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Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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09 July 2024
Secretarial & Administration

Senior Personal Assistant

Ideas | People | Trust

We’re BDO. An accountancy and business advisory firm, providing the advice and solutions entrepreneurial organisations need to navigate today’s changing world.

We work with the companies that are Britain’s economic engine – ambitious, entrepreneurially-spirited and high‑growth businesses that fuel the economy – and directly advise the owners and management teams leading them.

We’ll broaden your horizons

Playing an important support role at BDO, our Secretarial and Administration team contributes to our success by taking responsibility for planning and organisation. Their proactive approach to what we do ensures our projects operate seamlessly and co-operation remains strong across our firm. Whatever the challenge, they provide the foundations on which we can excel. Joining this team, you’ll enjoy a friendly and supportive environment – and plenty of variety to keep you on your toes. Want to play your part in our international operation?

We’ll help you succeed

Leading organisations trust us because of the quality of our advice. That quality grows from a thorough understanding of their business, and that understanding comes from working closely with them and building long-lasting relationships.

You’ll be someone who is both comfortable working proactively and managing your own tasks, as well as confident collaborating with others and communicating regularly with senior managers, directors, and BDO’s partners to help businesses effectively. You’ll be encouraged to identify and draw attention to opportunities for enhancing our delivery and providing additional services to organisations we work with.

At BDO, we understand that an excellent Personal Assistant plays a vital role in a thriving business. We are seeking a dynamic and proactive Senior PA to join our team of business support professionals to undertake a pivotal role in helping steer the firm to continued success.

This is a career with a purpose.

You will provide a full range of support in the Business Services & Outsourcing team in the Manchester office for three Partners.

Your role will extend beyond that of the known traditional PA to become a linchpin in our operations.

Key attributes we value:

  • Learning Mindset: Embrace continuous evolution and apply your insights to our ever-changing business landscape.
  • Calm under Pressure: Maintain clarity and composure, making informed decisions amidst challenging situations.
  • Adaptability: Juggle diverse tasks with finesse, adapting swiftly to the dynamic needs of our firm.
  • Flexibility: Respond with agility to unforeseen changes, balancing professional and personal resilience.
  • Skilled Organisation: Anticipate needs and stay ahead, fostering a seamless partnership with stakeholders.
  • Clear Communication: Convey critical information effectively, honing skills in clarification, empathy, and active listening. 
  • Commercial Acumen: Understand the business imperatives and contribute meaningfully to our strategic goals.
  • Strategic Thinking: Align your tasks with our firm's vision, prioritising for maximum impact. 
  • Troubleshooting: Tackle challenges proactively, offering solutions that reinforce your indispensable role.
  • Resilience: Bounce back from setbacks with confidence, supporting colleagues through complex scenarios.
  • Planning: Master the art of foresight, navigating complexities with a clear understanding of priorities and a focus on driving process efficiencies.
  • Tech Proficiency: Leverage technology to enhance processes and drive efficiency.
  • Accountability: Own your responsibilities, managing your workload and stakeholder relationships with autonomy.
  • Problem-Solving and solution finding: Resolve issues independently, freeing stakeholders to focus on strategic endeavours.

At BDO we are all stakeholders. We all understand our mission and strategy and the responsibilities each person has towards its success. We are role models with a position of responsibility.

In return, at BDO, we offer a unique environment where your aspirations are taken seriously, and we help align your skills for the future stages in your career. You will be part of our National Business Support stream, benefiting from a robust Career Development Framework and our in-house qualification, the BDO Vocational Achievement (BVA).  Our commitment to continuous learning and development ensures you are equipped with the skills and knowledge to continue to deliver excellence.

Your role will encompass a broad spectrum of responsibilities, including but not limited to: -

  • Advanced diary and travel management
  • Sophisticated email and meeting coordination
  • Document production and management
  • Project and event management and support
  • Business development assistance
  • Financial and HR system management
  • Contribution to local and firm-wide initiatives
  • Development of yourself and others / Contribution to the training and development of colleagues
  • Understand the activities of the partners supporting to deliver suggestions and advice, and look ahead to identify potential time conflicts or critical events
  • Interacting in person, on the phone and via email with senior business personnel, both internally and externally

Technical competencies required:

  • Proficiency in the Microsoft suite
  • Experience at a senior PA level
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Ability to contribute to projects
  • A strong IT aptitude to learn our platforms 
  • GCSE English and Maths (or equivalent)
  • Knowledge of relevant policies and frameworks

If you are ready to take on a role that will challenge and reward you in equal measure, we would be delighted to receive your application.

If you would like to hear more about what it means to her to be a Senior PA at BDO, it’s been brought to life in this video: .[Video] BDO UK LLP on LinkedIn: #pacareers #businesssupport #flexibleworking

You’ll be able to be yourself; we’ll recognise and value you for who you are and celebrate and reward your contributions to our business. We’re committed to agile working, and we offer everyone the opportunity to work in ways that suit them, their teams, and the task at hand.

At BDO, we’ll help you achieve your personal goals and career ambitions, and we have programmes, resources, and frameworks that provide clarity and structure around career development.

We’re in it together

Mutual support and respect is one of BDO’s core values and we’re proud of our distinctive, people-centred culture.  From informal success conversations to formal mentoring and coaching, we’ll support you at every stage in your career, whatever your personal and professional needs.

Our agile working framework helps us stay connected, bringing teams together where and when it counts so they can share ideas and help one another.  At BDO, you’ll always have access to the people and resources you need to do your best work.

We know that collaboration is the key to creating value and satisfying experiences at work, so we’ve invested in state-of-the-art collaboration spaces in our offices.  BDO’s people represent a wealth of knowledge and expertise, and we’ll encourage you to build your network, work alongside others, and share your skills and experiences.  With a range of multidisciplinary events and dedicated resources, you’ll never stop learning at BDO.

We’re looking forward to the future

At BDO, we help entrepreneurial businesses to succeed, fuelling the UK economy. Our success is powered by our people, which is why we’re always finding new ways to invest in you. Across the UK thousands of unique minds continue to come together to help companies we work with to achieve their ambitions.

We’ve got a clear purpose, and we’re confident in our future, because we’re adapting and evolving to build on our strengths, ensuring we continue to find the right combination of global reach, integrity and expertise. We shape the future together with openness and clarity, because we believe in empowering people to think creatively about how we can do things better.




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