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Asset Management – Office of the Secretary – Assistant Company Secretary I – Assistant Vice President

Req #: 170122354
Location: London, ENG, UK
Job Category: Legal
Job Description:
JPMorgan Chase & Co. (“JPMC”) is a global leader in financial services, working in collaboration to deliver the best solutions and advice to meet our clients’ needs globally. We operate in 100 countries and hold leadership positions across our businesses.  We have an exceptional team of employees who work hard to do the right thing for our clients and the firm.
The Legal Department of JPMC is responsible for the provision of legal services to the firm, and includes the Office of the Secretary (“OTS”). OTS is headed by the Corporate Secretary who reports to the firm’s General Counsel.
OTS’ mission is to promote effective and consistent governance of the firm’s legal entities and branches through its partnerships with senior management, directors, control groups, lines of business and corporate units. As part of this, it 1) promotes and drives consistent standards for Legal Entity governance that support the Firm's strategic objectives; 2) provides directors, senior management and Legal Entities with advice, support and training across corporate governance matters, including in relation to relevant laws and regulations, governance practices and legal entity management; and 3) organises board and board committee meetings and briefs directors on their legal duties and on board governance practices.
In order that OTS can continue to provide efficient advice and support to the boards, senior management, LoBs and control groups in the Europe, Middle-East & Africa (“EMEA”) region, the Office of the Secretary is seeking to recruit an Assistant Vice President to be based in the London Office, primarily aligned with JPMC’s Asset Management line of business in the UK.
The key aspects of the role will be to provide governance advice and company secretarial support to certain of JPMC’s key UK regulated entities. The role will suit a professional, commercial and dynamic individual who is looking for their next opportunity to develop their company secretarial and governance skills further.
Job Description:
  • Delivering governance enhancements in relation to the EMEA entities; driving governance standards in line with regulatory requirements and internal policies; and providing governance advice and guidance;
  • Providing company secretarial support and guidance to the boards of directors of key EMEA entities, primarily those that operate within JPMC’s Asset Management line of business in the UK;
  • Acting as trusted advisor to the above-mentioned boards of directors, in particular in order to guide them in relation to all aspects of board effectiveness, to drive governance enhancements and to share best practice;
  • High level of initiative in driving board agendas, running board meetings and following up with actions from meetings with businesses and management;
  • Communicating effectively with  boards of directors (including independent non-executive directors), and senior management as appropriate in respect of all relevant governance matters;
  • Overseeing governance matters in EMEA entities where company secretarial support is provided by non-OTS personnel;
  • Monitoring corporate legislative, governance and regulatory developments and implementing change as required.
  • Essential: Strong degree-level academic background.
  • Grad ICSA or ACIS qualification.
Knowledge and Experience:
  • Essential: Relevant  working experience in a company secretarial role, ideally including some experience in the asset management or insurance sectors;
  • Essential: Awareness of corporate governance matters impacted by changing law and regulations in the financial services industry;
  • Essential: Knowledge of legal entity management systems (GEMS and/or Blueprint) and electronic board portals/management systems (Diligent Boards preferred);
  • Preferred: Experience of supporting and liaising with Non-Executive Directors.
Essential Skills:
  • Consistently striving for improvements in process and working practices;
  • Strong track record of executing in a company secretarial team;
  • Self-motivated, as well as a strong team player with a keen sense of ownership;
  • Strong written and verbal skills and an effective communicator with maturity and gravitas to deal effectively at all levels of the organisation;
  • Able to work proactively under own initiative, prioritise, handle time pressure and manage multiple projects at the same time with flexibility to adapt to shifting expectations;
  • Well-organised and confident, with excellent planning skills;
  • Good judgement, self-awareness, tact and discretion;
  • Sound IT skills.
About J.P. Morgan Chase & Co:
J.P. Morgan serves one of the largest client franchises in the world. Our clients include corporations, institutional investors, hedge funds, governments and affluent individuals in more than 100 countries. J.P. Morgan is part of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.1 trillion.  The firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers, small business and commercial banking, financial transaction processing, asset management, and private equity. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase serves millions of clients and consumers under its JPMorgan and Chase, and WaMu brands.
J.P. Morgan offers an exceptional benefits program and a highly competitive compensation package.

J.P. Morgan is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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