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Posted on 25 August 2007 by info

Employment opportunities for english speakers to work in Switzerland have been multiplying exponentially since the opening of the borders 5 years ago. Careers and job openings in major Swiss cities are increasing rapidly, covering most employment sectors. Usually but not always, at least one language of Switzerland (french, german, or italian) is also required.

Below is a brief selection of job offers appearing yesterday in the local press. Today’s selection includes a bank, a medical device manufacturer, and a UN organization. A large number of administatrive, I.T. services, pharmaceutical and banking and financial services jobs and executive positions are reserved for fluent english speakers; despite the fact that it is not an official language of Switzerland, english has become the de facto 5th language for work in Switzerland with which different linguistic groups communicate with each other. It is very difficult to find work in upper the echelons in Switzerland either in the corporate world or in Swiss public administration without fluent english. It is impossible to land any kind of job in the international civil service without english.

Phonak Accoustic, which is active in the medical sciences, is seeking an Operational Buyer to support the lead buyer, build up the purchasing process and support the negotiations of contracts and service agreements with external suppliers, as well as build and maintain relationships with them. The profile to be recruited will be responsible for providing the necessary material, maintaining and updating the contract database and controlling invoices. This position is also responsible for providing administrative support to the strategic buyer.
The Company is looking for a self-driven, dynamic person with at least 2 years experience in the domain of operational purchasing. Experience in the medical device environment is also desired. The candidate for the job should also have a commercial or techncial background, with ideally a higher degree in the supply chain domain. The position requires excellent organizational skills and ability to deal with a broad range of activities as well. In-depth know-how in SAP & MS Office and excellent English skills are required. Knowledge of french and/or German is desirable.

Candidates interested in the job opening in Lausanne, Switzerland, can send their employment applications for the job containing their CV, covering letter, and references to : Monika Hänni, Human Resources Manager, Phonak Acoustic Implants, Avenue du Rhonadie 60, 1007 Lausanne, Tel: +41 21 672 3340,

Pictet & Cie, a prestigious Swiss private bank, is seeking to recruit an Administrative Assistant for its private banking department in Geneva. The job description for this position is: Providing administrative assistance to clients, answering client calls, preparing client visits and following up on client dossiers, providing assistance to managers (travel arrangements, appointment schedules, filing), organizing meetings, dealing with correspondence, placing market orders and verifying their execution.

The profil of the ideal candidate for this job is someone with:
a CFC or equivalent qualifivcation, experience working as an assistant or in asset mangement, ability to work for several people, skilled in common IT applications (MS OFFice) and the internet, and with excellent knowledge of english, a good knowledge of french, and if possible written and spoken german. It is necessary that the holder of this job be resident in Switzerland. The environment is luxurious and the person that Pictet Bank’s recruitment will select for this job will be well-groomed and of smart appearance, motivated, versatile, and highly organized.
Interested candidates for this job vacancy should send their full application for this employment position via the Pictet website ( or by post at Pictet & Cie, Human REsources – Ref: GPA/SHS/DS, Route des Acacias 60, 1211 Geneve 73.

UNITAR (the UN Institute for Training and REsearch) is seeking a Personal Assistant to the Executive Director for Geneva. This job involves responsibility for delivery of administrative and office support functions, regular assistance in drafting routine correspondence, timely production of a range of documents, application of relevant policies and guidelines and processes, establishment of working relationships with external and internal staff. The person recruited for this job will have at least a high school diploma and preferably specialized secretarial courses, at least 5 years experience in administration and office support functions in a large organization, and fluency in English and French. A Knowledge of spanish is highly desirable. Applicants for the job can send a letter of motivation and the P11 employment application along with a CV by email to: before 15 September 2007. The complete job vacancy is on the Unitar website. Note that UN organizations are exempt from the requirement of requesting a work permit from the Swiss government. This website contains numerous positings concerning working at UN organizations.

Givaudan is seeking to recruit an Project Engineer, for their perfumery in Geneva. The engineer to be recruited will conceive and develop as well as manage projects in chemical engineering, manage project budgets, establish project management priorities and job roles, manage suppliers and follow up on the workflow. The profile sought for this job is someone with a solid experience in a chemical engineering industrial environment, with a team spirit, fluent english, and possibly german. Interested applicants can apply for this job by writing to: Givaudan Suisse, Département des Ressources Humaines, 5, chemin de al Parfumerie, CH 1214 Vernier.

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