Company Secretary - Manchester

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The role

We are looking for an extremely organised and efficient Company Secretary to be responsible for a wide variety of secretariat activities for the firm. Our Company Secretaries provide a proactive secretarial service using Diligent Entities (formerly Blueprint) to a variety of clients and are first points of call on governance issues by both the NSL and external clients; they use their experience to guide, advise and assist Boards in achieving desired results.

The team

This role is to be based out of our Manchester office (or any of our other offices except London). You will work with our existing Company Secretary, based in Norwich, with secretariat sitting within the Corporate team. You will provide support to the NSL members based in our Birmingham, Cambridge, Leeds, London, Manchester and Norwich offices as well as other fee earners within other service lines across the whole firm.

The work

Our secretariat team is part of our national corporate service line, which provides support to a wide range of clients including corporates, family investment companies, universities and charities.You will be responsible for a variety of tasks including on-going maintenance of company statutory records and share transactions, managing and inputting data on to Diligent Entities and co-ordinating and submitting filings to Companies House. You will also be involved in company incorporations, reconstructing statutory registers, company restorations, secretariat support on large corporate transactions, incorporation of charities and knowledge of charitable organisations. Further to this, you may also provide fee estimates and service information internally and directly to clients, draft minutes, shareholder resolutions, and articles of association, attend client board meetings and take board minutes, supervise junior colleagues andbe involved in the provision of training to colleagues.

The person

Our ideal candidate will be ICSA/CGI qualified as a minimum, with previous company secretarial experience gained within the professional services sector with a legal, financial or corporate background supporting a large portfolio of clients. You will be self-disciplined, flexible, produce work of excellent quality, be a confident and friendly team player and will have a can do attitude with an ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines.

Disclosure and barring service check

This post is also subject to a satisfactory response from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.
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As you would expect, the firm offers a generous salary and benefits. Everyone has different priorities and preferences, so at Mills & Reeve you can choose the benefits that appeal to you. From buying holiday and undergoing health screening to leasing a bicycle – the choice is yours.

Our core benefits are:

  • Equal all staff bonus based on the firm’s financial performance
  • Generous pension including the option to salary sacrifice
  • Five weeks' annual leave and the option to buy or sell a week each year
  • Extra day of leave for wedding/civil partnership, religious holiday and house moving
  • Bonus week leave every 11th year of continuous service
  • Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption pay
  • Income protection after two years’ service
  • Life assurance with the choice of covering between two and 10 times annual basic salary
  • Confidential employee assistance programme providing guidance on every day issues to more complex matters and both telephone and face to face counselling.

More information can be found here.


The firm

What really sets Mills & Reeve apart from other law firms is the way we work with our clients. We understand that clients, in the 21st century, no longer want a traditional law firm – they want one that embraces forward thinking approaches to service, billing, commercial know-how, innovation, people management and community engagement. 

Pre-employment screening

Please note that, in the event that we make an offer of employment, we will conduct pre-employment screening that includes checks relating to your professional and academic qualifications, references from previous employers, your eligibility to work in the UK and any disciplinary history recorded with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). You will also be required to complete a self-declaration to assess your character and suitability

And finally

Mills & Reeve is committed to building a diverse workforce and fostering an inclusive environment in which all our people can thrive. We hire people from a wide variety of backgrounds because it makes our firm stronger, and we have a collaborative culture that celebrates different perspectives and values respect for one another, working together, and openness and integrity. Our approach to flexible working means that we work in a way that achieves the right balance for our people, our clients and for our business.

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