Senior Admin to the CFO

Bethesda, MD
Dec 01, 2021
Dec 16, 2021
Administrative, Other
Full Time
Job Summary/Company: We are looking for a Senior Administrator to the CFO of a Rockville company that specializes in research/development in biomedical, health, environmental and technology fields.
Perform administrative tasks as requested, including:
  • Calendar & Meeting Administration: proactively and thoughtfully manage vice president's and directors' calendars and contacts in MS Outlook; schedule business-related meetings/conferences including web-based; coordinate availability with attendees; reserve conference rooms; verify and arrange for needed A/V equipment; organize food/catering arrangements; and proactively resolve meeting conflicts.
  • Travel Coordination: organize thoughtful and efficient business-related domestic and international travel and handle logistics of travel-related activities (flight, hotel and transportation)—including application for travel visas.
  • Business Expense Reporting: collect receipts, enter expenses into expense reporting system (Concur) and maintain documentation for submitted expenses in compliance with J&J company policies.
  • Procurement: Assist with preparation of contracts with outside consultants and vendors, submit purchase orders and/or check requisitions
  • Document Preparation & Maintenance: Draft correspondence, and/or memos as needed. Appropriately handle documents and matters of a highly confidential nature with discretion. Coordinate electronic file management of documents to ensure version control and organization of files (Microsoft Teams, SharePoint).
  • Demonstrate flexibility and the ability to independently handle and respond to multiple priorities and shifting demands while maintaining the sense of urgency and intensity that the office requires.
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively and articulately with all levels of the organization. Think analytically, exercise sound judgment and discretion- Assemble relevant data, compile statistics or information as directed.
  • Project Management: Track deliverables, due dates and ensure follow-up as needed on projects and assignments.
  • Master use of all technology associated with your support of the vice president's and directors' roles.
  • Proactively anticipate the needs of the vice president and directors you support. Ability to think ahead and plan short, medium and long term.
  • Able to handle a workload that may involve critical deadlines.
  • Demonstrate strong attention to detail and follow-through on all assigned tasks.
  • Build and maintain effective relationships and trusted partnerships with internal and external partners.
  • Develop in-depth knowledge of department objectives, policies and procedures. Acquire knowledge of department organizational structure.
  • Direct inquiries and ensure back-up coverage for the vice president and senior directors you support, when needed.


  • A minimum of a High School diploma is required; an Associate's degree or higher and/or CPS is preferred.
  • A minimum of 6 years of experience providing administrative support to multiple senior-level leaders (such as directors, vice presidents, executives) is required.
  • Expert level proficiency in Microsoft Office programs (Outlook, OneDrive, Word, Excel and PowerPoint) is required.
  • Ability to learn specialized computer software used for expense reporting, travel reservations, procurement and other applications
  • Prior experience with expense reporting is required.
  • Experience coordinating domestic and international travel, including flight, hotel and transportation, is required.
  • A technologically savvy problem solver is required.
  • Expertise in document preparation, redlining, and proofreading is required.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain highly confidential information is required.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills, excellent attention to detail and the proven ability to prioritize work against critical deadlines in a dynamic, fast-paced, multicultural, global environment is required.
  • Must be a self-starter with strong interpersonal skills and ability to work independently in the absence of supervisors.
  • Ability to think analytically and to exercise both discretion and sound judgment are required.
  • Must be proactive and possess the ability to plan ahead and drive execution of tasks/projects.
  • Responsive, energetic, and enthusiastic customer focus is required. Ability to anticipate stakeholder needs without direct instruction and be proactive in addressing them is required.
  • Must be a strong team player with the ability to coordinate with other administrative staff.


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