Company Secretary Assistant

London, UK
Full-time

Company Description

At Octopus we’re transforming the industries we operate in and improving the lives of millions of people. We’ve built market-leading positions in a number of specialist sectors, including smaller company financing, renewable energy, healthcare and property finance. We employ in excess of 750 people and manage more than £8.3 billion on behalf of more than 50,000 investors. Our products don’t just help real people solve real life problems, they also make a positive impact on the world around us.

The Octopus Group incorporates Octopus Energy, Octopus Real Estate Octopus Investments, Octopus Ventures and Octopus Labs. Our aim is to have an impact in everything we do, and to make a vital contribution to the UK economy by helping people, companies and institutions generate wealth. And we’re always on the look-out for smart, talented people who share our values.

Job Description

About the Role

Role Purpose:

To assist 2 Company Secretaries across all portfolios with statutory compliance and corporate transaction support. This includes support on the listed VCT portfolios and in particular, support for the funds and alternative investment portfolio and assisting on share scheme management for Octopus Capital Limited.

Responsibilities:

  • Statutory compliance
    • R&A filings/CS filings/directors appointments/ PSC registers/SAIL addresses etc
  • Transaction support on Corporate actions:
    • Assist with administration of the board meetings/filing forms with Companies House/updating share registers and members registers on Blueprint/generally gaining experience on corporate transactions
  • Board support
    • drafting agendas
    • publishing board papers
    • managing preparations for board meetings
    • attending and meeting minutes
  • Share Schemes administration
    • Assisting the Head of Company Secretariat and Senior Assistant Company Secretary with vesting and granting of various group share schemes
    • Annual Liquidity Event
    • Liaison with the registrar for the dividend payments  
  • Team tasks
    • Managing the Company Secretariat Annual calendar and liaising with the team on identifying key priorities for each month
    • Managing the filing of confirmation statements and annual report and accounts
  • Manage the Risk reporting database with the Head of Secretariat
  • Updating Blue Print and the statutory registers
  • Managing the KYC process
  • General project support across the 4 team portfolios

Qualifications

  • ICSA qualification (or part-qualified)
  • Good track record in project managing transactions
  • An enthusiasm and passion for a career in Company Secretariat
  • Emotional intelligence and an enquiring mind – that seeks solutions and implements them
  • Proactive - having ideas and showing initiative
  • Attention to detail

Additional Information

Our Values and DNA  

At Octopus we don't just focus on what we do but also how we do it. Everyone shares our values of being straightforward, helpful and bold. And while these are the principles that guide us as an organisation, our DNA goes even further, by revealing our inner strengths: 

- We are loyal: we fully buy-in to the company's vision and believe in everything that Octopus stands for.

 - We are respectful: we live and breathe the Octopus values of being helpful, straightforward and bold. 

- We are resilient: we have an inner strength that means we never give in. 

- We are intellectually curious: we seek to understand how the world works and were always learning, adapting and improving. 

- We understand who our customers are: and because we know them really well, we always give them our very best.  

What we offer  

Octopus has built an exciting and inclusive high-performance culture where employees feel empowered. This means we welcome discussions around flexible working hours. We also understand the value of diversity, and we have a team dedicated to promoting gender, ethnic, socio-economic, LGBT and disability equality, to make sure we back up our words with actions. All Octopus employees are given the opportunity to develop new skills, aim higher and accelerate their careers. 

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