Senior Secretary


The Agricultural Research Council (ARC) is a premier science institution that conducts research with partners,
develops human capital and foster innovation in support of the agricultural sector. It
provides diagnostic, laboratory, analytical, agricultural engineering services, post-harvest
technology development, agrochemical evaluation, consultation and advisory services, food
processing technology services as well as various surveys and training interventions. Through its
wider network of research institutes and experimental farms, the ARC provides a strong scientific base and
a broadly distributed technology transfer capacity to the entire agricultural industry in South Africa.
The ARC-Central Office (ARC-CO) seeks to appoint a highly skilled, experienced and dynamic person to the
following position at Hatfield, Pretoria:
Key Performance Areas:
 Render effective office administration including accurate filling and quick retrieval of files and
 Maintain the Senior Manager’s daily, weekly and monthly action file,
 Render secretarial and editorial support to the Senior Manager (diary, arrange travel, documents,
meetings and minutes),
 Provide logistical arrangements and support,
 Coordinate SM projects and synthesis information into coherent reports and associated documents,
presentations and spreadsheets,
 Basic financial administration including budget monitoring,
 Manage daily logistics in the office of the Senior Manager, screen telephone calls and other
 Three-year National Diploma Office Administration or related field,
 Five (5) years’ experience in office management and administration at senior level,
 Computer literate with advanced MS Office proficiency,
 Ability to analyse and synthesize data,
 Ability to take and follow instructions,

 Excellent verbal & written communication skills,
 Organisational and interpersonal skills,
 Ability to take minutes and undertake small event management,
 Customer care and excellent client liaison,
 Ability to work under pressure,
 Ability to act with tact and discretion,
 Ability to treat all information confidential,
 Self-managed and motivated,
 Exceptional telephone and front office skills.
Enquires: Ms Ivy Maepa, (012) 427 9808
A competitive remuneration package will be congruent with the scope, responsibilities and the stature of
the position. The appointment will be subject to a positive security clearance and preference will be given
to South African citizens.
Applications accompanied by covering letter, detailed CV (Including certificates, supporting documents, copy
of driver’s license and nationality. NB: Non-RSA Citizens/work permit holders must attach certified copies)
as well as the names and particulars of three (3) traceable referees must be e-mail to
SAQA evaluation report must accompany foreign qualifications. Incomplete applications will not be
considered. Applicants who do not receive any response four (4) weeks after the closing date must regard
their applications as unsuccessful. The Agricultural Research Council is an equal opportunity employer and
is committed to the principles and processes of Employment Equity. The company has the right not to