About the IFS

The Institute for Fiscal Studies was founded in 1969. Established as an independent research institute, IFS was launched with the principal aim of better informing public debate on economics in order to promote the development of effective fiscal policy. Through the establishment of rigorous independent research, for example the IFS Green Budget and Post Budget analysis, IFS successfully opened up debate about public policy to a wider audience and influenced policy decision making.

Today, IFS is Britain’s leading independent microeconomic research institute. Its research remit is one of the broadest in public policy analysis, covering subjects from tax and benefits to education policy, from labour supply to corporate taxation. Our research not only has an impact on policy makers, think tanks and practitioners, it has also gained a worldwide reputation for academic rigour, and contributes to the development of academic scholarship. We communicate our research widely on a national and international scale, providing independent advice to policy makers in the UK, Europe and in developing countries; collaborating with world renowned academics on new economic theories and techniques; and disseminating our research globally through the press, media and the web.

IFS is host to the ESRC Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy which analyses fiscal policy to determine its effects on households and companies. The Centre’s work covers the full extent of policy impact, investigating the ways in which policies influence human capital investments, work and occupational choice, firm behaviour, saving and retirement decisions, consumer choices and the public finances.


IFS is looking for a Head of Finance

Job Description

As Head of Finance reporting into the IFS Director, you will take full responsibility for the finance function and bring both assurance and innovation to the financial management, reporting and control of IFS.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Full reporting on all financial matters to the Director and Trustees in a timely manner
  • Embed and make the most of a new financial management system
  • Development of robust financial reporting and control, including monitoring of cash flow
  • Preparation and evaluation of the annual budget and forecasts from individual budget holders against plans
  • Preparation of the Annual Report and Accounts and liaison with external auditors
  • Line management responsibility for a small team of three, including HR
  • Continuous improvement of all systems, policies and procedures ensuring best practice.

The Successful Applicant
You must be a fully qualified accountant and have strong technical skills that can be evidenced through extensive accounts preparation or audit experience. The IFS needs somebody who will be able to autonomously manage the finances of the institute and take responsibility for overseeing change and improvement in our accounting and management information systems. Excellent interpersonal skills, absolute integrity and a proven capability to deliver at pace and with creativity are essential.

An understanding of charity law, compliance and accounting standards would be beneficial, but not essential. Your willingness to take responsibility, deliver independently and collaborate with colleagues will be key to your success within the role.

For the right candidate there is significant scope for this role to develop with opportunities to extend the remit and take additional leadership responsibility over time. There is considerable flexibility to increase remuneration dependent on success and development.


£60,000 - £65,000 + Benefits

How to apply

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IFS to launch renewed ESRC research centre

The IFS has received funding from the ESRC for the Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy (CPP). The ESRC has confirmed funding for a further five years for our prestigious research centre, from 2015 to 2020. Funding for five PhD scholarships to be associated with CPP has been awarded to UCL’s Doctoral Training Centre. The overarching objectives of the new
Centre are to:

  • make major scientific progress in understanding how individuals and firms behave and how they react to government policy;
  • have substantial impact on policy in the fields of taxation, labour market, education, welfare, pensions, and public finances;
  • build technical and policy capacity in a new generation of highly-skilled researchers.

The Centre will be launched at an event on 15 October. External speakers will include Jane Elliott (ESRC), Alan Auerbach (Berkeley), Andrew Dilnot (UK Statistical Society and Nuffield College) and Dave Ramsden (HMT).

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View highlights and presentations from the "Improving Productivity in Developing Countries" conference

Conference highlights

Plenary presentations from the first EDePo conference on "Improving Productivity in Developing Countries" are now available to view and download. Click on the presentation you would like to view from the list on the right of the screen, or visit the IFS YouTube channel.

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