Company Secretary – Banking Sector – Durban


Our client is an Investment Bank with their Head Office in Durban. They require the services of an experienced Company Secretary or Governance Professional from the Banking or Financial Services Sector.

Minimum Requirements

The incumbent should have demonstrated the following competencies:
• Intellectual rigour – robust participation in board debates;
• Boardroom suite presence – not merely a “scribe”;
• Understanding of board dynamics;
• A high EQ leader that inspires strong team performance;
• Commercial astuteness at a strategic level coupled with seasoned business judgment;
• A strong strategic competence and track record aligning vision, strategy and its’ execution, and policy formulation and implementation;
• Strong negotiation, project management, analytical, decision making and interpersonal skills dealing with diverse stakeholders;
• A clear, confident communication ability and style that can influence, motivate and inspire clients and other key stakeholders;
• Strong commitment to good corporate governance and other regulatory reporting requirements.
Leadership Competencies
The incumbent is required to have the following leadership competencies:
Management of relationships and sensitivities
Commitment to Stakeholders – focuses on ensuring stakeholder satisfaction; Builds mutually beneficial relationships with stakeholders.
Empowerment and Teamwork – works cooperatively with others to ensure the success of the team and the individual team members; develop others.
Decision Making – makes timely and effective decisions; takes initiative, makes clear decisions on basis of risk analysis.
Leading – develops a clear and common vision; provides clear direction; empowers others to deliver; takes accountability for decisions and actions;
Promoting Interest of the Banking Association in interaction with all stakeholders both internal and external.
Impact and Influence – use persuasion, influence and achieve commitment or support from others.
Ethical Behaviour – acts consistently with honesty and integrity and in accordance with the standards for appropriate conduct.
Qualifications and Experience
• LLB, BComm and/or CIS (Company Secretarial) qualifications are a requirement;
• A Business qualification will be advantageous;
• Minimum of 5 to 8 years relevant experience handling work with strong multi-jurisdictional dimensions;
• Broad level of legal experience particularly in South African banking law, company law with a corporate commercial environment, is a requirement;
• Knowledge of Governance Body of Knowledge (G- Bok);
• Certify in the integrated report whether the organisation has filed required returns and notice in terms of the Company Act, and whether all such returns and notices appear to be true, correct and up to date;
• Provide assistance, support and guidance to the organisation in general.
King IV Understanding and experience.

Role Description

The incumbent of this role will work closely with the Board, the Managing Director and the Executives, providing information on board best practices and tailoring the board’s governance framework to fit the needs of the organisation, as well as the expectations of shareholders.

Key Accountabilities, Measures and Interfaces

The incumbent of this role will among others:
• Guide the Board on their responsibilities and duties;
• Advise the Board on matters of good corporate governance and of changes in legislation;
• Advise the Board of Directors on matters that may warrant board attention;
• Compile and plan meeting agendas and draft notices, including for Annual General Meetings;
• Compile Board packs and corporate calendars for the meetings;
• Ensure proper minute taking, approval and circulation of minutes;
• Ensure that key principles of King IV, namely strategy, policy, oversight and disclosure are covered during each financial period;
• Prepare and lodge special resolutions;
• Accurate opening of files and recording of information;
• Prepare and update statutory records of the organisation;
• Responsible for Board and Board Committee’s charters / Terms of Reference;
• Assess specific training needs of board of Directors and Executives regarding fiduciary / governance responsibilities;
• Prepare and facilitate annual Board evaluation;
• Ensure Board Succession planning;
• Scheduling of pre- meeting caucus / agenda review involving the Managing Director, Chairman and the Company Secretary;
• Assist HR with creating and updating of internal policies.

City: Durban

Salary: Market Related and negotiable

Duration: Full Time