Vacancies at ICAS

Living wage employerICAS is a professional body for more than 20,000 world class business men and women who work in the UK and in more than 100 countries around the world. Our members have all achieved the internationally recognised and respected CA qualification (Chartered Accountant). We are an educator, examiner, regulator, and thought leader.

To lead the global accountancy and finance profession, we look to employ unique and talented people. We're committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting our staff and have a range of benefits for those who work for us.

Listed below are current vacancies at ICAS:

Head of Finance

Head of Finance

Edinburgh – City Centre

Salary     £58,000 - £65,000 pa DOE

Overview

Are you looking for a new and exciting opportunity in a fast-paced environment?  ICAS is currently seeking a Head of Finance to take on overall responsibility for the effective management of the finance function and for financial management of ICAS’s activities.

The Head of Finance role is responsible for ensuring timely and accurate financial information and advice is provided to senior management and ICAS governance bodies.

Main responsibilities:

Financial

The role will involve the provision of a full range of efficient and effective financial services to ICAS.  This includes managing budgets, monitoring long-term financial strategy forecasts, management of ICAS’s Cash and Investment portfolio, setting and implementing our Treasury Policy and ensuring the preparation of annual statutory accounts and reports.

Staff Management  &  Development

The Head of Finance has overall responsibility for the management and development of the Finance Team, including setting and managing objectives, work-planning and ensuring that the appropriate level of job coverage is in place

Other

The Head of Finance has overall responsibility for ICAS’s insurance arrangements.  They will also lead the relationship with our Internal Audit service, including discussing the scope of the audit plan, reviews and monitoring of recommendations across ICAS.  An important responsibility is the preparation of the annual corporation tax computation and overseeing the VAT compliance arrangements.

Knowledge, Skills & Experience:

The ideal candidate for this role would be a qualified accountant with experience of managing a finance function and leading change in a fast-paced environment. They should possess excellent communication skills and be confident with implementing and developing financial systems.

In addition, they should be able to combine an excellent level of attention to detail with the ability to multi task and ensure that deadlines are met.

Experience with International Financial Reporting Standards is desirable but not essential.

What we can offer you:

  • The opportunity to join a prestigious organisation at an exciting time;

  • The opportunity to lead a friendly and hard-working team;

  • A wide range of attractive benefits including flexible working options for this full-time position;

  • The scope to drive change and bring your own ideas to the role; and

  • A chance to use and develop the breadth of your skill set within a culture of support.

If you are interested in this role, please send your CV to hr@icas.com together with your salary expectations and a covering letter outlining why you believe your skills and experience make you the ideal candidate for the role.

Closing date: 21 December 2017 at 5pm

HR Co-ordinator

HR Co-ordinator

Edinburgh – City Centre

Salary     £21,000 - £23,000 pa DOE

Overview

Are you looking for a new and exciting opportunity in a fast-paced environment?  ICAS is currently seeking an HR Co-ordinator to join the team and assist with the provision of an effective HR service.  This is a great opportunity to be involved in all aspects of HR in an organisation which is undergoing an exciting business transformation programme.

Main responsibilities:

    Resourcing

    • Co-ordinate the recruitment process to ensure the provision of appropriately qualified individuals.

    • Co-ordinate the induction processes (organisational and departmental).

    • Ensure all changes to an individual’s T&C’s are administered efficiently.

    Reward and Recognition

    • Provide accurate information to payroll/benefit providers to ensure all staff receive accurate pay and benefits each month.

    • Co-ordinate the job evaluation scheme, ensuring all roles are graded and recorded appropriately and participate in evaluation panels as appropriate.

    • Administer the ICAS recognition process.

    Learning and Development

    • Log all MDP forms and action training needs identified by sourcing training providers, and co-ordinating training sessions.

    • Deliver internal training for line managers and staff on various HR topics.

    Employee relations

    • Supporting line managers in adhering to company policies and procedures.

    • Co-ordinate biennial/pulse surveys, report on results and assist with the preparation of action plans.

    Reporting and Policy Development

    • To assist in HR reporting and to action the results of the analysis.

    • To ensure all HR Policies and procedures are available via the HUB (intranet).

Knowledge, Skills & Experience:

The ideal candidate for this role would be a graduate, with a degree in an HR related subject.  This role would be suitable for someone with previous HR administration experience who is looking to develop their career within HR and work towards a CIPD qualification.

You must be able to combine an excellent level of attention to detail with the ability to multi task and ensure that deadlines are met. In addition, you will have a proactive attitude and be an excellent communicator, who is able to deal with a variety of individuals in a professional manner whilst maintaining confidentiality at all times.  Excellent IT (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), and administration skills are essential.

What we can offer you:

  • The opportunity to join a prestigious organisation at an exciting time;

  • The opportunity to be part of a friendly and hard-working team;

  • A wide range of attractive benefits including flexible working options for this full-time position;

  • The scope to drive change and bring your own ideas to the role; and

  • A chance to use and develop the breadth of your skill set within a culture of support.

If you are interested in this role, please send your CV to hr@icas.com together with your salary expectations and a covering letter outlining why you believe your skills and experience make you the ideal candidate for the role.

Closing date: 11 December 2017 at 12pm

Head of Research / Assistant Director

Head of Research/Assistant Director

Edinburgh   £29,000 - £33,000 pro-rata depending on experience  
Part-time, 3 days per week

Overview

An opportunity has arisen for a Head of Research/Assistant Director to join ICAS to deliver policy relevant impactful research in accordance with the research strategy, which contributes to the delivery of the overall ICAS strategy.  This will include management of the ICAS research portfolio, leading and supporting the Strategy and Research Advisory Group, dissemination of ICAS research across various communities; collaboration with Universities and other high-profile bodies; influencing policy makers and raising the profile of ICAS research.  Additionally, involved in other ad-hoc thought leadership initiatives in a secretarial capacity.

Main Duties

    Key accountabilities of this role include:

    • To be accountable to the Strategy and Research Advisory Group and through it to the Policy Leadership Board for delivery of policy relevant and impactful research thus ensuring that ICAS effectively influences the development of evidence based policy on behalf of its members and in the public interest.

    • To encourage a forward-looking agenda to identify topics requiring research across the Policy Leadership Division and assist with the integration of research activity into the mainstream technical work.

    • To work with colleagues and the Senior Policy Director to identify and meet evidence needs of expert panels and the Policy Leadership Board.

    • To provide strategic guidance to the Strategy and Research Advisory Group and contribute to the operation of the Policy Leadership Board and Strategy and Research Advisory Group.

    • To ensure the ICAS research profile is maximised; through involvement in various dissemination activities, including events, digital and media channels, and across various communities (policy makers, members, academics etc).

    • To work with the Senior Policy Director in searching out and developing new opportunities and collaborations for leveraging our existing research funding and maximising the impact of our research.

    • To represent ICAS to external bodies and in meetings, at conferences etc, to maintain ICAS’ influence, reputation and profile, whilst developing and building up new relationships with key members and with key stakeholders (including policy developer targets and other representative bodies), to explore possibilities for liaison, co-operation and engagement.

    • To manage and monitor the portfolio of research projects within the research budget.

    • To maintain and enhance relationships with the international academic community in order to attract quality researchers to undertake ICAS research projects.

    • To provide high quality and timely support to members in technical queries.

    • To be responsible for leading Policy Leadership Board Task Forces and Working Groups formed from time to time to achieve the ICAS strategic goals.

    • Involvement in other proactive initiatives from time to time, as appropriate to the role.

Knowledge & Experience

The ideal candidate for this role would be qualified as a CA, or hold an equivalent professional qualification. They should have practical experience in industry at a senior level and technical experience in a broad range of issues facing the profession, ability to understand new issues as they arise and consider the implications of these for the profession and ability to deal with technical queries.


This role requires an individual who is a creative, independent thinker with experience of thought leadership initiatives. Research experience is preferred, including an understanding of research methods and interpretation of research results. To apply please forward your CV to hr@icas.com together with a covering letter outlining why you believe your skills and experience make you the ideal candidate for the role.


Closing date for applications: Monday 18th December 2017 at 5pm.

Exams Co-ordinator

Exam Co-ordinator

Edinburgh. Full-time, permanent

Overview

We currently have an exciting opportunity for an Exam Co-ordinator to join the Education division of ICAS. Reporting to the Exam Manager, this is a varied role which has responsibility for the logistical and administrative delivery of ICAS exams.

Core responsibilities

    Key activities include (but are not limited to):-

    • Working closely with the Examinations Manager to ensure that all exam events are delivered consistently and to the standards required;

    • Organising the attendance, quality control and payment of invigilators;

    • Organising the logistics of all examination events from planning of activities through to through to invoice being paid and examination results being released;

    • Corresponding (written and verbal) with all relevant parties regarding the planning and delivery of exam events (ie invigilators, area secretaries, students, training offices, examiners etc);
    • Assist the Student Education Committee by providing information related to applications for concessionary treatment in examinations;

    • Providing all Exam Committees, Panels and Boards with relevant statistics as appropriate;

    • Deliver excellence in service to all of those who use the examinations team (students, firms, external users);

    • Develop a close working relationship and understanding with all other members of the examinations team.

Knowledge, Skills & Experience

Administrative experience in a relevant environment and advanced IT skills, specifically in Microsoft Office applications and web updating along with copy typing and proof reading are essential. You must have the ability to work as part of a team as well as working independently and displaying initiative. The ability to prioritise and organise a varied workload is essential as well as accuracy and attention to detail.

There is a significant degree of manual handling required within this role to assist with the set-up of exam environments. Some UK travel will also be required to ensure the successful delivery of exam events.

To apply please forward your CV to hr@icas.com together with a covering letter outlining why you believe your skills and experience make you the ideal candidate for the role. The closing date for applications is Wednesday 6th December 2017 at 5pm.

Please note that interviews for this role will take place on Thursday 14th December 2017.

Test Engineer

Location

Edinburgh

Overview

ICAS has an opportunity for a Test Engineer to join as part of a team that is implementing a large-scale Business Transformation programme across ICAS. The project involves the upgrade and replacement of multiple legacy systems and the re-architecting of business processes.

The Test Engineer will ensure that our products, applications and systems work correctly. They will assess application quality through manual and automated testing and will be responsible for finding and reporting bugs and issues.

The Test Engineer will be accountable for establishing sound test procedures within ICAS.  The objective is to ensure all digital products delivered by ICAS work as expected so that ICAS customers receive a professional and world-class digital experience.

Principal accountabilities

  • Establish a test strategy within ICAS and mentor engineers in best practice
  • Review and document application specifications and test cases
  • Collaborate with development engineers and Business Analysts to develop effective strategies and test plans
  • Write user acceptance criteria
  • Execute test cases (manual or automated) and analyse results
  • Evaluate product code according to specifications
  • Report bugs and errors to development teams
  • Help troubleshoot issues
  • Conduct post-release/ post-implementation testing
  • Work with cross-functional teams to ensure quality throughout the software development lifecycle

Knowledge, Skills & Experience

Key accountabilities of this role include:

  • Experience establishing a test strategy and embedding new processes within an agile environment.
  • Proven experience as a QA tester or similar role
  • Ability to document and troubleshoot bugs
  • Working knowledge of test management software
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Analytical mind and problem-solving skills
  • *Familiarity with JIRA and Confluence.

If you are interested in this role, please send your CV to hr@icas.com together with your salary expectations and a covering letter outlining why you believe your skills and experience make you the ideal candidate for the role.

Closing date – Wednesday 6th December at 5pm.

Technical Project Manager

Location

Edinburgh - 12 month fixed-term contract

Overview

ICAS has an exciting opportunity for a Technical Project Manager to join ICAS to support the delivery of the digital transformation programme. Reporting to the Senior IT Manager, the aim of this role is to drive positive change through the delivery of several projects across an enterprise wide transformation project, with agreed budget and timescales.

The job holder will be responsible for planning and delivery of multiple project streams while ensuring support is in place for on-going maintenance and upkeep of existing systems. They will help drive process improvement and ensure full adoption of the new processes post implementation

Principal accountabilities

  • Project co-ordination and resource planning;
  • Management and delivery of multiple workstreams to include BAU maintenance and delivery of new capabilities and systems;
  • Identify and track key milestones and deliverables;
  • Align project management activities with third party vendors;
  • Communications;
  • Identifying, removing, escalating roadblocks;
  • Identifying, documenting and mitigating risks; and
  • Manage/eliminate customisation of software through challenge and skill.

Skills and knowledge required

The job holder will have experience of coordinating the delivery of medium sized projects, membership or education experience would be beneficial. Delivery of software projects will be a distinct advantage. Experience working in an Agile environment is desirable as is a willingness to question existing ways of working and recommend new ways of doing things. The post requires some knowledge of IT architecture and integration level activities. Experience in change management is useful, with specific focus on business process change. The individual must be a team player who demonstrates leadership through influencing. Experience in effectively communicating with business stakeholders is critical to success.

Experience with CRM technologies, specifically Microsoft Dynamics, would be a distinct advantage.

If you are interested in this role, please send your CV to hr@icas.com together with your salary expectations and a covering letter outlining why you believe your skills and experience make you the ideal candidate for the role.

Senior Insights Manager

Location

Edinburgh

Overview

ICAS has an exciting opportunity for a Senior Insights Manager to join the Central Registry team. Reporting to the Marketing Director, the purpose of the role is to bring a step change in how Insight and Analytics is embedded within ICAS in line with the overall business transformation programme to help drive the ICAS vision of ‘building THE leading global professional community’.

This is a new role, set up to shape and create a Customer Insight team and oversee the Customer Service team. As the key player in setting up the team, your role will be to provide direction within ICAS, in respect of business performance insights.

Principal accountabilities

  • Work closely with the Marketing Director and business transformation team to lead ensure Customer Insight becomes embedded in core ICAS decisions. This supports the next phase of the delivery of our strategy of ‘Building THE leading Global Professional Community.’
  • Lead the development of the Insight function to ensure all core business insight and analytics needs are met.
  • Own, shape and deliver relevant and timely customer insight.
  • Shape and develop a new Insight strategy with buy-in from key stakeholders across the business.
  • Bring insight to life in interesting ways that capture the imagination of both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Transform customer insight and develop marketing analytics capability to ensure all areas of the business have better information on which to make decisions relating to service provision and income generation.
  • Lead a step change in the effectiveness of insight and analytics across the business.
  • Act in an internal consultancy capacity to help solve and understand business problems and ultimately drive change.
  • Analyse, interpret and present research and insight findings to key internal and external stakeholders to ensure that the business derives maximum benefit through Insight.
  • Develop metrics for performance and insight management across the business.
  • Drive Insight and Analytics to improve marketing effectiveness across the whole marketing portfolio.
  • Improve ability to optimise data capture and data use through to implementation and measurements.
  • Turn data into actionable insight through effective team management and leadership.
  • Conduct regular competitor analysis to ensure ICAS remains a key competitive player.
  • Build automated reports and produce relevant MI information on a regular basis.  This involves identifying business requirements and building new reports as required.
  • Draw actionable insight from the reports and pro-actively share with key stakeholders in the business.
  • Undertake customer selections from the core database and provide marketing campaign support across all campaigns.
  • Investigate and resolve any data issues arising from routine MI and data analysis.

Skills and knowledge

The role requires an emotionally intelligent leader with strong influencing and interpersonal skills, who is resilient to the blockers of change. They should have a proven ability to deliver actionable Insight through effective leadership and be experienced in developing capability in areas such as market research, customer experience, measurement and analytics. Ideally, they should have experience in analysing MI to determine trends and performance, and experience in pro-actively analysing and presenting information from different data sources.

The ideal candidate would have sound technical and database knowledge and the ability to communicate with and influence senior stakeholders.

If you are interested in this role, please send your CV to hr@icas.com together with your salary expectations and a covering letter outlining why you believe your skills and experience make you the ideal candidate for the role.

Volunteering opportunities at ICAS

ICAS also has a range of volunteering opportunities available for CAs, including voluntary charity positions, voluntary committee opportunities, and volunteer opportunities for members who are retired or on a career break.

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