Executive Assistant

Menlo Park, California
Jan 26, 2022
Administration, Clerical
Biotech Bay
Required Education
High School or equivalent
Position Type
Full time

Company Description

Zai Lab (NSDAQ: ZLAB) is an innovative, research-based, commercial stage biopharmaceutical company based in China and the U.S. focused on bringing transformative medicines for cancer, autoimmune and infectious diseases to patients in China and around the world.

Headquartered in Shanghai since our founding in 2014, our experienced team has secured partnerships with leading global biopharma companies, generating a broad and late-stage pipeline of innovative drug candidates. Based on our extensive track record of execution and delivering results, Zai Lab has earned the reputation as a trusted partner of choice for global biopharmaceutical companies seeking to not only access the Chinese market but also find a long-term strategic partner for global clinical development. Through these partnerships, Zai Lab has built the strongest late stage oncology portfolio with global first-in-class and/or best-in-class profile, among innovative Chinese biotech companies. We are further supplementing our pipeline with an in-house discovery effort aiming to produce 1-2 global INDs per year.

Zai Lab is rapidly expanding into a fully integrated biopharmaceutical company, discovering, developing, manufacturing and commercializing innovative medicines. To that end, we have built our internal R&D center to advance our discovery pipeline, a strong clinical development and operations team, and our own manufacturing facilities in China. We have also established a highly specialized commercial team to support marketing of our innovative products in China. We believe this integrated approach will provide sustainable competitive advantages for Zai Lab.

Zai Lab was successfully listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market in September 2017 and completed secondary listing on Hong Kong Stock Exchange in September 2020. Zai Lab significantly expanded with several offices across China and U.S. and opened its U.S. headquarters in San Francisco in December 2018. As of June 2021, the Company has a global team of over 1600 employees.

Job Description

The Executive Assistant will provide comprehensive executive support to Zai’s Global Development, Oncology C-suite and Senior-Level Oncology Development executives as well as managing the Palo, Alto office.
Executive Assistant:
1.    Provide administrative support  to Global Development, Oncology C-Suite and their respective teams.
2.    Assume ownership of calendars utilizing strategic gatekeeping & prioritization. Apply thorough context & knowledge of priorities on an org and company level, with awareness of broader org, company & external events. 
3.    Plan, coordinate and book complex travel, virtual and in-person global meetings with complex calendaring required. Anticipate and monitor external factors that could impact travel and proactively addresses. 
4.    Complete and submit expense reports as prescribed by T&E policy in a timely manner. Facilitate expense approvals on behalf of the manager as appropriate. Actively resolve expense issues with internal and external partners. Submit and track invoices. Work with procurement teams as needed.
5.    Support meeting logistics including global calendaring coordination. May also support facilitation, meeting materials, agenda, notes/follow ups, and supplemental needs, live streaming/recording, or IT support as needed. 
6.    Logistical support and planning of external team events and activities (offsites, meals, milestone & quarterly team activities, seasonal celebrations). 
7.    Assist with legal document preparation.
8.    Perform additional duties as assigned.
Office Manager:
1.    Manage and organize the day-to-day operations of Zai’s Palo Alto office, ensuring things are running efficiently
2.    Maintain a tidy and pleasant office environment. Keep the kitchen organized and stocked with snacks and pantry supplies and well organized.
3.    Welcome visitors and appropriately handle their experience. Reception management includes incoming phone calls, mail, receiving and distributing packages, when necessary, etc.


Minimum Qualifications:
1.    High School/Secondary Education or Equivalent
2.     6+ years relevant experience working at a Senior or Executive level  
3.    Experience with Microsoft Outlook Mail & Calendar; Office 365 Applications (Excel, PPT, Word, Teams, OneDrive, OneNote, SharePoint), collaboration applications (Slack, Teams, Zoom, Sli.do, etc.)
4.    Ability to work standard office hours and be onsite in the Palo Alto, CA office a minimum of 4 days/week
5.    Manage and organize the day-to-day operations of Zai’s Palo Alto, CA office, ensuring things are running efficiently
6.    Ability to independently work on complex issues 
7.    Demonstrates excellent written and verbal communication and operations management, specifically related to time management, budgets and projects.
8.    Ability to exercise appropriate discretion in all circumstances regarding materials or information of a confidential nature, respecting Zai’s policies and procedures. 
9.    Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills to work with a variety of personalities and adapt to different styles.
10.    Demonstrated ability to manage competing priorities, effective time management skills, pro-active approach, high attention to detail, results and solutions oriented.
11.    Zai Lab requires all employees who are working onsite or who are in customer facing positions to be vaccinated against COVID-19 (subject to any legally required exemptions)

Preferred Qualifications:
1.    Experience in a pharmaceutical or life-sciences industry preferred
2.    Executive level personal assistant experience preferred
3.    Notary license is a plus

Additional Information

Disclaimer: This description is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of duties, responsibilities, or requirement for the position. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or based on disability.