Recruitment & Sourcing Specialist (HR-TA-SR-2018-115-LD)

  • Geneva, Switzerland
  • Contract

Company Description

At CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe. Using the world's largest and most complex scientific instruments, they study the basic constituents of matter - fundamental particles that are made to collide together at close to the speed of light. The process gives physicists clues about how particles interact, and provides insights into the fundamental laws of nature. Find out more on

Job Description


Imagine joining the world’s largest particle physics research laboratory. Imagine being part of an innovative, cutting-edge recruitment team, contributing your skills and experience to recruit excellence in all the fields needed for the success of the Organization. Are you ready for a challenge like nowhere else on earth? Join CERN. Take part!

You will join the Staff Recruitment Section, part of the Talent Acquisition Centre of expertise in CERN’s Human Resources Department (HR-TA), which handles recruitment; sourcing; capacity planning; personnel records, Host State legitimation cards and visas.


As a talent acquisition specialist in the in-house recruitment team, you will take responsibility for handling recruitment processes A-Z in close collaboration with HR Advisors/Partners and Hiring Managers (departmental clients). This role will require excellent interpersonal, communication, as well as numerical and analytical skills. Success will be based upon establishing a true partnership with the clients to anticipate and deliver, based upon an accurate understanding of their needs.

You will, as a member of a team of recruiters, and on the basis of the recruitment needs of the Organization:

  • Manage recruitment processes from sourcing through to hiring for a variety of profiles.
  • Provide expert advice on recruitment and sourcing matters to HR and clients in other departments.
  • Investigate and evaluate new recruitment channels, identifying potential new sources to attract candidates in CERN’s specialist fields.
  • Nurture relations with current service providers, identify, and negotiate terms and conditions with new partners.
  • Coordinate outreach activities and events, and provide analytical reports of learning points.
  • Make an active contribution to the Staff recruitment related projects and initiatives to the development of strategies, initiatives, and tools in order to provide adequate and timely resourcing of the Organization's staffing needs.
  • Keep up-to-date on best practice and latest developments in recruitment and employment markets relevant to CERN, and submit proposals where appropriate in order to raise the awareness of CERN as an employer of choice through both modern and traditional recruitment initiatives.    


Master's degree in Human Resources Management or a related field, with relevant experience.


  • Demonstrated experience in recruitment and sourcing, preferably in an international environment.
  • Proven experience as an in-house recruiter (or in a recruitment agency), ideally in a STEM domain.
  • Experience of working with web-based recruitment platforms, applicant tracking systems and tools including media such as video, social and professional networks.
  • Experience in employer branding, marketing and the creation of promotional materials would be an asset.
  • Experience in a context of a Talent Acquisition Center Of Expertise would be a strong asset.

Technical competencies:

  • Recruitment: including sourcing.
  • Marketing, promotion, sponsoring, fundraising: including social and professional media.
  • Information content publishing: knowledge and use of applicant tracking systems and other web-based applications.
  • Use of Office software packages.

Behavioural competencies:

  • Managing self: working well autonomously; taking on activities and tasks without prompting; taking initiative beyond regular tasks and making things happen.
  • Working in teams: building and maintaining constructive and effective work relationships; working well in groups and readily fitting into a team; participating fully and taking an active role in team activities.
  • Communicating effectively: expressing opinions, ideas and suggestions with conviction and in a logical/structured manner; keeping to the point; listening actively to others and letting others speak.
  • Solving problems: assimilating large quantities of information; identifying key issues and formulating conclusions clearly and concisely.
  • Learning and sharing knowledge: sharing knowledge and expertise freely and willingly with others; coaching others to ensure knowledge transfer; questioning traditional assumptions and ways of doing things.

Language skills:

Spoken and written English and French: ability to understand and speak both languages in professional contexts (e.g. conducting interviews), to draft texts for publications and/ or official communications, and to make oral presentations in both languages.

Additional Information

Eligibility and closing date:

Diversity has been an integral part of CERN's mission since its foundation and is an established value of the Organization. Employing a diverse workforce is central to our success. We welcome applications from all Member States and Associate Member States. (

This vacancy will be filled as soon as possible, and applications should normally reach us no later than 06.01.2019.

Employment Conditions

Contract type: Limited duration contract (5 years). Subject to certain conditions, holders of limited-duration contracts may apply for an indefinite position.

Job grade: 6-7

Job reference: HR-TA-SR-2018-115-LD

Benchmark Job Title: Human Resources Professional

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