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Company Secretary B - IRC180987

Purpose

Overseethe legal department and provide company secretarial solutions & servicesto FNB Zambia. To ensure on-going compliance with Statutory and Regulatory requirements in line with Corporate Governance rules. Assist the business inthe implementation of policies to comply with legal risk framework, regulatory requirements and business processes

Responsibilities

  • Enablement of shareholder value through integrated frameworks, guidelines, policies, standards and resource optimization
  • Development of strategies to protect the bank against potential financial losses arising from legal issues
  • Establish, align, and manage target and budget goals whilst ensuring effective control of costs for the function to increase cost efficiency
  • Ensures professional excellence by establishing a high level of organizational co-operation and provides professional consultative legal support to the bank.
  • Cultivate and manage objective working relationships with a variety of stakeholders, including external lawyers, First Rand Group Legal Services, business and external stakeholders and industry bodies to ensure business is in the position to obtain expert opinionon specialist areas of law.
  • Maintenance of expert knowledge on relevant legislation, industry best practices and provision of proactive adviceand solutions to relevant stakeholders. Research and provide legal opinion on avariety of issues and new business projects within the business to proactively identify, assess and manage legal risk.
  • Provision of strategic legal supportand guidance to the Chief Executive Officer, senior management and the Board of Directors of the Bank as required.
  • Development and enablement of integrated Legal Risk strategies, tools, processes and systems to manage Legal risk within the business and ensure the bank complies with all applicable codes, inaddition to its legal and statutory requirements.
  • Development of frameworks which ensure legally compliant best business practices and policies in order to protect the organization from legal risk. Benchmark current practices against the legal risk management framework and adjust practices as and when necessary.
  • Monitor changes in legislation, regulations, initiatives and relevant industry practices.
  • Facilitate Business Unit and FNB Legal relationships. Communication and allocation of responsibility to relevant stakeholders.
  • Oversee the drafting, reviewing / updating and re-negotiating of legal agreements and other legal documentation to adequately manage legal risks
  • Have overall oversight over litigation involving the bank to manage legal risk
  • Identify and Communicate current and anticipated Legal issues / risks.
  • Deal with correspondence, collate information and write reports, ensuring decisions made are communicated to the relevant company stakeholders
  • Organize and prepare agendas and papers for board meetings, committees and other related meetings, take minutesat the various meetings and follow up on actions from meetings.
  • Maintain statutory books, including registers of members, directors and secretaries
  • Ensure that the procedures for the appointment of Directors are properly carried out in accordance with the constitutional documents of the company and applicable law
  • Assist with induction, orientation, on-going training and education of Directors; including assessing the specific training needs of directors and executive management in their fiduciary and other governance responsibilities
  • Provide a central source of guidance and advice to board, and within the bank, on matters of good governance and on changes in legislation
  • Ensure that the Board and Board Committee charters and the terms of reference are kept up to date
  • Ensure Board papers are properly compiled and circulated on time.
  • Assist the Chairperson of the Board and committees with drafting of yearly work plans
  • Ensure that the proceeding of the Board and Committee are properly recorded and that the minutes of meetings are circulated to the directors in a timely manner
  • Obtain appropriate responses and feedback to specific agenda items and matters arising from earlier meetings inboard and Board Committee deliberations and to raise matters that warrant theattention of the Board
  • Custodian of the Bank’s policy universe through provision of oversight and coordination of annual review ofall existing policies and related governance documentation. Assist Business andsupport functions in the localization of policies by providing guidance on the embedding of local regulatory context into new Group policies.
  • Act as secretary to Board and Committees
  • Establish an empowering environment to actively attract, grow and retain top talent. Plan and manage performance, skills development, employment equity, talent, and culture of team in order to improve innovation, achieve efficiencies and incre

Experience and qualifications

  • Minimum qualification: Relevant Bachelor’s degree
  • Admitted to practice law in the relevant jurisdiction
  • Minimum years of relevant experience: 10 years related experience post admission, with apreference for financial services experience.
  • Additional required certification and Preferredqualification: Advocate of the High Court of Zambia with current practicing Certificate
  • Qualification as Chartered Secretary will be a distinct advantage;
  • Professional Registration: ( Member of the Law Association of Zambia )

How to Apply

Submit your CV and application on company website:

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First National Bank Zambia Ltd (FNB)
First National Bank Zambia Ltd (FNB)
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First National Bank Zambia (FNB) is a subsidiary of the South African banking group FirstRand Group, with operations in Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and Swaziland. Established in 2009 in Zambia it offers a wide range of banking products, including cheque and savings accounts, personal and home loans, student loans, mortgage loans, business loans, credit and debit cards, vehicle finance, investments, online and mobile banking as well as corporate finance.