PA, Legal Team

Team: Operations

Location: London, UK

Employment Type: Permanent

Salary: Competitive

Closing Date: 05 May 2018

PA, Legal Team

Our Mission

  • Our mission is to support the building of businesses throughout Africa and South Asia, to create jobs and make a lasting difference to people’s lives in some of the world’s poorest places.
  • We aim to invest in countries where we can have the greatest impact. In countries where the private sector is weak and jobs are scarce.
  • We invest in sectors where growth leads to jobs – both directly and indirectly. In sectors such as manufacturing, agribusiness, infrastructure, financial institutions, construction, health and education. Last year, the businesses we invest in created more than a million jobs. 
  • We are successful because we are a high quality investment organisation, using the best commercial skills and judgement to make investments in great companies and support them to grow over the long term.  We therefore want to attract people with these skills but who are motivated to use them to dramatically improve the private sector in Africa and South Asia
  • For further information, please visit our website


The Role


To provide comprehensive support to the Associate General Counsel and the Legal Team, Tax and Corporate Secretariat as necessary, in day to day organization, travel, diary management as well as other administrative duties. 

A significant proportion of this role is complex diary management, including scheduling of conference calls, meetings, global travel and processing expenses.


  • Complex diary management including organising internal and external meetings with multiple participants, prioritising and re-arranging where necessary
  • Complex travel arrangements including booking flights, accommodation, visas, currency, preparation of itineraries and liaising with overseas clients where appropriate
  • Processing of expense claims
  • Preparation of PowerPoint presentations and excel spreadsheets
  • Building and Maintenance of filing systems (including loading contact information to in-house database)
  • Fielding telephone calls; taking down and relaying messages accurately and redirecting calls where appropriate
  • Drafting responses to correspondence on behalf of members of the team
  • Preparation of correspondence and other documents from verbal dictation and handwritten notes
  • Occasional minute taking
  • Legal document mark-up
  • Preparation and collation of briefing papers for meetings
  • Liaising with various Government bodies, consultants, GPs, LPs and other clients

It is also expected to assist in the day-to-day running of the office, including:

  • Answering the main switchboard and covering Reception when required
  • Greeting of visitors and arranging refreshments for meetings
  • Arranging couriers
  • Dealing with the incoming and out-going post
  • Accepting deliveries
  • Photocopying, sending and receiving of documents and other general duties
  • Covering for other team PAs in their absence and in times of high workload


CDC is a high-profile company but with a relatively small number of employees.  It is essential that the candidate is highly flexible, reliable, happy to work in a close-knit team and get involved in all aspects of office activity.


The Candidate 


  • Excellent organisational skills
  • A background providing support to a team of Executives
  • Experience of working in a Legal environment
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office including, Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Attention to detail
  • Outstanding communication skills and excellent level of written English
  • Sensitivity to the cultures within which CDC operates
  • Diary Management exposure
  • Comprehensive experience of arranging detailed and complex travel plans
  • Confident, cheerful and resourceful team-player
  • Ability to work under pressure and an understanding of the importance of prioritising work and seeking assistance from colleagues when necessary


Personal Skills

  • Communication: Appropriate written/verbal communication to effectively carry out role
  • Team Working: Collaboration with own team and the larger employee community
  • Results Focus: Drive to achieve objectives/results
  • Personal Effectiveness: Organising self/teams to meet agreed deadlines; Confidence to take initiative
  • Resilience: Ability to work quickly and accurately under pressure
  • Reliability: Takes ownership of role, reliability


Technical Skills

  • Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel & PowerPoint
  • Ability to manage complex travel arrangements and scheduling
  • Ability to manage multiple diaries
  • Ensuring the CDC travel and other policies are adhered to
  • Preparation of correspondence, reports, presentations and other documents to a high standard
  • Processing expense claims


CDC Identities

We look for candidates that share our culture and reflect our identity, the CDC identities are described as follows:

  • Compassion is central to everything we do
  • We owe our clients and prospective clients a fast and thoughtful process
  • We accept the tough challenges inherent in our mission
  • We are quick and non-defensive when things go wrong
  • We oppose bureaucracy
  • We never forget that we are investing and spending tax payers’ money
  • We promote a fulfilling work environment


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