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Legal, Assistant Company Secretary, Associate, London

Goldman Sachs
London, United Kingdom
Closing date
Jul 14, 2024

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Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a leading global financial services firm providing investment banking, securities and investment management services to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and high-net-worth individuals. The firm is headquartered in New York and maintains offices in London, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Hong Kong and other major cities around the world.
The Goldman Sachs Legal department spans offices across 23 cities worldwide, from which we provide counsel and advice to support the global activities of the firm and our clients. Our focus is on providing the highest quality legal advice while managing regulatory and reputational risk. Whether you are an experienced lawyer or have other relevant experience combined with an interest in financial law and strong critical thinking skills, our team might be right for you.
As a department we are focussed on our people and their development and are committed to creating an environment that is diverse and inclusive. We offer numerous training and career development opportunities including a weekly legal training programme, department mentoring schemes and a people development committee tasked with providing tangible tools to help manage and develop careers. The department also has a number of active and varied committees including the Diversity, Pro Bono, Charity and Social Committees and encourages participation in the Women's, Black and LGBT firmwide affinity networks.
The role is for a qualified or part-qualified Chartered Company Secretary in the Company Secretarial Group ("CSG") in London Legal which currently comprises a team of three Company Secretaries with administrative support. The team is managed by a Corporate Governance lawyer. The CSG is responsible for the corporate administration of all of the GS UK entities (over 100) and a number of overseas entities. This includes three regulated UK companies and one Irish-regulated company, for whom the CSG manages the Board and Board committees. The CSG uses Blueprint OneWorld ("BPOW") for its entity management and an internal global entity management database.
This interesting position will provide an opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the corporate duties undertaken by the CSG, and the associated governance. The successful applicant will be part of a small, professional team and have the opportunity to liaise with people at all levels and in all areas of the firm.
  • To provide administrative support in the provision of company secretarial services to the Goldman Sachs Group's entities in EMEA. This includes the preparation for board and committee meetings, including collating and distributing materials, attending and minuting the meetings.
  • Liaising with other divisions (legal, compliance, regulatory liaison, executive office) to ensure the smooth running of the boards and committees.
  • To assist the CSG in maintaining accurate entity records, assisting with processing key returns to Companies House in particular Annual Filings (confirmation statements), Officer changes (appointments & resignations), the maintenance of the PSC register and capital and other constitutional changes.
  • To assist the CSG in setting up a number of new entity records on the entity management systems.
  • To assist in maintaining the integrity of the entity and individual director information on the database and to assist the CSG in validating entity and individual information on a regular basis.
  • Liaising with overseas company secretarial service providers for SPVs in other jurisdictions.
  • Respond to the numerous requests that the CSG receives for timely management information and reports on GS entities and committees.
  • Progress the preparation of Secretary's Certificates and Delegated Signing Authorities including Powers of Attorney.
  • Review, analyse and help implement emerging corporate governance developments.
  • Regular contact and coordination with senior members and relevant groups throughout the firm, including credit, treasury, New York legal, compliance, controllers, tax; in addition to external counsel and notaries.
  • Assist in improving the efficiency & effectiveness of the Company Secretarial Group.
  • Should be a qualified or part-qualified Chartered Secretary (ACIS or FCIS).
  • Experience in preparing for, attending and minuting board and committee meetings, including agenda setting, preparation of board packs, liaison with presenters highly desirable.
  • Entity management experience and exposure to managing multiple entities, dealing with all aspects of Company Secretarial Practice.
  • Practical experience of using BPOW, Diligent, e-filing at Companies House and other online resources.
  • Proven excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Able to work independently and manage deadlines, and work well under pressure.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills and willingness to be part of a team.
  • Enthusiasm, flexibility, proactive nature, and an interest in company secretarial matters and the business of the various business divisions at Goldman Sachs.
  • Ideally, experience of working in a Financial Services Company Secretarial role, however relevant experience gained in other industry sectors will be considered.
  • Functional Expertise - Keeps up-to-date with emerging business, economic, and market trends
  • Technical Skills - Demonstrates strong technical skills required for the role, pays attention to detail, takes initiative to broaden his/her knowledge and demonstrates appropriate financial/analytical skills
  • Drive and Motivation - Successfully handles multiple tasks, takes initiative to improve his/her own performance, works intensely towards extremely challenging goals and persists in the face of obstacles or setbacks
  • Client and Business Focus - Effectively handles difficult requests, builds trusting, long-term relationships with clients, helps the client to identify/define needs and manages client/business expectations
  • Teamwork - Gives evidence of being a strong team player, collaborates with others within and across teams, encourages other team members to participate and contribute and acknowledges others' contributions
  • Communication Skills - Communicates what is relevant and important in a clear and concise manner and shares information/new ideas with others
  • Judgement and Problem solving - Thinks ahead, anticipates questions, plans for contingencies, finds alternative solutions and identifies clear objectives. Sees the big picture and effectively analyses complex issues
  • Creativity/Innovation - Looks for new ways to improve current processes and develop creative solutions that are grounded in reality and have practical value

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