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Reference: 88146

Date Added: 19 March 2023
Closing Date: 11 April 2023

Job Title: Office Manager

Working For: Liz Kendall MP (Leicester West)

Location: Leicester with occasional travel to London

Salary: In line with IPSA pay scales

Length of Contract: Permanent (with a six-month probation period)

Job Details

Liz Kendall MP is looking to employ a full-time Office Manager based in her busy Leicester office, to support her work as the Member of Parliament for Leicester West. The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate experience of managing a team, building effective relationships and strategic thinking, plus excellent administrative and organisational skills and the ability to prioritise their workload within tight deadlines; and must be sympathetic to aims and values of the Labour Party.

There may be a requirement to work outside of the normal working hours, including attending events with Liz as required.

A driving licence is desirable.

Key responsibilities:

  • Overall management of Liz’s Westminster and constituency offices; oversight of the work of both teams, ensuring they work in a co-ordinated and effective manner
  • Building and maintaining excellent relationships in the constituency (and where required nationally) liaising with key individuals, stakeholders and organisations on Liz’s behalf
  • Providing strategic advice on key issues in the constituency and nationally; horizon scanning and anticipating areas where action may be required; and proactively identifying campaigns
  • Management of Liz's Leicester diary to ensure the most effective use of her time
  • Management of staff - reviewing performance, overseeing health & safety and staff wellbeing, identifying training opportunities, ensuring the team develop knowledge of relevant legislation as appropriate
  • Providing oversight of casework; assisting with complex casework as required, with responsibility for final signoff on all areas delegated by Liz
  • Leading and maintaining a highly professional administrative support function for Liz’s office
  • Management of the office budget, keeping Liz informed of all relevant financial matters and liaising with IPSA on office finance
  • Ensuring the office is fully equipped, maintaining an efficient filing system with accurate personnel records
  • Ensuring compliance with data protection legislation and GDPR requirements
  • Supporting and managing the recruitment and development of staff for Liz’s office, notifying IPSA of contractual changes as necessary
  • Dealing with security matters, keeping abreast of security guidance, maintain the security system, liaising with external bodies as appropriate

Upon appointment you will be required to comply with the Baseline Personnel Security Standard, undertaken by the Members’ Staff Verification Office (MSVO). See Members’ Staff Verification Office (MSVO) page for further info. MPs generally pay staff in accordance with IPSA guidelines.

Closing Date: 11 April 2023

Interview/Start Dates

Interviews will be held on Friday 21st April with a start date as soon as possible.

Application Details

To apply for this role, please send your CV alongside a one page covering letter setting how you meet the criteria to Liz.Kendall.MP@parliament.uk with ‘Office Manager Application – YOUR NAME’ as the subject line.

Website: https://lizkendall.org/

Additional Notes