Watchmaking Jobs in Switzerland

Posted on 06 August 2007 by Papessa

Foreigners who are interested in working in Switzerland should always keep in mind the hottest sectors of the Swiss economy, where there is strong pressure on Swiss-based companies to recruit from around the world.

Like the banking sector, the luxury goods and watch making sector continues to grow, with large increases in profits, and greater and greater demand for qualified labor, creating more and more specialized jobs in Switzerland.

There are hundreds of luxury brands based in Switzerland, although many of them belong to conglomerates like Swatch Group or Richemont. Together they provide numerous job opportunities in Switzerland and avenues for finding work in Swiss cities and its provinces.

A snapshot selection of some of the current open positions in the luxury watchmaking industry:

Designer, de Grisogono S.A., Genève
De Grisogono is a luxury watch and jewelry company rapidly expanding and seeking a Designer to create new jewelry, designs for new watches, and various new custom made products for its clientele. The designer’s job will be to work with the Jewelry and Watchmaking departments.

De Grisogono seeks a multi-talented person with a CFC in jewelry or its equivalent or a graduate from an art school, and with a minium of 5 years of experience working in an equivalent position. The person should have work experience with Photoshop and Illustrator.

Applicants for this job opening should send their book with their previous designs along with their CV to :
de Grisogono S.A., Madame Nathalie Bellec, Route de Saint-Julien 176 bis, 1228 Plan-les-Ouates, Tel.:022 817 81 00, Fax :022 817 81 69

Quality Control Specialist, Fréderic Piguet SA, Vaud.

Fréderic Piguet SA is seeking for its Quality Control department a specialist who will be responsible for : managing the quality control, creating protocols and controls, checking the various components, participating in dealing with suppliers and subcontractors, taking part in the follow-up and training of colleagues. The candidate for this job should be a technicien ET (or equivalent) with an orientation in watchmaking or microtechnics, have work experience in the watchmaking field, and have on-the-job experience with the manufacturing process and the assembly of components. The applicant should also have work experience with current I.T. tools, GPAO SAP ( QM module) and a good understanding of the techniques and measurement methodologies of control, as well as quality control tools and standards in practice. Candidates for this job opening may send their application in confidentiality to: Fréderic Piguet SA, Roth Line, Case postale 43, 1348 Le Brassus, Switzerland, Tel.:021 845 16 16, Fax :021 845 27 00


Experienced Watchmaker, Cartier Horlogerie, La Chaux-de-Fonds

Cartier is one of the largest luxury brand manufacturers in Switzerland and is currently seeking to fill a job vacancy for a fully qualified Watchmaker.

The job’s responsibilities are to : Insure the assembly of mechanical movements and detect dysfunctions, assuring their correction and reparation. The candidate for this job should have a Watchmaker’s CFC or equivalent and at least 3 years work experience in the reparation of mechanical movements, as well as analytic mind, and an autonomous, rigorous and persevering character.
Applicants for the job opening may be sent to : Cartier Horlogerie, Martha Zutter, Ch. des Alisiers 10, 2300 La Chaux-de-Fonds

Workshop Manager, Rubattel & Weyermann SA, Neuchâtel

Rubattel & Weyermann is part of the Swatch Group and seeks a Workshop Manager to manage a team of 3 to 5 persons, make watch parts and tools and manage the subcontracting of parts. The profile for the team leader sought is someone with a degree or training as a precision mechanic or micromechanic, 3-5 years experience in a similar job, familiarity working with CNC machines, and who is dynamic and functions well under stress. Interested candidates for the job may apply to : Rubattel & Weyermann SA, Stéphanie Quiquerez, Jardinière 117, 2300 La Chaux-de-Fonds, Tel.:032 / 910 94 94, Fax :032 / 910 94 96

Meanwhile, in Geneva, a Trade Marketing Coordinator is sought by HARRY WINSTON S.A., Genève

The role will have the responsibility for coordinating client events in the market and for the Basel trade fair, coordinating and following the international merchandising effort, following, updating and distributing the support for sales training, and managing the stock and trade marketing billing.
Candidates for the job should have 2-4 years experience in trade marketing in the luxury watch industry or other luxury industry and preferably have some experience working in event organization. Applicants for the job should be well organized, reliable, and able to work under stress. Interested candidates may send their job applications for the vacancy to : HARRY WINSTON S.A.., Sylvie Ganivet, 82, rue de Lausanne, 1202 Genèva, Tel.:022.716.29.00, Fax :022.716.29.01


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