Banking Jobs – Company Secretary/Head Legal & Compliance at Housing Finance

Job Ref : LCS1.0
Reports To: Managing Director
Job Summary:  
  • To support the Board of Directors in the execution of their
    oversight over the management of Bank.
  • To give regular direction to the Legal and Compliance functions/
    operations of the Bank.
Key Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Provide oversight and leadership for Legal and Compliance
    Department to achieve strategic and operational lead for the department.
  • Develop and promote best Corporate Governance practices for
    adoption and implementation by the Board and Management.
  • Provide effective company secretarial services to the Board and
    ensure that the Board gets effective secretarial support in its oversight
  • Take and maintain an accurate record of all Board and committee
    meetings, provide regular support and guidance in order to achieve
    strategic goals and objectives.
  • Lead and motivate the Legal and Compliance team, ensuring that
    they are empowered and supported to deliver excellent Legal Services and
    achieve performance targets.
  • Support business growth by providing cost effective legal
    advisory service to Board and Management and ensure that performance
    management frameworks are in place linking strategic priorities to
    operational and staff targets.
  • Ensuring that the Board and its Committees are provided with all
    requisite information; supporting the Board and its Committees, thereby
    enabling them discharge their oversight role.
  • Ensure compliance with the regulatory regime governing the
    operations and policy framework of the Bank.
  • Ensure timely perfection of the Bank’s securities in order to
    meet set targets of the business departments and generally maintain an
    accurate and safe electronic record of all securities of the Bank.
  • Provide technical legal support to the Bank’s business and
    Operations divisions and ensure timely provision of legal due diligence to
    achieve set targets
  • Effectively manage, source and monitor external legal services
    and ensure effective representation of the Bank in Courts of Law.
  • Effective supervision of the Legal and Compliance department in
    order to achieve the Bank’s strategic objectives; appraise and review
    performance of the Legal and Compliance team of the Bank.
  • Have a full understanding of the external environment, challenges
    and opportunities and ensure this is reflected in strategic and
    operational priorities.
  • Ensure that all activities within Legal Services support the
    overall business plan and are underpinned by the Bank’s vision and values.
  • Contribute to the development of the Bank’s Business Strategic
    Plan and ensure that the set targets achieve customer satisfaction,
    quality service and value for money.
  • Effectively manage departmental and term performance ensuring that
    targets are set, monitored and achieved.
  • Prepare, monitor and manage Legal Services budget ensuring
    appropriate levels of financial delegation and management are in place.
  • Develop, initiate, maintain, and revise policies and procedures
    for the general operation of the Compliance program and its related
    activities to prevent illegal, unethical, or improper conduct. Manage
    day-to-day operation of the Program.
  • Develop and periodically review and update Standards of Conduct
    to ensure continuing currency and relevance in providing guidance to
  • Collaborate with other departments (Risk department, Internal
    Audit) to direct compliance issues to appropriate existing channels for
    investigation and resolution.
  • Monitor and as necessary, coordinate compliance activities of
    other departments to remain abreast of the status of all compliance
    activities and to identify trends. Identify potential areas of compliance
    vulnerability and risk; develop/implement corrective issues, and provide
    general guidance on how to avoid or deal with similar situations in the
  • Provide reports on a regular basis, and as directed or requested
    to keep Compliance Committee of the Bank and Senior Management informed of
    the operation and progress of compliance efforts.
  • Develop an effective compliance training program including
    appropriate introductory training for new employees as well as ongoing
    training for all employees and managers on new laws, policies and
    compliance program.
  • Monitor the performance of the Compliance Program and relate
    activities on a continuing basis, taking appropriate steps, to improve its
  • Support the Executive Committee and other Management Committees
    in developing and reviewing Bank policies and ensuring adherence to set
Qualifications, Skills & Experience:
  • A minimum of a Bachelors of Law (Honours) Degree
  • A Post graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.
  • LLM, MBA, ICSA will be added advantage.
  • A minimum of seven (7) years working experience in financial
    institution or related corporate institution with at least three (3) years
    at Senior Management Level.
  • Demonstrate experience in Company Secretarial practices and
    corporate governance.
  • Sound understanding of the Ugandan Banking and Mortgage
  • Proven and demonstrable team building skills.
  • Possess excellent motivational, interpersonal, networking and
    strong communication skills.
  • Proven and demonstrable skills in planning and strong
    communication skills.
  • Proven and demonstrable record in achieving exceptional and
    consistent performance for set targets.
  • Ability to exercise the highest level of integrity,
    responsibility and confidentiality.
  • Ability to identify, embrace and manage change to ensure that
    change positively impacts the organization.
  • Personable, self driven, assertive and pro active.
  • Excellent presentation and analytical skills.
 AGE: Between 33 – 45 years .
How to Apply:
Please send
your applications with hand written applications must be accompanied by, a
detailed curriculum vitae; copies of academic qualifications and professional
training documents/certificates; names and addresses of three (3) referees addressed
Head Human
Resource & Administration Department, Housing Finance Bank, Plot 4 Wampewo
Avenue, Kololo, P. O. Box 1539, KAMPALA.
Deadline: Friday, 26th April, 2013

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