Regional Governance Manager

Regional Governance Manager

Job Title: Regional Governance Manager
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Surrey, Surrey
Salary: £72000 per annum
Reference: BBBH15100
Contact Name: Rory Strong
Contact Email:
Job Published: December 15, 2016 13:25

Job Description

Job Title: Western Europe Regional Governance Manager
Job Function: Company Secretary
Country: UK
Location: Surrey
The Company
Global FS business providing insurance and benefits products and services.

The Role
Within the Office of General Counsel, the Western Europe Regional Governance Manger will be
located in the Surrey Secretariat department. The primary responsibility of the role will be the management and coordination of the governance of the Group's entities in the Western European region. The post holder will act as a point of contact to answer Corporate Governance questions and will be involved in promoting a consistent and high standard of governance for Western European region entities. In addition, the role will act as Company Secretary for (a) one UK regulated entities and (b) the Trustee of the Group Pension Scheme.

Principal Accountability
The management and coordination of the governance of the Group's entities in the
Western Europe region (excluding the UK and Ireland).
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
 Oversee and coordinate the work of a team located in the UK and France (currently 3 people)
engaged wholly or partly in the maintenance of governance of approximately 140 entities located
in the Western Europe region.
 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.
 Develop and implement consistency, simplicity and transparency among Western Europe 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
 Assist in developing, maintaining and running on-boarding and continuing education and training
programs for directors of entities within the International region.
 With respect to the key Western Europe region holding companies, manage all aspects of
corporate governance and coordinate all aspects of the board, committee and shareholder
meetings. This includes attending all meetings (either in person or by phone), develop agendas,
coordinate board papers and minute such meeting. To the extent applicable, this will include
acting as Company Secretary.
 Maintain effective relationships with and providing effective support and guidance to the senior
management of the various businesses of the Group within the Western Europe
region (including but not limited to the CEOs and Chief of Staffs of the Western Europe business).
 Take a lead role in the Group-wide entity reduction programme insofar as it relates to the
Western Europe region.
 Fulfil the role of Company Secretary of one or more UK entity regulated by the Financial Conduct
Authority and of the Trustees of the Group Pension Fund, arranging and minuting Board meetings
and attending to any other company secretarial action required.
 Contribute to the wider Group Secretariat department, assisting in developing and
maintaining good governance across the Group and the integration of the legacy Group Secretariat functions.
 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.

 A confident approach with a firm focus on achieving appropriate and consistent 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.
 An anticipatory and commercial approach.
 Aptitude for problem solving and managing projects with stretching delivery deadlines.
 Some European travel to subsidiary board meetings may be required.

 Chartered Secretary or Solicitor with governance and transactional experience
 Ability to adapt to new environments and to work with other jurisdictions.
 Experienced in operating in a regulated environment, ideally Financial Services or the Insurance
sector experience is desirable but not essential.
 Recent practical experience of delivering corporate governance solutions in a multi-national
organisation is desirable.