Pearson Executive Assistant to SVP Sales Operations in New Jersey

Executive Assistant to SVP Sales Operations


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Summary of Role:

The Executive Assistant provides the full range of administrative support to the SVP Sales Operations, including calendar management, travel and expenses, invoice processing and organizing key events and meetings. The role is to supporting the SVP in ensuring smooth operations of Pearson’s North America sales operations function.

Main activities / responsibilities:

● Extensive calendar management and travel arrangements for SVP, managing changing priorities and proactively finalizing the finer details of all arrangements, ensuring the SVP is fully updated at all times.

Management of team calendars as appropriate.

Organization of meetings and calls for the SVP in multiple time zones with external and internal stakeholders at all organizational levels (including follow up administrative tasks such as registering guests with the building, ordering refreshments and booking rooms, liaising with contacts in other locations).

Arranging and supporting key meetings including video conferences setup, webinars, preparation of papers in advance, taking and disseminating minutes as appropriate.

Organization of larger team events as required.

Representing the SVP by liaising appropriately and confidentially with high profile and senior leaders and their colleagues both internally and externally.

Maintaining and reviewing the SVP’s and own email, responding to standard queries on behalf of the SVP as required.

Preparing and editing correspondence, documents, PowerPoint presentations etc. for the SVP.

Maintenance of the department’s organization charts

Ensuring all HR and finance cyclical matters for the SVP are managed in the HR systems, to include but not limited to holiday management, invoice processing, expenses (for SVP and direct reports to SVP), submission of performance goals and reviews, HR administrative duties etc.)

Managing technical equipment ordering, set up and ensuring system access for new hires


Qualifications and experience required:

Proven previous experience, ideally 5 years, in executive assistant role for senior leadership position.

Excellent organizational skills, time management and attention to detail with a passion for these skills.

Ability to prioritize effectively.

Proven communication and stakeholder management skills. Experience liaising with senior management and external contacts in a professional and confident manner.

Advanced skills in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, and Google mail.

Intermediate to advanced skills in Microsoft Excel.

Ability to learn and develop new IT skills as required.

Ability to navigate the different business units, establishing networks and contacts efficiently.

Representing the department in a professional manner at all times.

Ability to understand the need to handle confidential and sensitive information with the utmost discretion.

Able to work remote from the SVP, understanding the need to be flexible with working times to accommodate demanding business needs.

Proactive problem solver

Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Primary Location: US-New Jersey

Other Locations US-New York, US-MA-Boston, US-California

Job: Office Support

Organization: North America

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Apr 12, 2017