Head of Representation and Technical Policy
Head of Representation and Technical Policy My esteemed Client, a highly respected Professional Body, is recruiting for an experienced, ambitious and dedicated professional accountant with a proven track record in the profession. This role will provide you with the opportunity to: Work closely with partners, technical directors and other senior members of the profession, experts in the areas of financial reporting, audit and assurance, practice risk management and insolvency; Liaise with senior representatives of Government departments, other State agencies and international standard setters; Enhance your technical knowledge working with experts in financial reporting, auditing, insolvency and related company law matters; Enhance your writing and communication skills in preparing technical guidance documents and the providing technical assistance to members; Manage projects and other activities of significance to members and to the profession; and Manage a team which plays a key role in the development of the accountancy profession in Ireland. This is an excellent opportunity to develop your career and there is a competitive salary and benefits on offer with good work-life balance. Role RTP is responsible for a broad technical policy agenda of relevance to the Institute, its membership and the accountancy profession. RTP manages and supports the activities of a range of technical committees and working groups, consisting of expert volunteers drawn from the practice (both large and smaller firms) and industry, coordinating policy on matters relating to financial reporting, audit and assurance, insolvency and company and other business law matters. Reporting to the RTP Director, the successful candidate will manage the RTP team (currently consisting of four team members, including three professional accountants). The role will involve the management and prioritisation of agendas and work programmes of the technical committees. He or she will be involved in formulating Institute policy as regards relevant legal, regulatory proposals and proposals from standard setters. The role also involves representing the Institute with government, regulatory agencies and other bodies in Ireland, the UK and elsewhere. The position will interest those who enjoy the challenge of a rapidly changing environment and are interested in leading a team which is at the centre of the development of the accountancy profession in Ireland. The role is diverse and includes: Management, with the RTP Director, of the RTP team, ensuring appropriate allocation of responsibilities and delivery of agreed goals, and ongoing management of the Institute's technical agenda while ensuring efficient management of financial resources; Preparing, with committees/working groups, guidance and information documents for members; Preparing with committees/working groups, submissions to consultations by international accounting, auditing and ethics standard setters, including the FRC, the IASB and the IAASB; Liaising with various Irish and UK Government Departments on company law and other legislation impacting on the work of accountants, auditors and insolvency practitioners; Interacting with various regulatory and other state agencies such as the Central Bank, IAASA, ODCE and CRO on regulatory and other matters relevant to the profession and business in general; Engaging with various other agencies/bodies regarding reporting by accountants on issues such as the protection of client monies and the provision of grants and licences; Coordinating on matters of common interest with other accounting bodies in Ireland, the UK and Europe; Providing technical assistance to members through the Technical Enquiry Service and by giving presentations to network groups, at CPD courses and at conferences; Assisting other departments/functions of the Institute on technical matters. The Candidate The successful candidate will be an experienced qualified accountant and be able to demonstrate: A good understanding of the legal framework and technical requirements faced by accountants, auditors and insolvency practitioners and a strong interest in technical matters; A proven record as a team player; A high focus on quality and attention to detail; Strong influencing and relationship management skills; Strong organisational, presentation, written and oral communication skills; Strong project management skills and the necessary drive and determination to see projects through to a conclusion. Desirable Experience The following would be of distinct advantage to candidates: Demonstrable experience of managing a team of experienced professionals; Expertise and experience in audit technical/methodologies and risk management. The role is full time and is based in our Dublin office but will involve some travel within Ireland, north and south, to the UK and occasionally to other European countries.