Professional Assistant


Business:  Discovery Central Services
Function:  Personal Assistant/Secretary
Date:  02-Jun-2021

Discovery – Discovery Central Services


Professional Assistant

Information Security and Governance


About Discovery


Discovery’s core purpose is to make people healthier and to enhance and protect their lives. We seek out and invest in exceptional individuals who understand and support our core purpose, and whose own values align with those of Discovery. Our fast-paced and dynamic environment enables smart, self-driven people to be their best. As global thought leaders, Discovery is passionate about innovating in order to not only achieve financial success, but to ignite positive and meaningful change within our society.


About (Information Security and Governance)

The Information Security and Governance function within the Discovery Group aims to provide assurance that the organisation’s information assets are adequately protected against threats on a continual basis. This is achieved by finding the right balance of information security and business freedom.


Key Purpose

Discovery’s Group Chief Information Security Officer is looking to recruit an Assistant who will work closely with him and members of his leadership team to aid in the execution of their responsibilities. The successful applicant will be required to assist the CISO and Managers with daily administrative tasks, PA related duties, manage mostly business related tasks such as creating and collating reports, incident management and escalations, taking minutes, and other organizational tasks


The Professional Assistant to the CISO is entrepreneurial, well organised, practical, self-driven and passionate about technology; with strong co-ordination, problem solving and communication skills. Ultimately, contribute to the efficiency of our department by providing personalized and timely support to executive members.


Areas of responsibility may include but not limited to

Supporting the Group CISO in the execution of his responsibilities.
Strategy Support – Compiling presentations, reports and artefacts for delivery by the Group CISO to both internal and external audiences. Provide administrative support to the delivery of departmental objectives and at times act as the department relationship manager.
Administration Support – Secretariat duties for meetings, diary management, travel coordination, gift & event arrangement.
Financial and Contract Management – Reimbursement processing and queries; department payroll processing, budget tracking, contract administration.
Training Coordination – Document, track and report on department training requirements; assist with the group wide cyber awareness program.
Human Capital Management processes and other applicable processes and templates.
Working knowledge of computer packages: Windows; MS outlook; MS word; MS Excel; MS PowerPoint; MS office; MS project.
Payroll / Finance processing
Business Writing.
Proven presentation skills.
Meeting Facilitation.
Organising and Planning.
Behavioural Skills:

Takes initiative and works under own direction.
Uphold ethics and values and demonstrates integrity.
Ability to communicate clearly, concisely and professionally.
Excellent planning abilities.
Works in a systematic, methodical and orderly way.
Works productively in a pressurized environment.
Uses discretion when dealing with confidential correspondence/information.
Ability and willingness to work flexible hours if required.
Has a passion and interest in administration.
Manage deadlines effectively and efficiently.
Personal Attributes and Skills

Values Driven
Learns on the Fly
Instils Trust
People Savvy
Drives Results
Problem Solver
Education and Experience

Minimum of 3 years’ experience as a secretary/PA, preferable to top management.
High degree of accuracy and attention to detail.
Experience in a corporate environment.
Project administration experience.
Proficient in MS Office Suite at an advanced level
Executive level assistant role / function.
Experience gained in or exposure to the Information Technology Industry
Business administration diploma or certificate


The Company’s approved Employment Equity Plan and Targets will be considered as part of the recruitment process. As an Equal Opportunities employer, we actively encourage and welcome people with various disabilities to apply.