Head of Finance (f/m/d)

Helmholtz Zentrum München - German Research Center for Environmental Health (HMGU)

Neuherberg (bei München), Germany

Work group:

Finance Department



Area of research:

Executive posts



Starting date:

01.09.2019



Job description:

As German Research Center for Environmental Health, Helmholtz Zentrum München pursues the goal of developing personalized medical approaches for the prevention and therapy of major common diseases such as diabetes mellitus, allergies and lung diseases. To achieve this, it investigates the interaction of genetics, environmental factors and lifestyle.


As part of our team, you will support renowned researchers in a vibrant international environment. Their job is to improve the quality of life of people through the achievement of excellent research results. The finance department supports these studies in all financial matters and issues.


The finance department consists of the following subdivisions:


Financial Accounting – Budget Management – Third Party Fund Management – Funding Management – Management Accounting – Taxes


To manage our Finance Department, starting as soon as possible, we are looking for a full-time, committed


Head of Finance (f/m/d)
2019/0326

Job specification


Management of all tasks within the Finance Department. In particular, budget planning, budgeting and financial management, funding management, third-party funds and management accountingOptimisation of financial processes, information tools and any management-related toolsContinuous development of the entire finance and resource management including cost control of the Helmholtz Zentrum München (HMGU) in cooperation with other administrative units (e.g. purchasing and HR) Monitoring and management of the annual financial statementsClarification of fiscal policy and case-by-case decisions of particular importance with the competent authorities and bodiesPreparation of reports with regards to management of the HMGU’s economic situation, including forecastingPersonnel responsibility for 68 employees (at present)Direct reporting line to the management board

Your qualification


Successfully completed university degree in economics or a comparable qualification; a doctorate is desirable, but not a requirementSeveral years of relevant senior professional experience – ideally from an organisation of comparable complexity and size in a science-related fieldBusiness know-how and practical experience in change management Sound legal knowledge, especially in the area of budgetary, tax and accounting lawKnowledge in the organisation of financial processes using SAPExperienced and charismatic leaderCooperative, motivating leadership style, which is aligned to the cultural characteristics of a non-university research institution Mature personality with strong communication skillsHighly service-, result- and solution-orientated

We offer you


a challenging and varied field of work and the freedom to develop new ideas the opportunity to get things movingextensive and goal-orientated professional development measuresa good work/life balance for which we offer assistance in the shape of:
flexible working hoursin-house health management"Elder Care" concept as well as other consultation and support options

Munich, with its numerous lakes and its vicinity to the Alps, is considered to be one of the cities with the best quality of life worldwide. With its first-class universities and research institutes it offers an intellectually stimulating environment. 


Having been awarded the "Total E-Quality" seal we endorse a system of equal opportunities. In order to increase the proportion of women in management positions, we would be pleased to receive corresponding applications. Severely disabled candidates are given preference if they are of equal merit concerning the position in question.


The position is unlimited with six months probation period. Remuneration is in accordance with the regulations for the federal public service.

Curious? 
If you have further questions, simply contact  Renate Schlusen on +49 89 3187-2266, who will be happy to be of assistance.


We are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive online application until August 30th, 2019.



Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: 2019/0326

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