Job Opportunities

RECRUITING FOR CAPE TOWN OFFICE

JOB DESCRIPTION for PROFESSIONAL ASSISTANT TO MD AND CHAIRMAN

COMPANY OVERVIEW:
Sovereign’s core business is setting up and managing onshore and offshore companies, trusts and other structures to meet the specific personal or business needs of our clients. Typically these needs would include tax planning, wealth protection, foreign property ownership and facilitating cross-border business.

JOB SPECIFICATION:
The applicant must be a fluent and articulate, outgoing English speaker holding an undergraduate qualifying law degree obtained from a reputable university and preferably recently admitted as an attorney.

The applicant will be very familiar with common forms of contracts and agreements and will have a strong working knowledge of general company, commercial, trust and estate law. Experience amending and working with forms and precedents is necessary.

The successful applicant will assist the Chairman and Managing Director in the office in the following areas and be responsible for:

  • Managing client relationships in relation to onshore and offshore structures (trusts and companies).
  • Drafting of a variety of legal documents and agreements.
  • Company secretarial work and attend to filing requirements for companies and trusts managed in South Africa.
  • Assisting in compliance and due diligence collection for international company/trust structuring.
  • Assist in organising forex transfers and SARB Clearances.
  • Administration of estates.
  • Drafting of Wills.
  • Running and organizing the Chairman and MD’s diaries.
  • Assisting the chairman and MD with research on any aspect of international tax laws.

The successful applicant will be based in Cape Town. There will be the opportunity to contribute to the wider functioning of the office, working closely with our international offices (26) to ensure excellent client service around the world. There is also the possibility of becoming a business consultant for the company in the future which involves local and international traveling.

The successful applicant will join a vibrant office of lawyers, administrative staff and business consultants.

Interested applicants should initially apply by hand written letter clearing stating why they think they are suitable for this position. The letter must state current and expected salary and enclose colour desk photograph and full CV. The letter together with the other documents may be emailed to Coreen van der Merwe at cvandermerwe@SovereignGroup.com

CLOSING DATE: 31 January 2017

The Company reserves the right to vary or amend the duties and responsibilities of the post holder at any time according to the needs of the Company’s business.

The statements contained in this job description reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required and the scope of responsibility. It should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned, including work in other functional areas to cover absences of relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise to balance the workload.


RECRUITING FOR CAPE TOWN OFFICE

JOB DESCRIPTION for RECEPTIONIST/ADMINISTRATOR
DATE: 10 November 2016

BENEFITS: – Medical aid up to R1 800.00 and 5% Pension contribution after three months’ probation period
LOCATION: – Cape Town, V&A Waterfront area
TYPE: – Permanent. Subject to three month probation period.

COMPANY OVERVIEW:
Sovereign’s core business is setting up and managing onshore and offshore companies, trusts and other structures to meet the specific personal or business needs of our clients. Typically these needs would include tax planning, wealth protection, foreign property ownership and facilitating cross-border business.

OUR POSITION:
This position handles reception and switchboard in the Cape Town. Additional responsibilities include various administrative duties as required within the different departments. As a receptionist, the person is the first point of contact for all incoming calls to the company, as well as greeting new visitors and making coffee/tea for them.

  • Assisting colleagues with printing, scanning and preparing marketing folders.
  • Manage couriers, mail pick up and deliveries.
  • Data capturing.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Previous experience in a front-desk/customer-facing role – professional telephone manner.
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook).
  • Neat and professional in appearance in line with the brand.
  • Excellent communication skills with colleagues and clients.
  • Able to show initiative.
  •  Is a team player, committed and motivated.
  • Willing to go the extra mile and maintain strict confidentiality at all times.
  • Have excellent written and verbal English language capabilities – understand Afrikaans.
  • Be a fast learner.
  • A good deal of common sense, etiquette and the ability to think on one’s feet.
  •  Excellent organisational skills.
  • Proven ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines.
  • Bright, confident personality.
  • Well presented.
  • Flexible and mature approach with the ability to work unsupervised.

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Enclose colour photograph, full CV and motivation letter. The letter together with the other documents may be emailed to Elizna van Eeden (evaneeden@SovereignGroup.com).

The Company reserves the right to vary or amend the duties and responsibilities of the post holder at any time according to the needs of the Company’s business.

The statements contained in this job description reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required and the scope of responsibility. It should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned, including work in other functional areas to cover absences of relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise to balance the workload.


 

RECRUITING FOR JOHANNESBURG OFFICE – BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER/SALES CONSULTANT

Job Specification

Graduate with Business Degree, Paralegal or recently qualified Lawyer with a working knowledge of general company, commercial and trust law.

Job Purpose

To provide an efficient and responsive sale, administration and after-sales service for companies and related products and services sold or offered for sale by Sovereign Trust. This position will be of key importance within the organisation and the successful candidate must have the ability to sell themselves and Sovereign Trust’s services. Previous company formation and/or sale experience within a fast-paced Client facing environment would be preferable. You will be able to demonstrate the ability to effectively plan and organise your workload and the initiative to resolve issues as well as respond to client’s enquiry quickly in an appropriate manner.

Main duties

  • Following up new business opportunities and setting up meetings. She/He will develop new business relationships, generate and negotiate new income for Sovereign to an agreed annual target, to increase year on year.
  • Conducting meeting with Clients and / or Intermediaries (Lawyers, Accountants, Financial Advisors, etc.) will be a daily activity. The Consultant needs to be confident in their knowledge and abilities.
  • Identify sales leads, pitch goods or services to new clients and maintain a good working relationship with new contacts. Presenting Sovereign to potential clients through direct communication in face to face meetings, telephone calls. Potential employee will be expected to spend 50% of your time out of the office in meetings.
  • Communicating new product developments to prospective clients. Responsible for her/his own lead generation and appointment setting.
  • Overseeing the development of marketing literature/writing reports/providing management with feedback.
  • Actively and successfully manage the sales process: lead generation, credentials pitch, asking questions, solution pitch, negotiation, close, handover to the account management team.
  • Possess drive, motivation and acute attention to detail in ensuring all sales opportunities to Sovereign Group are captured and explored.
  • She/He will have individual responsibility for new business, and is expected to self-manage; however, will be part of a growing team of people with the same job title. Support is available by the managing and Sales Director for complex large pitches and strategies.
  • As a representative of Sovereign Group at industry events and tradeshows, your professional manner and polished appearance will aid your intention of gaining new business leads and contacts.
  • Create and be accountable for all client proposals and any further documentation, following Sovereign Group procedures.
  • She/He will effectively interact with other departments including the account management and admin team when handing over incorporation documents ensuring you fully and correctly brief in all aspects of the sale.
  • Ensuring Sovereign remains proactive and responsive to prospective clients.
  • To deal with all customer contact effectively, and courteously, in line with our client’s policies and procedures.
  • To respond to routine correspondence and enquiries from clients and other staff members.


Additional duties

You may be required to perform other ad-hoc tasks within the company that may be deemed necessary.

Person Specification

  • Educated to degree level
  • Have excellent written and verbal English language capabilities – understand Afrikaans is preferable
  • Have an eye for detail
  • Be a fast learner
  • Be driven; be able to use their initiative
  • Hardworking, honest and open
  • Administration experience within the Financial Services Industry
  • Company Formation experience is a bonus
  • A good deal of common sense, etiquette and an ability to think on one’s feet
  • Good computer literacy (MS Office, Excel)
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Professional telephone manner
  • Proven ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • Bright, confident personality
  • Well presented
  • Highly personable
  • Flexible and mature approach with ability to work unsupervised

Other Skills and Qualifications

Networking, Persuasion, Prospecting, Public Speaking, Research, Writing, Closing Skills, Motivation for Sales, Prospecting Skills, Sales Planning, Identification of Customer Needs and Challenges, Territory Management, Market Knowledge, Meeting Sales Goals, Professionalism, CRM, and Microsoft Office.

The successful applicant will join a vibrant office of lawyers, company secretaries and business consultants.

Interested applicants should initially apply by hand written letter clearing stating why they think they are suitable for this position. The letter must state current and expected salary and enclose a colour photograph of the Applicant and full CV. The letter together with the other documents may be emailed to Richard Neal (rneal@SovereignGroup.com).

The Applicants chosen for interview will be contacted and interviewed in late November/ early December 2016. The Candidate chosen to join Sovereign Trust Johannesburg Office will start mid-January 2017.

The Company reserves the right to vary or amend the duties and responsibilities of the post holder at any time according to the needs of the Company’s business.

The statements contained in this job description reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required and the scope of responsibility. It should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned, including work in other functional areas to cover absences of relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise to balance the workload.


 

MANAGEMENT TRAINEES  – Europe & Asia

As a result of continued expansion, Sovereign is looking for qualified professionals to assist senior management teams in several of its worldwide offices. Applications from new or recently qualified lawyers or accountants will be especially welcome but we would also be interested to hear from more experienced individuals – particularly those who may have a client following.

Experience in cross-border commercial transactions, tax and estate planning would be an advantage but is not essential as full training will be given. Of more importance will be excellent communication skills, enthusiasm and the ability to learn fast in a dynamic company. An attractive salary and remuneration package, commensurate with experience, will be offered. The position will appeal to confident well-motivated individuals who are looking for an exciting and rewarding career with a multi-national organisation. Some international travel will be required.

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TRUST AND CORPORATE SERVICES CONSULTANT – SOVEREIGN TRUST HONG KONG

RESPONSIBILITIES

Reporting directly to the Director of Sales, this individual would be required to develop the Corporate Services and Trust business for Sovereign Trust (Hong Kong) Ltd. The Trust and Corporate Services Consultant will be a client facing individual and will be expected to lead from the front by being involved in business development and introductions of the business to clients. Requirement:-

  • An assertive drive and motivation for business building and client relationship building through the introduction of corporate services, trust and trust administration business, with an emphasis on prominent family trust solutions and corporate clients.
  • The ability to identify a client with a corporate services or trust requirement and carry out initial conversations to enable the assessment of that need.
  • A desire and capability for quality, innovation and flexibility around commercial solutions.
  • A proactive approach to the marketing of the Sovereign Trust brand in Hong Kong, China and SE Asia.

REQUIREMENT

  • Over 4 years of Trust and Corporate Services experience, at least 2 of which has been within a sales and relationship management role.
  • The ability to create and relationship manage referral networks through the banks and professional firms of lawyers and accountants for the introduction of family, corporate and high net worth individual trust and trust administration work. Strong presentation skills for the delivery of trust seminars.
  • Relevant university degree
  • A proactive, committed, hands-on, business development character with ability to work unsupervised
  • Strategic thinking and attention to detail
  • Creation of relationships with the present portfolio of clients
  • Qualified Chartered Company Secretary preferred
  • STEP membership and or qualification preferred
  • Ability to refer related work and cross sell to Tax, Trust and Accounting teams
  • Language skills English, Cantonese and Mandarin preferred

CORPORATE SERVICES PROVIDED BY SOVEREIGN ARE AS FOLLOWS:

  • Forming or acquiring Hong Kong and offshore companies.
  • Designing holding structures to reflect administrative requirements and to maximise tax efficiency
  • Corporate secretarial services
  • Custodial and escrow services
  • Advising on taxation issues and management, ownership and control
  • Establishing businesses and joint ventures in China and advising on cross-border investments for China.
  • Ensuring timely compliance with accounting and auditing requirements
  • Registering branch offices of foreign companies in Hong Kong
  • Effecting de-registration or dormancy for Hong Kong companies and winding-up or re-instating offshore companies
  • Arranging domicile migration for offshore companies
  • Assisting with joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions and re-organisations
  • Liaising with banks, brokers, auditors and other professional advisors
  • Assist in opening bank accounts for Hong Kong and offshore companies
  • Corporate nominee shareholders and nominee directors
  • Trust advice, set up and administration of trust structures

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BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, BEIJING – SOVEREIGN CHINA

With offices in Shanghai and Beijing, Sovereign China was formed by the merger of Sovereign’s existing China operations and the JLJ Group in 2013. The JLJ Group was established in 2003 to accelerate international clients’ ability to understand and operate in the China market and has successfully assisted more than 500 companies from over 50 countries with their China market entry.

Sovereign China provides a suite of services designed to lead foreign investors through the market entry process and stay with them to develop long-term success in China. From assisting with understanding the market, developing a market entry strategy to establishing their operations and finally providing back office and compliance support services, we are with our clients from planning to execution.

This job is all about sharing your passion for China with your clients and working in tandem with the Director of China to grow our office in Beijing while doing what you enjoy most. You will use your existing network in Beijing to connect with foreign investors seeking to develop their businesses in China. Your business acumen coupled with your knowledge of China will be essential to collaborating with clients to help them achieve success.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and maintain channel relationships and alliances internationally and domestically for a fast-growing consulting company
  • Aggressively generate and manage leads from network to grow client base
  • Attend networking events, trade fairs and chamber events to develop new channels and clients
  • Assist in the strategic planning of growing the business model
  • Successful delivery of projects across service lines (Consulting, Corporate Formation, Accounting)
  • Establishes rapport with clients to become a trusted adviser of current and new clients
  • Act as an internal client advocate to ensure quality of deliverables and adherence to deadlines and standards
  • Consult with clients on solutions for establishing and growing their presence in China

Experience & Qualifications

  • 4 – plus years experience including with either a consulting or a business services firm
  • Minimum of 2 years experience in a business development/sales role with a demonstrable record of achieving targets
  • High level fluency in English (verbal and written) required and proficient in Chinese preferred
  • Personable with solid client management skills
  • Ability to work independently, highly reliable and with strong sense of ownership; Self-motivated and Fast Learner
  • Well informed in at least one knowledge area of the company (legal, accounting, or market research/consulting) and the desire to learn other areas.
  • Passion for assisting clients with developing long-term sustainable business models in China.

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