Executive Assistant to COO

Menlo Park, CA 94025

Posted: 10/15/2019 Employment Type: Contract-to-Hire Industry: Clinical & Scientific Job Number: 16581

Job Description


Key skills needed:
  • Advanced PowerPoint – We need graphics and pizzazz for organizational and board meeting slide decks. Someone with graphic arts in their background would be of interest, but it’ s not required.  Candidates often say their “ expert” level to get in the door, but really aren’ t.
  • Strong attention to detail (typos, grammar, checking work before hitting send, etc.)
  • Service-minded, down to earth, rolls up the sleeves
  • Basic administrative experience. Someone familiar with a medical device/pharma manufacturing environment is helpful, but not required. This is not just about calendaring and expense reports— there could be some project work as well.



The Executive Assistant  will be responsible for supporting the Chief Operations Officer and  will provide project and administrative support to the Operations, Quality, IT and Facilities organizations as needed. 


  • Provide complex, diverse and confidential administrative duties for COO
  • Handles details of a highly confidential and critical nature. 
  • Exercises judgment within generally defined practices and policies in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.
  • Handles sensitive Board-level information
  • Manage assembly and reporting of organizational goals and objectives
  • Assist with projects and information that is highly sensitive in nature
  • Provide coordination and oversight of resource management projects
  • Acts as back up for Senior Level team members and assists in executing responsibilities as needed
  • Create and manage organizational metrics
  • Helps track department level projects, activities and results.
  • Ad hoc projects, as assigned, includes event and logistical coordination of Advisory Boards.
  • Collect and prepare information for use in discussions and meetings of Executive staff and outside individuals as well as department team.
  • Coordinate, create, edit and assemble slides for presentations and assists with collecting and effectively presenting executive-level information.
  • Independently and proactively provides support and anticipates the needs of the executive. Manages the calendar proactively to make effective and efficient use of the executives’ and department’ s time and resources.
  • Capable of working with discretion and tact in an environment exposed to a high level of sensitive and confidential information.  Keeps confidential information confidential, sharing only with approval and on an absolute need-to-know basis. Maintains executive confidence and protects organization and executive by demonstrating a high level of professionalism in dealing with confidential and sensitive issues.
  • Acts with sense of urgency and understands need for responsiveness after hours and some weekends, as needed (e.g., during executive travel, periods of activity/sensitive business commitments, etc.).
  • Provide general departmental support.
  • Make administrative decisions, handle correspondence, schedule calendar appointments.
  • Arrange department and group meetings ensuring all necessary information and support is available.
  • Coordinate and make travel arrangements.
  • Retrieve, sort, and file all essential documents.
  • Initiate purchase orders, check requests and track payments.
  • Support visits/assessments by third parties, suppliers and other visitors.


  • High School diploma.
  • At least 6+ years supporting a C-Suite position
  • College degree or equivalent work experience preferred
  • Demonstrates expert knowledge of Microsoft applications including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Adobe Acrobat.
  • Individual must be a team player with excellent multi-tasking skills.


  • Must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must be detail oriented with well-developed organizational and analytical skills.
  • Must have outstanding interpersonal skills, work effectively on teams, and maintain composure in stressful situations and under tight deadlines.


  • Physical Activity - Repetitive motions: Making substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers. Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with whole hand or arm as in handling. Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word.
  • Physical Requirements - Sedentary work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are

sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.
  • Visual Acuity - The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; visual inspection involving small defects, small parts, and/or operation of machines (including inspection); using measurement devices; and/or assembly or fabrication of parts at distances close to the eyes.
  • Working Conditions - The worker is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions (as in typical office or administrative work).

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