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Head of Governance

At RICS you’ll shape your world: enjoy your work, be given responsibility and build a rewarding career. The work of our professionals touches every aspect of life, and our international standards across land, real estate, construction and infrastructure are shaping the world itself. A global force for positive change, we are building consistency and confidence that help to protect the public and safeguard the environment.
You’ll play a vital role in bringing this to life – we’re an influential organisation where you can really make a difference. The world faces huge challenges and we have demanding goals; we need your drive and enterprising spirit to help us achieve them. We’re proud of being recognised by Best Companies with its top 3 Star accolade as a best not-for-profit organisation to work for.
We have a requirement for a Head of Governance, to join our Governance team in central London. This is a permanent position paying a competitive salary, plus a comprehensive benefits package.

It is an exciting time to join our governance team which has recently been restructured to support our new business strategy and international development plans. This is a high-profile role which supports General Counsel and provides a real opportunity to lead and develop a new team as well as being responsible for delivering exceptional governance through policy and best practice.  Two Assistant Company Secretaries will report to this role and will be involved in all the areas of the team’s activity including board and committee support, professional company secretarial, compliance, entity management and governance activity.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Support General Counsel in developing and implementing the RICS governance framework worldwide.
  • Ensure that the RICS group meets its corporate compliance obligations worldwide, working with Finance, and continuously improve cross-functional working arrangements which support the creation and on-going business administration of entities worldwide.
  • Oversee Board support services and be directly accountable as Secretary to Governing Council and the Management Board.
  • Be responsible for the development and maintenance of the governance handbooks, policies and guidance below the Charter and Byelaws
  • Supporting General Counsel with amendments to the Charter, Byelaws and Regulations from time to time.
  • Oversee the global meeting and compliance planners for the RICS group.
  • Oversee Group and subsidiary board succession planning, appointment, induction, board effectiveness and development including relevant committees.
  • Develop governance reporting and review systems where required e.g. risk reporting that provides an appropriate “line of sight” and monitoring of action as part of the responsibility to ensure an adequate information flow to the board.
  • Keep abreast of changing company and corporate law and other regulatory requirements in the UK and other jurisdictions, and corporate governance practice generally (including in regulatory bodies and the professions). 
  • Regularly review RICS company secretarial and governance working practices and systems to ensure they are appropriate and up to date with best practices.

The ideal candidate will have / be:

  • Qualified Company Secretary (ACIS or FCIS) with significant board and committee experience, including of providing advice to Executives and NEDs.
  • Experience of main board and committee support including minute taking skills, drafting agendas and production of board packs, meeting logistics.
  • Experience of the year end process [drafting sections of the annual report] and organising high profile meetings such as AGMs.
  • Experience of writing board and committee papers and resolutions.
  • Experience of managing a team and their personal development.
  • Experience of providing high level advice on good governance practice and company/corporate law and regulation.
  • A good understanding of business strategy and business administration to work effectively with other departments, including the finance function and support the business.
  • Experience of entity management and compliance in group structures, including overseas entities.
  • Experience of projects designed to assist in improving the effectiveness of the company secretarial and governance function.
  • Transferable working experience for example in regulated environments or professional bodies.

2018 marks our 150th anniversary - there couldn’t be a better time to join us.

RICS is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion.  We encourage qualified candidates from a wide array of backgrounds to apply because we know that it’s the differences in our people that make the difference to our performance.

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