James Fisher PLC: Group Head of Legal and Company Secretary

England, North West England
22 Sep 2016
19 Oct 2016
Job Title
Company Secretary
PQE Level
10+, 8-10
Contract Type
Full Time

James Fisher PLC
North West based - ideally Barrow in Furness, although other locations considered
Group Head of Legal and Company Secretary
Senior Executive Team Position, Six Figure Package

James Fisher and Sons plc is a leading service provider to all sectors of the global marine industry and a specialist supplier of engineering services to the energy industry. A constituent of the FTSE 250 index, our turnover in 2015 was £437.9 million.

We employ 2,800 people across 19 countries. Our companies and services have a focus on marine related activities which operate in potentially demanding environments where specialist skills are rewarded. Through innovation and acquisition we have developed market leading businesses through our four divisions: Marine Support, Offshore oil, Specialist Technical and Tankships.

Our business activities are extremely varied and range from manufacturing and maintaining rescue submarines for The M.O.D. and a host of other nations to support services required when developing off-shore wind farms. As such our legal activities are incredibly diverse as well!

As Group Head of Legal and Company Secretary you will support The Board as well as take an active role in all Executive and Risk Committee meetings.

Reporting to the Finance Director your role will involve:

- Legal: Providing comprehensive strategic legal advice on a wide range of commercial, contractual and corporate legal issues. You will also manage the company's relationships with its external legal advisers;
- Company Secretarial: A wide range of work including facilitating and attending all Board and Committee meetings, shareholder communication; production of the annual report and fulfilling all stock exchange obligations;
- Governance: Implementation of compliance and risk programmes that will ensure the company complies with all its legal and regulatory obligations including the UK Corporate Governance Code, the Listing Rules and other regulations;
- Management: Managing a team of 8 lawyers based across the UK and an assistant company secretary.

It is envisaged that the successful candidate will currently be working in-house with applicable experience and gravitas to take on a role of this kind. It is imperative that you are able to convey pragmatism, real commercial and business acumen and provide an encompassing company secretarial support function.

The successful lawyer must be a motivated individual, capable of dealing with a strong management culture and able to turn their hands to a wide variety of legal and corporate matters.

This is a high profile role to join James Fisher PLC as it heads towards further growth. On offer is a market leading package, including car allowance, bonus, long term incentive plan, pension scheme and healthcare.

For further information please contact our exclusively retained consultant Mark Levine at BCL Legal. Closing date for applications: 7th October.

All direct and third party applications will be forwarded to BCL Legal for consideration.

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