Company Secretary

Company Secretaries provide a host of services to business and corporations. They mainly deal with financial issues that are of direct concern to the company, however they must also be savvy about stock exchange rules and regulations as well as any legislation that could affect or cause problems for the company. Company secretaries must deal with many different people while performing their duties.

Duties and tasks

  • Collect and analyze financial data
  • Conduct audits
  • 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

Skills required

  • Ability to delegate responsibilities
  • Analytical thinking
  • Exceptional math skills
  • Fair judgment and decision making abilities
  • Good communication skills
  • Impeccable time management skills
  • Intense problem solving skills
  • Knowledge of the financial industry
  • Work well with others

Working conditions

Company Secretaries generally work inside of heated and air conditioned offices. These are very fast paced positions that require the person to evaluate tons of data and find the best financial solutions for the interest of the corporation and its shareholders. Company Secretaries have a highly stressful position within the business.

Professional associations / Industry information

Chartered Secretaries Australia Ltd 
http://www.csaust.com/

The Economic Society of Australia 
http://www.ecosoc.org.au/

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