Technical Manager, Audit Standards and Reform

Job Title: Technical Manager, Audit Standards and Reform
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
Salary: c£70,000
Contact Name: Alexandra Simpson
Contact Email:
Job Published: February 04, 2021 19:50

Job Description

Role family

Management responsibility:


Technical Strategy


Does this role have management responsibility for others?   No




Overall purpose of role

Supporting members in firms of all sizes through the creation and dissemination of know-how on high impact areas and contributing to ICAEW’s reputation and influence in relation to the audit reform agenda, the improvement of auditing standards and the enhancement of audit quality.

Main responsibilities of role


  • Develop high quality guidance and information for members on key areas of audit and assurance, especially through creation and dissemination of know-how on high impact areas, such as new standards and evolving areas of assurance (such as climate risks), and updating the faculty’s existing stock of guidance
  • Work collaboratively with ICAEW colleagues and volunteers from member firms on audit reform projects and thought leadership.
  • Develop policy representations in response to public consultations, communicating and highlighting policy work through all appropriate channels, and building on relationships with member firms, the FRC, IAASB and other policy makers.
  • Ensuring the efficient and smooth operation of assigned faculty committees and working parties and the timely delivery of assigned technical projects.
  • Specific duties will vary from time to time in line with the business needs. Part-time role considered.


ICAEW values – all staff are expected to work to these values

The 3 i’s – Initiative Insight and Integrity

The 3 i’s are the values that drive our attitude and approach to working at ICAEW, along with our ways of working being agile, collaborative and innovative.   


  • Actively collaborating to identify needs and look for innovative solutions.
  • Bring together different groups and communities to work together.
  • Empowering people to be agile, so they can take ownership and harness the collective efforts of ICAEW in a flexible and responsive way.


  • Actively gathering insights to develop innovative and considered thought.
  • Collaborating with our networks to voice different perspectives and insights internally and externally to stimulate discussion and debate.
  • Being agile in finding new and timely ways to provide understanding and insight to our members, organisations and government


  • Acting with transparency, consistency and openness as Integrity underpins all activity we undertake.
  • Standing by your principles to adhere to the highest professional standards even when facing adversity.
  • Doing the right thing, even when no one is looking.

Candidate profile


  • The post holder will be an ICAEW Chartered Accountant.
  • They need to be a real team player, with a good and up-to date understanding of developments affecting audit and audit quality and the ability to think strategically and focus resource to best effect. They may have undertaken roles with an emphasis on technical work. 
  • They need excellent interpersonal skills in order to work well with industry leaders. High quality oral and written communication and presentation skills are essential. 
  • Strong management skills are also needed, including the ability (i) to allocate and monitor work and priorities, (ii) to engender a good working relationship among colleagues across ICAEW and (iii) to ensure activities and policy are consistent with, and supportive of, ICAEW’s strategy.