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GEMS Senior Manager

Date: Jul 7, 2021

Location: Manchester, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

At KPMG, our values define who we are and the way we do business. As a leading professional services firm, we know that our strength and capability come from our people – their different perspectives, experiences and backgrounds. From our inclusive leadership strategy to our diversity and inclusion targets – we’re making bold changes to who we are and what we do. Be part of it.

The Global Entity Management Team sits within Legal Services, KPMG Tax. Its establishment flows naturally from KPMG’s long history of successfully delivering multidisciplinary services to clients. Its vision is to be the corporate secretarial adviser of choice for KPMG’s clients in relation to compliance and governance matters.

Over the next few years, this team will grow and Legal Services as a whole will expand into other areas of law that fit within its vision and the needs of KPMG’s clients.

KPMG Legal Services is for people who are:

- Team players who enjoy working with people from different backgrounds and disciplines
- Approachable people who are keen to develop personally and professionally
- People with a passion for a career within the field of company secretarial/project management services
- Intellectually curious, open-minded and analytical people, with an eye for detail and pride in their work
- Driven and proactive professionals who deliver a great service to their clients
- Relationship builders who can spot and develop new opportunities both within the KPMG network and externally
- Flexible people who are able to deal with a fluid, changing work environment.

Why you might want to join KPMG Global Entity Management:

- You want to continue to develop in your career within the company secretarial profession.
- You can see the advantages of professional advice being provided within a multidisciplinary team.
- You are ambitious and perceive the wealth of opportunities presented by a corporate secretarial team in a leading global professional services firm.
- You are excited by the idea of being a member of a team that will continue to grow significantly.
- You want to broaden your experience and become a well-rounded professional.
- If not already qualified, you want to continue your studies towards the Chartered Governance Qualifying Programme with the ICSA
- You want to achieve a sustainable work-life balance.

What the key responsibilities of the role are:

- Managing our core annual service and ad hoc support services for a broad portfolio of clients, with the support of a junior member of the team
- Acting as relationship manager for your portfolio of clients, including regular communications, hosting update calls/meetings and obtaining/reviewing feedback for improvement in services
- Reviewing legal documents and Companies House forms prepared by junior team members relating to annual filing requirements and routine company changes
- Supporting clients and internal colleagues with complex company secretarial matters, including changes to share capital structure, share capital reductions, dividends and company restorations
- Working alongside our corporate legal teams to support with the corporate secretarial aspects of complex corporate transactions
- Providing board and committee support to clients from a wide range of sectors, including the use of board portal systems
- Providing training to company secretaries/directors of clients on a variety of topics
- Leading on a wide range of governance and advisory projects, for example, framework and process reviews or drafting s172 statements for clients annual reports and accounts
- Drafting and inputting on legislative and governance related updates to be circulated to clients and internal colleagues
- Preparing proposal documents and developing opportunities with clients
- Supporting and leading on business development initiatives internally and externally to drive team growth
- Supervising and training junior team members to help support their development and overall quality management of our service
- Ensuring risk processes are adhered to for our client engagements
- Ensure strong working relationships, both with clients and colleagues alike

Education and qualifications:

- The applicant will have achieved a 2:1 or higher degree qualification (or equivalent) in a relevant degree discipline, such as Accounting, Business or Law.

- Qualified Chartered Secretary with the ICSA

Skills and Experience Required:

- You must have strong evidenced experience in the company secretarial profession, supporting a wide range of corporate secretarial tasks for a large portfolio of clients
- Experienced in providing board and committee support
- Experienced in supervising and training junior colleagues
- Ideally experienced in the use of Diligent software and other legal entity databases
- The applicant will have good working knowledge of MS Office, specifically Word, Excel and PowerPoint
- Strong organisational, attention to detail and personal skills are essential.

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