How to become a company secretary

Take on responsibility for compliance, governance, and administer high level financial and legal matters.

Pathways to this career

  1. Kick start your career as a secretary by completing a foundation qualification in business administration or a related field.
  2. Open doors to more opportunities with a diploma in business administration.

What does a company secretary do?

Duties and tasks

  • Collect and analyse financial data
  • Control treasury systems and policies
  • Ensure cost effectiveness of operating procedures
  • Establish budgets and other financial systems
  • Handle the transfer of stock shares
  • Keep governing board up to date on new listing rules, practices and legislation
  • Manage equity, debt, securities and tax issues
  • Plan and attend meetings with company directors as well as corporate shareholders
  • Prepare documents regarding share capital
  • Prepare financial statements
  • Review risk management issues and find solutions for any problems

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