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Contract Type:
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Full time
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Closed for applications on 21/03/2018 12:00
£ Please see advert text
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Admin / Secretarial / Customer Services
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Job details 

Closing date:
21 Mar

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

Secretary - temporary for approximately 10 months

Employer: Bridget Phillipson MP (Houghton & Sunderland South)
Location: Constituency Office
Salary: In line with IPSA guidelines and subject to experience

Bridget Phillipson MP is currently recruiting for a bright and enthusiastic Secretary to work in her constituency office. The successful applicant will provide professional support to both the MP, Office Manager and colleagues. The role will require good written and verbal communication skills as well as IT skills.

Key tasks:

• Planning, prioritisation and co-ordination of own/team work
• Opening and dispatching mail
• Respond to and monitor enquiries by telephone, email and post from a wide range of contacts regarding a variety of
  issues. Ensuring all enquiries are dealt with sensitively and confidentially
• Drafting letters and typing correspondence on MP’s behalf, including complex queries and concerns
• Handling administrative arrangements for meetings and events. Receiving and welcoming visitors
• Efficient data and file management in line with Data Protection Act
• Maintain up-to-date knowledge of relevant legislation
• Photocopying, filing, record keeping
• Support diary management
• Provide administrative support regarding budgets
• Liaise with external suppliers regarding office supplies
• Other tasks as directed by Office Manager to ensure the smooth running of the constituency and/or
  Westminster office.

Key Skills:

• Previous administrative experience
• Knowledge of Microsoft Office package, email and internet

Bridget Phillipson MP is an equal opportunities employer with a diverse workforce and will provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants without regard to gender, ethnic background, age, disability, religion or sexual orientation.

Upon appointment you will be required to comply with the Baseline Personnel Security Standard, undertaken by the Members’ Staff Verification Office (MSVO).


Interviews are scheduled to take place on Friday 13 April and will include a written and typed assessment. If you are invited for interview and require special arrangements, please raise this when you are contacted by us.

Start Date: To be discussed with the successful candidate

All applications received after noon on Wednesday 21 March 2018 will NOT be considered.

How to apply:

Please send Curriculum Vitae (max 2 pages) and 1-page covering letter via email to Bridget.phillipson.mp@parliament.uk please state clearly “Application – Secretary – FIRST NAME – SECOND NAME” in the subject line.

Candidates will be notified as to whether they have been shortlisted for interview or not. Due to the high volume of expected applications, we regret we shall only be able to provide feedback to those unsuccessful candidates who have been shortlisted.

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