BlackRock Company Secretary, Vice President

  • Competitive
  • London, England, United Kingdom
  • Permanent, Full time
  • BlackRock
  • 29 Sep 16

BlackRock Company Secretary, Vice President

BlackRock is one of the world's preeminent asset management firms and a premier provider of global investment management, risk management and advisory services to institutional, intermediary and individual investors around the world. BlackRock offers a range of solutions - from rigorous fundamental and quantitative active management approaches aimed at maximizing outperformance to highly efficient indexing strategies designed to gain broad exposure to the world's capital markets. Our clients can access our investment solutions through a variety of product structures, including individual and institutional separate accounts, mutual funds and other pooled investment vehicles, and the industry-leading iShares® ETFs.

Job Purpose/Background:

You will have strong company secretarial experience and be responsible for providing company secretarial services to the various boards, committees and the business. You must have a good understanding of how to apply Company law, the UK Corporate Governance Code and have some practical experience of working in a financial services regulated environment. The role will require ensuring statutory compliance for UK incorporated companies and working with regional teams to ensure local branch corporate filings compliance. You will support EMEA group level corporate secretariat projects. You will be required to quickly build strong relationships with the team, board members, NEDs and the business and will have the confidence to, if necessary, represent the corporate secretariat team at various meetings and communicate at different levels.

The successful candidate will be part of an EMEA team (based in London) of 2 corporate lawyers and 2 company secretaries supporting 4 regulated entities, a number of non-regulated companies and 15 European branches. The Corporate Secretariat in London works closely with Group Secretariat in New York.

Key Responsibilities:

  • To support the delivery of the strategic and operational objectives of the Corporate Secretariat function
  • Provide support to the Company Secretary in respect of corporate governance and statutory, regulatory and governmental requirements as well as best practice requirements and standards
  • Maintain positive professional working relationships with the team, Directors, NEDs and senior managers within the business
  • Considering whether existing processes should be re-engineered or formulate new processes to deliver efficiencies and ensure best practice
  • Supporting with Corporate team in preparation for transactions impacting the UK corporate structure
  • Undertaking corporate secretariat projects as and when required
  • Day-to-day responsibility for company secretarial matters arising within the group, including management of the board and committee calendar
  • To provide administrative support to the boards and committees of the Company
  • Preparation of agendas, creation and collation of the board and committee packs
  • Producing excellent written minutes of board and committee meetings within tight timeframes
  • Stakeholder management including advising and guiding chairs of board and committee in pre-meets on topics and agenda items
  • Undertaking post meeting action follow up to ensure individuals are aware of their actions
  • Preparing timely and accurate statutory filings to Companies House and other relevant authorities or regulators
  • Ensuring corporate change notifications are made in a timely manner to Group Secretariat in New York
  • Ensuring Blueprint is kept up to date and accurate with corporate information
  • Support the development, implementation and execution of governance policies and procedures for the EMEA region
  • Maintaining statutory books, including registers of members, directors and secretaries

Knowledge / Experience:

  • ICSA, ACIS or FCIS qualified
  • Graduate or equivalent
  • Good practical experience of company secretarial matters in an EMEA or global function in the financial services industry
  • A strong track record of executing in a company secretarial team is essential
  • Experience in using company secretarial databases including Blueprint
  • E xperience in the requirements of the UK statutory filing regimes including electronic filing

Key Stakeholders:

  • Corporate Team
  • Board of Directors, NEDs and senior management of BlackRock
  • Country Managers/Branch Managers in European locations
  • Corporate Secretariat in New York
  • Maintaining and developing positive relationships with colleagues in other functional departments such as Finance, Risk, Tax and the wider Legal and Compliance department both in EMEA and US


  • Highly driven, self motivated and an ability to execution and deliver against deadlines
  • Attention to detail and accuracy critical with good analytical skill
  • Excellent drafting and minute writing skills
  • Articulate and excellent communications skills both written and verbal
  • Highly reliable, collegiate and professional
  • An ability to continually review and reassess priorities in response to changing situations and deadlines at relatively short notice
  • Have gravitas with an approach that ensures you are presentable and credible with senior staff
  • Drive and passion to strive for high standards
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Proactive and pragmatic with a positive attitude and can-do approach
  • Enthusiastic and able to provide solutions to problems
  • Understanding of financial services would be desirable