Governance Secretary

Location: London, UK
Working hours: 09:00 - 17:00

Employing more than 200 staff across 16 offices around the world, the MSC is seeking an experienced Governance Secretary to work in its London headquarters in the Corporate Services department.

About the role

Working closely with the Chief Operating Officer, the Governance Secretary is responsible for contributing to the effective and compliant operation of the Marine Stewardship Council’s governance arrangements.  This will involve participating in strategic planning in relation to governance issues and activities to ensure the MSC’s governance arrangements remain aligned to external best practice.

The Governance Secretary supports all MSC Board and Committee meetings (and its subsidiaries), including preparing agendas, board packs and taking high-quality minutes. The Governance Secretary provides advice about governance, good practice, company law and other areas of law as they apply to the MSC’s activities.  They are accountable for legal compliance and statutory filing for all MSC’s registered entities in the UK and internationally. The Governance Secretary also contributes to a range of wider corporate governance activities, including playing a key role in an on-going project to register MSC in international jurisdictions.  

Additionally, the Governance Secretary ensures the MSC’s compliance with its obligations & duties under relevant data protection legislation and guidance (particularly the UK Data Protection Act 1988 and General Data Protection Regulation).  It is an exciting role at the heart of the organisation, with occasional international travel for Board or other meetings.

This position sits within the Corporate Services department, working closely with the Finance, HR, Internal Communications and IT teams.  To be successful the ideal candidate must develop strong collaborative relationships with colleagues in the department, and at all levels across the organisation, as well as with Board and other governance body members.

About you

You must have proven experience working for a company secretarial department for a multi-site organisation – international experience would be helpful but is not essential.  The ideal background will be from a non-profit or public sector organisation, but individuals from the private sector who can demonstrate a strong desire to work for a not-for-profit are also welcome to apply.

Day to day you will be expected to deliver high-quality secretariat services and will therefore need relevant technical skills and experience to be successful in the position.  You will need to show evidence of successfully managing relationships with Board members and Executive colleagues.  Being fully or part ICSA qualified is desirable but study support will be provided to those who wish to complete the qualification.  Confidence and great attention to detail are a must, as are excellent written and verbal (English) communication skills, and sound judgement and absolute discretion.

The ideal person will be able to make decisions in a dynamic international environment where both requirements and priorities change rapidly, and you will have a strong focus on delivery and continuous improvement of day to day governance services.  The position demands high energy, hard-work and the ability to demonstrate to others your empathy and interest in the MSC’s mission and objectives. 

The role provides an exciting opportunity for the right individual to play an integral role in the successful development of our organisation.

Governance Secretary job description
Description: Full job description for the Governance Secretary role.

Language: English
Date of Issue: 08 March 2019

Who are we?

The MSC's vision is for the world’s oceans to be teeming with life, and seafood supplies safeguarded for this and future generations. Through our internationally-recognised certification and ecolabeling programme well-managed sustainable fisheries are recognised and rewarded in the market place, through the leadership of our partners. Critically, other fisheries are incentivised to improve their performance to meet the growing demand for certified sustainable and traceable seafood choice. 

Over 400 fisheries around the world, representing 14% of the annual global marine catch, are now engaged in the MSC programme and over 1200 documented improvements to the way our oceans are being fished have been recorded. MSC certified and labelled seafood products are now available in over 100 countries. 

To apply

The Marine Stewardship Council are working alongside a recruitment partner, BWW Recruitment, on this vacancy.

Please send a CV and covering letter outlining why you are interested in the role to Carla Wells (020 7593 0010).

The subject of your email should be: MSC-Governance Secretary

Closing date

Rolling recruitment, apply ASAP

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Language: English
Date of Issue: 23 May 2018
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