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Curriculum and Standards Manager

We are currently recruiting for a Curriculum and Standards Manager on an 18 month fixed term contract.

This role is currently a home-based role due to Covid-19 restrictions, but would be based in our Oxford office. 

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter plus details on your current salary to before the closing date of 29 January 2021.

Purpose of the job

Contributing to the development and delivery of the Learning Change Programme (LCP) objectives, the Curriculum & Standards Manager is responsible for:

  • Managing the enhancement of IFoA curriculum, including its content, design and delivery, establishing and enhancing the processes by which the IFoA assures the quality and standards of its qualifications.
  • Lead the development and review of IFoA human marked assessments and supporting networks to produce these, producing policy initiatives, reports and guidance as appropriate,
  • Ensure effective working both internally and externally and drive coordinated approaches to problem solving and continuous improvement. 

Principal accountabilities

Responsible for advancing the professional qualifications of the IFoA. This will include, but not limited to, the overall curriculum review, and evaluation and development of current subject syllabi and learning materials. They will be responsible for ensuring they remain relevant in the global market and assist the IFoA in maximizing its student recruitment and retention numbers.

Develop appropriate structures for management, consultation, and decision making to maintain curriculum relevancy, both internally and externally

To participate in and contribute to internal/external networks, engage with the subject communities and build productive relationships with professional associations, employers and practitioners as appropriate.

Ensure the quality and standards of the IFoA Associate and Fellowship qualifications are maintained through the development of a competency framework, for both the Associate and Fellowship   categories.  

 Support the Head of Quality and Assessment in their role as Project Manager as required and represent the post holder at meetings as required.

Use available data to support the development and enhancements of assessments. Current data includes

  • Recording and tracking of student progress
  • Student outcome analysis
  • Board of examiners statistics including pass marks and pass rates


Monitor, implement and, where appropriate, redesign IFoA assessment regulations, policies and procedures. Ensure that these are communicated to all internal  and external stakeholders as appropriate .

Responsible for the day to day management of the project team. Ensuring that the team are working to the best of their ability to ensure delivery is on time and within budget and team members feel empowered and motivated.

Carry out such other duties as may be required, from time to time or on a regular basis, in accordance with the IFoA’s needs and the seniority of the role.


  • Management of the external consultants appointed to provide key input into the curriculum development and standards along with the processes required to support that development
  • Manage the communications to those stakeholders involved in the LCP
  • Management of the individuals and review teams required to support the development of the curriculum design and delivery. These will include Module Leads (MLs) and the  Education Actuaries (Ed Acts) 
  • Manage the production of subject syllabuses and associated learning materials and assessments, including examination papers  
  • Two direct reports

Main contacts


  • Head of Quality and Assessment (Line Manager)
  • Learning Change Programme Manager
  • Director of Engagement and Learning
  • Head of Education Partnerships and Life Long Learning
  • Head of Assessment
  • Education Actuaries
  • Quality and Assessment Team
  • Communications Team



  • Chief Examiners
  • Board Officers
  • Module Teams
  • Suppliers
  • Appointed Consultants
  • Actuarial Associations
  • Professional Bodies


The post holder is expected to work independently with little input from their line manager and will need to ensure that standards are met within the required delivery timescales.

The post holder will spend considerable time working with external consultants researching and analysing external best practices before recommending appropriate rules, procedures and guidelines related to curriculum and standards including those affecting both students and volunteers.

The post holder will need to affect change and, where agreed, implement processes and/or procedures to enhance the experience of curriculum delivery and assessment paper production within the IFoA.

Exercises judgement in responding to rapidly changing circumstances where no formal procedures are available.

The post holder will judge when they need support and when to escalate issues for guidance and/or decision with their Head of Department.


The post holder must be able to analyse and interpret complex data deciding on what is relevant to guide the development of curriculum delivery and standards.

The post holder has to be able identify and maximise opportunities. They need to be able to identify problems or alternative ways of working that will enhance the learning of its members and lead to efficiencies within the team.  The post holder will generally work autonomously from their line manager in a busy environment, be proactive, and demonstrate initiative as situations demand; such as devising appropriate new working methods and processes.

The post holder will need to engage with a variety of domestic and international professional networks and maintain their understanding of best practice, particularly in the areas of learning and assessment..


A key role within the Learning Change programme, the Curriculum and Standards Manager will be working to set the future delivery and support mechanism of the IFoA qualification structure ensuring it is  current and able to respond to changes in the international environment, reacting where necessary, with pace and agility.  This will ensure that our actuaries of the future have the relevant knowledge and skillset to deliver in an ever changing business landscape.

Knowledge and experience


  • Educated to degree level or equivalent proven experience
  • Demonstrable experience in curriculum and standards development and project based delivery using online and innovative methods, in an international environment
  • Demonstrable ability to engage a wide range of internal and external stakeholders collaborating to solve challenges
  • An open, receptive and coaching leadership style that engenders a positive collaborative culture, empowering and sustaining high performing teams
  • Due to the nature of working within a project environment, experience of a willingness to be hands on and involved in a number of activities happening concurrently
  • Excellent planning and organisation skills with strong attention to detail
  • Strong problem solving, analytical, intellectual, written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work flexibly and creatively, with the clarity of vision and drive required to achieve successful changes


  • Sound understanding of the current challenges facing professional bodies educating members
  • Evidence of commitment to professional development
  • Management experience within a professional body or higher education provider

Values and behaviours

All IFoA staff are expected to demonstrate our values and behaviours.

Additional information


Contact Details

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We aim to respond to all enquiries within three working days. To apply for this role, please send your CV, cover letter and your current salary details to:

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