Technical Manager, Small & Medium Practices and Small & Medium Entities
International Federation of Accountant - New York, NY

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Technical Managers are key members of the IFAC staff and are expected to understand, support and promote the objectives of IFAC and the specific objectives and work programs for their department. Technical Managers are expected to be sufficiently adaptable and experienced as to allow reassignment to other tasks, should the needs of the organization require it.

Position Summary

The Technical Manager, SME and SMP Affairs works in support of the Small and Medium Practices (SMP) Committee and reports to the Deputy Director, SME and SMP Affairs.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Essential duties and responsibilities include those set out below. Other duties may be assigned to meet business needs. The Technical Manager’s responsibilities will vary according to the SMP Committee’s priorities. Key responsibilities and priorities are determined on a periodic basis with the Technical Manager.

The Small and Medium Practices (SMP) Committee is charged with identifying and representing the needs of its constituents and, where applicable, to give consideration to relevant issues pertaining to small- and medium-sized entities (SMEs). The SMP Committee primarily seeks to support SMPs indirectly by helping IFAC member bodies support their SMP stakeholders. The SMP Committee’s general objectives are:
  • Directly work with IFAC standard-setting boards, and other standard setting bodies to ensure that they are aware of and give due consideration to issues relevant to SMEs/SMPs
  • Monitor the work of other IFAC groups and provide input and support where appropriate
  • Monitor the extent and support the effectiveness of SMP representation across all IFAC groups
  • Enhance the visibility and voice of SMEs and SMPs by, for example, communicating and advocating the importance of the SME sector and the role of SMPs in supporting this sector
  • Input to IFAC’s policy-making process and participate in its regulatory dialogue in so far as it is relevant to SMPs and SMEs
  • Develop guidance, resources and tools in collaboration with member bodies that help promote and build the capacity of SMPs to deliver high quality accounting, assurance, and business advisory services
  • Facilitate the communication and sharing of information between member bodies, IFAC committees and boards and external stakeholders where necessary, for example via an annual forum of member body representatives
In supporting the SMP Committee the Technical Manager – SME and SMP Affairs is expected to carry out or assist in the following general responsibilities:
  • Build, maintain, and leverage collaborative working relationships with SMP Committee members and others engaged in project development
  • Develop project proposals, with appropriate research, and present them to the SMP Committee
  • Prepare responses to agenda material and proposed standards issued by IAASB, IESBA, IASB and other international standard-setters
  • Develop new and revised publications and other project output and coordinate their production, distribution and promotion with the Communications department and other IFAC staff
  • Be responsible for the organization and operation of SMP Committee, Task Force and other ad hoc meetings including logistics, drafting agenda material, and preparing minutes/summaries
  • Assist in building and maintaining relationships with other IFAC groups and their staff, and a range of external parties such as IFAC member organizations, firms and others as appropriate
  • Assist in the collation of data for input to the preparation of budgets and analysis of budget-to-actual results as well as materials for Board and Council meetings
  • Assist the IFAC Leadership, Communications department, and designated SMP Committee spokespersons communicate about the SMP Committee
  • Provide other support to the Deputy Director, SME and SMP Affairs, as required
Qualifications
  • A professionally recognized bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification
  • Knowledge of the accountancy profession and an interest in SMPs and SMEs
  • Experience, at the supervisor or manager level in professional practice, a professional accountancy body, audit regulatory organization, or the office of a public sector auditor
  • Knowledge of the role of professional accountancy organizations including IFAC members
  • An appropriate knowledge of international standards, especially IAASB standards, IFRS for SMEs, IESBA Code of Ethics, and International Education Standards
  • An appreciation of the challenges and opportunities facing the Global Profession and most especially SMPs and SMEs
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is critical – experience in preparing responses to standard-setting consultation processes highly desirable;
  • Knowledge of another language is very desirable
  • Excellent teamwork skills
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Strong computer literacy
Job Reference: Technical Manager
Contact: Krystina Francis
Phone: (646) 428-8789
Address: International Federation of Accountants, 529 Fifth Avenue, 6th FloorNew York, USA NY 10017

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