Director for Finance and Human Resources (DG-2020-46-LD)


  • Switzerland
  • €Attractive
  • Contract
  • Closing date 30 Apr 2020

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CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics, is one of the world's largest and most respected centres for scientific research. Its core mission is the study of the fundamental constituents of matter and other elementary particles using high-energy accelerators; it addresses some of the most exciting outstanding questions in physics. The laboratory, based in Geneva (Switzerland), currently operates the most powerful accelerator in the world, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

CERN is an Intergovernmental Organization with 23 Member States. It employs around 2500 staff members (physicists, engineers, technical and administrative personnel). Its research facilities are used by more than 13000 scientists, coming from more than 600 institutes from all over the world and representing nearly 100 different nationalities.

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Job Description


As a member of the Directorate, reporting to the Director-General, the Director for Finance and Human Resources will play a leading role in ensuring that the Organization's financial and human resources match its scientific goals and allow efficient operation of the Laboratory's facilities.

The successful candidate's main tasks will include:
  • Exercising collegial responsibility with the rest of the Directorate for the general management of the Organization, under the overall executive authority of the Director-General;
  • Overseeing the planning, organisation and coordination of all CERN's financial, administrative and human resources activities, with the goal of ensuring that the resources available to the Organization are used as efficiently as possible to attain its scientific and operational objectives;
  • Developing financial strategies to address the needs of CERN’s future projects;
  • Providing professional and insightful advice to the Director-General and senior management on financial and human resources matters;
  • Managing relations with internal and external bodies, including the Finance Committee and Council, the External Auditors, the Staff Association, senior managers from financial institutes, etc.                            
  • Master's degree or PhD or equivalent relevant experience in the field of business administration or a related field.
  • Work experience in a scientific research institution or an additional degree in the fields of science or engineering will be considered important additional assets.
  • Extensive management and administration experience at a senior level in an international organisation, public institution, or multinational company, in particular for financial matters;
  • Experience in interactions and negotiations with high-level public-sector and private partners;
  • Experience in formulating policies and strategies for submission to governing bodies, public institutions and other stakeholders, and implementation and application of such policies and strategies.
Technical competencies:
  •     Development of vision and strategy.
  •     Organisational design & development.
  •     Strategic agility and management flexibility.
  •     Human Resources Management and Financial Management.
Behavioural competencies:
  • Creating Vision and Strategic Partnerships: building comprehensive road maps to translate the organisational vision to an operational level; defining and sets direction accordingly; creating shared interests and promoting contact and collaboration with CERN’s Member States and key external partners.
  • Optimising Resources: realistically assessing human and financial resource needs, evaluating risks and plans accordingly; demonstrating awareness of financial issues affecting the Organization; analysing financial implications before taking decisions.
  • Demonstrating Flexibility: adapting quickly and resourcefully to shifting priorities and requirements.
  • Setting Direction: setting clear, challenging and attainable objectives; defining and communicating performance indicators.
  • Leading with Strength and Credibility: demonstrating authority and being accountable for actions, decisions and effective functioning of the team.
Language skills:
  • Excellent spoken and written English in professional contexts.
  • Understanding and speaking both English and French languages in professional contexts including the ability to issue reports and official communications and make oral presentations would be an asset.
  • Knowledge of other languages will be considered an additional asset.
Additional Information

Eligibility and closing date:

Diversity has been an integral part of CERN's mission since its foundation and is an established value of the Organization. Employing a diverse workforce is central to our success. We welcome applications from all Member States and Associate Member States.

This vacancy will be filled as soon as possible, and applications should normally reach us no later than 30.04.2020

Employment Conditions

Contract type: Limited duration contract (5 years).

Candidates for this post meeting the above requirements are invited to submit:
  •     a curriculum vitae;
  •     two reference letters;
  •     a motivation statement.

Job grade: 10

Job reference: DG-2020-46-LD

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