Head of Finance

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The Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) is an international foundation that supports peace, security and international cooperation. Established by the Swiss Confederation in 1995, the Centre is a leading executive education centre, a platform for high level diplomatic dialogues on critical international issues and an incubator for innovative projects. The foundation council is comprised of 52 States (including all the permanent members of the Security Council of the United Nations) and the Canton of Geneva. With our principles of impartiality, independence, and inclusiveness, we foster strategic, innovative and critical thinking in all our activities.

At GCSP we pride ourselves on our multinational team of experts as well as an ever-growing alumni community of over 9’000 international professionals with global influence.

Do you share our values and commitments? Are you interested in joining our highly motivated and dedicated team of 80 persons? If you are entrepreneurial, results-driven and a team player who is dedicated to making our stakeholders live an unforgettable experience, you may be our future:


Head of Finance

100% - indefinite contract
this position is based in Geneva


As Head of Finance, you will need to be a self-starter with a positive, can-do attitude, the ability to work to tight deadlines and manage your workload. You will be diligent, able to work with large data sets and be a good problem solver. You will be comfortable working autonomously and be part of the Senior Management Team.

More specifically the following responsibilities will be part of the position:

Main activities and responsabilities 

  • Oversee the financial strategic planning of the Centre by evaluating its performance and potential risks.
  • Perform regular financial analysis and production of KPI metrics.
  • Develop budgets that meet the requirements of the Centre’s departments.
  • Supervise and coordinate all mandated audits, third party communications and internal control processes.
  • Prepare detailed reports on the company's financial performance.
  • Prepare financial reporting to the Centre’s donors as required.
  • Recognise patterns in company spending, revenue, and recommend solutions to any problem areas.
  • Coordinate with external financial entities on behalf of the Centre.
  • Responsibility for Centre tax and other filings.
  • Develop processes and rigorous financial control procedures.


Essential for the role

  • Qualified accountant with an international background.
  • Excellent knowledge of Swiss GAAP and IFRS.
  • At least 7 years’ functional experience gained within an accounting firm and in the public or private sectors.
  • Work experience in a leadership function.
  • A solid understanding of payroll processes.
  • Experience with digital processes and platforms; experience in managing ERP projects and operations desirable.
  • Swiss or EU/EFTA national or a valid work permit.


Personal competencies

  • Sound decision making skills based on accurate and timely analyses.
  • Results oriented, analytical thinking and metrics driven.
  • Strategic mind set, exceptional time management and able to solve problems.
  • Ability to partner and interact with all levels of the organisation and external stakeholders.
  • High level of attention to detail, the ability to analyse process flows, identify areas to improve efficiency and maintain an appropriate control framework.
  • Ability to lead by example and demonstrate a strong sense of integrity, ethics and ownership.
  • Confident to present results to an audience.
  • Keen sense of priorities to ensure efficient management of projects, deadlines, and deliverables.
  • Advanced computer software skills, including Excel and financial reporting software (MS NAV) is expected.
  • Flexibility and loyalty, paired with responsiveness and commitment.
  • Effective influencing and communication skills.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English and French is required; knowledge of German is an asset.


If you see yourself undertaking this ambitious challenge, we are eager to receive your full application file (CV and cover letter) on [email protected] by 19 May 2022.

The successful candidate will be expected to take up the position on 1 July 2022 or upon agreement. The GCSP is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce and encourages applications of qualified candidates from all religious, ethnic, and social backgrounds.

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, please note that only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.



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