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Consultant, Corporate Governance

Northern Trust

Job Description

Who we are

Northern Trust is a preeminent global financial institution that provides asset servicing, investment management and wealth management services for institutions, high-net-worth individuals and families. For more than 130 years, our success has been anchored in one purpose: to serve as our clients’ most trusted financial partner, guarding and growing their assets as though they are our own. Our market-leading technological capabilities—spanning from artificial intelligence for currency management, blockchain for fund administration and cloud-based solutions to deliver personalized wealth management services—allow us to deliver the highest level of service to our clients with speed and precision.

What we do

Northern Trust’s international business has grown dramatically over the last decade. Some of our largest clients are located in Asia and Australia, which represents a rapidly growing client base for the company. Our intricate understanding of the region allows us to provide unique insights and strategic perspectives to our clients. Currently, we have client offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Singapore, Seoul, Tokyo and Kuala Lumpur. 

Northern Trust is proud to serve the Australian community with global capabilities, meaningful insights and exceptional service. Institutional clients across Asia Pacific have relied on Northern Trust for effective solutions and ethical guidance across asset servicing and asset management since 1986.

Role Summary

With increasing client focus on Corporate Governance & ESG, we are looking for a Consultant, Corporate Governance to join us in our Melbourne or Sydney office. The role will require not only Operational expertise such as knowledge of event processing & query resolution but also an understanding of the Strategic Risk & Control elements of the Proxy function. Responsibilities will therefore focus heavily on monitoring any areas of potential risk and improving the overall business model.

This role will have daily interactions with Northern Trust’s 3rd party global proxy vendor, as such, vendor management will also form an important part of the role.

What you will do

  • Manage and monitor relationship with vendor, ensuring required standards are maintained
  • Cultivate strong working relationship with Vendor, Investment manager and client contacts
  • Participate in meetings with clients, Investment Managers & Third-Party Vote Agents, providing updates and overviews as required
  • Manage & analyse overvote scenarios
  • Ensure all Proxy voting & Governance issues referred to the department are resolved promptly and accurately
  • Maintain departmental databases
  • Provide back up as needed for all functions within the area
  • Monitor and disseminate information relating to market changes in voting procedure.

Your Knowledge/Skills

  • A strong background in Proxy Voting or Corporate Event Processing and be familiar with Industry initiatives & Governance Directives
  • Ability to work well under pressure where you are able to work both independently & also cooperatively within a small team.
  • Excellent communication skills as there is a significant amount of direct client contact

As of 30 September 2021, Northern Trust Corporation had:

  • $15.8 trillion in assets under custody/administration
  • $12.2 trillion in assets under custody
  • $1.5 trillion in assets under management
  • $169 billion in banking assets

As a Northern Trust partner, you will be part of a flexible and collaborative work culture, which has a strong history of financial strength and stability. Movement within the organization is encouraged, senior leaders are accessible, and you can take pride in working for a company that is committed to strengthening the communities we serve! 

We recognize the value of inclusion and diversity in culture, in thought, and in experience, which is why Forbes ranked us the top employer for Diversity in 2018. In Australia, we are actively involved in many ways with both community and diversity organisations, which includes charity participation days. For families we offer a very generous parental leave scheme, and all staff have access to subsidised health insurance if they choose.

We’d love to learn more about how your interests and experience could be a fit with one of the world’s most admired and ethical companies. Build your career with us and apply today!

  • Want to learn more about our company? Visit www.northerntrust.com
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