Executive Assistant - South San Francisco, CA | Biospace
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Executive Assistant

Rigel Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

South San Francisco, CA
Posted Date:
Position Type:
Full time
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Required Education:
High school or equivalent
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Job Description

The Executive Assistant will directly support the CMO, as well as, provide general department support.  A successful candidate will be extremely well organized, an excellent communicator, capable of effectively managing complex schedules, and working closely with other members of the Administrative team to coordinate various activities. Over time, the Executive Assistant will be able to anticipate many of the needs of the team and will be proactive in the execution of those needs.

• Primary function is to provide administrative support to the CMO and their staff
• Represent Rigel with external customers, including extremely influential clinical & scientific thought leaders, in the highest ethical and professional manner.
• Maintain complex calendars and coordinate meetings and conferences, both on and off site which may include extensive logistical arrangements depending on the nature of the meeting and attendees
• Manage domestic and international meeting and travel arrangements involving multiple locations and individuals; prepare complex itineraries that may often require changes and prepare subsequent final expense reports
• Supports interdepartmental communications and communications with external clients; this will involve extensive collaboration with internal and external contacts and the handling of sensitive and often highly confidential information
• Draft and proofread letters and documents required with minimal guidance, format templates, documents and presentations, etc.
• Maintain databases, Microsoft based documents, and other documents
• Perform general administrative functions (answering phone calls, ordering meals, coordinating vendors, copying, printing, mailing, faxing, scanning and binding, etc.)
• Manage administrative and special projects as assigned
• On occasion, may require administrative support during off hours, including weekends, or as emergencies arise
• May provide backup support to the other members of the Administrative team as requested
• Complies with corporate policies and procedures


• 8 years progressive administrative support experience with a minimum of 5 years directly supporting C-suite executives
• College degree preferred
• Experience in the life sciences industry, pharmaceutical or biotechnology preferred
• Proven intermediate to advanced computer skills.  Must be proficient in Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel and willing to learn new software and manage multiple platforms
• Demonstrated ability to coordinate/manage complex travel schedules and multiple calendars
• Successful experience in fast-paced entrepreneurial environment
• Proactively approach business needs and requirements
• Ability to work independently and be flexible, adjusting priorities and tasks in real time to support the objectives of the departments
• Highly developed interpersonal skills, exhibiting a professional, energetic, proactive and enthusiastic demeanor and attitude
• Excellent written skills
• Excellent communication and listening skills
• Excellent organization skills, attention to detail, and multi-tasking with the ability to manage and triage multiple priorities and manage complicated calendars across multiple executives and external personnel