Home / Roles / Head of Finance – International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA)

Head of Finance – International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA)

International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA)

Are you fascinated by the unconscious mind and enjoy working in a diverse, international and service oriented culture? We're looking for a qualified accountant with experience in managing finance operations.

  • Location: London
  • Salary: £65,000

About the role

The International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA) exists to advance psychoanalysis and is the world’s primary accrediting and regulatory body for the profession. Our mission is to ensure the continued vigour and development of the science of psychoanalysis globally.

Psychoanalysis is both a theory of the human mind and a therapeutic practice. It was founded by Sigmund Freud between 1885-1939 and continues to be developed by psychoanalysts all over the world today. The future of psychoanalysis is widely debated, and the IPA has an important role to play in its continued relevance and success.

On the ground in consulting rooms across the world, our members are achieving huge success by working with the unconscious mind and through therapeutic practice supporting people with mental health challenges to improve their lives. We have a role to support members by fostering and enhancing their sense of participation and belonging to the psychoanalytic community, which is a fascinating and complex challenge given the cultural differences that exist from South America to Europe and North America to Asia.

The culture in our peaceful London office is highly international and multicultural, and people who enjoy working here tend to be interested in the work of psychoanalysts and enjoy working in a diverse culture.

Who we're looking for

As the lead finance professional for the IPA, you’ll be providing advice and information to the Treasurer, Budget and Finance Committee and Board. The role can be transactional and hands-on at times as you must ensure that the IPA meets its financial accountabilities for two incorporations; an English non-profit and a US not-for-profit in Delaware. Working closely with our newly elected Treasurer, who is based in Holland, and supporting the President in South America, you will need to be attentive to their needs and able to operate in service orientated way with people from a range of cultures.

It’s important that you’re a qualified accountant, experienced in managing finance operations including budgeting, income, financial control, governance, people/supplier management and IT.

You’ll also have the ability to think creatively whilst remaining ‘hands on’ and be able to flex between the detail and a medium-term financial perspective.

For an informal conversation please contact our advising consultants:

Grant Taylor | 07958 690184 | grant@peridotpartners.co.uk

Lucy Mavers | 07947 935068 | lucy@peridotpartners.co.uk  

Closing date for applications: Monday 4th November 2019

Grant Taylor - Managing Director of Peridot - charity executive search

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Grant Taylor

View profile

Dear Applicant,

The IPA is an extraordinary organisation. Although relatively small, it operates on a truly global basis working with a profession that is full of highly intelligent and hugely creative thinkers.

The management challenges are enormous: my current workload includes managing an ethics case in Mexico; reviewing our representation structure; and responding to the ways in which technology is changing the way we train new analysts and grow our world-wide organisation. But, while the range of issues we deal with is immense, the staff we have to manage them is modest.

We have entered a new phase of change and development, symbolised by our move two years ago into brand-new modern offices in the heart of London – overlooking a peaceful canal basin in EC1.

We are now seeking a new Head of Finance to join our senior management team. This new leader will be sufficiently flexible to cope with the sheer range of challenges we regularly face, be creative enough to continuously think of innovative solutions, and have very high levels of emotional intelligence necessary to work with our psychoanalysts. You will also have sufficient resilience to work with a large Trustee Board drawn from all corners of the globe.

Reporting directly to me, you will take ownership of our entire finance function. This is a hands-on role; responsible for accounting, reporting, analysis of financial results, forecasting and financial risk management and much more. You will work closely with myself and our Deputy Executive Director, as part of a three-person senior management team and act as the “go to” financial expert for our Treasurer. Although London based, this is a truly global role which will have you ensure compliance with charity regulators, tax offices and banking relationships in the UK and the US.

You will be a qualified accountant who has the ability to flex between the detail and a longer term financial perspective. Exceptional communication skills are essential, and experience of working with different cultures and languages would be ideal. The IPA’s main working language is English, but we also work in Spanish, French, German and Portuguese.

This role is not for the faint-hearted. But, for the right person, this will be hugely challenging and immensely rewarding. I can’t think of many organisations that can offer the sheer variety of experiences you will have here and I very much hope that you want to join us.

I look forward to receiving your application.

Kind regards,

Paul Crake
Executive Director, IPA

About IPA

The International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA) is a membership association and charity whose members includes around 13,000 psychoanalysts and another 5,500 as analysts in training and works with 81 constituent organisations and 20 Study Groups in 51 countries, spread mainly over Europe, North and South America, but with significant emerging groups in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

IPA is the world’s primary accrediting and regulatory body for psychoanalysis. Its mission is to assure the continued growth and development of psychoanalysis for the benefit of psychoanalytic patients. It aims to encourage and strengthen the sense of its members participation in and belonging to an organisation in an international psychoanalytic community.

IPA’s objectives include creating new psychoanalytic groups, stimulating debate, conducting research, developing training policies and establishing links with those working in the community on some of the world’s most intractable problems. Every two years, we organise a large scientific Congress which is open to all and every other year a smaller event in Asia Pacific (the next events are in Sydney 2020 and Vancouver 2021). IPA has a turnover of around $3m pa, and a staff of 13.


In 1902, Sigmund Freud started to meet every week with colleagues to discuss his work and so the Psychological Wednesday Society was born. By 1908, there were 14 regular members and some guests including Max Eitingon, Carl Jung, Karl Abraham and Ernest Jones – all future IPA Presidents.

During the 1908 meeting in Salzburg, the idea of an international association was discussed and agreed upon. Freud enthusiastically supported the plan, believing that an international organisation was essential to advance and safeguard his thinking and ideas.

The second international conference was held at Nuremberg, Germany in March 1910. It was at this congress that the International Psychoanalytic Association was formally established.

What we do

IPA is the leading global accreditation body for psychoanalysis and acts as the standing body to regulate the profession. Its mission is to ensure the growth and development of psychoanalysis as a science. IPA fulfils this mission through a variety of activities and services for its members including debates, conferences, support to universities, investment into research and other publications.

Its activities are divided into three main areas:

  • Scientific – Research related work
  • Development – Education and New Group Development work
  • IPA in the Community- Outreach work

For further information please visit:

IPA website
Information booklet

To access a full job description and application details,
please fill out the form below.


If you would like an informal conversation around the role, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Grant Taylor | 07958 690184 | grant@peridotpartners.co.uk

Lucy Mavers | 07947 935068 | lucy@peridotpartners.co.uk

To apply, please submit a CV and supporting statement (the supporting statement should be a maximum of two sides of A4) that clearly outlines your suitability for the role against the experience criteria in the person specification and explains your motivation for applying.

Please ensure that your application is emailed to response@peridotpartners.co.uk inserting “Head of Finance, IPA” into the subject field.

We wish to encourage applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief. All applications will be considered solely on merit.

Disabled applicants are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the job, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.


Closing date: 9am, Monday 4th November 2019
Interviews – held at IPA: Wednesday 20th & Thursday 21st November
Final interviews – held at IPA: Monday 25th & Tuesday 26th November

Equal Opportunities Monitoring

Peridot and IPA are committed to promoting equality and diversity. To help us raise awareness and support a culture that is diverse and recognises and develops the potential of all, we need to appreciate the profile of candidates who apply for positions. We would therefore be most grateful if you would complete this equality monitoring form.

The information will be treated confidentially and anonymously and will help us to support our commitment to fair recruitment practice. All information provided will be held in the strictest confidence and will not be shared with anyone, in line with the new Data Protection Act 2018 launched on 25 May 2018. The information provided does not form part of the decision-making process and will not affect your application.

Data Processing, Protection and Privacy Policy

By completing the form to view, or if you have access to this page from an email invitation, Peridot Partners will have processed your personal information. For more information about Peridot Partners’ data processing activities and your rights, please read our Privacy Policy.

You might also be interested in: