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Company Secretarial Manager


Exeter, Bristol, Plymouth, or Southampton

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As an expanding entrepreneurial law firm, we're seeking someone to lead our Company Secretarial offering to pioneer the growth of the firm’s vibrant company secretarial division. This position will strengthen and develop the function, both internally and externally.

What you will do

With experience of working independently to manage your own portfolio of company secretarial work, you will be accustomed to attending and minuting for client Board meetings, and drafting shareholder resolutions. In this key client facing role, you will be the first point of contact for clients with company secretarial requests, taking responsibility for managing their requirements and expectations day to day. You will be completing Company House filings and working closely with a number of internal stakeholders with regards to all necessary company secretarial work.

Day to day you will be working with Tim Young, in addition to our Corporate Operations Manager and Company Secretarial Assistant. You will be responsible for leading and developing a small team who already possess a good Company Secretarial skills and systems knowledge. There is real scope here to further develop and define the Company Secretarial offering, and your positive 'self-starter' attitude and enthusiasm to accelerate new opportunities and improve ways of working will be very much encouraged. As such, this is an excellent opportunity if you thrive in a busy client facing role, with great support and engagement as part of the wider Corporate team.

What we're looking for

With recent, relevant experience you will be able to demonstrate strong technical ability and the motivation to take full ownership of this role. You might be in a similar role elsewhere, or perhaps are currently an Assistant to a Company Secretary and feel ready to take the step up into a new and challenging position. You will have a positive, commercially informed approach with an entrepreneurial flair and natural enthusiasm for building strong networks, being confident in your ability to build swift and effective client relationships from the start. Naturally, you will possess excellent written and verbal communication skills in order to work successfully with a variety of clients in confidence, developing lasting and trusted relationships over time.

We're flexible as to where and how this role is fulfilled, and you may be interested in working part or full time, based from Bristol, Southampton, Exeter, or Plymouth – with a blend of office and home working.

You will be accustomed to working with people at differing levels and bringing the best out in them. Modelling great practice through your enthusiasm for your work, you consider yourself to be a proactive and approachable team leader with a focus on building a strong and reliable reputation for your team, both within the firm and with clients.

You may have already attained full or part qualification with ICSA, or as a Chartered Governance professional (GCG / ACG – or equivalent) or be interested in working towards one of these recognised professional memberships, but your experience of working within a fast-paced environment leading on Company Secretarial matters is more important to us. Ideally you will be familiar with using Blueprint company secretarial software, although we can provide training within your team as needed. You will have gained prior experience in a professional services environment and benefited from exposure to a broad range of company secretarial work. With energy and enthusiasm for this work, you will be a ‘self-starter’ who possesses an entrepreneurial mindset and is motivated to grow the company secretarial team and company secretarial offering of the business over time.

Our offer to you

In return for your efforts, you can expect considerable scope for personal as well as professional development. Tailored to match the level you're working at, we encourage people to engage with our popular and well supported coaching and mentoring programmes, which connect you to people right across the firm and at every level. We create space for mental and physical wellbeing with our weekly Lifestyle Hour, along with private medical insurance for all lawyers, 28 days annual leave and a sabbatical you can take every 5 years. Employees can also buy holiday, managing your benefits flexibly using our sophisticated portal to configure your total reward offer according to what you value most. As part of this, you can make ongoing or one-off donations to our charitable foundation and access our CSR programme where you can engage with community-based initiatives (as a team, or individually) twice a year, to give something back where you feel it matters.

Why Foot Anstey?

As one of the UK's fastest growing law firms, Foot Anstey believes in helping our clients and people achieve their ambitions, unlocking new and exciting opportunities. Our team of business and legal advisors are motivated by understanding clients' goals and collaborating with them and other advisers to deliver solutions.  By becoming our clients’ most trusted advisor, we are enabling them to achieve their ambitions. How we do it is just as important as what we do. Our values define the way we act with our clients and one another every day, and because of these we think our culture and environment sets us apart.

Over our history we've grown from a high-street firm to a significant regional and national player working with leading brands and individuals predominantly across six key sectors: Private Equity, Retail & Consumer, Energy & Infrastructure, Islamic Finance, Developers  and Private Wealth. Our strategy of gaining market share through meeting clients' needs, investing in and developing high quality talent and using technology and innovation to enhance our services has led to significant growth. We operate from seven locations: Truro, Plymouth, Exeter, Taunton, Bristol, Southampton and London.

Our people are central to our success, in every part of the business. We actively support our employees to achieve their aspirations through offering meaningful careers with balanced rewards, which have been carefully designed to focus on personal wellbeing. We offer continual opportunities for support and professional development through our Business Skills Academy and Digital Skills Academy, and believe in empowering each other to achieve and strive to create a progressive and inclusive working environment. Being forward-thinking, we are open to discussing flexible working patterns for all of our vacancies, with over 40% of our existing employees having a permanent flexible working pattern. In addition, our impressive suite of flexible benefits will enable you to prioritise what matters most to you.

Creating a diverse and inclusive workplace is integral to delivering our strategy, and we were delighted to be awarded the National Equality Standard for a second time in 2021.  We consider this to be right at the heart of our priorities, and goes way beyond our policies – it’s something we consider across everything we do, from the make-up of our client teams, encouraging staff to reach their potential, through to our leadership. We aim to support our clients and our people to achieve their goals, regardless of background, gender, race, beliefs, sexuality or other non-work related factors. We champion aspiration and encourage it in everyone that works with us.  As such we actively encourage applications from all suitably qualified people, regardless of any characteristics protected by law. If you apply for this role you may be encouraged to answer our diversity and social mobility monitoring questions, so please be reassured that any answers you provide will remain entirely anonymous and confidential and will in no way impact your application.

.Successful applicants will be required to complete a pre-employment screening process which includes a financial integrity check and a DBS check.

If you wish to discuss any issues or questions in connection with this or to discuss this role, please do speak in confidence with a member of the Talent Acquisition Team. Contact us at [email protected] and we will come back to you as soon as we can.

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