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:

Course Content Creator/Manager


Full time, Permanent, Edinburgh

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a course content creator/manager to join the Learning division of ICAS. Reporting to the Director (Programme Delivery), this is a varied role which has responsibility for leading the subject of Technology in the CA syllabus. The successful individual will also work on other technology projects related to education.

Core responsibilities

Key activities include, but are not limited to:

  • To create, source and maintain technical content in areas related to technology, information, data and digital within the CA syllabus
  • To develop education resources appropriate for online delivery
  • To be involved in creating examination intellectual property to the quality standards set by the ICAS Examination Board and Panels.
  • To manage and lead a team of colleagues throughout the UK in the delivery of consistent learning to high standards.
  • To provide advice on the integration of technical subject matter in emerging technology to all colleagues in the Learning team
  • To undertake, in collaboration with others, projects defined by ICAS Executive, in commercial and members' development

Knowledge, Skills & Experience

  • Highly educated, highly developed written and oral communication skills and demonstrable current expertise are essential.
  • A professional qualification in accountancy, experience in a Learning environment and demonstrable creative and innovative skills would also be highly desirable.
  • The role can include teaching across part of the CA qualification.

Please note that interviews for this role will take place shortly after the closing date.

To apply please forward your CV 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 Monday 19 August 5pm BST.

Outreach Coordinator, SCABA

  • Contract type: Part-time 1 day per week
  • Salary: £32,000 to £38,000 pro rata
  • Location: Home-based with travel throughout Scotland and Board meetings each quarter in central Edinburgh
  • Essential: Driving licence, use of a car for work and Disclosure Scotland clearance

The Scottish Chartered Accountants' Benevolent Association (SCABA) is a long-established charity which supports members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants' of Scotland and their dependants.

This postholder will be responsible for the delivery of a high-quality professional service aligned to SCABA’s key objectives to provide support and advice to applicants and beneficiaries relating to all aspects of social care, health-related challenges and financial issues. In addition, the postholder will provide an assessment and advisory service to the Board of Trustees to assist with the decision-making process when considering the awarding of financial assistance or alternative support.

The post holder will also participate and contribute to on-going service improvement and development within the charity and provide advice relating to current legislation and standards of practice and care within the Social/Health Care arena.

Copies of the Job Description and application form are available here: Job Description | Application Form

To apply please return the completed application form by email or by post to:

The Scottish Chartered Accountants’ Benevolent Association
PO BOX 28843, Edinburgh, EH14 9BY

The closing date for applications is 10.00am Monday 16th September 2019. Please note interviews will be held on Wednesday 9th October 2019.

Learning Technologist x 2


1 Full-time, Permanent 

1 Full-time, 18-month Fixed Term Contract

An exciting opportunity has arisen for two talented, experienced and dedicated Learning Technologists to join the Learning Team at ICAS. Working closely with SMEs, you will be responsible for developing new interactive material and update existing resources for post-graduate level students. You will also suggest improvements, offer alternative approaches to digital learning and lead on the testing and uploading of these resources to the learning management system (LMS) prior to their release.

The post holder of the fixed term role will help develop online learning resources for the digitalisation of our second level of study, the Test of Professional Skills (TPS), which is expected to go live in February 2021.

Core Responsibilities

  • Develop engaging, impactful online learning material including (but not limited to) audio, video and interactive SCORM-based resources.
  • Lead on the introduction, production and delivery of instructional material, assessments and monitoring schemes for both new and existing courses in all areas of the department.
  • Provide pedagogic advice, guidance and support on the appropriate use of technology to members of teaching staff.
  • Prepare, deliver and manage reports, recommendations, or alternatives that address existing and future issues related to LMS data.
  • Ensure full technical and quality review of learning material before it goes live and suggest improvements where relevant.
  • Develop a working knowledge of myCABLE (ICAS learning platform), suggest improvements and log technical issues.

Knowledge, Skills & Experience


  • Educated to degree level or equivalent.
  • 3+ years or experience in a similar role.
  • Experience in developing online learning resources for adult learners.
  • Instructional Design experience in an adult-learning environment, which can include designing end-to-end learning experiences (i.e. training needs analysis, storyboarding, development and deployment of material and evaluation) and working with SMEs.
  • Experience of Articulate Storyline/Adobe Captivate and Audacity (or similar audio editing software).
  • Experience working with a learning management system (LMS), e.g Brightspace, Moodle or Blackboard.
  • Strong IT skills, understanding of underlying technology and ability to learn new software and programs.


  • Experience of industry-standard design and multi-media packages, e.g. Adobe
  • Photoshop/Premiere/Illustrator.
  • Experience of web conferencing software.
  • Knowledge of and interest in digital trends and developments and visual design.
  • Ability to manage own workload, manage multiple projects and identify issues as they arise.
  • Ability to work to deadlines and conflicting priorities.
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team, as well as independently.
  • Able to vary tone of voice, style and content format of material to suit different target audiences and channels.

If you believe you have the skills and experience for 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. The closing date for applications is​ Friday 20 September, 5.00pm BST.

Please state in your covering letter whether you would like to be considered for the permanent or fixed-term role.​

Finance Assistant


Full-time, 9-month Fixed Term Contract

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Finance Assistant to join our Business Services team. Reporting to the Finance Manager, this role will be responsible for providing support within our Finance Department in recording and retrieving financial details; including maintaining financial records, processing payments, reconciliations and other ad hoc financial tasks.

This is a busy role whereby you will need to be able to effectively adhere to reporting deadlines, provide prompt resolutions to queries and adapt quickly to changing priorities.

Core responsibilities

Key activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Preparing Balance Sheet reconciliations,
  • Fixed Assets and Investments
  • Track and reconcile bank statements
  • Support monthly Payroll and expenses
  • Monthly Payroll FYP
  • Support Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable
  • Create, send and follow up on invoices with suppliers and customers
  • Debt management
  • Suggest changes or improvements to increase accuracy, efficiency and cost reductions
  • Adhere to ICAS's financial policies and procedures
  • Attend finance department and company-wide meetings
  • Participate in Financial Year End and annual audit

Knowledge, skills & experience

  • Degree in Accounting or Finance preferred
  • Actively studying or about to start accountancy studies preferred
  • Excellent planning, problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Advanced MS Excel skills (creating spreadsheets and using financial functions)
  • Good organisational and time-management skills
  • Attention to detail, with the ability to spot numerical errors
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Self-motivated and enthusiastic
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet targets and deadlines
  • Able to respond effectively to changing priorities
  • Able to manage high volume workload
  • Willingness to accept responsibility
  • Able to work effectively with minimal management guidance/supervision

To apply please forward your CV 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 Tuesday 17 September 2019, 5.00pm BST.

Please note that interviews for this role will take place shortly after the closing date.

Practice support specialist


At ICAS we have a fantastic opportunity within our Practice Department.

We are seeking to recruit a Practice Support Specialist to join our excellent team.

This is an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated and professional team player with a strong digital solutions advisory and project management background.

Core responsibilities

  • Provision of practice support services (paid and unpaid), with a focus on navigating the future of the profession, to assist members to develop their practice, meet their regulatory obligations and deliver improvements to systems
  • In conjunction with the Director of Practice, to develop practice support products and services (paid and unpaid) to meet the needs of members
  • Managing and developing technical content of any products and services provided by the practice team
  • Providing content for any publications, e-learning and other communications, ensuring that deadlines are met
  • Liaising with internal and external parties on future practice requirements and developments.

Knowledge, skills and experience

  • Excellent knowledge of a wide range of general practice areas
  • Awareness of practice management issues
  • Strong interest and experience in new technology
  • Strong project management skills
  • Preferable to hold Chartered Accountant or equivalent qualification with post qualifying experience in practice
  • Strong commercial acumen
  • A high degree of organisational and time management skills
  • Effective communicator
  • Good report writing skills
  • Ability to work with a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to work on own initiative

This is a fantastic opportunity to join ICAS and contribute to a world-leading professional body in a key role.

Do you believe you have the skills and experience to fulfil this role? If so, please world-leading along with your covering letter to outline why you are the ideal candidate for the position.


Full Time; Permanent
Edinburgh or Glasgow

Do you have an interest in Education? If so, have you considered educating the CAs of tomorrow?

ICAS trains and examines all students in classes around Scotland and further afield. We create material, lead classes, and prepare students for their CA qualification examinations.

We are seeking an enthusiastic accounting professional, ideally a qualified accountant with an interest in accounting education, based in either Edinburgh or Glasgow, to join the Learning Divison team. You should have strong technical skills and be interested in helping with the continued development of the CA qualification.

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 could also expect to have client-facing responsibilities.

Training would be provided for delivering lectures to students, but public speaking/teaching experience would be an advantage.

To apply please forward your CV 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 September 26 September 2019, 5.00pm BST.

TPS Moderators in Assurance & Business Systems and Taxation

ICAS is looking to make two appointments to the TPS Panel, an Assurance & Business Systems Moderator and a Tax Moderator.


  • Time Commitment for each role:  approximately 20 business days per year
  • Length of term: the appointments will run for an initial period of three years.
  • The TPS Moderator will receive a fee of £8,333 pa plus travel expenses in accordance with the ICAS expenses policy.

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. ICAS is 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). It is an exciting time to be joining ICAS as the CA syllabus is currently being updated to ensure the CA qualification continues to provide the accountants of the future with the technical knowledge and skills they will need, and these roles will play an integral part of this process.

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 and this will be expanding to five subjects by 2021. The TPS exams test technical knowledge and the ability to apply and communicate this to a client in a given scenario.

Core Responsibilities

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 TPS 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.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Ideally, applicants will be qualified accountants with at least five years’ post-qualifying experience
  • Excellent knowledge of Auditing and Assurance or Taxation.
  • The successful applicants are likely to have an established interest in education and are likely to have marked professional examinations.

To apply please forward your CV 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 2 October 2019, 5.00pm BST.

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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