A colleague has asked me if she should accept the role of "Assistant to the Managing Director". This is not to be his Executive Assistant, he already has one of those. This is an additional role where she would research specific issues for him, attend meetings on his behalf, represent him when he couldn't be two places at once. It is being sold as a stellar role to launch her career. I see it as a non-role where she does a heap of donkey work and becomes universally hated and sucked up to by the rest of the organisation because she carries the MD's role power without being the MD.
Does anyone have experience of this sort of role; do you use an Assistant to... or have you been one? What would your advice be?