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Job Title: Head of Legal and Company Secretariat

Job ID: 331008

Location: Lagos, Nigeria

Company: Standard Chartered Bank Plc

Job Description:

•Provide Company Secretarial, Governance and Advisory support to CEO and the Board

•To lead in the proactive and strategic identification of legal and governance risks and effectively manage all legal issues in country.

•To serve as Company Secretary to the Subsidiary Board and Board Committees as appropriate and deliver a high quality, efficient and effective company secretarial service to the Board, its’ Committees, Directors, Shareholders and the business as a whole. •To provide up-to-date and relevant guidance on the application and interpretation of laws, regulations and policies applicable to the business and functions.

•To act as a central point of reference for the Group and Regional Heads of Legal, the Head of Subsidiary Governance, Africa and the Head of Subsidiary Governance, West.

Key Roles & Responsibilities


•Drive the development and maintenance of good relationships with internal and external business stakeholders at appropriate levels ensuring an open and co-operative environment.

•Provide timely legal and company secretarial advice, briefings and recommendations on key legal and corporate governance issues to stakeholders, including applicable legislation, banking codes, governance regulations and policies relating to corporate governance.

•Raise awareness of legal and corporate governance risks and issues within the business and to the board through targeted training and knowledge sharing.

•Contribute to the risk governance of both Team Legal and Group Corporate Secretariat (GCS) by being the policy expert in country and by providing a country perspective on Group risk policies and procedures.  Ensure there is a consistent approach in the country to legal risk management.

•Ensure that all Group policies are adopted and all relevant business policies are adopted.

•Responsible for rolling out and Legal and GCS risk policies and procedures, ensuring that senior management fully understand the scope and requirements of Legal and GCS related policies and that all necessary dispensations are in place and current.

•Share best practice throughout the region through the Head of Subsidiary Governance, Africa and the Head of Legal, Africa.

•Liaise with other SCB functions in a manner which properly recognises the legitimate involvement of Group in the business and affairs of the Company.

Corporate Secretariat:

•Ensure compliance with the Subsidiary Governance Policy and the minimum standards for Company Secretaries set out therein.

•Liaise with GCS to ensure that any decisions in relation to the Company which need to be brought to the attention of Standard Chartered PLC or Standard Chartered Bank in accordance with the Group Delegated Authority Manual (GDAM) are escalated in good time and in an appropriate format.  Also ensure that there is a delegated authority structure in place aligned to the GDAM and there is clear evidence of the delegation of authorities from the Board.

•Ensure that the Board and all board committees operate effectively, within their level of authority and that there is a rolling agenda and a robust planning process that takes into account the requirements of corporate governance and the business.

•Input to the Annual Report and Accounts and have responsibility for the organisation and running of the Annual General Meeting and other shareholder meetings as required.

•Ensure that newly appointed directors undertake a suitable induction, delivered to Group Standards, within 3 months of appointment and guide and advise on the ongoing development of all directors.

•In accordance with Group guidelines, establish a process for reporting and recording all directors’ conflicts of interest and ensure that all directors are aware of their reporting obligations in this regard.

•Ensure that an effective system of communication between the directors (including Independent Non-Executive Directors where appointed) is established.

•Ensure that all constitutional documents, along with any updates, and regulatory filings are filed with the relevant authorities in a timely manner.


•Manages all legal issues in country and ensures that transactions and cases are executed in a timely and effective manner.

•Supports and facilitates internal product development through the new products approval process.

•Uses technical knowledge of all business products to provide sound, technical product, legal and transactional advice to the business and to anticipate and communicate in a timely fashion the impact of legal developments on the business.  Develops appropriate forms of documentation for products and transactions in country.

•Manages the process of engaging external counsel, including effective instructions to external counsel and negotiating appropriate fee structures for the transaction / case in question.

•Leads in the proactive and strategic identification of legal risks at a country level

•Prepares regular and accurate country legal risk reports that provide clear analysis.

•Communicates identified risks to country, business and regional stakeholders and influences stakeholders to improve legal risk controls and governance at a country level.

•Develops and maintains a legal training plan for legal team and stakeholders.

Qualifications & Skills:

•Qualified Senior Lawyer

•ICSA or equivalent qualified preferred

•Significant post-qual experience essential

•Able to communicate at all levels

•Strong interpersonal skills essential

•Excellent written skills essential

•Masters Degree or equivalent education preferred

•International experience is essential – knowledge of the Nigerian market and at least one other

•Financial Services experience is highly desirable

How To Apply:

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Deadline: 02 August 2012.

Head of Legal and Company Secretariat - Re-advertised Job