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We are now looking for an Office Manager, under a maternity cover who will help our employees in Sofia and accommodate office needs.

The Financial Times Sofia office is largely a Product & Technology (P&T) department so most of the interaction is with P&T staff - however this role will also liaise with local HR staff, local Finance staff and Global Facilities.

 

Responsibilities for the role

1. Facility-related tasks

  • Maintain ongoing communication with the landlord, building manager, contractors, clients, and team
  • Coordinate, oversee and plan essential services such as cleaning, catering, parking, waste disposal, etc.
  • Schedule and supervise small repairs, office improvements and ad hoc requests
  • Office access system management - order, activate/deactivate employees and visitors access cards
  • Forecast budgeting for facility needs; 
  • Create reports on maintenance, repairs, safety and make recommendations
  • Responsible for Health&Safety procedures & COVID-19 safety measures

2. Office Management

  • Order office supplies, catering (order breakfast (yogurt and oatmeal)
  • Coordinate and plan courier services on request
  • Visitors and guests: help with booking transfers, restaurants, etc.

3. Employment benefits tasks (health insurance, life insurance, savings plan, food vouchers, sports cards)

  • Order and distribute, provide a list of new starters/leavers to vendors on a monthly or quarterly basis
  • Organize and coordinate the annual health checks of employees
  • Order and coordinate the delivery of work from home kit / office chairs to employees home addresses

4. Vendors management

  • Source and engage reliable suppliers and vendors; collect offers and create comparison tables for different goods and services and make proposals to the management team
  • Negotiate the terms and conditions in contracts, collaborate with local lawyers and Procurement team;
  • Add and maintain signed contacts to the PMA system

5. Travel management

  • Issuе business trip orders
  • Provide employees with useful information about their upcoming travel - related to the Covid-19 restrictions, health&safety protocols in other FT offices
  • Other questions ad-hoc requests regarding the business travels

6. Support in Employee

  • Events organization (on-site and online) - collect offers, choose vendors,  logistics, etc.
  • Book tickets for employees for different event
  • Perform tasks related to the communication plan and Social media updates
  • Inform staff and management team for the health&safety procedures & COVID-19 safety measures

7. Invoices management

  • Help our Financial controller with - maintain the invoice register file and add priority for each payment; make sure that all invoices are paid on time;
  • Make payments with the company credit card on requests, etc.
  • Contact supplier/vendors when necessary

 

Requirements for occupation of position

Education

  • BA degree or equivalent experience

 

Essential

  • Previous experience of performing in an Office Manager role, within a large corporate/matrix structure.
  • Experience in event management and coordination;
  • Experience in basic accounting (keeping track of budgets vs spend, invoice management, basic reporting);
  • Experience with vendor management;
  • Experience with social benefits administration;
  • Experience in crafting internal communication for staff (emails, newsletters, announcements);
  • Previous exposure to dealing with senior and executive stakeholders;
  • Excellent English - written and spoken.

 

Personal skills

  • Independence and self-motivation;
  • Flexibility and adaptability – identify issues, think creatively, propose solutions;
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to details;
  • Strong self-motivation, “can-do” and problem-solving attitude;
  • Ability to prioritize and manage own workload well;
  • Respectful of deadlines and inter-team assignments;
  • Еxcellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Creative mind, initiative to suggest improvements and a team player in nature;
  • High level of integrity;
  • Sensible about managing and protecting confidential information.

 

Our social package includes

  • 25 days paid leave
  • Annual incentive plan
  • 24/7 Employee assistance arogram for physical, emotional, financial and professional wellbeing support
  • Medical and Life Insurance
  • Enhanced maternity leave policy
  • Multisport card subsidized at 50%
  • Food vouchers
  • Flexible working options
  • Training programs

 

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