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Job Description Job Title: PA/ Desk Assistant Location: 280 Bishopsgate London Working Hours: Full time At abrdn, our purpose is to enable our clients to be better investors. Clients worldwide trust us to find future-fit...

Job Description

Job Title: PA/ Desk Assistant

Location: 280 Bishopsgate London  
Working Hours: Full time

At abrdn, our purpose is to enable our clients to be better investors.

Clients worldwide trust us to find future-fit investment opportunities to deliver the outcomes they want. Our technology and insight help empower them to make better decisions, while the powerful partnerships we build help to enhance the expertise that we offer. And by enabling clients to invest responsibly, it helps us to build a better world.

About the role:

Reporting to the managing PA, the PA support will provide an efficient, proactive and professional support service to the Investment teams based in London.  They will also assist with PA/Support cover and additional BAU tasks within the Investments division of abrdn.  

Key Outcomes will include:

  • Providing 1:1 support to the Deputy Head of Global Emerging Markets

  • Support the Deputy Head of Global Emerging Markets & the investment team with their secretarial and administrative needs, including coordination of internal and external meetings and workshops, global conference calls, global travel arrangements and diary management.

  • Meeting preparation - ensuring that at all times that fund managers and head of team are fully briefed prior to meetings, relevant paperwork is available etc.

  • Domestic and international travel as well as organising itineraries (including organisation of corporate access), currency and entry visas to emerging market destinations, as and when required.

  • Regular delivery and processing of monthly expenses & invoice processing for research trips

  • Maintaining and updating spreadsheets relevant to the department

  • Assist with the preparation of various papers/meeting packs/minutes and attend and minute meetings as necessary.

  • Preparing investment meeting materials on a weekly basis

  • Significant, proactive and achievable diary management

  • Arranging & recording client meetings requests

  • Assisting with the organisation of any team meetings, dinners, offsites and events

  • Collating reports/ manage the team’s outstanding stock notes & completion dates

  • Represent the teams and establish and maintain good relationships with all areas of the business.

  • Provide assistance on ad hoc projects or BAU requests

  • Provide cover for other PA’s & support staff as required

Core Skills:

  • Accuracy and attention to detail

  • High level of confidentiality/integrity

  • Ability to engage with people at all levels

  • Flexibility

  • Able to work under pressure to deadlines and is comfortable prioritising work and making judgements on the urgency of matters.

  • Exceptional communication skills

  • Enthusiastic and professional

  • MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel skills to an advanced level are essential for this role


  • 5 years previous experience in a similar role

  • Significant diary management experience

  • Previous experience in the Financial/Asset Management industry is preferred but not essential

  • Excellent knowledge of all Microsoft Office packages, particularly PowerPoint and Excel

  • Knowledge of key administrative processes and procedures

  • Experience supporting a fast paced department

We are proud to be a Disability Confident Committed employer. Therefore, if you have a disability and would like to apply to one of our UK roles under the Disability Confident Scheme, please notify us by completing the relevant section in our candidate questionnaire and one of our team will reach out to support you through your application process.

Our benefits:

There's more to working life than coming home with a good salary. We have an environment where you can learn, get involved and be supported.

When you join us, your reward will be one of the best around. This includes 40 days’ annual leave, a 16% employer pension contribution, a discretionary performance based bonus (where applicable), private healthcare and a range of flexible benefits – including gym discounts, season ticket loans and access to an employee discount portal. You can read more about our benefits here.

Our business:

Enabling our clients to be better investors drives everything we do. Our business is structured around three distinct areas – our vectors of growth – focused on our clients’ changing needs. You can find out more about what we do here.

We’re committed to providing an inclusive workplace where all forms of difference are valued and which is free from any form of unfair or unlawful treatment.  We define diversity in its broadest sense – this includes but is not limited to our diversity of educational and professional backgrounds, experience, cognitive and neurodiversity, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, religion or belief and ethnicity and geographical provenance.  We support a culture that values meritocracy, fairness and transparency and welcomes enquiries from everyone.

If you need assistance or an adjustment due to a disability please let us know as part of your application and we will assist.

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