The Queen needs help to fill an exciting role - could you fit the bill?

The Queen releases a job advert looking for someone to take on this job...

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II visits the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) at Porton Down science park
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The Queen has advertised an exciting job role giving someone the chance to work closely with the royal collection.

Her Majesty, who turns 95 this year, as head of the royal family, is on the look out for a design and development assistant to work on an exciting new role.

The job vacancy, which is advertised on The Royal Household website, reveals that the successful candidate will be working for the Royal Collection Trust shop at their Stoke-on-Trent office, where the China and Glassware products are made.

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The team operates stores at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, as well as owning a growing online presence which is no doubt even more important during the national lockdown.

The permanent role, 37.5 per week, over 5 days, Monday to Friday, will involve support, design, development, and planning of the production of items. Other tasks include "providing vital admin and logistical support to the team, help place and oversee regular orders of stock, packaging and gift boxes, bringing all the components of a product together, ready to send out to the shops".

The salary is advertised at £22,000 - £23,000 (dependent on experience) and interviews are expected to take place at the end of the month.

What qualities is the royal household looking for in a design and development assistant?

The website states, "It's important that you're confident working with numbers, and also that you have strong IT skills and can use MS Office programs and database systems.

"With a keen eye for detail and excellent administration skills, you'll be able to process large volumes of work with complete accuracy. You'll also be highly organized, able to plan and prioritize your time effectively to meet multiple deadlines. As a good communicator, you’ll build a good rapport with colleagues and customers alike."

If you think you have the skills needed, then submit your CV, the closing date for applications is Sunday, 31st January.

Selina Maycock
Selina Maycock

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 14 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after all things Entertainment for GoodtoKnow, Woman&Home and My Imperfect Life.

Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. Having spent the start of her career working on local newspapers and online, Selina spent six years as Acting News Editor and Entertainment Reporter at the Scunthorpe Telegraph where she dug into hard news stories, conducted interviews, covered court reporting, features, and entertainment, whilst going to gigs in her spare time.

Whilst at the paper she was awarded an O2 Media Judges' Special Award for helping a terminally ill cancer sufferer realise his dying wish and marry his childhood sweetheart through a successful newspaper campaign. Things like this are close to her heart when it comes to using journalism to make a positive difference in people's lives.

Selina later branched further into all things celebrity to became a Showbiz Writer at Heat magazine, covering red carpet events, showbiz parties, and various launches before going freelance for two years. One of her biggest celebrity achievements - aside from generating celebrity exclusives - was interviewing Take That (including Robbie Williams) and bumping into Simon Cowell so much at events she told him 'I'm calling you my showbiz dad!'

In 2017 she joined TI Media as a senior reporter on Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, Woman's Weekly celebrity desk before branching online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first.

When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.