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The Queen is hiring a personal assistant (but you'll need to be discreet)

George Martin
·4-min read
Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to Royal Air Force Marham, Norfolk, where she inspected the new integrated training centre that trains personnel on the maintenance of the new RAF F-35B Lightning II strike aircraft.
The Queen is advertising for a personal assistant (PA)

The Queen is hiring a personal assistant to help her with a number of royal duties.

An advert posted on social network LinkedIn by the Royal Household revealed the Queen is looking for someone to “provide daily administrative support”.

According to the listing: “This will include diary and correspondence management, responding to varied queries and event support, as well as travel and logistics plans for the non-official programme.”

The successful applicant will live in Thatched House Lodge in Richmond.

To be considered for the role, anyone looking to apply will need administration or secretarial experience.

Thatched House Lodge in Richmond, where the successful applicant will live.
Thatched House Lodge in Richmond, where the successful applicant will live (Google Street View)

They will also need to be able to demonstrate experience of supporting “individuals with a range of office and domestic requirements”.

The advert also suggests the person will need to be “discreet” and have “outstanding interpersonal and communication skills”.

Whoever is selected for the job will have to work 37.5 hours per week and can expect to earn between £30,000 and £33,000 per year.

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“With excellent IT and written skills and an eye for detail, you will be confident drafting varied correspondence,” the advert continues.

“Efficient, well organised and able to work under pressure, you can manage a busy workload and prioritise multiple tasks and projects effectively.

“Finally, you will have a flexible and pro-active approach, will enjoy using your initiative, and will be keen to take on the range of opportunities this role presents.”

A general view of the Mall leading up to Buckingham Palace on the day of U.S President Donald Trump's arrival in London, Monday, June 3, 2019. Trump is on a three-day state visit to Britain. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland
Another advert posted on Linkedin showed the Queen is also hiring a 'planner' to oversee the refurbishment of Buckingham Palace (AP)

According to other adverts posted on Linkedin in recent days the Queen is also recruiting an expert to help oversee a 10-year refurbishment plan for Buckingham Palace.

The Royal Household is advertising for the position, listed as “planner” which will involved modernising the building’s electrical cabling, plumbing and heating for the first time since the 1950s.

The salary for that position is about £38,000 per annum, dependent on experience.

The link can be found here.

Read the job description in full:

You will join us as a Personal Assistant joining a small, flexible and busy team responsible for domestic and programme management.

Personal Assistant Responsibilities: You will provide daily administrative support to Her Royal Highness and the wider team as required. This will include diary and correspondence management, responding to varied queries and event support, as well as travel and logistics plans for the non-official programme. This role will provide the opportunity to expand your administrative, organisational and planning experience in a unique and busy office environment.

Personal Assistant Requirements: With extensive administration / secretarial experience, you will be used to supporting individuals with a range of office and domestic requirements. Discreet, with outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, you will be confident liaising with colleagues and external people at all levels. With excellent IT and written skills and an eye for detail, you will be confident drafting varied correspondence. Efficient, well organised and able to work under pressure, you can manage a busy workload and prioritise multiple tasks and projects effectively. Finally, you will have a flexible and pro-active approach, will enjoy using your initiative, and will be keen to take on the range of opportunities this role presents.

Due to the nature of the role, a UK / EU driving license with your own transport will also be required. About The Royal Household: It's building a sustainable future for world famous historic buildings And it’s the pride in conserving a world-famous heritage building. This is what makes a role at the Royal Household so different. The size, complexity and heritage of our London sites present some fascinating, and often unique, challenges. Like any historical building the Buckingham Palace requires care and attention, and a Reservicing Programme is now underway to ensure that the Palace is fit for purpose for the next 50 years.

Location: Thatched House Lodge, Richmond, TW10 5HP Job type: Full Time, Permanent, 37.5 hours per week, over 5 days, Monday to Friday Salary: £30,000 to £33,000 per annum (dependent on experience) Closing Date: 09 February 2020, 23:55 You may have experience of the following: Personal Assistant, Executive Assistant, Senior Secretary, EA, Corporate Secretary, Senior Administrator, Senior PA, etc. Ref: 91663

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