Technical Leadership Team Member

Location: London

Duration: permanent

Salary: competitive, plus benefits

Reports to: Executive Technical Director

Background: Effective engagement with stakeholders is critical to fulfilling the IFRS Foundation’s mission. Based on the principles of transparency, full and fair consultation and accountability, the objective of stakeholder engagement is to:

  • build and maintain relationships with stakeholders;
  • ensure effective feedback is obtained for the development of high-quality Standards; and
  • promote a common understanding of IFRS Standards to support their consistent application.

Stakeholder engagement occurs at a policy level and a technical level. This role focuses on technical stakeholder engagement.

Job purpose: To lead a small team responsible for developing and maintaining a stakeholder engagement strategy and facilitating its execution by Board and staff members. The role is also expected to provide senior level support on wider organisational matters.

Principal accountabilities

This role leads a small team responsible for the following:

Development and maintenance of a technical stakeholder engagement strategy 

  • Develop and maintain a strategy for Board and staff members to effectively achieve the above stakeholder engagement objectives. The engagement strategy should reflect priorities and synergies related to, for example, the Board’s technical activities, stakeholder needs, and effective methods of interaction (eg, meetings, webcasts, conferences, printed materials) whilst balancing the demands of stakeholders with Board and staff members’ availability.

Facilitate execution of the strategy by Board and staff members

  • Develop deep working relationships with a wide network of stakeholders, understanding each party’s environment
    • Inspire trust and stakeholder commitment to a single set of high quality global financial reporting Standards
    • Stay apprised of stakeholder views, identifying potential issues on a timely basis and communicating to Board and relevant staff members
    • Maintain open and regular lines of communication
  • Monitor technical projects and stakeholder views to advise project teams in planning outreach and managing issues and risks
  • Create and coordinate opportunities for a two-way dialogue that assists with Board and technical project team needs and allows for stakeholder views to be heard
  • Serve as the primary contact for the organisation’s standing consultative groups
    • Develop agendas for meetings with these groups that best support technical projects and the Board’s agenda including managing the resource commitment of the project teams
    • Report back on the meetings to the Board and the technical project teams
    • Commission, review and advise on papers and the project team’s approach for these meetings
  • Assist Foundation staff as needed in their support of policy-level stakeholder engagement
  • Monitor performance against key performance indicators

As a member of the Technical Leadership Team, this individual will also:

  • Provide and communicate a clear, consistent sense of purpose and direction.
  • Effectively manage, coach and develop staff by undertaking staff processes such as performance reviews and determining pay.
  • Lead by example and role-model the skills and behaviour expected of staff.
  • Work with other members of the Technical Leadership Team and support the Executive Technical Director in coordinating the development and delivery of the Board’s work plan and the development, management and culture of the wider organisation.


1. Technical knowledge and thinking abilities:

  • Demonstrates strong understanding of technical projects, IFRS Standards and their mechanics, and the standard-setting process.
  • Identifies, understands and analyses issues.
  • Shows rigour, consistency and attention to detail in work.
  • Proposes well-reasoned recommendations which draw out implications, including cost/benefit analysis.
  • Develops feasible solutions which demonstrate practicality and innovative thinking and an understanding of the interconnections in models and concepts across Standards.
  • Understands the strategic context of a project and can effectively position ideas and anticipate and address political issues.
  • Makes proportionate and timely decisions, consulting with internal and externals parties appropriately.
  • Displays impartiality, balance and openness in developing, defending and accepting alternative views.

2. Managing self and relationships:

  • Proven networking and relationship building skills.
  • Is enthusiastic, proactive, and motivated, works effectively under pressure, and remains positive even when faced with setbacks.
  • Self-aware. Flexible and open to change.
  • Demonstrates the Foundation’s values.
  • Shows professionalism, respect and empathy, relating well to others.
  • Has experience working with many cultures, demonstrating an ability to effectively interact with different backgrounds and styles.
  • Focuses on organisational over individual priorities.
  • Can develop and communicate a sense of purpose and direction and lead all involved to desired outcomes.
  • Leads by example; inspires trusts amongst staff, Board and external stakeholders.
  • Constructively addresses disagreements and conflicts in a timely manner.
  • Facilitates individual and organisational growth and development by coaching and empowering staff, providing timely and constructive feedback, and promoting knowledge sharing, experimentation and learning.

3. Planning and delivering work:

  • Sets appropriate objectives, responsibilities, timetables and priorities for teams, and provides input on strategic, cross-organisational issues.
  • Delegates work effectively and builds teams appropriately.
  • Organises and manages own time and work across competing priorities.
  • Anticipates problems and develops contingency plans; comfortable with ambiguity and unpredictability.
  • Takes ownership and responsibility for the quality of the work output and able to make difficult decisions to move work forward.
  • Strives for continuous improvement and identifies and implements creative practices for increased efficiency and effectiveness.

4. Effective communications:

  • Communicates in a concise, clear and well-structured way, appropriately tailored to the audience, taking account of strategic, diplomatic and political sensitivities.
  • Able to adopt multiple methods of communication to communicate to a range of audiences to achieve desired strategic outcomes.
  • Able to communicate persuasively and authentically, whilst still presenting issues, evidence, analysis and recommendations in a balanced manner.
  • Drafts and reviews documents with robust analyses of alternative views, defensible support of recommendation and clear, simple, logical and consistent articulation; able to identify and address when there are risks of multiple interpretations.
  • Presents effectively to internal and external audiences.
  • Listens actively and manages questions and comments competently and constructively.
  • Acts as an ambassador for the organisation, showing diplomacy, gravitas, maturity and technical expertise.
  • Understands others' viewpoints and identifies underlying messages and nuanced differences in views.

To apply

Please send a detailed CV and covering letter outlining why you meet the requirements of the role, and your salary expectations to

Closing date: 31 January 2020

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