At the very pinnacle of the business support roles are Chief of Staff positions.
Chief of Staff roles are instrumental in uniting teams across organisations to get everyone working towards a common goal. They are leaders of teams and a right hand to top tier C-suite executives, Entrepreneurs, Celebrities, politicians and High Net Worth private individuals.
Recent Chief of Staff jobs we have placed in London have been;
Chief of Staff candidates can come via a number of routes into these roles. One is progressing your career as a personal assistant to an executive assistant role and taking on projects and more responsibility as you progress in your role. Another, with a more operations bias is via the office manager, operations assistant route, again taking on more company wide projects as you gain experience in your role.
Another pathway into a Chief of Staff role is via a different industry with transferable skills including;
The number of years’ experience can vary. Typically individuals in these roles will have built a successful career over a minimum of 8 years or more.
Chief of Staff roles are typically the right hand of the executive they are working for. They will usually handle key projects on behalf of their boss or the organisation as a whole. Alongside any projects they will oversee the efficiencies of work being done on their bosses behalf. Take responsibility for management of staff, oversee strategic initiatives, daily operations and build relationships.
It really depends on the individual and other resource around the person or organisation. Many Chief of Staff roles have an Executive Assistant they are working alongside that will do more of the administrative support required for the individual they are working for. Leaving the Chief of Staff to concentrate on the execution of projects. Other Chiefs of Staff role might be a combination of project work and PA tasks.
In some organisations, Chief of Staff roles and Executive Assistant roles are fairly interchangeable. Both Chief of Staff and Executive Assistants both need excellent knowledge of the organisation and how it works. It only tends to be that an individual or firm will have both these positions in post when the executive’s responsibility are complex and perhaps even across a number of organisations.
This will be in the range of £100-£125,000 per annum. Take a look at our salary survey to see how this salary banding differs across industries.