The Centre’s mission is to serve and support its Member and Co-operating States and the wider community by developing and providing world-leading global numerical weather prediction. ECMWF functions as a 24/7 research and operational centre with a focus on medium and long-range predictions and holds one of the largest meteorological archives in the world. The success of its activities relies primarily on the talent of its scientists, strong partnerships with its Member and Co-operating States and the international community, some of the most powerful supercomputers in the world, and the use of innovative technologies such as machine learning across its operations.
Over the years, ECMWF has also developed a strong partnership with the European Union, and for the past seven years has been an entrusted entity for the implementation and operation of the Climate and the Atmosphere Monitoring Services of the EU Copernicus Programme, as well as a contributor to the Copernicus Emergency Management Service. The collaboration does not stop there and include other areas of work, including High Performance Computing and the development of digital tools. It is enabling ECMWF to now provide data and products covering weather, climate, ait quality, fire and flood prediction and monitoring.
ECMWF has recently become a multi-site organisation, with its headquarters based since its creation in Reading, UK, its new data centre opening in 2021 in Bologna, Italy, and new offices, also opening in 2021 in Bonn, Germany.
It is foreseen that ECMWF will be a major partner in the implementation of the Destination Earth (DestinE) initiative starting later in 2021, together with ESA and EUMETSAT as partners. The objective of the European Commission DestinE initiative is to deploy several highly accurate thematic digital replicas of the Earth, called Digital Twins, to monitor and predict natural and human activities as well as their interactions, to develop and test scenarios that would enable more sustainable developments and support corresponding European policies for the Green Deal. For additional details, see www.ecmwf.int/.
Summary of the role
ECMWF is undergoing significant change, and this is a particularly exciting time to be joining the Centre. We are currently establishing a new duty station in Bonn, Germany, which is due to open mid-2021 and to strengthen the finance team there, ECMWF is looking to recruit a Senior Programme Accountant. This new position will be based in Bonn, Germany and will be an integral part of the Finance Section in the Administration Department at ECMWF.
They will report directly to the Head of Finance in Reading, UK and be part of a highly-motivated and competent team having ultimate responsibility for the financial management of both the Copernicus and the Destination Earth programmes. This will include reporting to the European Commission in compliance with the respective delegation agreements and ensuring the integration of these accounts into the overall financial reporting of ECMWF.
Main duties and key responsibilities
Qualifications and experience required
Advanced university degree (EQF Level 7) and an internationally recognised professional accountancy qualification.
Strong demonstrated experience of working as a senior finance manager ideally in the public sector and preferably in an international organisation. Strong experience in setting up, developing and improving financial control processes.
Strong experience in financial aspects of contract management and the financial evaluation of projects and programmes.
Experience working in an international, multidisciplinary and multi-lingual environment would be an advantage.
Experience of working with the European Commission, its Agencies and intergovernmental organisations would be a strong advantage.
Experience of providing statistical analysis, for reporting for key decisionmaking, including the use of core accounting systems combined with report writers.
Experience / proficiency in use of ERP system is required. A good working knowledge and experience of using Business World (previously known as Agresso) would be an advantage.
Knowledge and experience of accounting using the IPSAS framework would be an advantage.
Demonstrated experience of managing a team.
Knowledge and skills (including language)
Excellent working knowledge at advanced level of MS-Office (Word and Excel).
Fluency in English is essential as candidates will be required to work effectively in English and interviews will be conducted in English. Ideally candidates will also be fluent in German with fluency in French highly desirable.
The successful candidate will be recruited at the A3 grade, according to the scales of the Coordinated Organisations and the annual basic salary will be EUR 92,770.32 net of tax. This position is assigned to the employment category STF-PL as defined in the Staff Regulations.
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