Key to the role will be to ensure that the highest governance standards are being applied at all times to a range of companies.
Working as part of a team, you will ensure that communications between the Boards, Committees and the business operate effectively and to the highest standards and that all applicable governance requirements are met and that standard company secretarial activities are completed in a timely and effective manner.
Excellent communication and organisational skills are required as the role requires regular interaction with Board and Committee members and with senior executives within firm.
The successful candidate will interact with a wide range of departments within the firm to facilitate board reporting in areas such as investment and risk reporting, compliance and operations.
The successful candidate will be expected to attend, manage and participate in Board and Committee meetings.
Working as part of a team, to ensure the highest level of corporate governance within firm
Manage the business of a range of corporate entities through the setting of agendas, review and distribution of Board packs, completion of matters arising and minutes and the monitoring and control of Board delegations policies
Building and maintaining excellent relationships with the Chairpersons and Directors of each entity for which you are responsible.
Ensure company secretarial matters are properly managed
Management of shareholder meetings where appropriate
Work with internal staff to ensure that submissions are of a high standard and are suitable to lay before the Board proactively ensuring that they address issues of importance to the Boards
Assist in monitoring and updating Board and Committee diaries
Updating company records (both internal and Blueprint) and preparing templates
Reviewing and drafting documents and procedures
Preparation of minutes and matters arising for the Boards or Committees
Assist in ensuring that all Board and Committee terms of references are reviewed and updated (if required) on a regular basis
Assist in advising on managing, mitigating and monitoring corporate governance risks
Support the strong governance and control framework in place across BlackRock Europe by adherence to the processes and procedures in place to meet all regulatory and statutory obligations
Proactively work to develop and enhance Board and Committee processes and controls in response to regulatory and industry changes, and as directed by the Boards and the business
Providing input and advice to the business and directors with regard to Board governance matters
Report to the Boards and Committees on matters such as delegated authorities, board policies and procedures and corporate governance matters generally
Skills And Qualifications
Qualified Company Secretary is preferred but is not a pre-requisite
Excellent minute taking ability required
Team player, with a willingness and ability to help others
Ability to work under pressure with flexibility to adapt to shifting time expectations
Highly organized and with excellent personal time management
Attention to detail essential and proofing skills
Excellent communication skills with the ability to build relationships across the business, operations and suppliers at all levels of management up to and including Board of Director level
Ability to make presentations to the boards either in person or by conference phone speaks clearly and with confidence
Ability to draft clear and precise reports for submission to the Boards and Committees
Familiarity and experience with Blueprint Software an advantage
Good understanding and interest in investment instruments and markets would be preferred
Knowledge of the regulatory and corporate environment for UK funds would be preferred but not essential