Corporate Governance Analyst

At Pearson, we’re committed to a world that’s always learning and to our talented team who makes it all possible. From bringing lectures vividly to life to turning textbooks into laptop lessons, we are always re-examining the way people learn best, whether it’s one child in our own backyard or an education community across the globe. We are bold thinkers and standout innovators who motivate each other to explore new frontiers in an environment that supports and inspires us to always be better. By pushing the boundaries of technology — and each other to surpass these boundaries — we create seeds of learning that become the catalyst for the world’s innovations, personal and global, large and small.

...N.B. This role is part time, 22.5 hours per week...

Main purpose/objectives of role:

  • A key member of the head office Company Secretarial team which has a full remit across FTSE 100 listed company and subsidiary level support

  • To support the Company Secretary and Deputy Company Secretary in respect of corporate governance processes and listed company obligations

  • To deliver accurate and efficient statutory entity compliance for parent company and UK subsidiary entities, working as part of the wider Company Secretarial team

Main activities/responsibilities:

  • Contribute to maintaining a ‘best-in-class’ approach to corporate governance, to include:

  • Assistance with preparing recommendations and briefing notes on corporate governance matters, including for the main board and its committees

  • Research and awareness of industry best practice in corporate governance

  • Board support activity for Pearson Education Limited (PEL) (main UK operating company), including assisting with governance processes, liaising with non-executive directors, agenda preparation, paper dissemination, and any other activities as may be required, e.g. effectiveness evaluations.

  • NB: it is envisaged that, in time and subject to satisfactory progress, the Corporate Governance Analyst will assume full responsibility as Secretary to the PEL board, including attending and minuting meetings.

  • Ensure full statutory compliance for Pearson plc and approximately 50 UK subsidiaries, as part of the wider Company Secretarial team, including through:

  • Maintenance of the restricted persons list, clearance to deal process, and ensuring compliance with Market Abuse Regulation

  • Preparation and electronic submission of routine RNS announcements and FCA filings

  • Maintenance of statutory registers and Companies House filings, including reviewing statutory accounts

  • Facilitate approval and execution of documentation, including liaising with colleagues throughout the group, arranging notarisation and responding to KYC/due diligence requests

  • Assist with production of global group structure chart

  • Contribute to the production of the annual report and accounts (in particular the governance report), 20-F and associated year-end tasks including AGM

  • Undertake governance-related project work, under guidance where necessary

  • Handle routine issues and queries from internal and external stakeholders, and provide advice within the established framework of the role and in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations

  • Develop content for and maintain departmental intranet space

  • Provide any other assistance as may be required by the Deputy Company Secretary or Company Secretary

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Qualifications

Essential:

  • At least three years’ experience in a company secretarial or corporate governance role, preferably including global listed company, large private group or professional services background

  • Strong interest in corporate governance

  • Knowledge of Companies Act, company processes, procedures and protocols relating to corporate status

Desirable:

  • ICSA qualified or part-qualified

  • Experience of GEMS or similar company secretarial software

Person Specification:

  • Proactive, accountable, able to prioritise effectively and meet deadlines

  • Confidentiality, sensitivity and discretion

  • Professional, open and honest approach

  • Strong communication and report writing skills

  • Attention to detail


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