Co Sec / Governance Manager (Deputy Head of Co Sec)

Co Sec / Governance Manager (Deputy Head of Co Sec)

Location:
Haywards Heath or Manchester
Salary:
up to £55,000 depending on experience
Department:
Governance
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We’re First Central Insurance & Technology Group (First Central for short), an award-winning innovative insurance and technology organisation, delivering market-leading motor insurance, underwriting, distribution, finance, technology and legal services.
 

We have an exciting opportunity for a Governance Manager (also known as Deputy Head of Co Sec) to join our Corporate Governance team in Salford Quays, Manchester or Haywards Heath, West Sussex.

Assisting the Head of Company Secretary in providing a high quality, professional and customer-focused service, you'll be responsible for the day-to-day running of the Department, Executive and Board governance, ensuring Departmental and Company Objectives are met and lead on identifying and delivering opportunities to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of our work.

You'll be responsible for the recording of Minutes, Actions and Decisions from Group Board and Executive meetings including the drafting of reports, maintaining of registers and analysis of information/data

To be successful in this role, you’ll need to have :

  • Strong technical knowledge and experience around corporate governance and its practical application, including report writing and analysis of key themes and trends

  • ICSA / The Chartered Governance Institute qualified or with equivalent experience

  • Knowledge of the legal and statutory responsibilities of both Directors and Companies in the relevant jurisdictions

Job Responsibilities:

  • Support the Head of Company Secretary in the organisation and management of all Group Board and Executive meetings as well as other forums as required.

  • To provide coaching and support to the Company Secretary team, reviewing workload and solving issues that arise

  • Support the Head of Company Secretary in the review, relevance and maintenance of Corporate Policies.

  • Undertake Board effectiveness reviews and implement appropriate frameworks based on the outcomes.

  • Assist the Head of Company Secretary in maintaining the register of Key Issues and monitor progress against agreed Actions and target dates.

  • Collate and draft Reporting Packs, working with all departments to coordinate inputs and assure overall quality.

  • Lead on the reporting and coordination of Executive Committee and Board materials and ensure timely distribution.

  • Lead of aspects of corporate and strategic governance with support from the Head of Company Secretary

  • To ensure a central Index of all material Board and/or sub-committee decisions, approvals, ratifications or any other material action taken is appropriately maintained and monitor that director, shareholder and Board/sub-committee decisions comply with agreed authorities

  • Ensure compliance with company and other relevant standards/regulations at all times including SM&CR and TCF.

  • Assist the Head of Company Secretary in the renewal of the Insurance cover for employees, equipment and premises.

  • Be fully aware of the Company’s Health & Safety Policy.

Job Specific Competencies:

Experience

  • ICSA qualified or with equivalent experience (Essential) Governance requirements and developments in practice.

  • Have excellent IT skills, including PowerPoint, Word and Excel.

  • Good numeracy and literacy skills.

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written and relationship management skills, able to work with stakeholders at all levels of the organisation.

  • Ability to present pragmatic alternatives and propose solutions.

  • Have excellent attention to detail including proof reading skills.

  • Be able to identify and recommend improvements to existing processes, to align with developments in governance practice and improve effectiveness and efficiency.

Knowledge

  • Overview knowledge of other legislations (i.e. Companies Act, Health and Safety at Work Act).

  • Understanding of UK Motor Insurance industry.

  • Strong technical knowledge and experience around corporate governance and its practical application, including report writing and analysis of key themes and trends

  • Knowledge of the legal and statutory responsibilities of both Directors and Companies in the relevant jurisdictions

Behaviours

  • Emphasis on attention to detail and accuracy.

  • Ability to handle information in a confidential manner.

  • Self-motivated and enthusiastic.

  • Embrace, embed and incorporate the Company Values.

  • Organised and proactive approach.

  • Strives to deliver performance targets and drive business improvements to contribute to the success of the Company.

  • Takes initiative to make decisions.

  • Be a collaborative team player with a flexible approach.

  • Take full responsibility and accountability for your own tasks, while seeking advice and assistance when necessary.

  • Approachable and keen to help others.

So, if you’re up for the challenge and would like to join our vibrant and busy team, we want to hear from you today

What can we do for you?


We believe we can offer you a great working environment as we’re so passionate about our people. Here are just some of the benefits and perks that we offer…

  • Fantastic training and development opportunities
  • Employee benefit packages to suit your lifestyle
  • Flexible working
  • YOUday – we give you an extra day off to celebrate a special day
  • The opportunity to take a paid day off each year to do charity work
  • A health cash plan
  • Help with travel expenses
  • The opportunity to buy additional holiday
  • Company pension scheme
  • Group life assurance
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity pay
  • Professional subscription fees paid

Employee wellbeing is high on the agenda here too. We provide a weekly free fruit delivery, discounted membership at a local health club and access to an Employee Assistance Programme, which promotes physical and emotional wellbeing at work and at home. In addition, we provide wellbeing events throughout the year to support physical and mental health.

For further information on what we can offer and to learn more about this role, feel free to contact our dedicated Recruitment team.

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Flexible working

We support colleagues who wish to work flexibly whilst meeting the needs of the business.

YOUday

If it’s your birthday or you just fancy some me-time, get an extra day off for whatever you want.

Holiday Extra

We give you two opportunities each year to buy or sell up to five days of holiday.

Volunteering

Get a day off each year to take part in volunteering activities.

Health cash plan

Claim money back on your healthcare costs, such as dental check-ups and eye tests.

Season ticket loan

We provide interest-free loans to cover the cost of season tickets for rail, bus or car parking.