Quality Assurance Inspector - Full / Part Time

Updated 5/March/2021
The Professional Standards Department of Chartered Accountants Ireland, along with relevant compliance and disciplinary committees, is responsible for the delivery of the Institute's regulatory and disciplinary obligations which derive both from statute and its own Bye-Laws and Regulations.

Quality Assurance inspections is the means by which the Regulatory Board ensures professional services provided by members and member firms are of a high standard, by monitoring compliance with the Standards of Professional Conduct through a system of returns and inspections and taking regulatory action when necessary.
All members who hold a Practising Certificate (PC) and their firms are included within the Board's programme of Quality Review which is the term used to describe the programme by which the Board assures itself as the quality of services provided by PC holders and their firms.

The Professional Standards team is seeking to recruit a Quality Assurance Inspector, to review compliance with Chartered Accountants Ireland Regulations and Code of Ethics.
The Expectations:

Main duties and responsibilities of the role include:
• Conducting monitoring visits to Chartered Accountant Ireland member firms
• Reviewing firms’ processes and methodologies in relation to practising activities
• Reviewing firms’ compliance with the Institute’s rules and regulations
• Critical assessment of the work carried out by practising firms including judgements made by principals on key issues, including audit and accounting issues
• Interviews with principals and other team members
• Reporting on the visit including findings and recommendations to the firms
• Adding value by making recommendations to firms aimed at improving quality

You will perform a wide range of challenging work and gain:
• A unique insight into how firms operate and respond to current issues facing practice
• An up to date knowledge of business, accounting and regulatory compliance issues of relevance to the profession
• A detailed knowledge of leading methodologies , including audit, non-audit, investment business, insolvency and anti-money laundering

The Candidate:

• The successful candidate must be a member of a Recognised Accountancy Body with a minimum of 5 years’ post qualification experience in a practice or regulatory environment;
• An excellent knowledge of professional, technical and ethical standards together with excellent organisational, communication and influencing skills and a good level of IT literacy will be required.
• The candidate should be able to demonstrate an ability/provide evidence of communicating effectively on sensitive matters with credibility at all levels.
• Demonstrable experience of report writing for technical and other professional audiences
• The candidate must be capable of working on their own initiative. They must be able to take ownership of the role, and be capable of making key decisions while also actively collaborating within a team focused on results and targets.
• Have an analytical and process-driven approach, while being capable of exercising judgement.
• A strong focus on attention to detail and results is required.
• An ability to take on new duties and support others when required within the team.
• Experience of management of multiple deadlines.
• The candidate must be highly motivated and resilient.
• Requirement to travel (predominantly within island of Ireland) – full clean drivers license.

Members interested in this role should email dave.riordan@charteredaccountants.ie or call 01 637 7251 for a confidential discussion in relation to this role.

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