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:

TPE Exam panel Member

Overview

The CA Education division is looking to appoint a Member to the TPE Exam Panel.

ICAS has been educating and training Chartered Accountants (CA) for over 160 years and there are currently over 3,000 CA students across the UK studying towards the CA qualification.  The CA qualification is recognised under the UK Companies Act 2006 and ICAS is a Recognised Qualifying Body.  In 2014, ICAS was approved as a Credit Rating Body by the Scottish Credit & Qualification Framework (SCQF) Partnership and the CA qualification is recognised at SCQF Level 11 (Masters Level).

The maintenance of integrity, standing and professional standards in all aspects of the CA qualification is vital to ICAS. The role of the TPE Panel in the setting of final examination within the CA qualification, the Test of Professional Expertise (TPE), plays an intrinsic part in maintaining those values and standards. Through the consistency and rigour of the examination process, the TPE Exam Panel helps ensure that the reputation of the CA Qualification is upheld both within the UK and globally.

Terms of Reference

    The terms of reference for a TPE Panel Member are as follows:

  • To act as a full member  and attend all meetings of the TPE Exam Panel;
  • To act as a lead case study question writer ;
  • To review and edit draft case study questions written by other lead writers;
  • To test by attempting draft case study questions written by other lead writers;
  • To attend Paper Review meetings;
  • To attend TPE marking schools and contribute to marker briefings.

Skills and Experience

Applicants will be qualified accountants with at least five years’ post qualifying experience.  Strong written skills are essential together with the ability to work within a team.  Delivering to agreed deadlines is also essential.  

The successful applicant is likely to have an established interest in education and is likely to have marked professional examinations.

Time Commitment and Remuneration

The time commitment will average approximately 15 business days per year, and range between 10 and 20 days as a consequence of the paper creation cycle.

The appointment will be effective from 1 March 2017 and will run for an initial period of three years.

The TPE Panel Member will receive a fee of £7,847 pa plus travel expenses in accordance with the ICAS expenses policy.

Interested applicants should submit a CV detailing their relevant experience to
Hayley Reid, TPE Examinations Manager (hreid@icas.org.uk) by 27 January 2017.

Test of Professional Skills (TPS) Assurance and Business Systems Moderator

Overview

ICAS has been educating and training Chartered Accountants (CA) for over 160 years and there are currently over 3,000 CA students across the UK studying towards the CA qualification.  The CA qualification is recognised under the UK Companies Act 2006 and ICAS is a Recognised Qualifying Body.  In 2014, ICAS was approved as a Credit Rating Body by the Scottish Credit & Qualification Framework (SCQF) Partnership and the CA qualification is recognised at SCQF Level 11 (Masters Level).

The maintenance of integrity, standing and professional standards in all aspects of the CA qualification is vital to ICAS.   The role of the TPS Exam Panel, in setting the exams in the four TPS subjects and ratifying the marks, plays an intrinsic part in maintaining those values and standards. Through the consistency and rigour of the examination process, the TPS Exam Panel helps ensure that the reputation of the CA Qualification is upheld both within the UK and globally.

The four subjects at the TPS level are: Advanced Finance; Assurance & Business Systems; Financial Reporting; and Taxation. The TPS exams test technical knowledge and the ability to apply and communicate this to a client in a given scenario. The CA Education division is looking to appoint an Assurance & Business Systems Moderator to the TPS Exam Panel.

Terms of Reference

    The terms of reference for a TPS Moderator are as follows:

  • Preparation for, and attendance and participation in TPS Exam Panel meetings for mark ratification and paper review for all TPS subjects;
  • Ensuring that the Assurance and Business Systems exam papers are prepared in accordance with ICAS requirements;
  • Attendance and participation in TPS Marking School to ensure that the marking processes and marks awarded are in accordance with ICAS requirements.

Skills and Experience

Ideally, applicants will be qualified accountants with at least five years’ post qualifying experience and an excellent knowledge of Auditing and Assurance. The successful applicant is likely to have an established interest in education and is likely to have marked professional examinations.

Time Commitment and Remuneration

The time commitment will average approximately 20 business days per year and the appointment will run for an initial period of three years.

The TPS Moderator will receive a fee of £8,010 pa plus travel expenses in accordance with the ICAS expenses policy.

Interested applicants should submit a CV detailing their relevant experience to
Hayley Reid, ICAS Examinations Manager (hreid@icas.com) by 27 January 2017.

Colleague Communications Manager

Location

Edinburgh – Fixed-term contract (12 months)

Overview

ICAS has an opportunity for a Colleague Communications Manager to develop a programme of internal communications in support of the Digital Transformation Programme.  This is a brand new role, established to shape, create and embed colleague communications across the business.
There is a need to foster a culture of change, help build momentum and support for the programme through colleague engagement.

Principal Accountabilities for the role are as follows:

  • Work closely with the Director of People and Business Transformation team to ensure Colleague Communications become embedded across ICAS. This work will support the delivery of our transformation strategy.
  • Own, shape and deliver a timely communications strategy to foster a culture of change and collaboration.
  • Ensure buy-in from key stakeholders across the business and help generate a sense of excitement.
  • Tell the ICAS story by working with the marketing and content teams to ensure a ‘develop once, publish everywhere’ mentality that looks for opportunities to share and re-use content.
  • Bring change and culture to life in interesting ways that capture the imagination of colleagues and Council.
  • Lead a step change in the way ICAS communicates and works.
  • Act in an internal consultancy capacity to help understand and solve business problems and ultimately drive change.
  • Develop metrics for performance management across the business.
  • Act as a mentor internally to coach individuals and embed thinking about modern colleague communications.

Skills required:

  • An emotionally intelligent leader, who is resilient to the blockers of change.
  • A natural communicator with strong influencing and interpersonal skills.
  • An experienced story teller who can develop a narrative and tell the same story in different ways.
  • A confident, engaging presenter.
  • An excellent team player and team builder.
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills at all levels.
  • Able to provide innovative solutions and create something from scratch.

Experience

  • Team or project management experience.
  • A proven internal communications professional with a track record of delivery.
  • An ability to engage at all levels with proven experience of building and nurturing relationships across a business.
  • Must be a team player willing to take responsibility for different aspects of the role.
  • Experience of consistently delivering results and adding value to a business.
  • Ability to present their case in a clear, actionable and imaginative way.
  • Comfortable using MS Office.
  • Experience in a digital/change/transformation programme a bonus.
  • Jira/Confluence experience a bonus.

If you are interested in this role, please send 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 is 1st Februaury at 5pm.

Learning Technologist Designer

Location

Edinburgh – Fixed-term contract (18 months)

Overview

ICAS has an opportunity for a Learning Technologist Designer to join our Education division on a fixed-term contract.  The successful candidate will be part of a team responsible for the delivery of approximately 500 online resources.  Working with subject matter experts, they will create new interactive learning resources and update and improve existing resources.

Principal Accountabilities for the role are as follows:

  • Work with content writers and current learning technologists to develop consistent online material, primarily using “Articulate Storyline” software, based on PowerPoint.  This will include audio resources which require editing.
  • Follow style and tone for content, and suggest improvements where relevant.
  • Follow processes to ensure full technical and quality review of material before it goes live, and suggest improvements where relevant.
  • Work with team to agree appropriate deadlines for work and meet these.
  • Develop a knowledge of the three levels of study at ICAS.
  • Develop a working knowledge of CABLE (ICAS learning website), suggest improvements for future and log any issues to be passed to site developers.
  • Manage the upload of materials to CABLE, and manage the update of text on the site.
  • Maintain trackers of all learning resources and their current status.
  • Act as one of the key contacts for student questions arising from the learning website.
  • Contribute to the development of improved online material and delivery of online resources in other areas of the Department as required by Director, Development.

Knowledge, Skills & Experience

The ideal candidate for this role would have E-learning instructional design experience in an adult learning environment, along with experience of working with subject matter experts.  Experience of Articulate Storyline and Audacity (or similar) is essential, and experience of working with a learning management system (LMS) eg Moodle or Blackboard, as well as visual design experience would be desirable.

The ideal candidate would possess strong verbal and communication skills and have strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work to deadlines.

If you are interested in this role, please send 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 is Monday 30 January at 5pm.

Tax Lecturer

Vacancy for Tax Lecturer, CA Education, Edinburgh - Closing 10 February 2017

Do you have an interest in Education? If so, have you considered becoming a tutor?

The CA Education Department at ICAS trains and examines all students in classes around the UK.  Our tutors create material, lead classes and prepare these students for their CA and ITP examinations.

We are seeking an enthusiastic tax professional, possibly a qualified accountant with an interest in tax and accounting education, based in Edinburgh to join the Education team.  We are looking for an individual with strong technical skills, interested in helping with the continued development of the CA and ITP qualifications.  The successful applicant will teach tax to students, members and others and would be expected to become involved in teaching other syllabus areas.

The role will include teaching, technical writing to update teaching material, technical review of material, creation of online material and project work linked to education strategy. You will also have client facing responsibilities.

Training will be provided for delivering lectures to students, but public speaking/teaching experience would be an advantage. You must be willing to travel in order to commence work at 9.00am at venues around Scotland and further afield. The role includes some overnight travel.

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

Closing date for applications is 10 February 2017.

No Recruitment Agencies please

Head of Editorial (Maternity Cover)

Location

Edinburgh – Fixed-term contract (Until May 2018)

Overview

An excellent opportunity has arisen for a Head of Editorial (Maternity Cover) to join ICAS on a fixed-term contract until May 2018.  The Head of Editorial leads the strategy, development and delivery of content across ICAS digital channels to maximize engagement with ICAS membership and other key audiences.  The post holder has leadership responsibility for the ICAS Editorial Team, and the strategic editorial direction.  The Head of Editorial supports the Director of Digital Transformation in the delivery of ‘Virtual ICAS’ – a digitally focused organization which engages effectively with its membership.

Principal Duties

  • Define and lead the ICAS content and editorial strategy across ICAS’ digital channels and publications, including the CA Today news service, digital magazine and ICAS website.
  • Management and governance of impactful, targeted and personalised content, ensuring adherence to the highest editorial standards, digital strategy, best practice and style and tone guidelines.
  • Management of the ICAS editorial calendar and development of effective content production and planning processes across ICAS, ensuring content is coordinated, planned and promoted effectively.
  • Develop and embed editorial principles and standards to maximise ICAS digital presence and engagement with members and other key audiences, with a focus on contribution and collaboration.
  • Manage, support and develop the Editorial Team within ICAS to drive the content offer and be an exemplar for colleagues and members.
  • Drive editorial and digital change within ICAS.
  • Grow the organisation’s digital capability through training and support for ICAS colleagues and members, enabling self-sufficiency in the delivery of content.
  • Manage the budget for the Editorial work stream within the Digital Department, with a focus on delivering best value in the use of services and suppliers.
  • Oversee dynamic reporting and analysis processes, enabling ICAS to draw on these insights to deliver digital services and content more effectively.

The ideal candidate for this role must have:

  • Experience in a senior editorial position, with a proven track record in content management and production processes across digital channels.
  • Strong editorial judgement, with an ability to edit and tailor content by channel.
  • A successful track record in developing content capability – supporting Editorial teams and colleagues across the business in the delivery of optimised content.
  • Proven leadership and engagement skills.
  • Experience in driving change
  • The ability to think strategically and tactically and align content to an organisation’s objectives and activities.

If you would like to apply for this role please note your interest by sending a covering letter to hr@icas.com outlining why you believe your skills and experience make you the ideal candidate for the role.

Closing date for applications is 8 Februaury at 5pm.

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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