Administrative Officer

Job description

Overview of the role

Beacon is seeking an Administrative Officer to join our team and contribute to the successful day-to-day running of the charity. We are currently experiencing a period of growth; alongside our patient group training and community projects, our work is now expanding into Europe as part of an exciting new multi-year drug repurposing programme, REMEDI4ALL. Accordingly, we are adding four new members of staff to our team in the latter half of 2022.

As a result of this expansion, we are recruiting an Administrative Officer to provide operational support to the charity and, particularly, support our CEO and COO in the effective execution of their roles. In addition, you will help to establish processes for the efficient delivery of the new REMEDI4ALL programme.

This is a varied position, which will include opportunities to gain experience in office administration, executive support, financial processing, impact and data monitoring, as well as ad-hoc support on events and projects.

The successful candidate will be an effective administrator, organiser and communicator with strong organisational skills and excellent task management. You will show initiative and drive, and have the freedom to develop new processes to better support the efficiency of the charity.

Key details


£20,000 – £22,000


Full-time, 37.5 hours per week


September 2022


Chief Operating Officer (COO)


One year fixed-term with potential to move to a permanent role


Beacon Office, Cambridge, CB1 2BL; hybrid working options available though regular work in the office is required

Main duties and responsibilities


  • Purchasing office equipment, monitoring stock levels and supplies
  • Processing internal expenses
  • Managing staff travel
  • Organising office social events
  • Supporting set up of office tech, software and staff accounts
  • Ad-hoc staff administration duties



  • Creating agendas and minute taking for meetings, particularly team-wide meetings, Patient Group Engagement Committee meetings and meetings within the REMEDI4ALL consortium
  • Collating basic impact measurements across projects
  • Data preparation and entry across projects



  • Basic diary and inbox management for the CEO and COO
  • Scheduling meetings and organising logistics for them



  • Managing emails sent to Beacon’s general and project level addresses
  • Processing external expense claims
  • Monitoring Beacon’s phone line


In line with the nature of small team working, additional responsibilities and duties may be added on an ad-hoc or long-term basis according to the needs of the organisation and interest of the successful applicant. 

Personal specifications

This is an entry-level role suitable for an individual with some experience in administration.


  • Strong organisational skills with experience in managing and prioritising multiple tasks
  • A confident communicator with the ability to build relationships with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Good initiative and drive
  • Trustworthy and able to handle personal information sensitively and securely
  • Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills with an ability to work independently and seize opportunities
  • Computer literate and confident using all MS Office software, especially for data management
  • Understanding of, and commitment to, the objectives of Beacon
  • Ability to deliver occasional out-of-hours work to accommodate Beacon events or travel



  • Professional experience in administration



25 days holiday, plus 8 bank holidays and additional leave for office Christmas closure

5% pension contribution

Flexible working practices, including hybrid working and flexitime

A close knit and friendly small team environment, giving you a meaningful voice in the direction of the charity

Dedicated training budget to support personal and professional training opportunities 

Time off in lieu to support appropriate work/life balance

Valuable experience working in the charity and healthcare sector

Frequent opportunities to meet and interact with beneficiaries, supporters and collaborators

Opportunities to expand your professional network through attending events and conferences 

We are currently actively exploring additional employee benefits with the aim of providing further support to our employees. We are happy to discuss these with any prospective candidate during the interview process.

Application process

Please email an up-to-date CV and cover letter to Dr Rick Thompson (CEO) and Mary Rose Roberts (COO) at by 9am on the 15th August, outlining your relevant skills and experience. We welcome enquiries about the role to the same email address.

As we are recruiting for numerous roles simultaneously, please ensure that your name and the role you are applying for are noted clearly in the email subject line (e.g. John Smith – Application for Administrative Officer).

Shortlisted candidates will initially be contacted for a phone interview, with the final round of interviews likely taking place between the 15th and 26th August.

Please note that we are currently unable to sponsor UK VISA applications.

Dr Rick Thompson


Mary Rose Roberts

Chief Operating Officer