Head of Accounting (PF-OP-ATT-2024-67-LD)

CERN - European Organization for Nuclear Research

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Job Description


Great science needs great people! Are you an organised financial professional, skilled in accounting and supporting investment activities? Seize this opportunity and contribute your skills to head up a team in the Pension Fund’s Operation Group! CERN, take part!

You will join:

  • The CERN Pension Fund, whose purpose is to insure its members from the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and the European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (ESO) and their families against the economic consequences of disability and old age of its members and of the death of its members and beneficiaries. The Fund currently has some 4,000 active members and 3,700 beneficiaries. Operating as a defined benefit capitalized scheme, the CERN Pension Fund's assets currently amount to approximately CHF 4.5 billion.
  • The Section that is responsible for the Fund’s financial reporting and supporting the internally managed investment activities.


As Head of the Section you will:

  • Manage a team of 4-5 people;
  • Supervise the financial reporting and analysis, including the preparation of the Fund’s Financial Statements;
  • Take ownership of the Fund’s accounting policies, ensuring compliance with all regulations and accounting standards (IPSAS);
  • Monitor the custodian's activities, including ensuring compliance with the service level agreement and performing documented periodic due diligence reviews;
  • Oversee the support and monitoring of investment transactions executed in the financial markets;
  • Monitor cash requirements and work with the investment team on cash forecasts;
  • Perform operational risk assessments, including establishing and maintaining robust internal controls;
  • Ensure the relevant sections of the Internal Control System are up to date and reflect the key risks and mitigating controls;
  • Liaise with auditors;
  • Serve as the principal contact for external bank counterparties;
  • Assist the Head of Operations in the implementation and follow-up of accounting and investment related projects.


Master's degree or equivalent relevant experience in the field of accounting/finance or a related field.

A Professional Chartered or Certified Accounting Qualification.


Demonstrated experience in the following:

  • Investment accounting;
  • Drawing up financial statements;
  • Investment operations, including custody;
  • Management of teams;
  • Management of operational projects.

    Experience in actuarial studies would be an asset.

Technical competencies:

  • Book-closing
  • Accounting control and analysis
  • Financial reporting and analysis
  • Knowledge of financial markets and related instruments

Behavioural competencies:

  • Leading with strength and credibility: conveying and instilling energy, enthusiasm and ownership of CERN goals. Demonstrating authority and being accountable for actions, decisions and effective functioning of the team.
  • Managing self: working well autonomously; taking on activities and tasks without prompting. Taking initiative beyond regular tasks and making things happen.
  • Achieving results: delivering high quality work on time and fulfilling expectations. Having a structured and organised approach towards work; being able to set priorities and plan tasks with results in mind.
  • Communicating effectively: delivering presentations in a structured and clear way; adjusting style and content to the audience; responding calmly and confidently to questions. Successfully changing other people's opinions by persuasive arguments.
  • Solving problems: identifying, defining and assessing problems, taking action to address them. Finding the information needed to solve problems; making objective judgments based on all the facts available.

Language skills:

  • Spoken and written English or French: ability to understand and speak one of the two languages in professional contexts as well as the ability to draft texts for publications and/ or official communications and to make oral presentations.
  • Willingness to acquire knowledge of the other language rapidly.

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 23:59 CEST Sunday 23rd June 2024.

Employment Conditions

Contract type: Limited duration contract (5 years). Subject to certain conditions, holders of limited-duration contracts may apply for an indefinite position.

Job grade: 6-7

Job reference: PF-OP-ATT-2024-67-LD

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