Deputy/Assistant Company Secretary
With over 35 nationalities and a range of backgrounds represented in our Benevolent team, we aim to build an inclusive environment where our people can bring their authentic selves to work, be respected for who they are and the exceptional work they do. We welcome and actively encourage applications from all sections of society and are committed to offering equal employment opportunities regardless of sex, race, religion or belief, ethnic or national origin, marital, domestic or civil partnership status, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, disability, age, citizenship, or any other basis. We see our diversity as an asset as we tackle challenging problems that bridge the gap between drug discovery and technology.
As our Deputy/Assistant Company Secretary you will be responsible for developing and advancing Benevolent’s company secretarial and corporate governance function at an exciting time of growth. This is a high-visibility and high-impact role, reporting to and working closely with the General Counsel, the rest of the Compliance, Legal and IP (CLIP) team, Finance, People, Communications and a variety of other important stakeholders including the Executive Leadership Team and the Board of Directors.
- All company secretarial and corporate governance matters across the Benevolent group of companies, including corporate record keeping and statutory filings.
- Preparation of documentation for, and management of, meetings of the Board of Directors and, where appropriate, Board Committee meetings, including minute taking. Providing support and guidance on procedural and governance matters as required.
- Organising and implementing appropriate Board training and Board effectiveness surveys in conjunction with the CLIP team and other key stakeholders.
- Ensuring compliance with listing rules and corporate legal frameworks applicable to Benevolent group companies, including monitoring of any legal or regulatory developments over time.
- Implementing insider information and sharing dealing and other relevant corporate compliance policies as required.
- Assisting the Finance and People teams with the administration of the Company share option scheme and Long Term Incentive Plan.
- Preparing for and running shareholder meetings and communications including AGMs, EGMs, general shareholder communications and the company annual report. Drafting Shareholder resolutions.
- Owning and assisting with the preparation plan/timeline and working with the key stakeholders and auditors to ensure that the annual report and other financial and regulatory filings are finalised and published on time.
- Providing advice and guiding key stakeholders through governance requirements for announcements and supporting the Communications team with announcements.
- Budget and management of external providers and advisors including company secretarial providers, local outside counsel, share plan administrators, registrar.
- Reviewing and implementing company secretarial and Board administration software solutions on the market in line with the broader CLIP legal technology plan.
We are looking for someone with
- ICSA or equivalent qualification, ideally with at least five years of company secretarial and corporate legal experience
- Experience of working for a company listed on a premium European exchange with a multi-jurisdictional group structure
- Good knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, listing rules and codes of practice applicable to the UK and other European companies
- Experience in working with share scheme providers and governance around share schemes
- Experience of listed company annual report preparation and finalisation and other annual regulatory filings
- Experience in developing company secretarial and governance frameworks in a high-growth scale-up environment would be advantageous
- Confidence and a can-do attitude - someone who is excited about the opportunity to shape their area of responsibility and grow with the company
We share a passion for being part of a mission that matters, and we are always looking for curious and collaborative people who share our values and want to be part of our journey. If that sounds like a fit for you, hit the apply button and join us.
BenevolentAI (AMS: BAI) is a leading, clinical-stage AI-enabled drug discovery and development company listed on the Euronext Amsterdam stock exchange. Through the combined capabilities of its AI platform, scientific expertise, and wet-lab facilities, BenevolentAI is well-positioned to deliver novel drug candidates with a higher probability of clinical success than those developed using traditional methods. The Benevolent Platform™ powers a growing in-house pipeline of 13 named drug programmes and over 10 exploratory programmes, and it maintains successful collaborations with AstraZeneca, as well as leading research and charitable institutions. BenevolentAI is headquartered in London, with a research facility in Cambridge (UK) and a further office in New York.
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