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Posted on 29 November 2009 by Papessa

job_it_specialistThe recent development of social networks is symptomatic of the trends toward permanent connectivity and total IT immersion. In this new context, Web 2.0 is creating a growing space of new services essentially without limits. Content is disseminated by all kinds of networks at higher and higher bandwidth.

But in order for our economies and societies to enter this new networked phase — « always on » — there are several conditions which must be satisfied.

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Work in Geneva in the Financial Sector – Job Offers

Posted on 13 March 2008 by info

Finding work in Switzerland in the financial sector continues to be largely a question of choosing from among numerous offers in banking, finance, and insurance. The Swiss financial and banking sectors, as well as the insurance sector, continue to register record demand for top talent and qualified professionals.

Currently, CREDIT AGRICOLE is seeking to recruit a senior specialist in Raw Materials Financial Transaction to work in Geneva in support of their specialized clientele for energy trading, manage a small team, and build a portfolio of clients. The candidate should have a university degree and around 10 years of experience in international trading acquired in specialized institutions; an excellent knowledge of French is required, as is English and Russian. Interested persons should send their applications or inquiries to Direction des Ressources Humaines, / JP, CREDIT AGRICOLE (SUISSE) S.A., Case Postale 5260, 1211 Geneva 11, Switzerland. More information about the position is on their website at

Credit Agricole in Geneva

The proportion of work in Switzerland that is in the financial sector remains currently very high. LODH Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch & Cie is seeking to recruit a Specialist in Equity and Coupon Operations to work in Geneva in its department of Banking Operations. The new team member will treat equity and dividend payment operations, interest payments and reimbursements relating to the LODH group.

The professional who is engaged for this role will follow the reconciliation of transactions with LODH’s depositors and counterparty lenders. The person will also establish reportings in relation with the European taxation and will maintain contact with the Bank’s managers and traders. The person sought will have a business background (Ecole de Commerce, or CFC) and 3 – 5 years of banking experience in the domain of coupon payment; knowledge of European and American financial environments; mastery of French, English, and German is a plus. Interested candidates can apply through the website at http://

HSBC Private Bank is seeking to recruit a Premises Manager to work in Geneva and create and maintain a property strategy; acquire new surplus property on the best terms; minimize the ongoing cost of occupying property by negotiating rental commitments; ensuring the building fabric maintains asset value and a quality internal environment; ensure property revenue and capital budgets are controlled; contribute to global property issues affecting the Bank’s worldwide portfolio; and manage the regional/country portfolio in compliance with standards. The role requires someone who is a qualified general practice surveyor of minimum RICS standard with at least 5 years PQE or 10 years experience PQE for large businesses; experience with a broad range of property expertise; demonstrated strategic thinking; proven leadership with ability to motivate personnel and externals; good financial acumen; strong interpersonal skills. Interested candidates can apply to HSBC Private Bank, Quai Wilson 37, P.O. Box 3580, 1211 Geneva 3, Switzerland. The email is

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Jobs in Geneva Financial Sector – Working in Switzerland

Posted on 15 December 2007 by info

Recent remarks from the Swiss Banking Association point to another highly profitable year for the banking sector, with the notable exception of UBS, which was clobbered by the American subprime crisis and will actually post a loss for 2007. Overall, the Swiss banking sector continues to recruit heavily and is continuing to pressure the Swiss job market, pulling in the most qualified professionals in finance, I.T., analysis, and management. The month of December showed continuing demand across a range of skillsets.

A small selection of job offers in the local press is excerpted below.

LODH Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch & Cie is seeking to recruit a Specialist in Trust Accounting for its Global Custody department. The new team member will take responsibility for individual and consolidated financial statements and act as daily interlocutor for clients and bank services revolving around trusts. The role will participate in the operational management of clients of Global Custody.

Jobs in Geneva Financial Sector

The profile sought is a graduate of a Sales/Marketing curriculum –and Ecole de Commerce or CFC or equivalent—and at least 3 years experience in the domain of Trusts Accounting. A solid understanding of banking operations would be a plus. Mastery of English and French (written and oral) is required. The occupant of this Geneva-based job will also be expected to be domiciled in Switzerland. This sales / marketing job is appropriate for someone autonomous, flexible, service-oriented, and quick to adapt, with a strong sense of organization and ability to work under stress. Interested candidates should via the LODH website

BANQUE PIGUET & Cie, is seeking for Geneva recruitment a Relationship Manager for the service des Gérants Indépendants to
Execute, transmit and confirm orders received from independent portfolio managers working with the Bank. The role will also do administrative follow-up, and daily support for the portfolios of clients and financial markets.

Careers in Switzerland

The profile sought is an individual with solid banking knowledge of back-office (cash and stocks), experience in a similar role or with a group of independent portfolio managers, good familiarity with Word, Excel and Powerpoint, and spoken and written French and English. Spanish would be a big a plus. An ability to work well in a team and a rigorousm organized character are important to this role.

The Bank is also seeking to recruit an Advisor for Institutional Clientele responsible for the development of new relationships, supporting the follow up of existing institutional clientele and maintaining regular contact with the administrative councils of the various companies and institutions who are clients of the Bank. The role will also promote the sale of the Bank’s investment funds.

The profile sought is a service-oriented professional with experience in customer service in the domain of institutional funds management, Financial Jobs in Switzerlanda taste for interpersonal contacts and social grace, a strong orientation toward marketing, excellent taste in dress, and solid familiarity with financial markets. Mastery of French and English is required, as is familiarity with MSOffice software.

Interested candidates for either position are invited to send their dossiers to: Ressources Humaines – réf; GI/INST, Banque Piquet & Cie, Place de l’Université 5, 1211 Geneva 3 Switzerland.

ACM Advanced Currency Markets is seeking to recruit an Experienced Forex Trader for recruitment in Geneva. ACM is the largest online Forex Broker in Europe and has a young, dynamic work environment. This Geneva job is for someone roughly in an age range of 20-30 and with at least 2 years of experience in Forex trading in a bank or financial institution. English mother tongue is a must, as our outstanding presentation and communication skills, a strong interest in the trading industry and ability to handle pressure. A perfect understanding of internet technologies is required.

ACM is also seeking a Compliance Officer for its Legal and Compliance department. The role will be responsible for the opening, follow-up, and management of accounts. The profile sought will be based in Geneva, Switzerland and be a specialist in procedures and regulations in the financial/banking sector, if possible with a jurist degree and banking experience, as well as familiarity with monitoring tools. The rough age range of the candidate they are seeking is 25-35 and a mastery of French and English is required for this job.

Interested candidates may apply by email to or by mail to ACM Advanced Currency Markets, 50, rue du Rhone, CH 1204 Geneva, Switzerland.

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Swiss Jobs in Industry

Posted on 13 October 2007 by info

PHILIP MORRIS is seeking to recruit a Food Technologist or Food Process Engineer for its R & D center in Neuchatel to work on the research and development of products that can reduce the risk of smoking. The position involves developing new treatments of tobacco. The position is to lead research programs in collaboration with external and internal research groups and assess new technologies to process tobacco and positively influence the composition of tobacco smoke. The candidate recruited for this job will search and recommend external partners, establish and guide fellow R & D programs with identified external entities, design and run experiments to assess quality of processed tobacco products, and perform in-depth evaluations and make comprehensive reports. The person sought is someone with a university degree in Food Technology, at least 3 years academic experience or industrial experience in various processes aimed at modifying tissue structure of plant materials and texture of food materials, e.g. paper refining, extrusion, expansion or drying. The successful candidate will be familiar with plant structural polymers, have experience in producing extracts from plant materials, and be fluent in English; spoken French and/or German would be an asset. Interested persons may apply via the PM online recruitment site at

ETHOS, a foundation created by Swiss pension funds to favor investment in sustainable development and ethical business practices, is seeking to recruit for their Geneva offices a Corporate Governance Analyst who will be responsible for analyzing the stockholders meetings, analyzing and evaluating companies as regards corporate governance, participating in dialogue with companies as regards governance, working on various studies in the domain of corporate governance. Ethos is seeking a candidate with a university degree, solid knowledge of corporate governance and interest in economics, good interpersonal and communication skills, strong writing skills, and mother tongue French or German with good knowledge of the other language; a knowledge of written and spoken English is also required.

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply send a c.v. and motivation letter to M. Dominique Biedermann, Director, ETHOS, Place Cornavin 2, Case Postale, 1211 Geneva 1, Switzerland. Their website is

NOVELIS, a leader in aluminum rolling products based in Sierre (the Valais) is seeking to recruit a Research Engineer to support the global Novelis plants by developing and applying process models to improve the efficiency and product quality of the rolling operations. The position requires coordination with other software developers and R&D engineers during the development phase of the models in an international, industrial environment.
The Research they are seeking to recruit has a university degree in Physics, applied mathematics or engineering and preferably PhD with an emphasis in process simulation. Several years of experience is also required as are a sound knowledge of C/C++/Fortran/VB programming skills. Familiarity with FE modeling techniques, ease communicating in English and hopefully other European languages –particularly French and German, which are the ambient national languages. Interested candidates should send their CV and certificates to Novelis Switzerland, Emmanuel Zaza, Resources Humaines, Route des Laminoirs 15, CH-3960 Sierre, Switzerland, or by email to : The telephone number is +41 27 457 6111.

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Luxury Watch Recruitment – Jobs at Patek Philippe

Posted on 11 October 2007 by Papessa

The luxury watch making sector is continuing its meteoric rise with profits continuing to increase as the world’s wealthy seek out expensive products to spend their money on.

One luxury watch manufacturer, PATEK PHILIPPE, a prestigious brand based in Geneva with an illustrious history making expensive precision watches, is currently seeking to hire so many professionals they needed a full page advertisement this week to list them all. Their largest offices in Geneva are in Plan-les-Ouates.

Among the roles they are trying to recruit for are:

Master Watchmakers skilled in ‘Complications.’ They are seeking to recruit several master watchmakers, who have CFC Watch making certifications or something equivalent and at least 5 years of experience assembling complex high-end watches. The sort of experts they want to hire master the precision design and assembly of high caliber micromechanics and movements.

Junior Watchmakers, who have a CFC certificate or equivalent and at least 2 years of experience assembling high-end watches.

Finishers and Assemblers who are skilled at finishing watch chassis, boxes and high-end bracelets. These professionals should have 5 years of experience working with precious metals or gems like gold and platinum and be skilled at finishing, polishing, and table mounted stonecutting.

Micromechanics are also being sought – professionals with a CFC in micromechanics and a strong experience in working with conventional or digital machinery. They should have solid experience working with the manufacture of watch components for movements.

Methodologists with a diploma ET en mechanics as well as 3 years of experience in a similar position. Possessed of an analytical mind and a mastery of I.T. tools in CAD and CAMM, the candidates they are seeking will be able to modify or create procedures and plans for the necessary operations to the manufacture of components of watch movements.

The Methods Officers will take part in the industrialization of new products as well as new procedures. A knowledge of Quality Control is very important.

All interested candidates for any of the above positions may inquire or apply to the address below. Note that Patek Philippe is a prestigious employer and is very demanding as to the character of those they hire: meticulous, precise, autonomous, working well in a team as well as independently…. The company routinely offers internal training on its movements and calibers, as well as providing flextime work conditions. They are an equal opportunity employer. Applicants should (indicate what opening they are applying for and) send along with their CV a letter of motivation, copies of their diplomas and work certificates to Monsiuer M. Nicod, Ressources Humaines, PATEK PHILIPPE, Case Postale 2654, 1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland, or by email to

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Luxury Watch Industries Still Recruiting

Posted on 05 October 2007 by Papessa

The luxury watch industry continues to register strong growth in profits and sales, increasing demand on hiring.

In September, the exhibition of the Swiss Federation of Watch Manufacturers’ Associations (FH), called ‘Tempus – The Temple of Time’ took place at Raffles in Singapore and was part of a marketing initiative toward asian collectors.

In Switzerland, where the luxury watch industry is experiencing great pains finding the qualified staff they need to keep growing, most companies were posting large gains in sales/production and profits.

Frédérique Constant annoucned sales growth of 52% for the first six months of 2007
and increases in activity across most regions, noting strong growth in in Western Europe, Russia, and Asia.

Swatch Group increased their turnover for the first half of 2007 roughly 16.7% to $ 2.74 billion! Though Swatch has had production capacity problems, and needs to bring on more qualified staff, profit nonetheless increased +27.1% to $511 million. Swatch has 18 brands covering all price categories but the best performance was shown by the luxury sector (Breguet, Blancpain and Omega).

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton had first-half sales of 7.4 billion euros, growth of 6%, and figures for operating and net profit rose 11% and 2% to Euro 1.4 billion and 834 million respectively. But the key position held by watchmaking and jewellery in LVMH was more ponouced with increased operating profit (+90% to 57 million). LMVH’s brand TAG Heuer continued its move upmarket, buoyed by growth in the sales of its F1, Aquaracer and Carrera icons.

Audemars Piguet opened a new boutique in Tokyo’s high-profile Ginza district to address growth in its asia markets and luxury watch and jewellery group Richemont recorded a rise in turnover up by 9% to 1,268 million euros.

All the luxury watch companies are on the lookout for new talent and are in recruitment mode.

Below are a few of the job offers appearing in the local Swiss-French press.

PATEK PHILIPPE is seeking a Talent Manager with a background in Human Resources and 5+ year of experience managing talent. They are seeking to recruit a dynamic and conscientious professional with experience developing evaluation systems and implementing training programs. The individual they are looking for should have a mastery of I.T. tools and be used to working with talent management and career management. Interested candidates can apply to M. M. Nicod, Resources Humaines, PATEK PHILIPPE, Case Postale 2654, 1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland, or by email to

FREDERIC PIGUET is seeking to recruit for its Logistics Department a Logistics Technician to be attached to the Department of Logistics and Information Systems. The company is part of the Swatch Group and is based in Le Brassus, which is between Geneva and Lausanne in the part of Vaud known as the Joux. The role will be responsible for insuring the development of the logistics function and studying the dimensioning of the company’s capacities with respect to commercial projections, as well as optimizing the management of information flows and offering advice and support to other sectors of the company. The profile the company is looking for has a technical background in industrial logistics, experience in the watch making profession and an effective communicator. Interested candidates can apply to Frédéric Piguet, Department of Human Resources, Rue des Collèges 8, 1348 Le Brassus, Switzerland, or by email to The telephone number is +41 21 845 1616.

ROLEX is seeking to recruit for its Production Division a Mechanic – Toolmaker to follow up the making of tools in the Rolex workshops and do periodic quality controls, as well as participate in the implementation of tools and their evolution and guarantee their amelioration and correction and CN settings and program optimization. The profile they are looking to recruit is a professional with a CFC Mechanic or equivalent, experience in toolmaking, experience with automated systems, mastery of I.T. tools, a passionate mechanic and someone who is meticulous and available for work on flexible work shifts. Interested candidates should apply to ROLEX, Mme D. Del Grosso Horvath, Ressources Humaines, 15, route de Jussy, 1225 Chêne-Bourg, Geneva, Switzerland, or by email to

CHOPARD is seeking to recruit for its luxury watchmaking and jewelry operations Watch Makers, and Jewelers – Polishers. Watchmakers should have a CFC in watchmaking or its equivalent (CFC Horloger) and have at least 5 years experience. The role involves assembling and setting properly high end luxury watch movements as well as sophisticated mounting operations. Various post-sales tasks are also required. Jewelers/Polishers should have a CFC with at least 3 years experience with watch packaging or mounting bracelets or jewels. Interested candidates can apply to Chopard & Cie, Ressources Humaines, Rue de Veyrot 8, CP 85, 1217 Meyrin, Geneva, Switzerland.

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Job Offers in Geneva

Posted on 02 October 2007 by info

The Swiss banking sector remains strong and bullish on the economy despite considerable exposure to losses in the American subprime lending markets. The month of September showed strong demand for professionals in the financial and banking sectors across a range of skillsets.

A small selection of job offers in the local press is excerpted below.

DEUTSCHE BANK is seeking to recruit a Payroll Specialist for its Human Resources department in Geneva. Deutsche bank seeks an experienced Payroll Specialist (M/F) to strengthen its HR team in Geneva. The new team member will be responsible for all payroll procedures for the Bank and its Swiss affiliates with around 1000 employees. The job entails everything from data input to payroll runs, bank transfers, alignment with HR guidelines, internal and external reports, and project work.
The profile Deutsche Bank is seeking will have 3-5 years experience as a payroll specialist and a degree in Finance or HR, ideally combined with a good knowledge of of social insurance (AVS, LPP, AI, etc.), and a service oriented personality, as well as strong I.T. skills (like Office, Peoplesoft, SAP, Applic8, etc.) and fluency in both French and English (German is a plus). Interested candidates should apply to Deutsche Bank (Suisse) SA, HR Operations, Alain Calame, 3, place des Bergues, Case Postale 1416, CH-1211 Geneva 1, Switzerland, or by email to

MIGNON, a hedge funds company based in Geneva, is seeking to recruit a Credit Trader / Portfolio Manager to manage hedge funds assets including both investment grade and high yield debt derivatives. The position is based on the trading desk, and responsibilities include design and implementation of quantitative trading tools and generation and implementation of trade ideas.
Candidates for this job must have a graduate degree with a specific focus on credit markets and structured credit products; an industry experience with tranched credit products, and knowledge of correlation and volatility models; a strong quantitative background and exposure to financial mathematics; strong programming skills with the ability to take capital market scenarios and build quantitative tools to manage the portfolios and run stress tests; ability to code in VBA and C++ is required; experience with credit spread modeling is a plus. Interested candidates should apply via email to Romain Buob at

HSBC is seeking to recruit Tax Specialist Operations for their Geneva-based Network Management Department. The Specialist that HSBC is seeking to recruit will be responsible for monitoring ESD tax accounting, tracking of issues and coordination between operations, as well as documentation and tax. The role will also follow-up on regulations changes and treaty modifications related to withholding and capital gains tax in various markets. Also monitoring of US QI tax matters and Italian capital gains accounting and coordination. The profile HSBC is looking for will have a University degree in finance/economics, private banking experience in an Operations department, have an interest in taxes and legal aspects, knowledge of different fiscal regimes (US-QI, ESD, Swiss stamp duties, etc.), excellent analytical and organizational skills, fluency in French and English, strong communication skills in these essential languages as well as hopefully another language. Interested candidates are invited to apply by email to : or by mail to HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) SA, 1211 Geneva 3, Switzerland.

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Jobs in Swiss Banks – Careers in Banking and Financial Services

Posted on 25 September 2007 by info

The Swiss Banks and foreign banking institutions operating in Switzerland continue to be enormous consumers of professional talent, drawing in managerial and professional profiles from neighboring France and Germany, as well as from the UK, North America, and around the world.

Demand is particularly strong for financial experts, legal expertise, and managers of all kinds.

This week we note a few offers across the banking and financial services sectors.

PICTET & Cie, a prestigious Geneva private bank with offices around the world, is seeking for its Global Custody and Investor Services division in Geneva a Product Manager to define and develop the distribution and commercialization of its investment solutions.

The role will be responsible for evaluation of client requirements, preparation of business cases and redaction of the task lists; planning, coordination and management of the projects undertaken and delivery of project progress reports; development of the communication strategy and internal communication channels; and assistance to internal and external clients.

The profile sought is someone with a university masters degree in economic sciences, finance, or the equivalent, and 3-5 years experience in product management or project management in a financial services environment (private banking, asset management, or global custody); a solid mastery of I.T. applications and tools; mother tongue French or English and excellent command of the other language.

Pictet & Cie normally requires it staff to be resident in Geneva. Interested applicants should send their dossiers to Ressources Humaines (ref : PM/MK/JB), Pictet & Cie, Route des Acacias 60, 1211 Geneva 73.
Pictet encourages applicants to apply through their website at

Meanwhile, elsewhere in Geneva, CITI PRIVATE BANK is currently seeking to recruit a Legal Counsel for its European Legal Department, which also has activities in Zurich, London, and Madrid. The role, which is based in Geneva, carries the responsibility of providing quality advice and support to the marketing groups, product managers, and support functions in matters of account documentation (KYC and YML matters), banking and investment products, and credit (margin credit, guarantees, LCs and complex lending transactions). In addition, the legal counsel to be recruited will serve as back-up for the other attorneys on the Swiss Team.

The candidate sought for this position should have strong interpersonal skills and excellent oral and written communication skills in English and French (German is considered a plus). The candidate must be a qualified attorney with relevant degrees and bar examination and have at least 2 years practical experience in the legal department of a Swiss bank. The candidate will be client oriented and able to work autonomously as well as being an effective team member.

Interested applicants are invited to send their dossiers to Mrs. Dina Rendeiro, Human Resources, CITIBANK (Switzerland), Quai Général-Guisan 16, 1203 Geneva 11, Switzerland or by email to

In Lausanne, UBS is currently seeking to recruit a Wealth Planner for its Products and Services Department. UBS is looking for someone with several years of experience in the domain of financial advice and fiscal expertise. An experience acquired in the area of domiciliation as well as in the establishment and presentation of wealth planning would be a plus.

Mastery of French and solid knowledge of English are required for the job.

Interested candidates are invited to applythrough the website at (search for reference 28316) or inquire to M. –N. Oost, Recruitment Services, UBS SA, Tel: +41 21 215 31 75

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