London, Greater London
Between £29,000 and £33,000 dependent upon experience.
Permanent, Full-time
Job description


Central London

c £33,000 (depending on experience) plus generous benefits

Permanent, full time

Job Description

Join us to help deliver our vision to advance medical research, improve human health and change people’s lives.

Many of the diseases and conditions that affect human health have been cured or overcome as a result of medical research.  But there will always be more to do Although significant resources are being spent around the world developing exciting new treatments and therapies, there are areas of medical need that receive little or no support - and people’s lives that see no improvement.  That’s where we step in.

The Medical Research Foundation is an independent charitable foundation. Formed by the Medical Research Council (MRC), we fund and support the most promising health research wherever we discover great opportunities that are not being pursued.  We use our donations responsibly and ensure we make the greatest impact where it is most needed.

A new opportunity has arisen for an Executive Assistant to play a key role in ensuring we continue to deliver the highest standards of governance for the Medical Research Foundation and its linked charity, the Africa Research Excellence Fund (AREF).  Established in 2015, AREF works to improve the quality and impact of health research in Africa by nurturing African-led research in, and for, the region.  

In this role you will provide executive assistant support for AREF’s Director, Professor Tumani Corrah CBE, a leading African clinician and medical research scientist, and the former director of the MRC Unit, The Gambia.

This is a governance-focused role as you will be supporting AREF’s committees, in addition to the Foundation’s committees and Board of Trustees.  To be successful in this role you will need to have substantial experience in having serviced boards and committees, with a good understand of governance practice within the not-for-profit sector.  As assistant to the AREF Director, you will be confident in liaising with very senior and high-net-worth individuals.

Who you are 

Our team is proud to work for the Medical Research Foundation.  We are ambitious for the Medical Research Foundation and for ourselves.  We are approachable - providing advice to everyone and explaining our work.  We are dedicated and committed to achieving the most for our donors and our researchers.  And we are involved – constantly looking for new ways to engage and improve.  We are inspired by our work and we will be looking for this in you too.       

What you can bring to the role

You will have significant experience of acting as an Executive Assistant and of providing administrative and governance support at an executive level, including supporting governing boards and committees ideally within the not-for-profit sector.

Our offer:

  • A salary between £29,000 and £33,000 dependent upon experience.
  • Annual pay award, performance award scheme and other rewards.
  • Generous pension contribution, with no qualifying period.
  • 30 days annual leave each year, plus public holidays.
  • 36 hour working week, usually worked over 5 days.  
  • Flexi-time system and core working hours of 10am to 4pm.
  • Employee assistance programme.
  • Other health-related benefits.
  • An opportunity to make a difference to human health.
  • Fantastic colleagues.

To apply: 

  • provide an up-to-date CV which includes your contact details, education and vocational qualifications, memberships of professional bodies, career history and explanation of any breaks in your employment history.
  • provide a brief supporting statement setting out why you are the right candidate for this role making reference to the job description and the person specification.  The case that you make and the way that it is presented will form a key part of the shortlisting process.
  • complete our equal opportunities monitoring form.
  • let us know if you are not able to make any of the assessment or interview dates (the pre-arranged dates can be found in the recruitment pack).

Closing date for applications:  12 noon, Friday, 11th October 2019

The recruitment information pack and a copy of the equal opportunities monitoring form are attached as separate documents.

Posted on: 20 September 2019
Closed date: 11 October 2019
Tags: Admin, Governance