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West Midlands Rail Executive team are looking for a WMRE Administrative Assistant to join them on a full time, permanent basis.

As the WMRE Administrative Assistant, you will be:

  • Providing high quality administrative support to Rail Programme Director and designated Senior Managers
  • Delivering secretarial duties for internal and external governance meetings including attending meetings, managing actions, analysing information, producing notes, presentations and reports
  • Managing and coordinating the Rail Programme Director’s calendar, travel and accommodation including meetings, appointments and records in accordance with deadlines
  • Assisting with the monitoring of relevant budgets, monitoring items under this heading and processing/authorising payments of invoices using Agresso
  • Receive, sort and prioritise all incoming communications, mail and email of the Rail Programme Director, referring to appropriate staff and drafting suitable responses on behalf of the Director where appropriate

As the WMRE Administrative Assistant, you will:

  • Be a proficient Microsoft Office, Excel and PowerPoint user
  • GCSE’s including English and Maths or equivalent
  • Have a recognised qualification in office skills or administration (this is desirable)

About the team

West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE) is the devolved body with responsibility for working with the rail industry and local authority partners to deliver better rail services in the West Midlands. We jointly manage the West Midlands Rail Franchise with the Department for Transport and actively support the West Midlands Combined Authority and other strategic bodies with their ambitious development agendas.

We don’t operate the trains, but we work closely with the organisations providing train services to support their plans for making services better – and we hold them to account when things go wrong. We’re made up of local authorities from across the region, which means that local councillors sit on our board and can make sure the views and issues raised by the local people they represent can steer our plans. Our work is championed by the Mayor of the West Midlands who is committed to delivering a new, golden era for our local trains.

About us

Our role in the West Midlands has never been more important and in these extraordinary times we’ve shown we can step forward, speak up for our region and bring people together. Everything we do is focused on making life better for people in the West Midlands – that’s our reason for being here and it drives every move we make. We lead and support others to deliver our shared future vision for the region – a happier, healthier, better connected place to live and work.

We fully believe that we are only as great as the people who work for us and are committed to providing a positive, healthy and inclusive working environment where our people feel valued and respected. We are a “Leaders in Diversity” accredited organisation, are in the Inclusive Top 50 Employers List and are one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women.

Our employees feel they can make a difference and are excited by the growth and the potential to shape the future. As we undergo a period of significant change, our employees are engaging with what is going on and we are encouraging a culture where people feel they can contribute towards improvements.

We’re ambitious, forward thinking and determined to find better ways of working, always leading the way in what we do. We trust and support each other to get the job done, and encourage creativity, originality and curiosity from those who work with us. We’re committed to creating an accessible and diverse workplace, one that nurtures an inclusive environment where our people can be themselves.

If your values align with ours and you’re committed to working towards creating a future we can all be proud of, we want to hear from you.

Additional information

We are designing our organisation of the future and planning a new, flexible approach to the way we use our office space.  This approach will mean most of us working from home some of the time and using our office space to come together to share ideas and learn from each other. We will continue to use digital technology for meetings, collaboration and communications – bringing teams together virtually wherever they’re working, saving time and spending on travel.

We are committed to developing an organisation that is representative of the diverse communities that we serve and welcome applications from all sections of the community. The following groups are currently underrepresented: young people, Black, Asian and ethnic minority groups and women at senior levels.

We are a Disability Confident Employer and offer a guaranteed interview scheme for applicants who meet the essential job role criteria. We will make reasonable adjustments, in line with the Equality Act, for disabled applicants if these are needed. Wherever possible we will offer flexible working options which assist work-life balance.

We’re dedicated to providing a broad range of rewards and benefits and constantly benchmark our benefits packages to ensure they are attractive for all our people. As well as a competitive salary, employees also receive a benefits package that includes 27 days annual leave (plus public holidays) and access to a great pension scheme.

Supporting documents
WMRE Administrative Assistant – September 2021.pdf

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