| May 28, 2024

Company Secretarial Associate – Corporate Governance Jobs in London at British International Investment

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Website British International Investment

Our mission and objectives

  • British International Investment is the UK’s development finance institution, owned by the UK Government. We invest with the aim of solving the biggest global development challenges by investing patient, flexible capital to support private sector growth and innovation.
  • We have 75 years of experience successfully supporting the sustainable, long-term growth of businesses in Africa and Asia, and have recently expanded to invest in the Indo-Pacific and Caribbean.
  • We invest to achieve impact and a financial return which is then reinvested for more impact. Over the past five years, we have committed £7 billion of new investments, with our net assets growing in value to approximately £8.1 billion. We are now invested in 1,400 businesses which directly employ over 950,000 workers and support many more. Over the next five years, we plan to grow further, and aim to commit around £9 billion of new investments over the period.
  • Our current five-year strategy responds to the opportunities and challenges facing developing and emerging economies. To ensure our capital is used in the best way possible to meet these opportunities and challenges, it sets out three clear strategic objectives – to invest in productive, sustainable and inclusive development. These objectives mean an increased focus on climate finance, including investing in green infrastructure; on financing digital transformation; and on driving inclusive outcomes, including through gender and diversity finance.
  • We changed our name to British International Investment in 2022, to more accurately reflect our central role in the UK Government’s international financing offer.
  • In the last few years, we have expanded our presence in Africa and Asia by opening new offices in Bangladesh, Egypt, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Ghana and Singapore; with further expansion planned.
  • We take an entrepreneurial approach to investment. We think innovatively about ways to deploy our capital, attract, and mobilise other investors, and drive transformational impact.
  • Deliver impact. We are a team of over 600 and place immense value on diversity within our organisation.
  • Read more about us and the strategy at co.uk

Team and role overview

  • The Company Secretary team advises and supports the Board of British International Investment on corporate governance matters.
  • The team manages all aspects of Board governance, including meeting management, Board materials support, advice to the Board on succession planning, corporate governance and corporate compliance.
  • The team manages and/or oversees the corporate governance of British International Investment’s subsidiaries, both in the UK and overseas, focusing on Board composition, filings and meeting governance.
  • The team manages meetings of the Executive Committee and the Operations Committee and provides meeting support to the Markets Committee.

Purpose

The Company Secretarial Associate will play a pivotal role in the Company Secretary team, combining providing excellent service to the British International Investment Board and subsidiary Boards with the opportunity to learn and grow as part of a collegial team. This role will involve boardroom experience and the opportunity for direct contact with non-executive directors. The role will support the Group Company Secretary and Deputy Company Secretary on technical company secretarial matters, preparing advice and managing a busy schedule of Board and committee meetings.

Responsibilities

  • Taking responsibility for making corporate filings in the UK and work with overseas company secretarial advisers to ensure that filings for BII’s overseas entities are made in good time.
  • Drafting corporate documentation, including Board and shareholder resolutions, for BII plc and its subsidiaries, annual general meeting papers and the Company Secretary’s report to the Board.
  • Assisting with the production of Board and Committee packs and paper preparation, including the drafting of agendas and papers.
  • Assisting with the preparation of directors’ induction packs.
  • Arranging for documents to be sealed or stamped and arranging for documents to be notarised and apostilled.
  • Work closely with BII’s central functions, including Finance, Legal, HR, Compliance and Treasury to assist with any ad hoc company secretarial requirements, advice and requests.
  • Maintain, keep up to date and manage filings using Diligent Entities, BII’s database for group entities.
  • Maintain the BII Group structure chart and ensure that notifications in respect of any changes are communicated appropriately.
  • Dependent on level of experience, directly managing one or more committees and/or subsidiary Boards, including collating and distributing meeting materials, managing meeting logistics, taking minutes and following up actions.
  • Managing British International Investment’s Employee Forum, working with our designated non-executive director for employees, who chairs the forum.
  • Collating corporate information for know-your-client requests about British International Investment from third parties.
  • Supporting management of the company’s corporate insurance policies.

The candidate

Background, skills, aptitude

  • Successful candidates will have a background in corporate governance and/or corporate law. They will have governance experience in an impact-driven organisation (such as an impact investor or charity), or in a public sector organisation or a financial services or investment firm. They will be keen to learn and take on new opportunities to aid their development, as well as contributing to ongoing efforts to use technology to streamline processes.
  • Essential skills:
  • Relevant experience in a company secretarial or governance role
  • Experience using Diligent Entities or a similar entity management system
  • Motivated and proactive, with great attention to detail
  • Flexibility in working styles to suit business needs (e.g., in cross-functional teams, independent working)
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders
  • Excellent time management, prioritisation and organisation and the ability to manage and meet competing deadlines
  • Core Microsoft applications, including Word, PowerPoint, Teams, Excel, SharePoint and Outlook
  • Desirable skills:
  • Qualified company secretary (e.g., GradCGI, ACG, FCG) or a qualified lawyer with experience in a relevant field
  • Boardroom experience, including drafting agendas, liaising with directors, preparing meeting packs, writing minutes and coordinating Board or committee logistics
  • Experience using board materials distribution software applications
  • Candidates should be strongly motivated by BII’s development mission and ideally demonstrate some commitment to development or social goals through previous executive or non-executive activity.

Our cultural values

We look for team members who aspire, as we do, to work at our best and to be:

  • Impact-led, commercially rigorous
  • Tenacious in the face of challenges
  • Collaborative and caring

British International Investment is committed to diversity and inclusion and welcomes all applicants regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation or educational background.

Please provide a cover letter with your application

Salary: Competitive

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