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Office Assistant – keeping the office ticking

The Front of House role shares many close similarities with that of a Receptionist.  Much like a corporate Receptionist, the Front of House position is of the utmost importance for every organisation that utilises a Front of House team. Read more here…...

New PA/EA Jobs – 28th November 2022

Are you looking for a Personal Assistant or Executive Assistant job in London? Whether you are an experienced PA/EA, looking to move industries or searching for a graduate Personal Assistant role, get in touch with our recruitment consultants to begin your job search....

New PA/EA Jobs – 23rd November 2022

Are you looking for a Personal Assistant or Executive Assistant job in London? Whether you are an experienced PA/EA, looking to move industries or searching for a graduate Personal Assistant role, get in touch with our recruitment consultants to begin your job search....

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Travelling EA to Global Icon

£80,000 to £120,000 DOE
London & International Travel
04/02/2023
My client is a global icon, a financial and economic strategist who advises governments, financial institutions and industry leaders on major market and financial trends. He has foreseen many of the g...

OUTSTANDING PA to VIP High Flyer ……..

£55,000 - £75,000
London
01/02/2023
Seeking a highly professional ambassadorial Personal Assistant with 8+ years' experince to support my exceptionally impressive client. You will be their right hand, supporting them in every aspect of ...

EA for One of London's Best Known VIP Interior Designers

£60,000 to £70,000
Chelsea, London
20/01/2023
One of London’s leading luxury interior designers is looking for an experienced and fast paced senior EA. An EA who alongside the classic EA responsibilities can assist with driving the business and e...

All the perks of boutique finance + charming boss!

£50,000 - £70,000
Mayfair, London
20/01/2023
One of the most successful and experienced Private Equity firms are looking for a charming and experienced EA with a wonderful sense of humour, a great black book of London, fantastic IT skills and me...

OUTSTANDING TEAM ASSISTANT - Brilliant Market Disruptor in Sustainability

£30,000 - £45,000 doe
London
08/02/2023
***Incredible opportunity to join a major player in the Sustainability Industry.***   Are you passionate about creating change? Eager to join a forward-thinking team in which the sky’s the...

How to Become an Outstanding EA

Executive Assistants are often described as the CEO’s secret weapon. And, with top earner’s salaries reaching £100,000+, there is certainly more to the job than planning and organising. They are likely to work with a company’s top executives or senior management. This could be right up to the Chairman, CEO and CFO. EAs take on more responsibilities and duties than a Personal Assistant. Moreover, they'll have greater decision-making authority within a company. 

Executive Assistant's Job

Successful Executive Assistants can make enormous contributions to the productivity at all levels of the organisation that they work for.  An Executive Assistant's job is to be an effective gate-keeper. They will need to  to save their boss time, to always be one step ahead and prepared for every eventuality. This includes; having documents ready for board meetings, organising diaries and travel, making decisions in their boss’ absence and  keeping projects on track. On top of that Executive Assistants will keep their boss from being distracted by filtering telephone calls, emails and internal workplace queries. They manage information flow, deal with basic financial management and attend meetings and take minutes. Tasks relating to private or family life and personal errands may also be required.

What skills does an EA need?

This is a role that can be incredibly diverse and exciting. It is one that constantly changes and challenges so an Executive Assistant needs to keep up. Top Executive Assistants will be up- to-date with current affairs, new technologies and all areas relating to the company they work for. While insider knowledge of the business and the personalities that work there will be invaluable to an Executive Assistant.

Emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills play a huge part in succeeding as an Executive Assistant. It is are important to be able to accurately ‘read’ and deal with complex situations.  They often stay with a company for many years, because they build a strong relationship with their boss, who will trust them to make decisions and act on their behalf. It’s imperative that high-flying Executive Assistants understand the unspoken needs and personalities of the people or person they work with. EA's may need to confidently ‘push back’ and  ask questions to get the job done efficiently and accurately.

Belinda Lighton, Managing Director of Knightsbridge Recruitment, says: "The importance and relevance of the role of an EA should not be underestimated.  Often the power behind the throne, an outstanding EA is not only an ambassador for their boss but a trusted confidant, who knows more about the company than virtually anyone else.  It’s their strategic thinking, crisis mitigation, clever plate spinning, exceptional communication skills, ironclad discretion and making the seemingly impossible, possible that sets them apart."

Hiring an Executive Assistant

Finding the right Executive Assistant can be a challenge, which is why Knightsbridge Recruitment’s process is so careful and rigorous. Our recruitment consultants ensure they match a candidate’s skills and talents to the requirements of the position. This extends far beyond the CV and experience. Personal chemistry, ambition, interests and company culture are just as important when it comes to finding the right ‘fit’.  Nothing is more important than the ‘right fit’.

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