The Company Secretary plays a key role in the effective functioning of the Supervisory Board, as well of the Executive Committee / Management Board. The Company Secretary is a trusted advisor to the executives and forms an important link between the Boards and the businesses and departments within the Corporate Center. The Company Secretary sees to it that the Boards act in compliance with corporate governance principles and statutory and regulatory requirements. Activities include the preparation, organization and follow up of Board meetings, including efficient communication with internal and external stakeholders. The Company Secretary is also responsible for organizing events like the Annual General Shareholder meetings. In addition the Company Secretary provides leadership to the Group Secretariat (5 FTE, of which 3 Legal Councels and 2 assistants). In order to be successful, the Company Secretary works closely together with other Corporate Center functions, the businesses and several other stakeholders.
The tasks and responsibilities of the Company Secretary have increased over the years as a result of the changing role of the Corporate Center function and the complexities of the environment financial institutions have to operate in.
The priorities for the role include:
The Company Secretary will represent the core values of Robeco (client centered, innovative, sustainable and connecting).
Direct reporting line to the CEO and the Chairman of the Supervisory Board.
The Company Secretary is a seasoned professional with direct experience in the overall financial services industry, and ideally experience in asset management. He/she has an academic background (e.g. Law, Public Administration, Economics). He/she has at least 6-8 years of relevant (corporate governance and company processes) experience in a corporate environment and has developed a good understanding of the Dutch governance environment and international business.
The Company Secretary has the highest personal and professional integrity. He/she is impartial, objective and has a high level of independency in terms of thoughts and deeds. The Company Secretary possesses first class communication skills and is a very able and accomplished negotiator. Excellent networking, negotiating and communication skills are essential to be successful in the role. The Company Secretary exudes commitment and stability. He/she is a balanced and independent individual and is recognized as a mature ,strong and natural leader with gravitas and personality. He/she easily gains professional and personal respect and credibility from all the stakeholders concerned. He/she is at ease with all levels within an organization, and is used to work naturally and convincingly at board level, has an excellent network, both internally as well as externally, is able to maintain strong relationships.
The Company Secretary combines an international track record with an understanding of the culture and the ways of doing business in The Netherlands/Europe and preferably also Asia.
The Company Secretary is responsible for ensuring that Robeco complies with standard financial and legal practice and maintains high standards of corporate governance. In practice this responsibility translates to support several institutions within Robeco by registering and executing several decision-making processes. The Company Secretary holds a strategic position at the heart of governance operations within Robeco and acts as a point of communication between the ExCo/ Management Board, the Supervisory Board and Shareholder, reporting in a timely and accurate manner on company procedures and developments.
Robeco is working in close partnership with N2Growth to fill this vacancy. For more information on the position, please contact Erik de Bruine from N2Growth on 31 (0)6 – 53224845. To apply, please send your cover letter and CV to email@example.com
All applications will be treated with the utmost confidentiality. An assessment and integrity test will be used in the selection procedure.