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Head of Qualifications Development

Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes, England
Up to GBP80000 per annum + Plus excellent benefits package
Closing date
22 Mar 2024

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Education and training
Salary band
£80,000 - £90,000
Full Time
Where will they be working
Hybrid - mostly home

Job Details

Head of Qualifications Development - ICAEW

Location: Milton Keynes / London (Hybrid Working Model: 3 Days Home, 2 Days Office)

Type: Permanent, Full Time

Salary: £80,000 per annum

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) is a world-leading professional membership organisation that promotes, develops, and supports chartered accountants and students worldwide. We provide qualifications and professional development, share our knowledge, insight, and technical expertise, and protect the quality and integrity of the accountancy and finance profession.

As we continue to evolve and innovate within the professional education sector, an exciting opportunity has arisen for a seasoned professional to join our team as the Head of Qualifications Development. This role is pivotal in ensuring that our qualifications remain at the forefront of the accountancy, finance, and business industries, meeting the needs of our key stakeholders and reflecting the latest in professional practice, including the impacts of technology and sustainability.


Qualification Development & Updates: Lead the development and timely, controlled update of all aspects of ICAEW's qualifications. Ensure updates are justified and implications are thoroughly communicated.

Strategy Contribution: Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to contribute to a medium/long-term strategy for ICAEW's qualifications.

Annual Updates Management: Oversee the annual update process of syllabuses and other relevant content, ensuring stakeholder engagement, adherence to strict timelines, and integration into existing processes and communications.

New Qualifications: Support and play a key role in the research, development, rollout, and communication of new and evolved qualifications.

Stakeholder Engagement: Build and maintain strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including ICAEW examiners, gathering and interpreting data to understand and meet their needs.

Representation: Represent the department at key meetings, ensuring qualifications are reflective of current workplace practices.

The Ideal Candidate:

As the successful candidate you will possess the ability to assimilate and interpret technical and regulatory requirements in an ever-evolving landscape. You will bring up to date knowledge of working practices in the accountancy or business sectors, naturally balanced with a deep understanding of the Professional Education sector.

You will have demonstrable experience of new product development, robust testing, product launch and project management to get it to market. Working across a matrix structure you will be emotionally intelligent to know when to coach, facilitate growth and development, but also ensuring key milestones are met.

Extensive experience of stakeholder management to board level is vital alongside the ability to analyse, report and present in a rich and compelling style.

A chartered accountancy qualification is advantageous, however, we welcome all applicants from across the professional and higher education sector.

Why work for us?

We want you to enjoy your work and flourish in your role.

Our working environment is friendly and supportive, and we encourage everyone to understand personal differences and treat each other with respect.

We are a diverse organisation, employing skilled and motivated people from all backgrounds and helping them to reach their full potential, through training and development.

Sustainability is important to us, and we work hard to reduce our carbon footprint, whether that's in our buildings through lighting and heating, or encouraging staff to recycle and reduce paper consumption.

Our employee benefits include:

A substantial suite of training and developmentFlexible working arrangementsA generous benefits package which includes gym discounts, pension plan, season ticket travel loans and health and dental plans

We are a disability confident employer.


There are more than 1.8m chartered accountants and students around the world and 189,500 of them are members and students of ICAEW. They are talented, ethical and committed professionals, which is why all of the top 100 Global Brands employ chartered accountants.*

ICAEW promotes inclusivity, diversity and fairness. We attract talented individuals into the profession and give them the skills and values they need to build resilient businesses, economies and societies, while ensuring our planet's resources are managed sustainably.

Founded in 1880, we have a long history of serving the public interest and we continue to work with governments, regulators and business leaders around the world. And, as an improvement regulator, we supervise and monitor over 12,000 firms, holding them, and all ICAEW members and students, to the highest standards of professional competency and conduct.

ICAEW is proud to be part of Chartered Accountants Worldwide, a global network of 750,000 members across 190 countries, which promotes the expertise and skills of chartered accountants on a global basis.

We believe that chartered accountancy can be a force for positive change. By sharing our insight, expertise and understanding we can help to create strong economies and a sustainable future for all.

*CAW, 2020 - Interbrand, Best Global Brands 2019

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