The hottest UK startup job going? Steven Bartlett is hiring a new EA

With his current EA promoted to Director of Lifestyle at Flight Group, there's a rare opportunity to work alongside the founder and Diary of a CEO host.

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You don’t get much closer to the top of the UK startup scene than this. Dragons’ Den investorDiary of a CEO podcast presenter, LinkedIn influencer and Flight Group CEO, Steven Bartlett, is on the lookout for a new executive assistant.

The news of the job opening was shared by Bartlett’s present EA, Sophie Chapman, in a post this afternoon on LinkedIn:

LinkedIn post showing Steven Bartlett is hiring an EA

According to the job advert, Flight Group is looking for “an exceptional and dynamic Business EA to provide high level administrative, operational and project management support to the high profile Founder of a disruptive and innovative media, marketing and investment group.”

The position will report directly into Bartlett himself, who has swiftly become one of the most prominent faces in the UK business scene, driven in part by his immensely successful podcast, Diary of a CEO, and his appearances in multiple recent series of Dragons’ Den. Responsibilities will include:

  • Diary Management
  • Operational Support
  • Logistics
  • Executive Meetings 
  • Compliance and Document Management 
  • Internal & External Communication 
  • Special Projects
  • Event Management
  • Ad-hoc Support
  • Financial Support

Bartlett is a regular, and highly in-demand public speaker, so the successful applicant can anticipate having a non-stop inbox and an incredibly busy schedule to organise.

Career trajectory from an EA

There are plenty of reasons why the role as Bartlett’s EA might appeal. A position such as this would get you right at the forefront of a modern media, marketing and investment company that’s led by such a prominent figurehead.

While this is undoubtedly a dynamic and challenging role in and of itself, the career pathways it opens up are clearly first-rate. Announcing the job opening on LinkedIn, Sophie Chapman shared that she was leaving behind the EA role and was being promoted to the position of Director of Lifestyle at Flight Group.

New applicants to the open EA role may well have one eye on the future, given the path Chapman has been able to tread after so many years of service as Bartlett’s EA.

Aside from the role being a potential pathway to future Director positions, it’s an exceptional job opportunity in and of itself for the right candidate who can handle the considerable range of tasks and responsibilities.

Speaking of his confidence in the potential for Flight Group, Bartlett says:

I truly believe that we have every core component required ready to disrupt and redefine the global podcasting industry with this new company. We have done this in our own tiny way already with the Diary of a CEO, but I'm haunted by the potential that we see to scale this globally, for the people and the voices who will change the world.

If you think this sounds like the job for you, then you may want to move fast.

Applications are open, but there is likely to be a deluge of CVs being fired off in the direction of Bartlett’s office right now. With his present EA, Chapman, now settling into her new role as Director of Lifestyle, there’s hopefully some support at hand to get the best applications onto Bartlett’s desk in the meantime…

Executive Assistant – Flight Group – apply here

Written by:
Richard Parris - managing editor of
Richard joined the Startups team in 2021, and has a career in publishing that has spanned over 15 years. As a researcher, writer and editor, Richard has worked on brands across the UK, US and Asia in both print and online, including at the BBC, on the US-focused tech industry site, plus at Which? magazine and its website, where Richard oversaw technology reviews and advice publishing. Richard has been an interviewee and contributor on television, radio, newspaper, magazine and online publications, and has featured in interviews including on the BBC and The Scotsman. Richard is passionate about converting potentially complex topics into clear, actionable advice and recommendations, and works alongside the in-house Startups team and its growing network to promote the needs of the UK small business community.

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