Senior Corporate Governance Associate
Brighthouse Financial is on a mission to help people achieve financial security. As one of the largest providers of annuities and life insurance in the U.S., we specialize in products designed to help people protect what they've earned and ensure it lasts. We are built on a foundation of experience and knowledge, which allows us to keep our promises and provide the value they deserve.
At Brighthouse Financial, we're fostering a culture where diverse backgrounds and experiences are celebrated, and different ideas are heard and respected. We believe that by creating an inclusive workplace, we're better able to attract and retain our talent, provide valuable solutions that meet the needs of our advisors and their clients, and deliver on our mission of helping more people achieve financial security. We're se eking passionate, high-performing team member to join us. Sound like you? Read on. How This Role Contributes to Brighthouse Financial:
The Sr. Corporate Governance Associate will provide wide-ranging support to the Brighthouse Office of the Corporate Secretary, as it relates to the publicly-traded company's corporate governance matters and associated subsidiaries. Critical responsibilities include: board management, board meeting preparation, director travel coordination, records management and database maintenance, research (both factual and legal), preparation of minutes and reports and communications with officers and directors. Key Responsibilities:
Essential Business Experience and Technical Skills:
- Manage Diligent, the secure board portal by which directors and officers receive the board materials, including providing permission and conducting regular access reviews.
- Responsible for the planning, preparation, and distribution of materials for board and committee meetings, including agendas, resolutions, minutes, consents, proxies, etc.
- Manage the logistics for board, committee and shareholder meetings, including developing time and responsibility schedules for all aspects of the meeting, arranging for director and officer travel and lodging, managing expense reimbursement and providing on-site meeting support (and traveling as necessary for off-site board meetings).
- Manage and prepare corporate governance documentation (i.e., certificates of incumbencies, secretary certificates, bylaws, charters, powers of attorney, delegations of authority, etc.) regarding assigned domestic subsidiaries (in addition to the holding company).
- Assist with and prepare the production of corporate governance records and data for litigation, regulatory examination, audit purposes or other due diligence initiatives and reporting requirements in connection with the holding company and assigned domestic subsidiaries. Supervise the collection of, and/or prepare documents and reports for, regulatory filings, including those required by the applicable stock exchange (i.e., Nasdaq).
- Manage and maintain director, officer and executive biographical information and fingerprinting processes and background check protocols to ensure timely information to regulatory and governmental authorities.
- Assist with director orientation and onboarding of new directors.
- Responsible for maintenance of corporate minute books and other official books and records of the publicly-traded holding company and assigned subsidiaries.
- Support the Corporate Secretary in connection with the preparation of the annual proxy statement, as requested.
- Conduct legal research and prepare reports or summaries as needed.
- Respond to requests from officers, directors, regulators, business clients and internal staff, as required.
- Draft correspondence, memoranda and business procedures as assigned, including with respect to shareholder communications and proposals.
- Responsible for keeping abreast of developments in corporate governance best practices and shareholder proposal topics and practices.
- 10+ years of related business experience, with 5+ years of relevant corporate governance-related experience, including specific experience with a public company's board of directors; experience with subsidiary entities; financial services and/or insurance industry experience a plus.
- Highly collaborative partner with strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with team members and with individuals at all levels across the enterprise.
- Highly polished interpersonal skills and ability to professionally interface with C-Suite executives and directors.
- Strong work ethic and ability to work independently, efficiently, meet deadlines, and produce work of the highest quality.
- Demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgment. Decisive, with the ability to anticipate and prevent potential problems before they arise.
- Proven research and analytical skills.
- Excellent organizational skills and keen attention to detail.
- Demonstrated ability to handle sensitive and confidential information.
- Experience with entity compliance management platform such as hCue, Secretariat or similar products.
- Experience with secure board portal platform such as Diligent, BoardVantage or similar products.
- Strong verbal and written skills, including an ability to draft and proof-read written reports, minutes and general business correspondence.
- High level of proficiency with Microsoft suite of products, including Word, Share Point, PowerPoint and Excel.
- Demonstrated commitment to expand knowledge and to adapt to new situations and changing environments.
- Bachelor's Degree required.