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International Governance Manager

International Governance Manager

Job Title: International Governance Manager
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London, London
Industry:
Salary: £80000.00 per annum
Reference: BBBH15099
Contact Name: Rory Strong
Contact Email: rory@dmjcosec.com
Job Published: December 15, 2016 13:17

Job Description

Job Title: International Region Governance Coordinator
Job Function: Company Secretary
Country: UK
Location: London

The Company
Leading global insurance and general benefits company.

The Role
Within the Office of General Counsel, the International Region Governance Coordinator will be located
in the London Secretariat department and will report to the Assistant Company Secretary, also based
in London. The primary responsibility of the role will be the management and coordination of the
governance of the Group's entities in the International region, comprising Africa, Asia
Pacific, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin American and the Middle East. The post holder will act as a
point of contact for International Corporate Governance matters and questions and will be involved in
promoting a consistent and high standard of governance for International region entities. The
International Governance Coordinator will work closely with the Compliance Department and
International Legal Department as well as the International business division of the Group.

Principal Accountability
The management and coordination of the governance of the Group's entities in the
International region.
Conduct Risk: To put the interests of clients and the integrity of the market at the heart of the way
you do business.

Key Responsibilities
 Coordinate and supervise the work of a global team (currently 9 people) engaged wholly or partly
in the maintenance of governance of approximately 200 entities located in the International
region; supervising dedicated governance managers responsible for the Asia Pacific, Central and
Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa and Latin America regions who also report to the Assistant
Company Secretary.
 Ensure that entities within the International region comply fully with relevant corporate legislation
and make all appropriate filings with corporate regulators on a timely basis.
 Within the Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa ("CEEMEA") region, together with
the CEEMEA Regional Governance Manager, provide hands-on governance support and
management to certain CEEMEA entities.
 Develop and implement consistency, simplicity and transparency among International region
corporate governance.
 Where appropriate, mentor and provide guidance to Secretariat team members engaged in
corporate governance work in the International region.
 Ensure that accurate corporate data and structure charts are maintained for entities within the
International region, in particular utilising and updating the Blueprint OneWorld corporate
database.
 Review and manage outsourced secretarial arrangements within the International region, with a
focus on achieving efficiencies and further roll-out where appropriate.
 Develop, maintain and run on-boarding and continuing education and training programs for
directors of entities within the International region.
 With respect to main operating International region subsidiaries (as such subsidiaries are agreed
by Office of the General Counsel and International business unit), manage all aspects of
corporate governance and coordinate all aspects of the board and shareholder meetings. This
includes attending all meetings (either in person or by phone), developing agendas, coordinating
board papers and taking minutes of such meeting. To the extent applicable, this will include
acting as Company Secretary.
 With respect to certain management and controls committees (including the International
Controls Committee), attend all meetings (either in person or by phone), develop agendas,
coordinate board papers and minute such meeting.
 Take a lead role in the Group-wide entity reduction programme insofar as it relates to the
International region.
 Provide a single point of governance contact and maintain effective relationships with the senior
management of the various businesses of the Group within the International region
(including but not limited to the CEOs and Chief of Staffs of the International business), providing
effective support and guidance.
 In consultation with the Assistant Company Secretary, ensure the Secretariat department acts as
a key advisor and supports the planning and execution of Group transactions involving entities
within the International region, including mergers and acquisitions and financing transactions.
 Contribute to the wider Group Secretariat department, assisting in developing and
maintaining good governance across the Group and the integration of the legacy businesses
 Maintain open and transparent relationships with the other members of Secretariat and other
central functions, particularly Legal, Compliance and Risk, Tax, Treasury, Finance and HR.

Skills
 A confident approach with a firm focus on achieving appropriate and consistent governance
practices.
 Aptitude for leadership and guiding a small team in delivering effective governance.
 Good communication skills, particularly with non-native English language speakers.
 Ability to work with and influence staff at all levels, both at the corporate centre and in different
parts of the world.
 Excellent planning, scheduling and coordination skills.
 Aptitude for problem solving and managing projects with stretching delivery deadlines.
 Some international travel to subsidiary board meetings may be required.

Qualifications
 Chartered Secretary or Solicitor with governance and corporate transactional experience.
 Management experience, ideally involving an international team.
 Ability to adapt to new environments and to work with other jurisdictions, with relevant
experience in providing advice to entities within a range of different jurisdictions being highly
desirable, particularly in relation to entities located within the CEEMEA region.
 Recent practical experience of delivering corporate governance solutions in a multi-national
organisation is desirable.