We are now accepting applications on a rolling basis for 2019-2020.

The International School of Lausanne (ISL) is a leading not-for-profit, English language, International Baccalaureate World School set in the French speaking part of Switzerland. Our school is committed to excellence in education. It strives to fulfil the unique potential of each student in a supportive and challenging holistic learning environment that prepares him or her for continuing education and an active and responsible role in a multicultural world. The school employs approx. 250 employees on its campus where we welcome approximately 950 students from over 60 nationalities, from 3 to 18 years of age.

To further strengthen the development of our school, we are seeking a

Head of Finance

The Head of Finance is a member of the school’s leadership team. Leading a team of three people, he or she is responsible for the sound financial management of the school, ensuring both daily operations management, as well as budgeting and strategic planning processes.

Main responsibilities:

  • Together with the Finance and Payroll team, ensure the smooth running of daily operations (accounts payable, billing and receivables, monthly payroll, taxes, expenditure control, etc.)
  • Ensure all accounting, financial, and payroll records and activities are maintained in compliance with Swiss standards
  • Manage reporting, budgeting and capital forecasting activates in close collaboration with the leadership team
  • Lead the financial strategic planning of the school, ensuring it has a solid risk framework in place protecting ISL’s assets, employees, and students, and ensure coverage for potential business losses through appropriate cost-effective insurance policies
  • Provide sound financial support and insights to the leadership team to make critical business decisions
  • Present financial results and insights to the Board; participate actively in the development of the school’s business strategy
  • Manage and oversee the school’s banking and borrowing arrangements; ensure appropriate cash flow management and treasury control
  • Manage and oversee the taxation affairs, liaising with external tax firm for specialist advice
  • Advise on and implement best practices and innovations to reduce costs and improve processes
  • Ensure appropriate financial review of contracts and solicit external advice as required

Qualifications and qualities desired:

  • Successful experience as Head/ Director of Finance or in a key financial role for a midsize corporation
  • Graduate degree in Finance or Business Administration (or equivalent) with at least 8 years’ experience, of which 5 years in a managerial position; professional accounting qualification is a distinct advantage
  • Excellent knowledge of Swiss taxation, payroll, social security systems, and pension plan
  • Excellent planning, strategic thinking, and creative problem-solving skills, combined with a very hands on approach
  • Solid analytical and decision-making skills with ability to understand market dynamics and innovate
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a strong customer service orientation
  • Capable of influencing the leadership team: confident and able to drive change including at board level
  • High standards of integrity and reliability
  • Adaptability, flexibility and dynamism
  • Understanding of and sensitivity to cultural variance; an experience in an international environment is an asset
  • Proficiency in French and English (both oral and written)
  • Interest in working in an educational, not-for-profit environment
  • Knowledge of Financial or ERP systems

This position is open for men and women. Due to work permit limitations, preference will be given to candidates having a Swiss/ EU citizenship or holding a Swiss work permit.

To apply, please submit the following documents by email to recruitment@isl.ch or through Job Up:

  • a cover letter
  • an updated CV
  • copies of diplomas
  • copies of work certificate and/ or reference letters

We care for children

The International School of Lausanne is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all its staff to share this commitment. All new employees are required to undertake a security clearance, which includes providing criminal records reports as well as a special excerpt from the Swiss criminal records for people working with children.