detail and the capacity to work off your own initiative. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential, and you will be a numerate individual who is committed to delivering an exceptional service. Crucially, you will need good prioritisation skills, with the capacity to work in partnership with stakeholders who are spread across a variety of locations. As a flexible team-player, your can-do attitude will ensure you succeed in our fast-paced team.
Everyone in Defra is supported to develop their skills and capabilities. You will have access to learning and development from quality providers and support from mentors and coaches. We offer flexible working (including job shares and part-time working) alongside a range of other policies and schemes to support your physical and emotional wellbeing. Our comprehensive benefits offer includes generous annual leave, a contributory pension, staff bonuses and recognition, volunteering days, childcare vouchers and other salary sacrifice options, and an employee discount scheme.
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