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Company Secretary

London, United Kingdom; Manchester, United Kingdom

Job Description

Company Description:

BNY Mellon is a global financial services company focused on helping clients manage and service their financial assets, operating in 35 countries and serving more than 100 markets. BNY Mellon is a leading provider of financial services for institutions, corporations and high-net-worth individuals, providing superior asset management and wealth management, asset servicing, issuer services, clearing services and treasury services through a worldwide client-focused team.

Team Description

The Bank of New York Mellon's Corporation’s Legal Department, as a trusted advisor, supports the Corporation's achievement of its goals by providing independent, high quality, timely and cost effective legal services and with a strong commitment to the Corporation's values. We provide this support by identifying, assessing, managing and mitigating legal risk and by anticipating and being responsive to the legal needs of the Corporation. We fulfil our responsibilities with professionalism, integrity and high ethical standards and through creation of an environment that promotes and encourages our professional growth and job satisfaction.

Job Purpose: (What the job role involves)

As Company Secretary, you will be part of the EMEA Office of the Corporate Secretary with responsibility for ensuring that our UK Bank, The Bank of New York Mellon (International) Limited (the “UK Bank”) and its committees (the Audit Committee, the Risk Committee, the Nomination Committee, the Executive Committee and the Depositary Advisory Council) comply with UK statutory/regulatory/governance requirements.

The Company Secretary will also play a key role in various EMEA wide governance initiatives.

The position holder will report to the Head of the EMEA Office of the Corporate Secretary.


Responsibilities: (Key parts to the job role)

Company Secretarial Work

 Managing and taking responsibility for the provision of a comprehensive company secretarial and governance service to the UK Bank, advising senior stakeholders, directors, committee members and functional leads on a wide range of company law, regulatory and governance issues.

 Monitoring changes in relevant legislation and the regulatory environment and ensuring that the UK Bank is compliant with applicable laws/regulations.

 Maintaining and updating the statutory records, ensuring the timely filing of annual returns, financial statements and statutory returns.

 Assisting in reviewing, negotiating and approving for execution documentation such as powers of attorney and letters of representation.

 Maintaining and updating bank mandates and authorised signatory lists as required.

 Collaborating with members of the Office of the Corporate Secretary to ensure that information is shared in a timely and comprehensive manner and ensuring that the highest standards of corporate governance are maintained at all times.

Supporting Boards & Committees

 Organising and being responsible for Board and Committee meetings, including preparing agendas, collating and circulating Board/Committee papers and preparing minutes for all Boards and Committee meetings as required.

 Supporting the Chairman and the CEO in ensuring the Board and its Committees function efficiently and effectively.

 Ensuring good information flows within the Board and its Committees.

 Assisting in initiatives around enhancing the quality of the Board/Committee materials and educating the producers of materials in how to write and deliver quality reports.

 Providing guidance, and being a strategic adviser, to the directors and management on the Companies Act 2006 and other relevant corporate governance requirements, and playing an active role in the meetings.

 Ensuring the appropriate adherence by the Board and its Committees to the Articles and relevant Terms of Reference, and maintaining and updating them as appropriate.

 Establishing a good working relationship with the UK Bank’s independent non-executive directors (“INEDs”) and providing them with the appropriate level of support and guidance.

Special Projects

 Providing company secretarial assistance in respect of corporate restructurings and M&A projects impacting the UK Bank and its subsidiaries.

 Partnering with Regional Management on EMEA governance projects and helping to manage and implement key strategic decisions.


 Developing and maintaining relationships with functional leads and business partners across EMEA, e.g. CEO Office, Compliance, Finance, Internal Audit and Risk

 On-boarding new directors and identifying and arranging training for the directors/committee members according to their needs

 Miscellaneous company secretarial tasks as required from time to time.


Requirements; (what we are looking for)

Job Specific Competencies

• Well-developed interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate/engage with (and become a trusted adviser to) various stakeholders across the region.

• Highly motivated self-starter with gravitas to maintain credibility with different stakeholders.

• Ability to influence at all levels of the organisation.

• Ability to display a culture of individual ownership of tasks with an individual sense of accountability in performing the role.

• Ability to write concise and accurate minutes.

• Well organised with good attention to detail.

• Comfortable managing a busy workload.

• Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines and balance competing and conflicting priorities.

• Confident, assertive, collaborative and “can do” attitude.

• Ability to work autonomously as well as part of a team.

• Fully conversant with Word for Windows, Excel and PowerPoint, and other relevant technology packages (i.e. Board Vantage, GEMS).

• Proven experience working with highly sensitive and confidential information.

Academic/Professional Qualifications

• ICSA qualified or graduate with law degree.

• Previous experience of working in a company secretarial function within financial services, professional services or a matrixed multinational organization, or corporate law expertise gained in a law firm or an in-house environment.

• Good knowledge of corporate law/corporate governance/applicable financial regulations.

What we can offer you:

• Challenging, fun and supportive environment

• 25 days holiday (in addition to Bank Holidays) plus opportunity to purchase up to 5 extra days

• Highly competitive benefits package including pension and private medical cover

• City centre location

• Competitive discounts on travel and parking

• Opportunity for further academic training – including NVQ, IOC, Degree and soft skills

• Opportunity to join site wide networking groups

• Opportunity to participate in process improvement programmes (Lean, Six Sigma, Kaizen); we recognise and reward new ideas

• Opportunity to get involved in a wide range of community partnership activities in and around London.


For over 230 years, the people of BNY Mellon have been at the forefront of finance, expanding the financial markets while supporting investors throughout the investment lifecycle. BNY Mellon can act as a single point of contact for clients looking to create, trade, hold, manage, service, distribute or restructure investments & safeguards nearly one-fifth of the world's financial assets. BNY Mellon remains one of the safest, most trusted and admired companies. Every day our employees make their mark by helping clients better manage and service their financial assets around the world. Whether providing financial services for institutions, corporations or individual investors, clients count on the people of BNY Mellon across time zones and in 35 countries and more than 100 markets. It's the collective ambition, innovative thinking and exceptionally focused client service paired with a commitment to doing what is right that continues to set us apart. Make your mark:

As part one of the safest and most trusted financial institutions, the BNY Mellon Legal department mitigates risk and handles legal affairs to ensure the security of the company and its clients. BNY Mellon's Legal Department, has overall responsibility for government affairs and advises on advocacy and policy initiatives of the company to support BNY Mellon's domestic and international operations, and they also support all bank regulatory and supervisory issues.

BNY Mellon is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Primary Location: United Kingdom-Greater London-London
Job: Legal
Internal Jobcode: 85092
Organization: Legal Affairs-HR06241
Requisition Number: 1819311