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More Pharma Jobs in Vevey

Posted on 16 November 2008 by Hans-T

Pharmaceutical giant Merck Serono is extending its Romandy-based biotechnology facilities, building a new center in Corsier-sur-Vevey and dadding several hundred new jobs.

Merck, founded in Germany in the 17th century, acquired Serono from the Bertarelli family in 2006 for over $10 billion last year in a highly publicized acquisition.

Merck Serono will spend roughly half a billion Swiss francs to construct a 3rd and fourth biotech center.

The new centers are to allow Merck Serono to design special molecules for treating various pathologies such as colon cancer. By 2012 Merck expects to ramp up production of Erbitux – a new cancer drug.

The arrival of the new centers was not without controversy – various associations like Greenpeace and WWF unsuccessfully fought the construction of the new buildings, mainly over the issue of genetic modification of organisms and problem of disposal of bio-organisms (particularly in the water).

Jobs in Vevey - Pharmaceuticals - Merck Serono

But the opposing arguments of economic benefits for the region and job creation won out.

The two sides ultimately compromised with the pharmaceutical giant agreeing to make public the data on any pollutants and the water purifying facilities in the area were improved.

With the new center in Vevey, which already houses Nestle’s lakeside world headquarters, 200 new jobs will be added to the already existing 300 jobs in the current facilities.

The headquarters of Merck Serono are in Geneva, and they provide jobs for researchers, scientists, engineers, biologists and laboratory workers.

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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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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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Job Board

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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Job Board

Posted on 14 July 2007 by info

The national unemployment rate in Switzerland remains below 3%, with the economy experiencing labor shortages in several important market sectors. Zurich and Geneva remain the most desirable Swiss cities for foreign professionals seeking work in Switzerland.

As part of our periodic regional press roundup, a selection of jobs in the Geneva-Lausanne area is excerpted below. For current job offers in Geneva, Lausanne, Neuchatel and the Jura, one should consult the websites of Le Temps, The Tribune de Genève, 24 heures, as well as the numerous recruitment websites for the French-speaking regions of Switzerland. For the English-speakers living and working in Switzerland, the most extensive subculture is in Geneva and Zurich.


Hotel Bristol, Geneva – Four star hotel, member of SRS World Hotels, “The Charming Hotels,” and Independent Luxury Hotels, seeks an experienced Receptionist who is fluent in both English and French. A third language is highly desirable. Candidates should address their applications to the Bureau of Personnel, Hotel Bristor, 10 rue Mont-Blanc, CP 1636, 1211 Geneva 3.

Hotel Beau-Rivage, Geneva, Five star hotel, is seeking a Chef for its gastronomic restaurant “Le Chat-Botte” (rated 17/20 in the Gault Millau) who is fluent French and English. The Hotel also seeks an Attaché Commercial, fluent in French and English, with experience in sales and solid mastery of I.T. tools. A third open position at the Hotel is Assistant to the Banquets Director, candidates for which should be experienced, at ease with computer tools, and fluent in French and English. For all positions, apply to the Bureau of Human Resources, Hotel Beau-Rivage, 13, Quai du Mont-Blanc, 1201 Geneva, Tel: +4122 7166967, Email:

The University of Geneva is seeking a Professor of Egyptology, a full time position, with 6 hours of courses and seminars per week, spread over the BA and MA programs of the department of Antiquity Studies- Candidates should have research and teaching experience in languages, literature, and civilization of ancient Egypt, an interdisciplinary approach, one or more domains of specializations likely to attract students. Teaching is in French. The candidate will de called upon to develop at the national and international level research in his domains of specialization and to direct the work of students. A doctorate in letters is required or its equivalent. For September 2008 entry. Applications should be sent before 30 September 2007, accompanied by a letter of motivation, copies of curriculum vitae and publications, to: Faculty des Lettres, Uni-Bastions, 5, rue de Candolle, CH 1211 Geneve 4.


Dupont, Geneva, is seeking a Medical Nurse who will take part in the Helth Services Team under the direction of the company medical doctor at Dupont Geneva and will provide medical services for the employees at the Geneva site, which has over 700 staff located in the administrative complex in Grand-Sacconnex and the European Technical Center in Meyrin. The Medical Nurse will carry out medical examinations and provide support in occupational health subjects, and make decisions in emergencies when the company doctor is absent. The candidate should be an accredited nurse with a diploma from a nursing school and be fluent in English and French, with 3-5 years of experience in Occupational Health or Public Health, have a balanced and open personality, and be able to cope with pressure with minimum guidance. Applicants should apply directly online via: under the career section.

Les Lauriers, a private clinic in Geneva, is seeking an experienced nurse (80%-100%), with experience working with old people. The candidate should have a diploma, preferably with a geriatric specialty, and have office computer skills. Candidates should send their applications with photograph to Etablissement Médico Social, 7 rue Veyrassat, 1202 Geneva.

Marketing and Communications

The International Council on Human Rights in Geneva is seeking a Program Administrator, who has at least 3 years of experience with monitoring expenditure, organizing meetings, managing address systems, and is at ease with computer tools and programs. Excellent written and spoken English is required and fluent French is desirable. Information can be obtained from or c.v.s/applications sent to Patrick Cattan at

The International Council on Human Rights in Geneva is seeking a Communications Assistant with 3-5 years of experience and fluent in written and spoken English, with French or another major language. Experience in producing presentations, slide shows, catalogues, hard copy mailings, and marketing publications. The candidate should be organized, detail-oriented, and creative, and have strong skills in communications, like website creation, e-communication, and database management. Information can be obtained from or c.v.s/applications sent to Mariette Grange at

The Ringier Media Corporation, Lausanne is seeking a Key Account Manager to develop their advertising business in the French-speaking regions of Switzerland. Ringier publishes L’Hebdo, L’illustré, TV8, and other publications and now employs 230 people. The candidate should be between 25-45 years old, and have strong experience in advertising and sales, at ease in the world of fashion and luxury, as well as the financial world. Applicants should send their CVs with a motivation letter and salary requirements by email to : or by mail to Ringier SA, Département publicité + R&D, Patrick Zanello, CP 7249, 1002 Lausanne.

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Swiss industrial growth in Romandie creates more jobs

Posted on 30 May 2007 by info

Job creation in the Romandie part of Switzerland has been vigorous for the first part of 2007, particularly in the canton of Vaud, which has seen a 2.1% rise in new jobs created in the canton.

In total there were 6000 new jobs since 31 December 2006, according to the Vaudois statistics bureau (SCRIS).

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For highly skilled and highly educated professionals, Switzerland offers wide opportunities for employment and there are steep shortages of workers in many Swiss industries. Jobseekers looking for employment in Switzerland who have training or qualifications in fields such as banking, finance, biotech or pharma research, or luxury watch making have diverse opportunities for work in Switzerland.

As in the rest of Switzerland, the sector that has shown the most growth and therefore the most promising for seeking employment was the secondary sector which displayed a very strong expansion with a growth in employment of 2000 jobs.

The tertiary sector showed an annualized growth in employment resulting in the creation of 4000 new jobs in the canton of Vaud, maintaining the same rate of job growth seen in 2006.

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These healthy employment conditions in Vaud have had positive repercussions on the unemployment rolls, with the number of people collecting unemployment benefits dropping by 2300 people between March 2006 and March 2007, and manifesting the sharpest drop in the last 4 years.

Border workers (or ‘frontaliers’), who numbered 13,646 at end of March 2007, are still at an annualized rate of 11%.

The sectors of the economy with the highest demand for labor from across the border are the precision instruments and watch making industries, which together constitute roughly one-third of the jobs held by workers living in neighboring France but working in Switzerland.

The precision instruments and luxury watch and jewelry industries are experiencing strong growth and huge increases in profits, resulting in very tight demands for qualified new hires. The demands of the luxury industry for new employees has spawned several secondary recruitment business for the sectors, with websites specialized in recruitment for luxury brands. The luxury industries are particularly seeking to recruit experienced watchmakers skilled in complications, experienced jewelers, communications, marketing and regional sales staff, seasoned I.T. professionals, and experienced managers.

There are a variety of ways for the candidate from abroad to find a job in Switzerland :

1) Consult the newspapers via their websites : job offers (offres d’emploi – Stellenmarkt) are in the classifieds area of the dailies (usually printed on Wednesdays or the weekend), or weeklies. However, often interesting advertisements for jobs and other employment offers.
There are regular advertisements for offers and Swiss career opportunities in Le Temps, 24heures and Tagesanzeiger.

2) There many online recruitment websites (site web d’emploi – Jobsbörsen) which permit tailor-made job-searches. One can look for a job selecting the sector and region where one wants to find work. The most popular Swiss employment websites are monster, jobup, topjobs, jobpilot, and jobwinner, jobscout24. Executive and high end professional jobs are concentrated on websites like executive search and

3) Employment agencies: Recruitment agencies play a key role in the employment in Switzerland and the Swiss job market. Most agencies however prefer to work only with candidates holding a valid work permit. Agencies cannot obtain a work permit: only employers can do this.

4) Spontaneous applications: A good strategy can be sending your c.v. and an unsolicited application to the specific companies where you would like to work, via the company’s website. Address your application to the recruitment manager of the HR department (Directeur de Ressources Humaines – Personalabteilungsleite). Some personnel departments stock these applications and when jobs openings occur they look at their c.v.s on file before advertising the position and contacting an employment agncy or recruiter. There is a list of the 2000 largest Swiss companies in Top 2000.

Attach a photo to your curriculum vitae — this is still common practice and most employers like to see one, just like they want to see your birthdate or age.

The curriculum vitae should be written in a formal manner, in either chronological, reversed or functional order. Send it with a coveriletter (one page), as well as work certificates or references from your previous employers, and copies of diplomas. (see our posting about work certificates if you are unfamiliar with this).

Candidates from abroad wishing to find jobs in Switzerland can consult a variety of corporate websites, employment agency websites and recruitment companies such as Michael Page, Edicom, Jobwinner, Jobscout24, Jobup, Monster, and others. These sites have up-to-the-minute advertisements for job openings in Switzerland along with the requirements sought.

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