Private PA Jobs
Private PA jobs offer candidates the opportunity to enter into hugely exciting and varied industries, as well as the chance to brush shoulders with inspiring and successful people. In a Private PA role, the saying that no two days will be the same really does ring true.
What Do Private PAs Do?
Working for celebrities, VIPs, HNWIs, families, family offices and even royalty, Private PAs could be doing almost anything. While there is likely to be an element of business administration, you would also be in charge of the smooth running of your boss’s personal life. One day you could be organising a glamorous event, the next birthday presents for their children, managing wealth portfolios, overseeing large purchases or house/interiors renovations. Your tasks will be very, very wide-ranging; it completely depends on who you are working for.
A Private PA job differs from that of a corporate Personal Assistant or Executive Assistant in that you’ll be working for an individual or family rather than a company. And so there probably won’t be a regular office set up, with HR departments or lots of policies and ways of working in place already. You will be likely to have a lot of autonomy over your role and need to be confident and motivated to work by yourself.
Being a Private PA is a fantastic way to get a foot in the door or some insight into an area you are particularly interested in.
Who Hires Private PAs?
- Senior Business people
- High and ultra-high net worth individuals and families
- Film/TV producers
- Writers, artists and academics
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Private PA Job Description
In some cases you might become an extension of the family unit, which could mean managing other members of household staff as well. For others, it will be more business heavy and you will act as an ambassador for your boss. Different clients will expect different things, but the most successful candidates are the ones with a positive and flexible attitude, who will do whatever it takes to get the job done professionally and effectively.
Responsibilities could include:
- Managing and employing household staff
- Running personal errands like shopping, buying gifts
- Finance - paying invoices, household budgets, bank accounts, book keeping
- Overseeing house renovations or interior design projects
- Booking travel, holidays, restaurants, appointments
- Organising events and parties
- Diary, email and phone management
- Running numerous households, both in the UK and overseas
- Children – liaising with schools, helping with homework, occasional drop off/pick up
- Animals – taking dogs for a walk
- Liaising with family members
If you’re just starting out, extra training can help you get ahead in your career. Look for accredited courses that will give you the relevant skills to stand out in a job interview. Think about the industry you’re applying for. Someone in film or TV will be looking for different qualifications to someone who runs tech start-ups. Be sure to tailor your CV and your experience to the job. Overall, as this is usually a 1:1 role, personality and fit will be a top priority.
- Excellent written and strong communication skills
- Extremely organised and efficient
- Well-presented and confident
- Flexible and ‘can-do’ attitude
- Discreet and trustworthy
- Able to prioritise and manage multiple tasks calmly
- Punctual and reliable
- Emotionally intelligent
- Ability to work independently and use initiative
- Be able to think on your feet and spin lots of plates
How much do Private PAs Earn?
If you are a Private PA, it’s vitally important that you are extremely flexible. You may be expected to attend to tasks or travel abroad at the drop of a hat. You may also work irregular hours, either starting later and finishing later or vice versa. And, when your boss is travelling they may need you to fit in with their local time zone. That said there are also Private PA jobs that work well with those looking for part-time jobs.