EA’s are highly educated, usually have attended top schools for undergrads and even have advanced degrees — MBAs, master’s, even the occasional Ph.D. Key skills are: excellent administration and organisation skills with high level of attention to detail, as well as the ability to identify opportunities to improve processes, listening and communication skills, excellent interpersonal skills and advanced computer skills.
Generic main responsibilities are:
Executive Assistants work with high-level executives at a company to provide top-level assistance. An executive assistant is trusted with more high-end or complex duties compared to an entry level assistant or a secretary. EA’s might be in charge of scheduling meetings, maintaining complex filing systems and databases, document review and preparation and possibly overseeing other staff. Flexibility and desire to be involved in a broad range of administrative tasks and ability to multi-task within the context of a busy and global office environment are the key to success for EA’s.
starts from £ 30,000 gross per year up to £150,000 gross, plus bonuses and equity, depending on experience.