David Gunton's Hardwood Floors.
Grange Lane, Winsford,
Cheshire, CW7 2PS
Tel: +44 (0)1606 861 442
Fax: +44 (0)1606 861 445

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This position is offered as a job share.

The boss of this small, highly regarded, hardwood flooring company needs a lot of looking after to keep him and his business affairs under control. His assistant for many years is having a life change and has left to explore new pastures. She will be sorely missed.

The new assistants will already have many of her skills, but there are many curious things to learn if you are even mildly attracted by wood. The boss is patient and expects a new assistant to learn by osmosis on the job. The work is very varied and interesting. This tiny company makes some of the finest hardwood floors in the world and has an international clientele. Generally the company’s customers are very nice people to deal with.

The company’s tiny, and extremely basic, no-frills, office is the hub of a national operation, which is in an expansionist mode. It is situated in the midst of open countryside yet within a mile of Winsford town centre.

The assistants will be central and fundamental to the day-to-day running of the business and to its long term success. The assistants will run the office and organise the boss. He or she will answer the telephone, carry out all accounting procedures, respond to correspondence, raise invoices, settle accounts, bank the cheques, calculate and pay the wages, book accommodation and travel arrangements for staff and the boss, and act as his general factotum and right hand. If it needs doing – you will do it – even to the extent of occasionally wax polishing a sample, packing and posting it and feeding the dogs.

You will be a non-smoker, literate and numerate to at least good GCSE level and will have been educated to ‘A’ level standard. You will be computer literate and skilled in MS Word and have a competent understanding of simple book-keeping, accountancy software, VAT, payroll calculation, and the proper recording and reporting to the relevant authorities of these matters. You will also be familiar with MS Outlook and Excel. You will be familiar with the Internet, e-mail, and Winfax. You may also be familiar with Photoshop 6, and Dreamweaver or similar photo and web page building programs.

You will have initiative and an entrepreneurial spirit. In the small things like organising wages data etc. you will take a lead unbidden. If you have larger ideas significantly affecting the development of the business you will be capable of creating a presentation to 'sell' it to the boss and will reap rewards for such intiatives.

It will be your natural inclination to be tidy and organised – the complete opposite of the boss! You will be enthusiastic, well spoken, polite and capable of being both diplomatic and firm as appropriate to the circumstances. You will have an attractive telephone manner. It will help if you have an interest in good interior design and a liking for hardwood floors.

You will be fit, energetic and in good health. You will have your own transport and a reasonably clean driving licence. You will be a person of integrity. You will probably be a mature person, settled, without commitments that will make it difficult for you to maintain a good work attendance record. You will be capable of maintaining strict confidentiality of business and private matters.

The job hours to be shared are 45 over the 5 weekdays. Start and finish times are flexible around 9 to 5. The job share will be required to cover all of these hours with a least ½ hour overlap and will be required to cover each job sharer’s holidays.

Statutory holidays are offered. The company does not work on Bank Holidays, nor during the period between Christmas Eve and New Years Day which form a part of the statutory holiday entitlement.

These are salaried positions, the joint value of the job share being £14 K to £20K p.a. according to experience and abilities.

Terms will be negotiable.


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