Corporate Support

Careers - Corporate Support Services

Corporate support services spread across firms and the funds and asset management industry and include areas such as operations, marketing, HR and IT, as well as company secretarial services.

Human Resources

Human Resources (HR) is an important support function within financial services and has evolved using the “Business Partnering” model. The Business Partnering model allows HR professionals to understand the business strategic goals of the business and to align the people proposition in support of this, via the spectrum of HR functions such as:

  • HR Strategy
  • Skills & Resource Planning
  • Recruitment & Selection
  • Onboarding
  • Employee Retention
  • Performance Management
  • Training & Development
  • Compensation & Benefits
  • Offboarding

Opportunities within HR are vast and there are opportunities for both a broad and specific career focus. There are many entry routes to HR and often, experience from other industries often help to develop the strategic focus within financial services.

Information Technology

IT support is an important support service for businesses within the Financial Services sector, especially as the success of business within FS is solely dependent on IT in order to conduct its business. As a result, there are a number of different avenues that can be taken.

  • Net Developer
  • Helpdesk
  • Cybersecurity
  • Network Architect


Marketing is central to promoting the industry as a whole as well as marketing the products and services of individual businesses operating within it. Marketing is unique in that it overlaps and collaborates with core functions within an organisation including Sales, Product Development, Relationship Management, Operations and HR.

Marketing is by its nature very broad, covering all forms of communication (internal and external) through multiple channels. Its origins however lie in Product Marketing with the ultimate objective of identifying, influencing and nurturing potential clients to purchase a particular product or service. This is done through the Marketing Mix made up of:

  • Product (features and benefits)
  • Price (cost and perceived value)
  • Place (how it is distributed and convenience of purchasing)
  • Promotion (marketing communications)

The marketing mix are tools used to differentiate a product or service from competitors

Company secretarial services

Company secretarial services (or domiciliary administration) are generally included in the agreements issued by fund administrators or company secretarial companies to fund structures and management companies. Company secretarial services generally comprise:

  • Provision of legal address - Funds and management companies authorised by the Central Bank must have their registered address and head office in the jurisdiction. Constitutional and statutory documents will be retained at this address.
  • Payment of fund directors - Irish fund structures and management companies must have a minimum of two Irish residents on their board. Their fees are subject to local tax in Ireland.
  • Hosting of board meetings/preparation of board packages - Funds and management companies are expected to hold at least two board meetings per annum, preferably within the jurisdiction.
  • Filings with the Central Bank/Irish Stock Exchange/Companies Office - The company secretary/domiciliary administrator will ensure that all local regulatory reporting is completed and filed according to statutory and stock exchange (if applicable) deadlines.

Listing services

Euronext Dublin is recognised worldwide as the leading centre for listing investment funds with over 5,000 fund share classes listed. Euronext Dublin is part of Euronext, the pan-European exchange operator. The fund must publish listing particulars, approved in advance by Euronext Dublin, which include all the information which is relevant and necessary to allow a potential investor to make an informed assessment of the fund.

Meet The People

We asked funds industry professionals to share their backgrounds and experiences working in the industry. They talk about career development, where they're from, what they enjoy most in their roles and what they're involved in at their company and outside of work

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Saskia talks about her work history and current role, what she enjoys most about her job and community projects she's working on. She also discusses work-life balance and what her next goals are.

Saskia Clibborn, Senior Consultant, Organizational Effectiveness at Northern Trust

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Brian talks about when he started out in the industry, his two roles at State Street and the projects he is most proud of. He also discusses what he enjoys most about his job, his next goal, and what he's learned along the way.

Brian McCabe, Global Client COO and Head of Innovation EMEA at State Street.

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Sarah talks about her current role and what she enjoys most about her job, as well as what she would say to someone considering a career in financial services. She also talks about how she manages a good work / life balance and her proudest achievements.

Sarah Kenefick, Managing Director - Global Fund Accounting & Cork Site Co-Head at BNY Mellon.

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Karen talks about her current role and career, taking time out, working remotely, her proudest achievements, and what she’d say to someone considering a career in the funds industry.

Karen Campbell, Vice President - Change Management at State Street Ireland

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IT - Net Developer
IT- Helpdesk
IT - Cybersecurity
IT- Network Architect
Marketing & Communications
Digital Marketing
Website Development
Brand Development
PR / Media Relations
Product Marketing
Events Management
Data Analytics
Content Marketing and Copywriting
Graphics Design
HR - Strategy
HR - Skills & Resource Planning
HR - Recruitment & Selection
HR - Employee Retention
HR - Performance Management
HR - Training & Development
HR - Compensation & Benefits
Company Secretary
Working knowledge of MS office Excel Skills
Computer literate to ECDL level
Basic understanding of Industry advantageous
Multi-lingual advantageous
Strong numeric and verbal skills
Attention to detail
Third level degree and/or relevant work experience
Certificate in Investment Fund Services
Role specific qualifications or knowledge
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