Work Supervisor (SMB-SE-CBS-2020-80-LD)
European Council for Nuclear Research (CERN)
Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
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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

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Are you a skilled Work Supervisor, willing to take an active role in the construction works, the operation and the maintenance associated with equipment and systems of CERN’s tertiary infrastructure? Join CERN and offer your technical expertise to the world’s largest particle physics laboratory. CERN, take part!


As Work Supervisor, you will:

  • Organise, coordinate and supervise the execution of work related to buildings and civil engineering industrial and tertiary infrastructures on concrete and metal.
  • Be in charge of launching and monitoring interventions on infrastructure waterproofing and roofing.
  • Coordinate various building trades and ensure day-to-day supervision of contractors on site.
  • Adjust the planning with respect to the actual status of works and report on changes.
  • Supervise the execution schedules and monitor budgets, including verification of quotations, quantities surveys and invoices.
  • Ensure that work is carried out in compliance with Safety rules & standards, as well as with technical specifications and good trade practices.
  • Prepare and carry out the acceptance tests at the completion of the works.
  • Regularly report on the activities supervised.


Higher technical diploma in the field of civil works, construction or a related field.


Significant experience in construction worksite supervision (civil works, roofing, interior work) and construction economy (quotations, quantities surveys).

Proven experience on supervision of major work or projects, requiring coordination of various trades and contractors.

Technical competencies:

  • Knowledge of building construction, consolidation and renovation: including maintenance technics and Safety aspects.
  • Organisation, planning and control: in particular work planification and quotation.
  • Knowledge of technical standards for construction work and structural design (SIA standards, Eurocodes, etc.).

Behavioural competencies:

  • Achieving Results: taking appropriate corrective actions and adapting work / project plans if necessary.
  • Demonstrating Flexibility: adapting quickly and resourcefully to shifting priorities and requirements.
  • Communicating Effectively: providing others with timely information
  • Solving Problems: producing workable and timely solutions that meet requirements.
  • Managing Self: working well autonomously; taking on activities and tasks without prompting.

Language skills:

Spoken and written English or French: ability to understand and speak the other language in routine situations.

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 07.07.2020

Employment Conditions

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

These functions require:

  • Work in Radiation Areas.
  • Interventions in underground installations.
  • A valid driving licence is required.
  • Work during nights, Sundays and official holidays, when required by the needs of the Organization.

Job grade: 3-4

Job reference: SMB-SE-CBS-2020-80-LD

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About CERN

At an intergovernmental meeting of UNESCO in Paris in December 1951, the first resolution concerning the establishment of a European Council for Nuclear Research (in French Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire) was adopted.Two months later, an agreement was signed establishing the provisional Council – the acronym CERN was born.Today, our understanding of matter goes much deeper than the nucleus, and CERN's main area of research is particle physics. Because of this, the laboratory operated by CERN is often referred to as the European Laboratory for Particle Physics.

Physicists and engineers at CERN use the world's largest and most complex scientific instruments to study the basic constituents of matter – fundamental particles. Subatomic particles are made to collide together at close to the speed of light. The process gives us clues about how the particles interact, and provides insights into the fundamental laws of nature. We want to advance the boundaries of human knowledge by delving into the smallest building blocks of our universe.

The instruments used at CERN are purpose-built particle accelerators and detectors. Accelerators boost beams of particles to high energies before the beams are made to collide with each other or with stationary targets. Detectors observe and record the results of these collisions.Founded in 1954, the CERN laboratory sits astride the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva. It was one of Europe's first joint ventures and now has 23 member states.