Senior Technical Manager - Implementation

Salary: Dependent upon experience
Location: London

Who we are and what we do

The IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards) Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit organisation which works in the public interest. Our mission is to develop Standards that bring transparency, accountability and efficiency to financial markets around the world. Our work serves the public interest by fostering trust, growth and long-term financial stability in the global economy.

The Foundation is a stimulating and challenging place to work. We have around 150 staff, mainly based in London, drawn from nearly 30 nationalities covering roles in technical accounting, operational and support functions.

The Implementation team is responsible for supporting the International Accounting Standards Board (the Board) and the IFRS Interpretations Committee in responding to, and addressing, issues arising from the implementation and application of IFRS Standards. This includes the development of educational implementation materials, IFRIC agenda decisions, IFRIC Interpretations and narrow-scope amendments.

What we are looking for

We are looking for a Senior Technical Manager to work on the Board’s implementation support activities. Senior Technical Managers focus primarily on the technical aspects of a project but they must also have an understanding of the wider set of risks to the project, including political issues. 

As a member of the Implementation team you will need to be a strong IFRS generalist with previous experience of IFRS Standards and identifying solutions to IFRS implementation issues. You will be expected to work with subject matter experts where appropriate. Specifically your responsibilities will include the following:

  • Assess application questions about IFRS Standards and follow-up as appropriate with stakeholders.
  • Develop proposals on specific accounting issues for consideration by the Board and the IFRS Interpretations Committee and facilitate decision-making on the issues identified.
  • Consult with a wide range of external stakeholders from industry and the accounting, investment, regulatory and standard-setting communities in order to ascertain their views and to share research, materials and information about the organisation, technical projects and the standard-setting process.
  • Prepare and review a range of documents including technical staff papers, due process documents, educational materials and other communication materials.

What you will need

Skills and attributes

  • Well-developed technical knowledge of IFRS Standards on a range of subjects.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, including the ability to:
    • communicate complex financial reporting issues in an assessable way
    • effectively lead meetings with external stakeholders
    • write clearly and concisely.
  • Strong research and analytical skills to understand in detail complex financial reporting issues.
  • Ability to think objectively about financial reporting issues and to identify and develop practical solutions.
  • Ability to understand and consider different positions on a particular issue and respond to and challenge them constructively.
  • Ability to work flexibly and to adapt to changing priorities.
  • Strong team ethic, with the proven ability to work effectively and collaboratively with others.
  • Commitment to the objectives of the IFRS Foundation and to the ideals of standard-setting in the public interest.

Qualifications and experience

  • Master’s degree or accountancy / CFA qualification.
  • Previous experience and detailed knowledge of applying and interpreting IFRS Standards across a range of technical areas.
  • Previous experience of leading technical projects in accounting policy, standard-setting, financial / auditing practice, banking or regulation.
  • Technical report writing experience in an academic, financial, standard-setting or regulatory environment.

To apply

To apply, please send a detailed CV and covering letter outlining why you meet the requirements of the role to

Closing date: 23 June 2017

Due to the number of responses we receive we are unable to respond individually to each application. If you do not hear from us within two weeks of the closing date you may assume that your application has been unsuccessful.

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