Executive Assistant (m/f/d)

Deadline: 31.05.2024


The successful candidate will provide comprehensive assistance to a homebase, including a Scientific Director and associated Research Group Leaders.

Fulfilling an important role at the intersection between scientists and administration, you will provide a professional, efficient and courteous first point of contact, often requiring a high level of creativity and tact. The job will benefit from someone with a service-oriented mentality, attention to detail, and excellent communication skills.

The institute has recently expanded its research vision to encompass stem cell-derived models, synthetic tissue systems and organoid models. The institute is well known for its flat organizational structure, shared resources, equal opportunities, and support for families.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Organize administrative tasks for a homebase (1 director and up to 3 group leaders), focusing on scheduling, communication, events, and travel
  • Prioritize messages for action, draft and proofread responses in English and German, preserving necessary confidentiality
  • Provide comprehensive organizational oversight and scheduling for the director
  • Plan and book national and international business trips, including associated logistics
  • Coordinate events (e.g. guest researcher & collaborator visits, meetings, seminars, summer schools, alumni events)
  • Prepare meeting agendas and papers, take high-quality minutes, and follow up on action points as necessary
  • Assist with personnel matters (including support preparing job advertisements, initial contracts and extensions, onboarding and offboarding)
  • Engage with fellow executive assistants regarding work matters, quality improvement, and continued personal development
  • Organizing office supplies, filing systems and other equipment
  • Arranging repairs or replacements if necessary

We look for the following skills and experience:

  • Professional training/education as an executive assistant, events manager, foreign language assistant, or similar
  • Excellent written and spoken English and German (the latter at B2 level or higher)
  • a proactive mindset with very strong time management skills and a structured work style
  • ability to multitask and prioritize a diverse and changing workloadIntercultural competence and organizational talent
  • familiarity with standard administrative software (e.g. Microsoft Office suite)

The following would also be advantageous:

  • experience working in a comparable environment
  • experience in developing internal processes and filing systems
  • excellent interpersonal skills and customer-service orientation
  • creativity, optimism, and motivation in problem-solving

What we offer:

  • a varied, interesting, and crucial role in a modern, scientific, and international environment
  • remuneration based on qualifications, activities, and experience in accordance with TVöD Bund, up to EG8
  • opportunities for regular professional growth and exchange, individual training, and personal development
  • social benefits of the public service (company pension scheme (VBL), annual special payment, subsidy for VVO job ticket, group accident insurance)
  • active measures to promote company health management and work-life balance
  • possibility for home office and mobile work upon agreement
  • initial contract is for 2 years with the expectation of prolongation contingent on the agreement of both parties

Initial questions about the position can be addressed to Brian von Rueden, Head of Human Resources, via hr@mpi-cbg.de.

Please submit your complete application by 31.05.2024 via our online application system stating 2024-ExecutiveAssistant-ScientificDirector-6000 via: https://recruitingapp-2443.umantis.com/Vacancies/585/Application/CheckLogin/2?lang=eng.

Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics
Pfotenhauerstr. 108
01307 Dresden, Germany

  • The Max Planck Society strives for gender equality and diversity. We welcome applications from all backgrounds, regardless of gender, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, age, and other components of identity.
  • The Max Planck Society specifically aims to increase the proportion of women in the areas in which they are underrepresented. We therefore explicitly invite women to apply.
  • The Max Planck Society is further committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.
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