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Head of Finance

Head of Finance

The Institute

The Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) is an international biomedical research institute of excellence, based in Barcelona, Spain, with more than 400 scientists from 44 countries. The CRG is composed by an interdisciplinary, motivated and creative scientific team which is supported both by a flexible and efficient administration and by high-end and innovative technologies.

In April 2021, the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) received the renewal of the 'HR Excellence in Research' Award from the European Commission. This is a recognition of the Institute's commitment to developing an HR Strategy for Researchers, designed to bring the practices and procedures in line with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (Charter and Code). 

Please, check out our Recruitment Policy

The role 

We are looking for a Head of Finance who is excited by the challenge of taking responsibility for the Finance Department. This area has three main purposes:

  • To be steward of the organizational assets, focused on risk management, accounting practices, and asset preservation. 
  • To ensure an effective and efficient finance operations (procurement, receivables, payables, treasury, etc.). 
  • To support Direction by providing financial perspective to shape decisions, and to drive improvement initiatives such as cost reduction, procurement, pricing and other process improvements and innovations that add value to the Centre.

About the team

The mission of the Finance Department aims to provide effective planning, management and control of the CRG's financial resources necessary for the achievement of world class research.

The Finance Department provides timely, accurate and reliable financial information and administers responsive procurement services to researchers, while ensuring compliance with regulations and protecting CRG assets.

The Finance Department is organised into three areas: Accounting, Procurement and Controlling-Post Award.

Whom would we like to hire? 

Professional experience 

Reporting to the Administrative Director, your main duties and responsibilities will be the following:

  • Direct oversight of Accounting, Procurement and Controlling-Post Award areas. Assess financial and economic Centre’s internal and external position and propose measures to hedge external threads and seize opportunities. Monitor projected cash balances and arrange for either additional financing or investment options. Approve PO’s in second review. Ensures the end users receive best value for money and excellent procurement and financial services
  • Presentation of financial data to various internal and external recipients
  • Oversight finance activities, financial and tax compliance, audits and risk management. Propose and implement measures to correct deviations, fix incidences and mitigate risks
  • Creation, development, implementation, and monitoring of policies, processes, procedures, tools and systems. Promote training and knowledge on procedures, best practices, new regulations, and new skills acquisition throughout the Department
  • Formulation of the financial strategic direction of the Centre and tactical plans, budgeting systems and performance metrics, in agreement with the general strategic plans and Centre’s direction. Support decision making by providing financial analysis

Must Have

  • 5 years of previous experience as Head of Finance or similar responsibilities

Desirable but not required/ Nice to have

  • ‚ÄčExperience in the public sector will be an asset

Education and training

  • Degree in Business Administration or equivalent. MBA preferred


  • High level English, Spanish and Catalan, spoken and written

Technical skills

  • Numerical and analytical skills
  • MS Office (Excel, Power Point and Word mainly)
  • Deep knowledge of external and internal regulations (Accounting, Grants, Tax, Legal, Procurement, etc.)
  • ERP and Business Intelligence tools experience


  • High Communication skills
  • Negotiation skills
  • Proactivity. Hands on and problem resolution oriented
  • Responsible and accountable
  • Critical and judgement thinking
  • Organizational and leadership skills

The Offer – Working Conditions

  • Contract duration: Full time position, permanent
  • Estimated annual gross salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and consistent with our pay scales
  • Target start date: 1st September 2022

We provide a highly stimulating environment with state-of-the-art infrastructures, and unique professional career development opportunities. To check out our training and development portfolio, please visit our website in the training section.

We offer and promote a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applicants regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity.

The CRG is committed to reconcile a work and family life of its employees and are offering extended vacation period and the possibility to benefit from flexible working hours.

Application Procedure

All applications must include:

  1. A motivation letter addressed to Joan Vives (Administrative Director).
  2. A complete CV including contact details.
  3. Contact details of two referees.

All applications must be addressed to Juan Vives and be submitted online on the CRG Career site - http://www.crg.eu/en/content/careers/job-opportunities 

Selection Process 

  • Pre-selection: The pre-selection process will be based on qualifications and expertise reflected on the candidates CVs. It will be merit-based.
  • Interview: Preselected candidates will be interviewed by the Hiring Manager of the position and a selection panel if required.
  • Offer Letter: Once the successful candidate is identified the Human Resources department will send a Job Offer, specifying the start day, salary, working conditions, among other important details. 

Deadline: Please submit your application by August 19th, 2022.

Suggestions: The CRG believes in ongoing improvement and promotes a culture of feedback. This is one of the reasons we have in place, at your disposal as a candidate, a mechanism to gather your suggestions/complaints concerning your candidate experience in our recruitment processes. Your feedback really matters to us in our aim at creating a positive candidate journey. You can make a difference and help us improve by letting us know your suggestions through the following form.

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