Vice President, UK Investment Trusts, Company Secretary

London, United Kingdom
20 May 2022
04 Jun 2022
Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time

About this role

Investment Trust Company Secretary

BlackRock currently manages and administers 9 investment trust companies (each with a listing on the Premium Segment of the London Stock Exchange) with assets under management of £3.5 billion in aggregate. These companies are supported by BlackRock's Investment Trust Company Secretariat, a six-strong team which provides high quality, value-add professional company secretarial services and is responsible for ensuring that these companies comply with all legal and regulatory requirements (including Listing Rules, Disclosure and Transparency Rules and the FRC's UK Corporate Governance Code).

BlackRock is seeking to recruit a qualified Company Secretary to join the Investment Trust Company Secretariat to provide a full range of company secretarial services to BlackRock's investment trust companies, either as the primary or secondary professional, and to participate in projects as required. It is envisaged that the successful candidate will initially have responsibility for up to three investment trusts.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Taking company secretarial responsibility for certain designated BlackRock investment trusts;
  • Providing end-to-end support of the board corporate governance process (agendas/papers/minutes) and advising on best practice;
  • Drafting content for closed end investment trust interim and annual reports and coordinating the interim and annual report production process
  • Remaining up to date on all legislative and regulatory changes affecting investment companies and helping the Boards to understand the implications for their company;
  • Liaising with Brokers, Registrars, external auditors and other relevant service providers
  • Maintaining investment trust company statutory books and records in good order and ensuring that appropriate Companies House filings are made on a timely basis
  • Implementing corporate actions and restructurings (e.g. share buybacks, share issues, tenders etc)
  • Drafting and lodging Stock Exchange announcements as required;
  • Working closely with the wider Closed End Funds team and other areas across BlackRock (Legal, Compliance, Risk and Quantitative Analysis, Portfolio Management etc) to ensure that the requirements and expectations of the investment company boards and BlackRock's commercial objectives are met;
  • Responding to shareholder queries.
  • Participating in and providing input into BlackRock-wide projects which impact investment trust companies

Experience and Qualifications Required
  • Qualified Company Secretary with experience of Investment Trust Company Secretarial duties
  • A strong credible personal presence with proven experience of gaining the confidence of experienced Board members through a combination of high quality communication skills, investment trust knowledge and proven delivery capability.
  • Strong technical ability and experience to assess and implement the requirements and impact of company law and regulations and changes to both.
  • Strong team player who can work with colleagues across multiple departments, and influence a positive outcome for the investment trusts.
  • Must be able to demonstrate high standards of excellence and integrity.
  • Self-starter who is energetic and enthusiastic, with a track record of continuous delivery.
  • Can do attitude to problem solving.

Our benefits

To help you stay energized, engaged and inspired, we offer a wide range of benefits including a strong retirement plan, tuition reimbursement, comprehensive healthcare, support for working parents and Flexible Time Off (FTO) so you can relax, recharge and be there for the people you care about.

About BlackRock

At BlackRock, we are all connected by one mission: to help more and more people experience financial well-being. Our clients, and the people they serve, are saving for retirement, paying for their children's educations, buying homes and starting businesses. Their investments also help to strengthen the global economy: support businesses small and large; finance infrastructure projects that connect and power cities; and facilitate innovations that drive progress.

This mission would not be possible without our smartest investment - the one we make in our employees. It's why we're dedicated to creating an environment where our colleagues feel welcomed, valued and supported with networks, benefits and development opportunities to help them thrive.

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BlackRock is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, and other statuses protected by law.

BlackRock will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest or conviction records in a manner consistent with the requirements of the law, including any applicable fair chance law.
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