Senior Company Secretary- Guernsey or Jersey

Kleinwort Hambros
 Jersey, Channel Islands       Permanent contract        Other job functions


Description of the Business Line or Department

The Kleinwort Hambros Group is part of the wider Société Générale (SG) group of companies. The Kleinwort Hambros Company Secretariat team is responsible for delivering timely, value adding company secretarial support and providing advice on company secretarial and corporate governance matters within the Kleinwort Hambros Group in the UK, Channel Islands and Gibraltar and to the wider SG network. The Company Secretariat team supports the boards of all the companies within the Kleinwort Hambros Group, including a number of banks and regulated entities. It also supports the senior management team and the board and management level committees

Summary of the key purposes of the role

To work closely with other team members to

  • provide timely company secretarial and governance support to the Kleinwort Hambros Group of companies, including end to end organisation and administration of board meetings and board and senior management committees.

  • provide advice to executive and non-executive directors and staff across the group on company secretarial and corporate governance matters, as appropriate.

  • implement processes and procedures to ensure the highest standards and best practice are maintained. To maintain knowledge of all main functions within Secretariat and deputise for other staff members as required.

  • develop strong relationships with senior management, compliance, risk, finance and tax departments across the Kleinwort Hambros Group and the wider SG network to ensure that appropriate board reports and papers are generated.

Summary of responsibilities 

  • Business development

                Responsible for:

  • assisting with the development and delivery of appropriate internal board training programmes;

  • managing/delivering company secretarial projects such as corporate governance and board effectiveness reviews, group company mergers and liquidations and providing active support and advice to wider Group projects such as restructurings and external acquisitions.

  • Assisting with the updates to the Kleinwort Hambros Group directors and staff on significant company secretarial and corporate governance matters.

  • Operational Risk & Regulatory Responsibilities

    Responsible for:

  • Assisting with the update of the Kleinwort Hambros company secretarial and corporate governance policies and procedures to reflect best practice and current law and ensuring that they are applied consistently across the Kleinwort Hambros Group to enable each entity to comply with all relevant legal

  • and regulatory requirements in each jurisdiction as well as Kleinwort Hambros Group policy.

  • Ensuring the appointment of Kleinwort Hambros Group company officers is in line with SG Policy, regulatory requirements and company law

  • Supporting and advising directors to ensure that statutory duties are discharged effectively;

  • Ensuring the appropriate maintenance of and periodical update of the various internal and external statutory registers and required filings; including the maintenance and update of the records and, in particular, those on Blueprint and the SG company secretarial IT system “STP”;

  • Managing, controlling and escalating risks within scope.

  • Ensuring personal compliance with policies and procedures.

  • Ensuring timely intervention and escalation when breaches occur.

  • Ensuring that reasonable steps are taken personally to be fully aware of, understand and comply with all regulatory requirements from all regulatory bodies that are applicable.

  • Performing all duties in accordance with the principles outlined in the Kleinwort Hambros Code of Conduct, as well as the policies and procedures relevant to the team and own responsibilities, to ensure adherence to a culture that treats clients fairly and focuses on the long term sustainability of client relationships

  • Organisation and governance

    Responsible for:

  • Attending board meetings and committees in all jurisdictions

  • Ensuring the prompt production and circulation of draft minutes, tracking of matters arising, circulation of agendas, resolutions and meeting papers as set out in the CoSec meetings tracker;

  • Undertaking the role of company secretary, if appropriate.

  • Assisting with the SG insurance policy coordination.

  • Following up of Audit, Compliance and Inspection points.

  • Assisting with the corporate governance structure and with the maintenance of the Kleinwort Hambros Group Internal Control Manual, including the reviews of Committee Terms of Reference to meet best practice and the Kleinwort Hambros Group objectives;

  • Cooperation with other departments

    Responsible for

  • Working with Compliance to ensure relevant regulatory requirements are met including timely completion of regulated appointments requiring board approval

  • Working with the Head of Corporate Governance and Accountability to ensure that corporate structure changes are reflected within the Management Responsibilities Map (UK regulatory requirement) and assist with the provision of induction and professional training for directors.

  • Developing and strengthening relationships with business heads to proactively promote best practice and ensuring a good understanding of corporate governance requirements in order to manage and minimise risks

  • Other expectations

    Responsible for

  • Embodying the behaviours within the Kleinwort Hambros Code of Conduct and the regulatory Conduct Rules requirements

  • Performing all duties in accordance with the principles outlined in the Kleinwort Hambros Code of Conduct, as well as the policies and procedures relevant to personal responsibilities, to ensure adherence to a culture that treats clients fairly and focuses on the long-term sustainability of client relationships

Level of Autonomy and Authority

Can take decisions with regards to own work and decisions relating to boards, with reference to chairman where necessary

Together with another can commit the company

Material decisions are escalated to the Head of UK Secretariat and/or the Head of CEO Office and Company Secretariat

Profile Required


  • Proven company secretarial experience gained working at Board level for UK, Channel Islands and / or Gibraltar Companies
  • Professionalism: ability to maintain the confidence of stakeholders at a senior level inside and outside the organisation.

  • Team Spirit & Collaboration

  • Enterprise: Self-starter with a proactive and flexible approach to their work, able to exercise a high degree of initiative and resourcefulness in problem solving;

  • Planning & Organising: good organisational and project management skills, including ability to evaluate and prioritise work schedules and manage time to prescribed deadlines and KPIs;

  • Influencing: good interpersonal, influencing and negotiation skills.

  • Excellent Communication skills; oral, written and presentational

  • Knowledge of company law as well as more general regulatory and industry requirements

  • Knowledge of Kleinwort Hambros and SG business processes, standards, policies and procedures


Proven company secretarial experience gained working at Board level for UK, Channel Islands and / or Gibraltar Companies



Graduate or other similar qualification;


ICSA graduate or other company secretarial qualification or 5 + years in Trust/Company or Company Secretarial role.


Fluent English

Why Join Us

If you feel you have the required experience and qualifications, then please apply to the SG Resourcing Team, and we will manage your application. At Societe Generale, we believe our people are our strength and are core to the success of our business. As such, we search for, recruit and appoint the best available person on the basis of aptitude and ability, regardless of sex, marital or civil partnership status, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, pregnancy, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion, belief or gender reassignment

Business Insight

People join for the impact they can have on us. They stay for the impact we have on them. A flatter structure offers visibility and exposure beyond that of our competitors, so you know our names, and we know yours. It's personable, human, and inspires success through passion. By encouraging open mindedness and a willingness to share ideas, we have adapted to market changes and thrived through innovation. Bringing words like “hard work” and “dedication” together with “community” and “respect” has enabled us to work collaboratively and build our future together. We call this Team Spirit and it's what makes us different. It's what makes you different.

We are an equal opportunities employer and we are proud to make diversity a strength for our company. Societe Generale is committed to recognizing and promoting all talents, regardless of their beliefs, age, disability, parental status, ethnic origin, nationality, sexual or gender identity, sexual orientation, membership of a political, religious, trade union or minority organisation, or any other characteristic that could be subject to discrimination.

Job code: 19000NS4
Business unit: Kleinwort Hambros
Starting date: Immediate
Date of publication: 30/08/2019
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Senior Company Secretary- Guernsey or Jersey

Permanent contract   |   Jersey   |   Other job functions