We're looking for a Head, Legaland Company Secretary to work onsite within our Digital Venture office. We're a very small, but growing venture, with new and exciting problems to solve. We work in project-based sprints in small, interdisciplinary teams. The Head, Legal and Company Secretary (HLCS) for the Digital Venture is the Chief Legal Officer of the Digital Venture and named Secretary to the Board and Board Committees of the Digital Venture and is responsible for supporting and implementing the vision, strategy, direction of and leadership for the Digital Venture. The Digital Venture will provide innovative banking services and the HLCS will be required to support the implementation of the infrastructure, such as reviewing and negotiating complex key contracts, ensuring the appropriate legal risk management frameworks and governance processes are embedded in the Digital Venture from the start, and providing strategic and legal advice to key stakeholders including the board, senior management, and business, functional and operational teams. The HLCS will have extensive experience with technology and digital law and legal risk management in the financial services industry and retail banking products and operations and in respect of data privacy, information and cybersecurity risk. The HLCS should ideally also have broader general commercial, dispute management, employment law and general commercial contracting/ procurement experience. The HLCS displays the following key attributes:
Exceptional leadership, interpersonal, communication and influencing skills;
Independence and resilience, a self-starter able to conceptualise and implement a sound legal strategy;
Manages legal risk appropriately while being innovative and commercially sensible;
Strong work ethic, able to collaborate with business and functional teams in a high energy and high-pressure environment;
Exemplary conduct and high standards of ethics and personal integrity. Key Responsibilities 1. Strategy and Leadership Legal
Lead and take responsibility for providing legal advice, guidance and support to business units and stakeholders across the Digital Venture on all aspects of laws and regulations relating to banking, particularly with respect to data privacy, cloud computing, intellectual property and regulatory matters.
Ensure support available for all other legal matters impacting the Digital Venture, including disputes, government investigations, M&A, and employment matters.
Primary legal adviser to the CEO and the Management Team and provide them with strategic and, where appropriate, proactive advice, working with external counsel and Standard Chartered's legal functional line management as appropriate.
Work closely with business heads to anticipate and mitigate legal risk throughout a product lifecycle.
Promote a culture and practice of compliance with legal standards (including taking personal responsibility for embedding the highest standards of ethics, including regulatory and business conduct, across the Digital Venture).
Develop thought leadership capability - as demonstrated by visibility within the Digital Venture and externally (in the industry in Singapore and/or the region).
Lead through example and build appropriate culture and values. Set an appropriate tone and expectations from the Legal and Company Secretariat (LCS) team with regards to good conduct. Company Secretary
Manage the end to end board process ensuring high quality papers and minutes; advise the Chairman and CEO on board/ board committee agendas to ensure the directors have the right information to make the decisions/ approvals being requested.
Working closely with the Regional Head, Corporate Governance, Standard Chartered and the CEO, develop, maintain and execute on (a) training and induction of newly appointed directors, (b) an up to date capability matrix and independent director watch list and (c) a robust board succession plan.
Act as trusted advisor to the Chairman, CEO and directors on all corporate governance and board matters; conflicts, outside business interest and other disclosure processes
Advise stakeholders on matters relating to corporate authorities, powers of attorney, etc. Maintain all required approval and sources of authority documentation for the relevant members of the Digital Venture management team.
Administration and management of constitutional documents, corporate structures, returns and filings (including its Financial Statements); compliance with Standard Chartered's Group Corporate Secretariat policies and standards; board evaluation processes 2. People and Talent Management
As the Digital Venture matures, develop and lead a team of competent and high-performing lawyers and corporate secretariat professionals, ensuring they are fully engaged and performing to their fullest potential. 3. Governance and Risk Management
Proactively manage legal risks in formal and informal arenas, including implementation of appropriate processes to identify, monitor and manage all such risks.
Proactively manage corporate governance risks, escalating to the Regional Head, Corporate Governance with strategies to mitigate that risk as well as act as risk owner for the Group Corporate Secretariat operational risk types. Required Competencies & Skills
Minimum educational qualification: Bachelor of Law (2:1 or equivalent) from an accredited university recognised in Singapore
Qualified lawyer with at least 15 years' post-qualification experience, ideally Singapore qualified
Experience in technology and digital law, ideally in the banking/ financial services sector
Exceptional leadership, interpersonal, communication and influencing skills
Strong analytical and innovative legal skills with proven technical expertise, exceptional attention to detail and the ability to manage aggressive deadlines without impact to legal risk management
Good judgment enabling the provision of sound advice in difficult areas of law, regulation and practice and the proactive management of legal risk
Qualified chartered secretary and/or experience as company secretary in a financial services or listed company in Singapore
Exemplary conduct, integrity, ethics, independence and resilience
Independence and resilience
An inquisitive approach to practices, procedures and specific transactions