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Senior Executive Assistant for Chief Executive and Chair

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
2 Mar 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are keen to recruit to this senior administrative role, which will oversee the effective operation of the CEO's Office and support the Trust Chair.

The role offers the successful candidate the opportunity to lead the effective administrative support for the CEO, Chair and Executive Team in a fast-paced environment.

The role covers line management of the corporate support officer, management for the team of executive assistants, and the provision of additional support to the CEO on issues of Trust-wide importance.

Given our ambition for administrative excellence, we are looking for a highly motivated individual with a strong track record of experience in Personal Assistant/Executive Assistant roles, possessing an appetite to drive improvement in this important area and the ability to hit the ground running.

The role is accountable to our Chief Executive, Joe Chadwick Bell, and will report to her on a day-to-day basis. If you feel you have the skills, experience and the mindset for this key role, we would welcome an application from you.

Main duties of the job

The role is accountable to our Chief Executive, Joe Chadwick Bell, and will report to the Chief of Staff on a day-to-day basis. If you feel you have the skills, experience and the mindset for this key role please contact in the first instance for a conversation.

About us

We are proud to provide 'Outstanding' care and be a great place to work

We provide safe, compassionate and high quality care to half a million people living or visiting East Sussex. We are one of the largest organisations in East Sussex, the only integrated provider of acute and community care in Sussex. Our extensive services are provided by 7000 + members of staff working from acute hospitals in Hastings and Eastbourne, three community hospitals in Bexhill, Rye and Uckfield, over 100 community sites and in people's own homes.

In 2020 the Care Quality Commission rated us as 'Good' overall, and 'Outstanding' for being caring and effective. The Conquest Hospital and our Community Services are rated 'Outstanding'. Eastbourne DGH rated 'Good'.

In 2020, the Trust launched its ambitious 'Building for our Future' programme. This once in a lifetime programme aims to repair, redevelop and expand our hospitals, transforming the environment in which we provide care for generations to come.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the job description attached.

If you have any questions about this position please do not hesitate to contact us.

Person Specification



  • Educated to degree level or proven equivalent experience
  • Recognised Leadership and/or Administration Management qualification or equivalent relevant experience


  • ECDL or other recognised IT qualification or proven experience



  • Managerial experience within area of responsibility
  • Experience of carrying out analytical and planning related work for the short to longer term
  • Experience of working across service boundaries and maintaining credible relationships with colleagues
  • Recognised secretarial / business administration / management NVQ level 3 qualification or equivalent level of knowledge and experience
  • Educated to GCSE level including English and Maths
  • Evidence of continued professional development to degree level or equivalent level of knowledge and experience

Skills/Knowledge and Abilities


  • Competent computer skills, with ability to collate, analyse, record, monitor and present complex information in a professional manner
  • Demonstrates excellent communication and interpersonal skills with both internal and external colleagues
  • Able to deal with pressurised deadlines and potentially controversial and sensitive situations
  • Demonstrates a range of skills in leading and influencing a team
  • Demonstrates commitment to developing and sustaining innovative practice and is able to promote change positively
  • Good understanding and overview of NHS governance and monitoring processes
  • Advanced IT skills - Microsoft Office, including Powerpoint, databases


  • Ability to lead meetings
  • Understanding of FOI processes and Knowledge of Health & Safety legislation (or willingness to learn



  • Reliable work record
  • Ability to travel independently between sites in an efficient and timely manner
  • Personal behaviour reflects Trust values

Employer details

Employer name

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust




BN21 2UD

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