Company Secretary

Ruffer LLP
London, United Kingdom
19 Apr 2023
22 Apr 2023
Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
Job Description

Are you a qualified Company Secretary with Financial Services, preferably Investment or Asset Management experience?

Do you work closely with the Board and Executive Committee to provide proactive, effective Governance and Company Secretarial ('CoSec') guidance, advice and support?

We are looking for a Company Secretary to lead the CoSec and Governance team in its ambition to drive transparent and high standards of governance across the company.

Reporting to the Chief of Staff, but working with autonomy to lead the Governance function, you will work closely with the Board and Executive Committee, and their sub-committees, to provide proactive, effective Governance advisory and Company Secretarial ('CoSec') support. Leading the Governance team in its ambition to be a high performing function that provides a meticulous level of service to the Board and wider business.

Key Tasks

Board, Executive and committee administration:
  • Acting as Secretary to the Ruffer LLP Board and its four sub-committees and responsible for the provision of high quality reporting to the Board, and its sub-committees when required; and oversighting secretariat support to Ruffer group entities (RML, etc)
  • Attending Executive Committee ('ExCom') meetings and supporting the Trainee Company Secretary to act as its secretary
  • Developing and evolving governance documentation for all Ruffer entities and committees
  • Providing support and guidance to the Non-Executive Directors and supporting the on-boarding of any new directors and their inductions
  • Project managing the Ruffer LLP AGM and other partner meetings including drafting the notice of meeting and other ancillary documents
  • Working and liaising with the Finance, Business Risk and Internal Control functions on the firm's year-end processes and associated documents
  • Support the Chief of Staff in the maintenance of the firm's Management Responsibilities Map and CF3 matrix

  • Supporting and providing governance advisory on business related programmes and projects
  • Leading the annual Board and committee effectiveness reviews
  • Reviewing and revising Ruffer's Modern Slavery Transparency Statement
  • Overseeing subsidiary governance with support from the Trainee Company Secretary (UK and overseas entities)
  • Managing the firm's Whistleblowing policy and associated firm wide training
  • Ensuring that the list of authorised signatories, licenses and registrations are maintained

Team management:
  • Line managing the Trainee Company Secretary

Who are we looking for?

The successful candidate will ideally be a Fellow of the Corporate Governance Institute (FCG/FCIS) with substantial post qualification experience at a Company Secretary or Deputy Company Secretary level.

You will have significant financial services and regulatory experience, ideally with some international or overseas subsidiary company experience.

Ruffer operates a 60:40 hybrid working policy, 60% of working time from the office and the option to work the remaining 40% from the office or at home.

About Us

Ruffer has been providing investment management services for institutions, pension funds, charities, financial planners and private clients, in the UK and internationally since 1994. Our preoccupation is with not losing money, rather than charging headlong for growth. It's by putting safety first that we have made good money for our clients. Through boom and bust. Successfully navigating three major market corrections - the bust, global financial crisis and covid-19. In all we do, we seek to be responsible investors, fully integrating environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) issues into our investment process. The Ruffer approach is unchanged from when the firm started in 1994. Our investment process is different to most. It is designed to protect and grow the value of our clients' portfolios - avoiding large losses and harnessing the power of compounding over time. Put simply, we take on the responsibility for managing risk on behalf of our clients.
  • Ruffer's single investment strategy is defined by two simple investment objectives:
  • Not to lose money in any 12-month period
  • Generate returns meaningfully ahead of the return on cash


We aim to deliver positive returns come rain or shine. If we are to be good all-weather investors, we cannot be dependent on the direction of markets. To avoid that dependency, we always hold investments in what we call growth and protection. We hold these alongside each other, changing the allocation to each over time. When the market sun shines, we expect our growth assets to prosper. When a market storm hits, our protective assets should provide shelter, defending the portfolio from a downturn. At Ruffer, we are committed to being good stewards of our clients' assets. To that end, environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues are fully integrated into our investment process. Whether it's climate change or indigenous rights, executive pay or workforce safety, we believe our considered approach helps us make better decisions. To the advantage of our clients' portfolios. To the benefit of the companies we invest in. And for the good of the environment and society.

Diversity & Inclusion

Ruffer strives for a diverse and inclusive workplace where our staff respect and understand individual differences. To create a truly inclusive culture, we aim to recruit, develop, and retain diverse talent and we positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.
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