Professional Accountancy Leader

Term: permanent
Hours: full time
Location: Chartered Accountants Ireland, Dublin 

We are recruiting for an experienced, ambitious and dedicated professional accountant with a proven track record in the profession.  This role will provide you with the opportunity to:

  • Work closely with partners, technical directors and other senior members of the profession, experts in the areas of financial reporting, audit and assurance, practice risk management and insolvency;
  • Liaise with senior representatives of Government departments, other State agencies and international standard setters;
  • Manage projects and other activities of significance to Chartered Accountants Ireland members and to the profession; and
  • Manage a team of professionals who play a key role in the development of the accountancy profession in Ireland.

This is an excellent opportunity to develop your career and there is a competitive salary and benefits on offer with good work life balance

The Role:

This role will be working with the Public Policy team of our Advocacy and Voice department. The public policy team is responsible for the public policy agenda of Chartered Accountants Ireland.  We work with expert colleagues drawn from practice and industry, developing and advocating policy on matters relating to financial reporting, audit and assurance, tax, ethics and governance and business law. 

Reporting to the Director, the successful candidate will be a senior figure in the Public Policy technical team.  The role will involve the management and prioritisation of agendas and work programmes of the Institute.  He or she will be involved in formulating Institute policy as regards relevant legal, regulatory proposals and proposals from standard setters.  The role also involves representing the Institute with the membership government, regulatory agencies, the media and other professional bodies in Ireland, the UK and elsewhere. 

The position will interest those who enjoy the challenge of a rapidly changing environment and are interested in leading a team which is at the centre of the development of the accountancy profession on the island of Ireland.

The role is diverse and includes:

  • Ensuring appropriate allocation of responsibilities and delivery of agreed goals, and ongoing management of the Institute’s technical agenda while ensuring efficient management of financial resources;
  • Liaising with various Irish and UK Government Departments on company law and other legislation impacting on the work of accountants, auditors and insolvency practitioners;
  • Interacting with various regulatory and other state agencies such as the Central Bank, IAASA, ODCE and CRO on regulatory and other matters relevant to the profession and business in general;
  • Engaging with various other agencies/bodies regarding reporting by accountants on issues such as the protection of client monies and the provision of grants and licences;
  • Coordinating on matters of common interest with other accounting bodies in Ireland, the UK and Europe;
  • Preparing, with committees/working groups, guidance and information documents for members;
  • Preparing with committees/working groups, commentary on consultations by international accounting, auditing and ethics standard setters.
  • Working with other divisions of the Institute on technical matters.

The Candidate

The successful candidate will be an experienced qualified accountant and be able to demonstrate:

  • A good understanding of the legal framework and technical requirements faced by accountants, auditors and insolvency practitioners and a strong interest in technical matters;
  • Experience of managing a team of professionals on projects of substantial benefit to an organisation;
  • A focus on quality and attention to detail;
  • Strong influencing and relationship management skills;
  • Strong organisational, presentation, written and oral communication skills;
  • Strong project management skills and the necessary drive and determination to see projects through to a conclusion.
Desirable Experience
  • The following would be of distinct advantage to candidates:
  • Industry experience, either in Ireland or in the UK
  • Expertise and experience in audit technical/methodologies and risk management

The role is full time and is based in our Dublin office but will involve some travel within Ireland, north and south, to the UK and occasionally to other European countries.

How to apply:

Please complete your CV and cover letter and send via email to

You may post applications to the HR department:

Human Resource Department
Chartered Accountants Ireland
Chartered Accountants House
47 Pearse Street,
Dublin 2,

Chartered Accountants Ireland is an equal opportunities employer.

Chartered Accountants Ireland (“The Institute”) is a membership body representing over 27,000 influential members throughout the globe. Our role is to educate, represent and support our members.

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