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Personal Assistant to CEO and Literary Agent Caroline Michel

PFD is one of the leading literary agencies in London providing specialist expertise to its clients in all aspects of publishing and media.  PFD require a Personal Assistant to CEO and Literary Agent Caroline Michel to work alongside a Senior Assistant, assisting in all business and personal affairs. Caroline Michel is also Chair of the Hay Literary Festival, Chair of the BFI Trust and she also sits on the Arts and Media Honours Committee.

We are looking for a highly enthusiastic and bright individual who will aid in the running of a busy agency and who will provide proactive, high-level administrative and personal support. The ideal candidate will be an assistant who can effectively manage business and personal schedules, so experience in diary management is crucial. Efficiency and the ability to multi-task is also essential as are exceptional organisational skills. We are looking for someone who will be able to meet a challenge with confidence and possess the ability to work in a busy environment at a fast pace while paying great attention to detail.

A full-hearted approach to any task is vital as well as acknowledging the importance of discretion, confidentiality, and diplomacy. We are seeking someone who is emotionally intelligent, has excellent listening skills, and a brilliant memory. An exceptional flair for verbal and written communication and a strong telephone manner is required.

The role will be based in a Central London location and we will look to hire in May.

Starting salary is £22-24,000 per annum based on experience.

Please apply with your CV and cover letter to Kieron Fairweather at kfairweather@pfd.co.uk by Monday 18th April 2022.

Find out more about the company and our clients on our website: https://www.petersfraserdunlop.com/about-us

Responsibilities:

  • Diary Management across multiple time zones
  • Event and Trip planning
  • Swiftly responding to internal and external queries, including client requests
  • Assisting with PFD Board meetings, Hay Festival, BFI Trust, Arts and Media Honours Committee.
  • Meeting scheduling, preparation, and follow up
  • Action tasks in a systematic, dependable, and timely manner
  • Book fair preparation and scheduling
  • Managing unsolicited submissions
  • Reading and reporting on manuscripts and book proposals
  • Monthly expenses

Internships

PFD offers bright and energetic first-timers an opportunity to discover what agencies are all about by participating in our paid internship scheme. All applicants must be a British citizen or have a valid work permit, which we are not able to organise on your behalf.

The PFD intern will work with the various primary agents at PFD, along with assisting our Foreign Rights, Broadcast, Film & TV, and Agora Books publishing department as needed. We aim for our interns to gain a wide ranging, hands-on experience of aspects of working in a literary agency, as well as a general sense of the different parts of the publishing industry. You should have good administrative skills and attention to detail, and the ability to juggle and prioritise multiple tasks at the same time – good time management is essential. A hard-working and enthusiastic attitude is also a must. No prior experience in the publishing industry is needed.

Our internship runs on a 1 + 3 month basis, in which we take on our intern initially for one month, and if all is going well on both sides we then extend this to three months. Office hours are 9:30am – 5:30pm with an hour break for lunch, and we pay our interns national minimum wage.

Applications for autumn internships are now open. To apply please send a CV and cover letter to Kieron at kfairweather@pfd.co.uk.

We will be in contact closer to the time with successful candidates. Sadly, due to the number of submissions, we may not be able to reply to everyone.