Fund Board Governance Vice President

  • Competitive
  • Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
  • Permanent, Full time
  • BlackRock
  • 17 Oct 17 2017-10-17

  Business Unit Overview:   BlackRock is seeking a VP to work as part of the Fund Board Governance team and whilst the role will be based in Dublin some travel may be required.   Working as part of the Fund Board Governance Team, based


Business Unit Overview:
BlackRock is seeking a VP to work as part of the Fund Board Governance team and whilst the role will be based in Dublin some travel may be required.
Working as part of the Fund Board Governance Team, based in London, Dublin and Luxembourg, you will report directly to a VP of Fund Board Governance in Dublin. Key to the role will be to ensure that the highest governance standards are being applied at all times to a range of Irish companies.   Working as part of a team, you will ensure that communications between Boards and Committees and the business operate effectively and to the highest standards and that all applicable governance requirements are met and that standard company secretarial activities are completed in a timely and effective manner.  Excellent communication and organistional skills are required as the role requires regular interaction with Board and Committee members and with senior executives within BlackRock. 
The successful candidate will interact with a wide range of departments within BlackRock Europe to facilitate board reporting in areas such as investment and risk reporting, compliance and operations.  The successful candidate will be expected to attend, manage and participate in Board and Committee meetings.
Key Responsibilities:

  • Working as part of a team, to ensure the highest level of corporate governance for all BlackRock Irish companies

  • Manage the business of a range of corporate entities through the setting of agendas, preparation and distribution of Board packs, completion of matters arising and minutes and the monitoring and control of Board delegations policies

  • Building and maintaining excellent relationships with the Chairpersons and Directors of each entity for which you are responsible.

  • Ensure company secretarial matters are properly managed

  • Management of shareholder meetings where appropriate.

  • Work with BlackRock staff to ensure that submissions are of a high standard and are suitable to lay before the Board– proactively ensuring that they address issues of importance to the Boards

  • Assist in monitoring and updating Board and Committee diaries

  • Updating company records (both internal and Blueprint) and preparing templates

  • Reviewing and drafting documents and procedures

  • Preparation of minutes and matters arising for the Boards or Committees

  • Assist in ensuring that all Board and Committee terms of references are reviewed and updated (if required) on a regular basis

  • Assist in advising on managing, mitigating and monitoring corporate governance risks

  • Support the strong governance and control framework in place across BlackRock Europe by adherence to the processes and procedures in place to meet all regulatory and statutory obligations

  • Proactively work to develop and enhance Board and Committee processes and controls in response to regulatory and industry changes, and as directed by the Boards and the business

  • Providing input and advice to the business and directors with regard to Board governance matters

  • Report to the Boards and Committees on matters such as delegated authorities, board policies and procedures and corporate governance matters generally

  • Qualified Company Secretary is preferred but is not a pre-requisite

  • Excellent minute taking ability required

  • Team player, with a willingness and ability to help others

  • Ability to work under pressure with flexibility to adapt to shifting time expectations

  • Highly organized and with excellent personal time management

  • Attention to detail essential and proofing skills

  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to build relationships across the business, operations and suppliers at all levels of management up to and including Board of Director level

  • Ability to make presentations to the boards either in person or by conference phone – speaks clearly and with confidence

  • Ability to draft clear and precise reports for submission to the Boards and Committees

  • Familiarity and experience with Blueprint Software an advantage

  • Product experience on offshore collective investment schemes and alternative investments is preferred. Good understanding and interest in investment instruments and markets would be preferred

  • Knowledge of the regulatory and corporate environment for UCITS funds and AIFs would be preferre
Successful candidates must be able to maintain the confidence of the Boards and Committees and are likely to have worked in the investment/funds management industry, have a good knowledge of investment management, and regulatory jurisdictions and are undertaking or have completed professional ICSA exams.
Key personal attributes will also include a high level of intellectual agility and creativity, ability to work independently as well as part of a team and the ability to manage business expectations. As the successful candidate will be part of a team based in London and Dublin, the ability to maintain relationships and communicate remotely is of paramount importance.  
The role offers an excellent opportunity to develop your experience within a busy and successful team.