IFRS is looking for a Technical Manager to be based in London.
You should be educated to degree level, with a Masters degree or accountancy/CFA qualification and with experience of applying or interpreting IFRS Standards or other GAAP.
Reports to: Technical Director
Purpose: To be responsible for the delivery of a large project or group of smaller projects
Closing date: 11 August 2017
Although their focus is primarily on the technical aspects of a project, Technical Managers must have an understanding of the wider set of risks to the project, including political issues. They must also be able to deal effectively and efficiently with project(s) (sometimes Technical Managers work on more than one project concurrently), and be thorough in their approach to each project.
The employer is especially interested in applications from candidates who would like to work with the IFRS Taxonomy and who, in addition to the requirements detailed in the job spec, have experience of assessing, defining and organising data and have knowledge of the role of electronic reporting and technology in financial reporting. Training in the IFRS Taxonomy will be provided for the right candidates.
• prepare International Accounting Standards Board (Board) and IFRS Interpretations Committee (Interpretations Committee) papers, staff papers, discussion papers, exposure drafts, IFRS Standards, IFRIC Interpretations, press releases, project summaries, feedback statements, effect analyses, web summaries, Q&A summaries, PowerPoint presentations and other related documents.
• undertake research on challenging areas of accounting.
• lead formal presentations to constituents and, in conjunction with other staff, organise and participate in meetings with constituents relating to assigned projects to ascertain constituents’ views and impart information on projects and the standard setting process.
• develop a project timetable with key milestones.
• develop proposals for consideration by the Board to consider.
• present recommendations at Board meetings.
• analyse comment letters.
• manage advisory groups of experts from the accounting, business, investment and regulatory communities.
• consult external organisations.
• liaise directly with other standard-setting bodies.
• present material competently at Board meetings with limited support from senior staff.
• supervise the work of Assistant Project Managers and Technical Associates and contribute effectively to their professional development.
• use judgement about whether to confer with a more senior staff member before communicating directly with constituents.
• undertake some responsibility for administrative matters.
• use initiative and to manage projects within the parameters set by senior staff (and the Board), and to provide effective support to other staff.
• be self-motivated.
• initiate and lead small group meetings with the Board.
Experience, qualifications and knowledge required
• educated to degree standard;
• a good standard of written English language;
• Masters degree or accountancy/CFA qualification;
• experience of applying or interpreting IFRS Standards or other GAAP;
• experience in financial reporting or accounting policy unit (or similar);
• experience of writing technical documents in English;
• experience of accounting, economics, finance, investment/banking, academia or standard setting or regulator; and
• able to demonstrate conceptual thinking by articulating the advantages and disadvantages of a particular standpoint—or of different standpoints on a particular issue.
All technical staff are expected to:
• be able to write clearly and concisely.
• have well-developed analytical and research skills to prepare papers on a range of technical subjects.
• have strong technical knowledge in their project responsibility areas, and be developing skills in other relevant areas.
• understand the need for an evidence-informed approach.
• have the ability to identify both the research requirements and the type of evidence to collect.
• be able to present those papers to the Board in public meetings with the aim of ascertaining the views of Board members and helping them to reach decisions on the issues identified.
• be able to use, or learn to use, technology such as PowerPoint and Word effectively and to a level that is appropriate for their level of work.
• be able to develop project plans and meet milestones in accordance with the planned timetable.
• set and meet performance targets.
• work effectively with other people and have a strong team ethic.
• take and provide direction.
• have the confidence of the members of the Board or committee for which they provide support.
• be committed to the objectives and processes of the Board and to the ideals of standard setting in the public interest.
How to apply
To apply, please send a detailed CV and covering letter which includes:
• A succinct outline of why you meet the requirements of the role;
• Your current salary; and
• Your salary expectations.