Executive Assistant to Global Director Marketing and Strategy
Country / Territory
Corporate Headquarters
Job Category
Administration, PA & Secretarial
Pay Band
Pay Band 7
Vacancy Description
Pay band: Pay Band 7 Location: London Contract type: Indefinite contract Requirements: Candidates must have the right to work in the UK Closing date and time: Tuesday 26th Feb 2018, 23:59

Please note – For London Location, our headquarters will relocate to Westfield, Stratford – E20


About us:

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.  We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.


We work in over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society.  Each year we reach over 20 million people face to face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications.


The Marketing Directorate’s aim is to shape our story, brand and relationships in the UK and globally. We create the frameworks, tools and culture that empower our colleagues to do the same.  The team covers corporate strategy, global marketing, brand and communications, to ensure alignment of our work and stakeholder relationships in the UK.  Working in Marketing offers the opportunity to be close to key strategic development and decision making processes, and be part of a team which is helping to build the wider profile and brand reputation of the organisation.


Main opportunities/challenges for this role:


This is a key role to provide consistent senior administrative support to the Director Strategy and Marketing to ensure they are able to focus on strategic responsibilities in the most efficient and effective way.


You will be an integral part of the whole team; however you will primarily support the Director Strategy and Marketing. You will be highly organised and be able to juggle competing priorities, able to work with senior stakeholders and be interested in the activities of the Directorate. You will also provide some general support to the other four senior managers in the Centre of Excellence for their travel and general administration needs.


-  You will need to develop a strong knowledge of the British Council’s strategy and work, and demonstrate enthusiasm and interest for our work in the UK and overseas

-  You will need to be flexible enough to be, on occasion available at short notice to complete last-minute tasks and deal with unexpected matters

You will be required to maintain an appropriate standard of confidentiality at all times

Where time and appropriate opportunity arises, you will have the opportunity to contribute directly to some project activity.



What we require of the successful candidate:

- Proficient use of Microsoft Office tools, specifically outlook

- You will have high level of organisation and administrative skills and be able to prioritise multiple tasks and deadlines and have good attention to detail

- You will have proven track record of proficient office administration in busy and complex environments prioritising multiple tasks and deadlines

Experience of working effectively with individuals at all levels (critically senior managers), both internally and externally

- Excellent communication skills, both
  verbal and written.




If you would like to understand more about this post then please see the documents below:


British Council Behaviours.pdf

BC Core skills.pdf



32 days paid annual leave (excluding bank holidays)

Generous Defined Benefit Civil Service Pension Scheme

Interest Free Travel Season Ticket Loan


Further details:

If you are interested in the post and feel that you are suitable for the role, then we would really like to hear from you. Please apply by Tuesday 26th Feb, 2018 (23:59)


Our Equality Commitment:

Valuing diversity is essential to the British Council’s work. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to avoid unjustified discrimination, recognising discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights. All staff worldwide are required to ensure their behaviour is consistent with our policies. 


The British Council is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and is keen to reflect the diversity of UK society at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. In line with the British Council's Child Protection policy, any appointment is contingent on thorough checks. In the UK, and in other countries where appropriate systems exist, these include criminal records checks.