Assistant Company Secretary

  • Job Reference: 698906801
  • Date Posted: 15 November 2021
  • Recruiter: Royal London
  • Location: London
  • Salary: On Application
  • Bonus/Benefits: Happy to talk flexible working!
  • Sector: Administration
  • Job Type: Super Flex
  • Duration: Happy to talk flexible working
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

Royal London is the largest mutual life insurance, pensions and investment company in the UK.  Since its foundation 160 years ago, Royal London has supported millions of people to protect and provide for themselves and their families.


Our culture is welcoming, friendly, flexible and we aim to make you always feel included. We welcome applications from individuals who have taken an extended career break or those who are transitioning from different sectors.


To support this, we are always open to discussing flexible working arrangements and as we transition to hybrid working, we will discuss working patterns or locations that ensure you have the freedom to be your best. It’s what makes Royal London a great place to work.


We believe that being together some of the time will help our colleagues to feel truly connected to our Spirit of Royal London culture. Many of us value the passing conversations, social interactions and building relationships that comes from being together in the office.


Role purpose

We are currently recruiting three Assistant Company Secretary’s to join our team on a permanent basis in London. The main purpose of the roles is to provide a proactive, end to end company secretarial service to both regulated and non-regulated entities.


Key responsibilities

  • Provide proactive, impartial, and reliable advice on corporate governance and company secretarial practice to both regulated and non-regulated entities.
  • Provide a professional and proactive service in support of board and committee meetings.
  • Draft resolutions, and lodge required forms and annual returns with Companies House.
  • Monitor changes in relevant legislation and the regulatory environment.
  • Maintain statutory books, including registers of members, conflicts, directors and secretaries.
  • Ensure that the highest standards of governance are maintained and support the effective operation of the Group’s decision–making structure.
  • Support delivery of best practice, improvements, and innovation across the Company Secretariat Function.
  • Responsible for the mentoring and development of the Company Secretarial Trainee and Board Support.


Essential Criteria

  • A professional with excellent communication, administrative, organisational and IT skills, along with the ability to prioritise and demonstrate initiative and work proactively with a high degree of professionalism.
  • ICSA/CGI Part Qualified or Qualified.
  • Relevant company secretarial experience within a regulated environment.
  • Knowledge of governance best practice, relevant issues, statutory requirements and regulations and new trends in the industry.
  • Experience of leading change in governance practice to high standards.
  • Experience in the engagement with Non-Executive Directors and Board/Committee chairs.
  • Strong working knowledge of Blueprint/Diligent Entities customisation and Diligent Boardbooks functionality or similar products.
  • Strong relationship and teamwork skills with key stakeholders throughout the business.


Desirable Criteria

  • Previous experience working for/or within asset management firm previously.
  • Breadth of experience across multiple cosec activities previously, both meetings and technical support


What we offer

  • We've always been proud to reward employees by offering a number of benefits such as Pensions and Protection, Performance and role-related benefits, Lifestyle and Wellbeing.
  • Our culture comes from within, or to put it another way, it comes from our people. It’s what makes Royal London a great place to work.
  • Our People Promise is something we live up to every day. We know we can rely on you, and you can expect plenty from us in return.
  • Glassdoor have again ranked as among the best places to work in the UK.


We are an equal opportunities employer. We work hard to attract the best talent for our award-winning team. We believe that embracing difference makes us stronger. Our diverse people bring us different skills – whatever their educational background, disability, gender, age, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief.


In fact, the first pillar of our People Promise is designed to make sure you 'work somewhere inclusive'. We want to live up to this promise; it’s good for our people and good for our customers too, because our workforce should reflect our communities.