Chief Executive Officer of the CERN Pension Fund

05 Oct 2020
29 Nov 2020
Contract Type

The purpose of the fund is to ensure its members from the scientific organisations CERN and ESO and their families against the economic consequences of old age and disability. The fund currently has some 3000 active members and the same number of beneficiaries. Operating as a defined benefit capitalized scheme, the CERN Pension Fund's assets currently exceed CHF 4 billion.

The fund is an integral part of CERN but with operational autonomy. The oversight of the fund is entrusted to the Pension Fund Governing Board (PFGB) and the management is entrusted to the Chief Executive Officer, who works under the supervision of the former. The Board is also assisted by an Investment Committee (IC) and an Actuarial & Technical Committee (ATC).

Further details and information regarding the organization of the pension fund (governance, investment principles, benefits structure, etc.) can be found on   

As CEO of the Pension Fund, you will act as the legal representative of CERN for all matters relating to the Fund. Under the supervision of the Governing Board, to which you will be accountable, you will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the Fund. 

In particular, you will:

  • Apply and interpret the Rules and Regulations of the Fund, in consultation with the Governing Board and CERN Legal Service.
  • Implement the decisions of the PFGB, IC, and ATC.
  • Act as secretary of the PFGB and its subordinate committees, in this capacity, prepare the proposals, statements, and decisions of the Governing Board, and assist the other Committees.
  • Prepare and submit to the Governing Board, for its consideration, the Annual Report and financial statements of the Fund.
  • Deal with the key issues relating to the provision of a benefits service, the actuarial and investment aspects of the Pension Fund as well as those concerning the overall financial position of the Fund.
  • Lead a management team that will include a Chief Investment Officer and a Head of Benefits & Accounting who will, respectively provide expert knowledge and support on the asset and liability sides of the balance sheet.

Experience and competencies required:

  • Master's degree or equivalent relevant experience in the field of Finance, Economics or a related field.
  • Experience in a senior management position including the management and/or supervision of pension funds.
  • Experience in one or more of the technical areas relating to pension fund management, including the management of capitalized public or private pension funds.
  • Experience in an international or public sector organization would be an asset.

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