The European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (ESO) is the foremost intergovernmental astronomy organisation in Europe and the world’s most productive ground-based astronomical observatory. ESO carries out an ambitious programme focused on the design, construction and operation of powerful ground-based observing facilities enabling astronomers to make important scientific discoveries.
ESO operates three unique world-class observing sites in northern Chile: La Silla, Paranal and Chajnantor (home to ALMA and APEX), and the ESO Headquarters are located in Garching, near Munich, Germany.
At Paranal, ESO operates the Very Large Telescope, the world's most advanced visible-light astronomical observatory, and will host and operate the southern array of the Cherenkov Telescope Array, the world’s largest and most sensitive high energy gamma-ray observatory. ESO is a major partner in ALMA, the largest astronomical project in existence. And on Cerro Armazones, ESO is building the 39-metre Extremely Large Telescope (ELT), which will become "the world's biggest eye on the sky" and whose operations will be fully integrated into the Paranal Observatory.
Within the Directorate of Administration at its Headquarters in Garching, near Munich, Germany, ESO is advertising the position of the Head of the Human Resources Department.
The Human Resources (HR) Department supports the Organisation to maintain its excellence by recruiting and further developing staff members with the key competencies required for the realisation of its mission. The HR Department is a partner for all members of personnel (at present ~700) providing advice and comprehensive HR services. ESO is an Intergovernmental Organisation meaning that national labor legislation is replaced by a set of internal staff rules and regulations, based on international standards and best practices, and which require constant monitoring and updating. As an Intergovernmental Organisation, ESO provides its own social security system.
With the support of the Director of Administration, the Head of HR is responsible for the development and modernisation of all aspects of ESO’s HR policies. You will take the lead and together with the support of ESO Management, define and implement a Human Resources strategy that is adapted to ESO’s current and future needs.
The HR Department will embrace the organisational culture of ESO; encompass the Human Resource strategy; focus on recruitment and retention; plan for change; provide for training and development; in an environment where health and safety are crucial.
You will lead the HR Department located in Garching and Santiago de Chile.
Director of Administration.
We offer an attractive remuneration package including a competitive salary (tax free), comprehensive pension scheme and medical, educational and other social benefits, as well as financial help in relocating your family and the possibility to place your child/children in daycare.
An initial International Staff Member contract is offered for a fixed term duration of three years. There is a possibility of extension(s) subject to individual performance and organisational requirements and as defined in the applicable policies and staff rules and regulations. For any further information, please visit ESO's conditions of employment.
If you are interested in working in areas of frontline science and technology and in a stimulating international environment, please visit http://www.eso.org for further details.
Applicants are invited to apply online at http://jobs.eso.org/. Applications must be completed in English and should include a motivation letter and CV. Within your CV, please provide the names and contact details of three persons familiar with your work and willing to provide a recommendation letter upon request. Referees will not be contacted without your prior consent.
Deadline for applications is 27 July 2019.
Interviews are expected to start soon after this date.
No nationality is in principle excluded, however, recruitment preference will be given to nationals of Australia, Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Chile, irrespective of gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, race or religion.