Updated May 2016


IPPR's reputation as the leading progressive thinktank in the UK is built on the expertise and experience of its people. The IPPR staff includes people with a wide range of experience, working inside government and for national media and major non-governmental organisations, as well as leading academics and policy experts.

As well as employing the best staff at all levels, IPPR helps young people to get a start in the policy world through its internship and work experience programmes.


Finance assistant

£25,091 per annum pro rata plus benefits
Permanent, part-time (22.5 hours per week), based in London

We are looking to recruit a finance assistant to join our busy operations team and deliver a professional and effective finance service to the organisation. This is a great opportunity to develop a career in accountancy in an exciting not-for-profit environment.

The postholder will be responsible for a wide range of finance duties. You will report to the senior finance officer and work closely with other members of the team to ensure the effective delivery and management of IPPR’s income and expenditure. The role will also involve working closely with the head of HR on a range of payroll duties to ensure the monthly payroll is processed accurately and efficiently.

This is an excellent opportunity for a real team player to develop their finance and accounting skills. To be successful in this role you will have proven experience working in finance at an assistant or administrative level and/or relevant training or qualifications in finance or accountancy. You will have strong numeracy skills, a meticulous attention to detail, and a high level of accuracy. In addition to this, you will have exceptional organisational skills, with the ability to work independently and use your initiative to manage a busy and varied workload.

You will have experience of developing and maintaining administrative systems, and an appreciation for the importance of maintaining confidentiality. You will also possess excellent written and verbal communication skills to enable you to manage internal and external relationships with tact and diplomacy, and you will also be a flexible and willing team player.

This is a part-time post based in our London office, working 3 days a week (22.5 hours). IPPR recognises the importance of ongoing learning and development opportunities and, where study is relevant to an employee’s role, IPPR will pay for a maximum of 10 days' study leave per year (pro-rata for part-time staff). As part of our commitment to flexible working we will consider a range of options for the successful applicant to fill the post. All options can be discussed at interview stage.

Please download an information pack and application form, or email recruitment@ippr.org quoting the job title or REF: FA/JUN. Completed applications should be returned to applications@ippr.org

To complete your application, please also fill out our equal opportunities monitoring form.

Please do not send CVs.

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 5pm, Monday 13 June.
Interviews will be held week commencing 20 June 2016.

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IPPR offers internship opportunities throughout the year. They are always advertised on this page.

Interns are valued by IPPR and are given a wide variety of tasks and responsibilities. Interns may be employed to work on research projects or work in the external affairs team. Internships are offered in London and Newcastle.

We seek to ensure our internships are open to a wide range of candidates and as part of our commitment to encourage diversity and opportunity all interns are paid the London Living Wage or its equivalent.

We are committed to equality of opportunity and we particularly welcome applications from sections of the community that are currently under-represented at IPPR, including disabled, black and minority ethnic candidates.

We embrace flexible working practices and endeavour to accommodate requests for flexible working where possible. This would be discussed at interview stage for those who wanted to work part time.

Amelia Zollner IPPR/University College London Internship Award

The Amelia Zollner IPPR/UCL Internship Award was founded in 2007 in memory of 24-year-old UCL student Amelia Zollner, who tragically died in a cycling accident while working as an intern at IPPR.

The annual three-month London-based Amelia Zollner internship is reserved for current UCL students or recent UCL graduates as a stepping stone to working in policy or politics.

Work experience

Generally, IPPR is not able to offer work experience opportunities. The exceptions are the work experience schemes we have in place with specific educational institutions.

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