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Job Opportunities in the Luxury Industry

Posted on 12 April 2007 by info

Job offers and employment opportunities are proliferating in the Swiss luxury industry, which has numerous openings for professionals from movement conceptors, to architects and designers, sales, branding and marketing experts, and HR staff. Visiting the websites of the major Swiss luxury brands permits job seekers to apply directly to the employing company without going through a recuitment agency. Recruitment and employment agencies can be advantageous however in that they can often obtain the candidate an interview he might not otherwise have gotten. Below is an excerpt of some current career opportunities and job offers in french speaking Switzerland.

HR Manager for SWATCH, Bienne.
will be in charge of a team of 5 people, responsible for recruitment and the usual HR functions: defining the HR policy and developing the loyalty of Swatch’s employees. The candidate should be dynamic, have at least 5 years experience in a similar position have experience in an industrial sector, be competent in english (german would be a plus). Candidate should hace experience managîng a team and strong communication and diplomatic skills.
Apply via:

or in writing to : The Swatch Group SA
Leila Ghattas
Faubourg du Lac 6, 2501 Bienne

Movement Designer for Cartier, Chaux-de-Fonds.
To develop the movements integrating the specifications quality/price/delivery as well as the product devleopment and Marketing exigencies and product development. Responsible for the development of pre-studies and the design of mock-ups in 3D with Pro-Engineer. Insure the feasibility and update of developed products. Participate in the analysis and validation of the watches.Insure the follow-up and internal technical support. The candidate should be an HES engineer and technician in microtechnics, or have an equivalent experience. Should alread be exprienced in building movements. The candidate should be precise, creative, and be a good team player.
Applications to : Cartier Horlogerie
Département des ressources humaines/ attn : Sandra Pellegrini
Chemin des Alisiers 10
2300 La Chaux-de-Fonds
Email :

Responsible for Prototypes for Grisogono, Geneva
Implement the mechanics workshop. Responsible for the production of limited series components. Develop prototypes and the assembly process for them in concert with the technical group. The candidate should have a minimum of 10 years of experience in the manufacture of components. have a solid understanding of programming (3 and 5 axes), be experienced in precious metals, have a knowledge of setting if possible, be a good team worker, and be precise and methodical. Candidates may apply 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
site internet de de Grisogono :

Coordinator for Jaeger-Le-Coultre, Vaud.
In charge of improving the brand visibility on the international level.
Decoration of new sales points (spaces, shop in shop, corners). Coordination with subsidiaries and external agencies of the preparation and approval of plans, application and respect of specifications and follow-up of the work. Definition and control of budgets, delivery conditions, follow up of local workers and worksite preparation. Development of relevant tools (catalogues, manuels, guidelines). Oversight of stock management. The ideal candidate has a university degree or equivalent, is comfortable with project management on the international level, has experience dealing with suppliers and subsidiaries in a proactive way, is sensible, rigorous, a good communicator and apt at negotiation. The candidate should also be able to read and understand architectural plans, have knowledge of furniture design, and be comfortable working in english.
Apply directly to :
Rue de la Golisse, 8
1347 Le Sentier
site internet de Jaeger-Lecoultre:n

reminder of tips concerning finding work in switzerland

Notes on Finding a Job in Switzerland

Switzerland appears from the outside to be a paradise for standard of living and great working conditions. Swiss salaries are among the highest in the world and despite a downturn during the early 1990s, unemployment remains the lowest in Europe.

Though it can appear difficult at first, getting a job in Switzerland isn’t as complicated as the Swiss authorities may have you believe. And under Swiss law all workers – foreign like Swiss—must be employed under the same conditions. There are currently more than 1.6 million foreigners resident in Switzerland, which means more than a fifth of the population. Economists claim this is one of the ingredients of Swiss success in employment opportunities and breath of job openings.

For European citizens, there is complete freedom of employment in Switzerland. But for non-EU-citizens who want to work in Switzerland, there is a burden of proof on the company wishing to hire to show that there are no suitable local candidates for that job.

Always consider that there are important differences in the Swiss labor market from canton to canton. As noted elsewhere on this website, Geneva is the area with the highest percentage of foreign workers –nearly 50%. Many of them are employed at the international organizations, where no Swiss work permit is necessary. One ramification of the different regional differences in Switzerland is language: Consider the local language of the area in which you want to live and work. German is spoken by roughly 2/3 of the population. Roughly 20% speak French and almost 10 percent speak Italian. While a job in a large multinational will ultimately require English, a smaller Swiss company will work in the local language.

Lastly, Switzerland regulates and usually requires formal qualifications. For many sectors, professions, and trades, foreign qualifications can be recognized as equivalent insofar as the training is considered equivalent similar to the Swiss qualification. As a result of the bilateral agreements, Switzerland recognizes most EU diplomas and qualifications.

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