Manager, Standards Development & Technical Projects, International Audit & Assurance Standards Board
I. WHAT OPPORTUNITIES DOES THE MANAGER, STANDARDS DEVELOPMENT AND TECHNICAL PROJECTS, POSITION PRESENT?
Working for the IAASB provides a rich and diverse experience through the opportunity to enhance the quality of global audit and assurance practice in the public interest.
The position of Manager, Standards Development and Technical Projects offers the following unique personal and professional opportunities:
- To develop a global, public-interest oriented perspective on contemporary, real-world auditing, assurance and other related services issues.
- To significantly contribute to leading-edge auditing, assurance and other related services standard setting projects thereby enhancing global public trust in the accountancy profession.
- To engage with senior members of the accountancy profession, the global regulatory and standards-setting communities, investor, preparer, governance and other international stakeholder groups.
- To work in a dynamic, collaborative, multi-cultural and collegial environment including fostering relationships with colleagues in international ethics and education standard setting.
- For personal and professional growth.
- To travel internationally.
II. WHAT IS THE ROLE, AND WHAT ARE THE KEY ATTRIBUTES FOR THE POSITION?
The position of Manager, Standards Development and Technical Projects, is in an essential member of the IAASB Staff Team supporting the achievement of IAASB's strategy and objectives. The role and key attributes are shown below:
- Serve as the staff member (individually, or in coordination with senior staff) on IAASB standards development projects.
- Support research, analysis, and development of recommendations on standards-development or related initiatives, and provide support to external outreach and communication efforts of the IAASB.
- Self-motivation and confidence in dealing with others on complex technical matters with the flexibility to meet internal and external demands.
- Ability to work in a collaborative and team environment.
- Strong project management skills, in particular those necessary for the timely delivery of outputs including interpretation of what is needed for the success of a project.
- Strong inter-personal skills and ability to work in a multi-cultural setting.
- Excellent communication skills including written, verbal, listening, and presentation.
- Keen interest in public interest and practical auditing or assurance issues.
- Ability to liaise with senior members of the accountancy profession and regulatory community, as well as with senior officials from other external organizations.
Must be willing to travel internationally 10-15 days a year.
III. WHAT ARE THE ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES?
Essential duties and responsibilities include those set out below. Other duties may be assigned to meet business needs.
- Conduct project research, including structured consultations with a wide range of stakeholders globally.
- Plan, orchestrate and participate in IAASB and relevant task force meetings; draft minutes of the deliberations and decisions.
- Draft standards and guidance (exposure drafts and final versions) in consultation with relevant task forces and the IAASB.
- Prepare IAASB agenda material to meet quality in terms of technical content and clarity, as well as completeness, style and format.
- Support the development of meeting materials for key external support groups such as the IAASB Consultative Advisory Group (CAG) and IAASB-National Auditing Standard Setters (NSS) liaison group.
- Assist senior IAASB Staff to respond to developments and emerging issues, and inquiries regarding technical, process or administrative issues.
- Support the senior IAASB Staff in outreach activities including drafting articles and developing presentations.
- Support the delivery of the IAASB's various communication activities, including development of presentations, press and other communications.
- Assist senior IAASB Staff in responding to new developments and emerging issues, and to inquiries regarding technical, process or administrative issues.
IV. WHAT IS THE PREFERRED BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE FOR THE POSITION?
The ideal candidate will have the following background and experience:
- An ability to define - or redefine and clarify - technical audit issues from differing perspectives, and to articulate, sythensize and weigh the relevant merits of alternative viewpoints and potential resonses in a coherent manner.
- Practical experience in auditing or assurance. An understanding of the special considerations relating to public interest entities, small- and medium-sized entities (SMEs), small and medium practices (SMPs), or public sector entities is a plus.
- An understanding of, or familiarity with, the standard-setting process is a plus.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills. Fluency in written and spoken English is essential.
- Excellent technical, organizational and project management skills, and strong computer literacy.
- A Bachelor's degree or equivalent in accounting.
- Certification as a Chartered Accountant or Certified Public Accountant.
V. WHAT ELSE AND HOW DO I APPLY?
The position is located in the IFAC head office in New York. Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
VI. ABOUT THE IAASB
The International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) is an independent standard-setting body that serves the public interest by setting high-quality international standards for auditing, assurance, and other related areas, and by facilitating their adoption and implementation. In doing so, the IAASB enhances the quality and consistency of practice throughout the world and strengthens public confidence in the global auditing and assurance profession.
The IAASB is subject to oversight by the Public Interest Oversight Board (PIOB). The structures and processes that support the operations of the IAASB are facilitated by the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC).
The IAASB and its staff work closely on projects of mutual interest with the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA) and the International Accounting Education Standards Board (IAESB), among other bodies.
VII. ABOUT IFAC
IFAC is the global organization for the accountancy profession dedicated to serving the public interest by strengthening the profession and contributing to the development of strong international economies. It is comprised of more than 175 members and associates in 130 countries and jurisdictions, representing almost 3 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry, and commerce.