Executive Assistant

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

The CSIR has a vacancy for an Executive Assistant in the Next Generation Enterprises and Institutions Cluster. The incumbent will manage the Executive’s office effectively and offer the level of support required, enabling the Executive to perform at his full potential and focus on strategic matters. The ideal candidate must have the ability to prioritise and remain focused under pressure, display evidence of working independently and maintaining confidentiality is an absolute fundamental requirement. This position is based in Pretoria.

Key responsibilities:

  • Prepare written responses to incoming correspondence for the executive’s approval and signature;
  • Handle all incoming calls effectively and efficiently;
  • Eloquently express the Executive’s requirements/instructions to other staff members;
  • Manage internal and external events, local and overseas travel arrangements under broad direction of the executive;
  • Coordinate and manage the executive’s diary effectively ensuring that his time is used effectively and he is briefed appropriately regarding the agenda for meetings. This includes sourcing background information from previous meetings;
  • Follow up on actions emanating from meetings on behalf of the executive;
  • Structure agendas and take minutes at meetings with minimum guidance from the executive;
  • Type, format/edit documents and prepare presentations;
  • Prioritise outputs according to the Executive’s needs;
  • Purchase necessities for the office.

Qualifications, skills and experience:

  • A National Diploma or equivalent SAQA level qualification in administration with at least five years’ working experience as a Personal Assistant to a Senior Manager or Executive;
  • A Bachelor’s degree will be advantageous;
  • Must have the ability to prioritise;
  • Must be flexible, be able to adapt and change of responsiveness in an atmosphere of constantly shifting priorities;
  • Must be able to work independently with a high level of autonomy;
  • Must be professional, self-motivated, organised and proactive;
  • Must have the ability to handle sensitive/confidential information discreetly;
  • Must have stakeholder relations;
  • The following skills are essential:Communication and writing skills;
  • Conflict handling skills;
  • Problem solving skills;
  • Self-management skills (positive attitude and behaviour, reliability, accountability and self-sufficiency);
  • Advanced computer skills (MS Office, Internet, IT literacy);
  • Good numerical skills and attention to detail;
  • Must be a self-starter and be able to work well under pressure.

Closing Date: 25 November 2021

Please Note That Feedback Will Be Given To Shortlisted Candidates Only.

To apply for this job please visit candidate.csir.co.za.


To apply for this job please visit candidate.csir.co.za.

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