The Royal Household has announced it is on the lookout for a personal assistant to join Buckingham Palace’s private secretary’s office. This role will require the successful applicant to “deliver support at the heart of a world famous institution”, the vacancy advert read.
Among the main tasks, the successful applicant will help coordinate royal diaries, meetings and appointments.
But the role, the vacancy description added, requires applicants to be willing to cover a unique variety of tasks.
The job description read: “Providing comprehensive support to a Senior Manager, you’ll prioritise and manage multiple requests, coordinate diaries, meetings and appointments, oversee efficient inbox management, minute-taking and draft correspondence.
“You’ll have exposure across the organisation, liaising daily at a senior level and building relationships with colleagues and external organisations.
“You’ll also assist with the efficient coordination of Government duty, liaising with stakeholders in the UK, Realms and Commonwealth to draft letters and other material.”
Individuals applying for this role should have extensive experience as personal assistants, the advert said.
Describing the ideal candidate, the vacancy announcement continued: “You’ll have superb interpersonal and communication skills, and will be at ease working as part of a team, and liaising with people at all levels.
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“With good judgement, sensitivity and a willingness to help others, you’ll quickly become a trusted and indispensable member of the team.”
The vacancy closes on December 4.
The Royal Household is offering a fixed term contract lasting two years and an annual salary of up to £35,000.
The uniqueness of this role may intimidate some, but a careers expert said it could actually provide applicants with a playing level field.
Charlotte Davies, careers expert at LinkedIn, said: “Don’t be intimidated.
“It’s a unique role (with a very high-profile boss!) so few applicants will have direct experience.
“As with any role, be sure to highlight the transferrable skills you do have – in this case, it could be managing large and complex projects or working under pressure.”
She added: “Being involved in the co-ordination of the day-to-day lives of The Royal Family really is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
Advising applicants, she urged them to “keep your social professional” in case recruiters at the Household will look for any online presence.
She added: “Brush up on your interview etiquette.
“You don’t want to be the person who accidentally gives the Queen a thumbs up – even if it is via video call.
“The interviewers for this role are sure to be on the lookout for tip-top manners from candidates.
“Outside of practicing your bow and curtsies – attentive body language and steady but friendly eye contact are both really important for giving a great (virtual) interview.”