Assistant to CEO – Initial Contract Leading to Permanent Position

Date Added: 16/02/2017 (1 month ago)

Application Deadline: 28/03/2017

Company Name: Creative Industires Federation

Company Website:

Location: London

Job Level: Executive

Contact Name: Avi Josephs

Contract Type: Full Time

Summary of Role

The assistant to the Chief Executive is a key role in the organisation. Reporting directing to the CEO, John Kampfner, you will be responsible for the smooth running of his diary with the ability to juggle many activities at a time. The role requires you to work pro-actively and be one step ahead at all times. You must be straight talking with excellent manners. You must be willing to work hard while always maintaining a positive attitude. Skilful management of key relationships will be part of your core job and you must be the voice of the Federation at all times. You will need a high- energy, fast paced and flexible approach to the role with the ability to problem solve.

The role includes contact with senior politicians, public figures and high-powered individuals within the world wide Creative Industries. You need to be able to communicate on all levels and to all participants: from the media, to government, Federation Board, Advisory Council and our many disparate members in your role as the first defence of the CEO’s time.

Our work is changing the face of the Creative Industries within the U.K.


• Diary management
• Travel planning
• Inbox management
• Business administration (Board, AC etc)
• Meeting arrangements
• Member facing
• Working with the team, ensuring seamless integration with the CEO’s activities and meetings
• Acting as the pivot of the team with an overview of everyone’s key activities and work streams
• Being the eyes and ears for the CEO
• Working with the team, identifying improvements in team communications

Required Skills
and Experience

• Solid PA/EA experience – 5 years of relevant experience
• Office suite
• Mac operator
• Excellent people skills
• Great organisational capabilities
• Ability to implement new systems and processes

Company Description

The Company

The Creative Industries Federation is the national membership organisation bringing together all of the UK’s arts, creative industries and cultural education to provide an authoritative and united voice in a way never done before.

Our extraordinary sector is the fastest growing part of the UK economy. It feeds and fascinates hearts and minds and is the UK’s calling card to the world. But it has never quite punched its weight in government - until now.

The Federation was the brainchild of Sir John Sorrell, the designer and UK business ambassador, and a heavyweight team of creative leaders including Sir Nicholas Serota of Tate, Sir Peter Bazalgette and Caroline Rush of the British Fashion Council. We have a board of top figures and an equally dynamic UK Council of members ranging from multinationals to young entrepreneurs. We have now gone global with an International Council too.

We are entirely independent, with our revenues - and our strength - coming from our incredible array of 1,000+ members from architecture to video games, publishing to performance, creative tech to craft and design, as well as universities, colleges and conservatoires, across all the UK’s nations and regions.

From the moment we launched as a professional fighting force, we have been embraced by, and engaged with, government and political parties of all hues. We have worked closely with Whitehall departments including No 10, Treasury and DCMS as well as the Scottish Government, Welsh Assembly and city administrations, making the case for the infrastructure and investment - public and private - crucial for future growth and success.

We produce reports and submissions to add ballast to the arguments and host agenda-setting events that both inform the policy work and offer opportunities to meet fellow members. We are a unique network also offering the potential for exciting new commercial and cultural collaborations. We are fleet of foot, non-bureaucratic and intensely practical. At our social gatherings, we also promise fun.

Package Description

The Personal Qualities:
• Knowledgeable – a knowledge of and interest in the creative industries, public arts and cultural sectors
• Skilled communicator – the ability to communicate effectively and to forge strong relationships with all levels of staff and stakeholders – both internal and external
• Positive, hard-working and enthusiastic – outgoing, confident and keen to contribute to a productive team environment at a very fast and demanding pace
• Skilled problem solver – finding the way to get things done and always looking for ways to improve
• Reliable – with an ability to adapt to constantly developing circumstances and challenges and able to prioritise effectively

The Rewards:
• Initial contract leading to permanent position
• Pension plan and company benefits
• Unrivalled networking opportunities attending Opening night, VIP, private viewings/screenings/events

The Salary:
£28-30K based on experience. This role is full-time, based in a central London office.

The Next Step:
The deadline for applications is 6pm on March 28. Applicants will be required to submit a CV and a covering letter of between 400 and 800 words addressing why you would like this post and why you are perfect for this role.

Interviews will take place on week commencing March 17. It is hoped that applicants should be able to take up the role in April.

All applications and any queries should be addressed directly to Avi Josephs, Finance & Operations Manager,

Apply with your CV and covering letter