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Executive Assistant and Functional Administrator

United Kingdom
Work Location:
13 Aug 2021
Job Type:
About The Opportunity
GKN Automotive is a multinational automotive components manufacturer headquartered in London. Owned by Melrose Plc. the company’s main business units include Driveline and ePowertrain divisions. With a global presence the business generates revenues of £4.4bn per annum & comprises of 54 plants in 21 countries. 27,000 employees are engaged in the design, development and manufacture of highly engineered products and systems including driveline components, all-wheel drive systems and electric drive systems. The company also has a substantial after-market and motorsport presence and is active in Formula E.

Role purpose
The Executive Assistant position provides EA support to the Chief HR Officer (CHRO) and supporting the wider HR Leadership team with administration support. You will have the opportunity to be involved in global HR Projects.

We are looking for a proactive Executive Assistant to support our Chief HR Officer’s diary management and to manage global HR budget.  

To be successful in this highly challenging EA opportunity, you’ll learn quickly, have a vibrant, highly proactive approach and amazing attention to detail, coupled with exemplary organisation and communication skills. 
Key Responsibilities
  • Provide Executive Assistant (EA) support to CHRO, including diary management, travel arrangements, administration, visitor management, Expenses
  • Support the organisation of the Global HR Leadership team through management of standard meetings agendas, schedules and travel. 
  • Be active member of the HR team providing where required project management support to global projects
  • Coordinate the tracking of international visitors to the London office (short term business visitors)
  • Work closely with other members of the Site Administration team to ensure effective management of the office.
  • Manage sensitive and confidential information on behalf of the CHRO, Senior HR Leadership team and the Executive team.
  • Manage and control Global HR budget and spend on a monthly basis in conjunction with the Senior HR Leadership teams and Finance
  • Organise Global HR Meetings when required
  •  Generate and modify documents utilising standard IT packages e.g. letters, memos, presentations, spreadsheets
Essential qualifications and experience
  • Previous experience of being Executive Assistant to an Executive Leader/Board Member
  • Strong experience of using Microsoft packages including but not exclusive to Teams, Excel, Word, PowerPoint
  • Experience of booking international travel via service provider including accommodation and ground transfers
Essential competencies we look for aligned to our company values

At GKN Automotive we are committed to ensuring that we have the right people, in the right roles and enabling the right environment for success. We are proud of our culture and are looking for people who share our values as these underpin everything we do, helping us to do business the right way.

To Be Successful In This Role You Will Be
Proactive, energetic, and autonomous
Focuses on customers (internal/external)

Strong communication skills across all levels of the business
Driven and respectful approach to collaborating and influencing

Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
Able to navigate complexity

A flexible team player: willing to dive into a variety of topics as needed
Acts as an owner, taking full accountability for their duties
About Us

GKN Automotive is the market leader in conventional, all-wheel and electrified drive systems and solutions.

With a comprehensive global footprint, we design, develop, manufacture and integrate an extensive range of driveline technologies for over 90% of the world’s car manufacturers.

Diversity and Inclusion

As a global engineering company, innovation is what differentiates us from our competitors and is central to our success.

A balance of cultures, ethnicities and genders help bring new ideas and creativity to GKN. We need people of different backgrounds, with different skills and perspectives to spark originality, imagination and creativeness in our teams around the world.

GKN is an equal opportunity employer.

We treat all our employees and applicants fairly and are committed to ensuring that there is no discrimination or harassment against any employee or qualified applicant on the grounds of age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.