Talent Acquisition Lead (HR-TA-2023-115-LD)

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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 http://home.cern.

Job Description


Imagine joining the world’s largest particle physics research laboratory: Imagine being part of an innovative and dynamic 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!

In CERN's Human Resources Department, you will join the Talent Acquisition centre of expertise (HR-TA) which handles recruitment and sourcing for staff, students, graduates, and associates at CERN. Through candidate sourcing, communication, as well as outreach initiatives, our mission is to promote CERN as an employer of choice and to attract diverse talents from all our Member and Associate Members States.


As a talent acquisition lead 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:

  • Manage recruitment processes from sourcing through to hiring for a variety of profiles (for example: technicians, engineers, physicists, administrative staff etc.).
  • Manage a team of 3-5 people in charge of delivering talent acquisition service to a client group.
  • Provide expert advice on recruitment and sourcing matters to HR and clients in different departments.
  • Facilitate candidate sourcing using appropriate tools and online solutions to attract a diverse, quality talent pool.
  • Represent CERN at job fairs and other outreach events in view of building talent pipelines.
  • Investigate and evaluate new recruitment channels, identifying potential new sources to attract candidates in CERN’s specialist fields.
  • Analyse, prepare and present data and statistics for trends and patterns in TA for client groups and HR/hierarchy.
  • Nurture relations with current service providers and identify and negotiate terms and conditions with new partners.
  • Make an active contribution to the talent acquisition 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 practices and latest developments in recruitment and employment markets relevant to CERN and submit proposals where appropriate.


Master's degree or equivalent relevant experience in the field of Human Resources or a related field.


  • Demonstrated experience in in-house recruitment and sourcing, preferably in an international environment and in a STEM domain.
  • Experience in TA data analytics including KPIs, preferably in an international environment.
  • 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.
  • Initial experience in supervision of a diverse team.

Technical competencies:

  • Talent Acquisition
  • Social media
  • Use of office software packages: in particular knowledge and use of applicant tracking systems and other web-based applications
  • Change management
  • TA analytics: in particular KPIs

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: contributing to promoting a positive atmosphere in the team through an optimistic and constructive attitude; addressing issues; seeking to help other team members when own work is done; supporting others.
  • Solving problems: seeking and integrating other points of view when tackling an issue; consulting experts in the field and undertaking benchmarking.
  • Bringing the best out of people: adapting leadership style to individual staff members' education, background and culture in order to achieve a high level of motivation and productivity.
  • Demonstrating flexibility: adapting quickly and resourcefully to shifting priorities and requirements; demonstrating a willingness to accept changing circumstances; supporting initiatives for change.

Language skills:

  • Spoken and written English: ability to understand and speak in professional contexts, as well as prepare/draft and/or translate accurate texts.
  • The ability to understand and speak French in professional contexts would be an advantage or willingness to acquire it rapidly.

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 24.09.2023

Employment Conditions

Contract type: Limited duration contract (3 years). Subject to certain conditions, holders of limited-duration contracts may apply for an indefinite position.

Job grade: 6-7

Job reference: HR-TA-2023-115-LD

Benchmark Job Title: Human Resources Professional

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