Advert. no. 2024_0030
Working at ESO

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The European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (ESO) is the foremost intergovernmental astronomy organisation in Europe and the world's most productive ground-based astronomical observatory. ESO carries out an ambitious programme focused on the design, construction and operation of powerful ground-based observing facilities enabling astronomers to make important scientific discoveries.

ESO operates three unique world-class observing sites in northern Chile: La Silla, Paranal and Chajnantor (home to ALMA), and the ESO Headquarters are located in Garching, near Munich, Germany.

At Paranal, ESO operates the Very Large Telescope, the world's most advanced visible-light astronomical observatory, and will host and operate the southern array of the Cherenkov Telescope Array, the world's largest and most sensitive high energy gamma-ray observatory. ESO is a major partner in ALMA, and on Cerro Armazones, ESO is building the 39-metre Extremely Large Telescope (ELT), which will become "the world's biggest eye on the sky" and whose operations will be fully integrated into the Paranal Observatory.


For its Finance Department within the Directorate of Administration, at its Vitacura office in Santiago, Chile, ESO is advertising a local staff position of:

Team leader Accounting and Treasury/ Finance Officer


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Deadline 07/06/2024

We are currently in search of an experienced and team-oriented individual to join our dynamic Finance team in Santiago de Chile. Your role will be crucial, as you will be responsible for ensuring the accurate and efficient execution of all accounting matters. As the leader of the team, you will be responsible for overseeing all Financial Operations in Chile, working in close collaboration with and on the advice of the Headquarters in Germany. This is an exciting opportunity to join us during the forthcoming implementation of a new ERP system.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

The key responsibilities shall be:

  • Manage the Finance team with 5 team members in Santiago de Chile.
  • Responsible for all ESO Chile-related accounting and treasury operations in coordination with the Finance department at the organisation's headquarters.
  • Guarantee compliance of all accounting and treasury matters with the organisation's rules and regulations and ensure high quality standards.
  • Maintain and control assets accounting for all sites in Chile
  • Ensure timely input for monthly and yearly closings in close coordination with headquarters.
  • Liaise with partners for cost recharging.
  • Provide support for internal and external audits and address audit-related inquiries.
  • Support budget related activities and liaise with key users at the sites and at the headquarters.
  • Pro-actively support the ERP implementation.
  • Availability and willingness to travel to the sites in Chile is required. Occasional travels to Germany might be necessary.

Reports to:

Head of Finance at the Headquarters in Germany

Key Competences and Experience:

Essential Competences and Experience

  • At least five years experience of working in a comparable Finance role.
  • Analytical mindset and organizational skills with ability to work independently and prioritize activities.
  • High level of attention to details and ability to identify potential flaws quickly and effectively.
  • Ability to understand and work with complex contractual terms.
  • Solid knowledge of a larger scale ERP system (e.g. SAP, Oracle) and the Microsoft Office Package (especially MS Excel).
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills in an international and multicultural environment.
  • eadership skills, to build a strong teamwork environment and inspiring team members to maximise their performance and commitment.

Desirable Competences and Experience

  • User experience of Microsoft Dynamics NAV.


University degree with specialization in Finance and/or Accounting or equivalent qualification. Evidence of continuing professional development will be an asset.

Language skills:

The position requires a working level proficiency in both English and Spanish (written and spoken communication skills)

Remuneration and Contract:

We offer an attractive remuneration package including a competitive salary and medical, educational and other social benefits, as well as financial help in relocating your family. ESO aims to support members of personnel in maintaining a good work-life balance via its flexible working and mobile working policies For any further information, please visit

The initial contract is for a period of two years with the possibility of an indefinite extension, subject to performance evaluation and operational needs. The title or grade may be subject to change according to qualifications and the number of years of experience of the selected candidate.

Duty Station:

The duty station is Santiago. Applicants should be resident in Chile, in or around Santiago.

Career Path:

This position has been assessed to be in Career path 5 which covers 3 grades.


If you are interested in working in areas of frontline science and technology and in a stimulating international environment, please visit for further details.

Applicants are invited to apply online at Applications must be completed in English and should include a motivation letter and CV. Please additionally provide the contact information (email and phone number) of three professional references in your application who should be able to comment on your work, and who may be consulted as part of this hiring process. You will be informed beforehand in this case.

Deadline for applications is 7 June 2024.

Interviews are expected to start soon after this date.

ESO Values

An important element in any successful employment relationship is harmony in values between an organisation and its people.

The ESO values are:

ESO strives for excellence through innovation.

ESO provides outstanding services to its communities.

ESO fosters diversity & inclusion.

ESO believes in the key role of sustainability for its future.

Achieving the above are recognized as only possible on the basis of personal values and attitudes that we expect from our employees: respect, integrity, accountability, commitment, collaboration, and clear & open communication.

Applicants to any ESO role are asked to reflect on their affinity with these values and advised they may be asked about them if called for interview.


ESO has established diversity as an important value of the Organisation, is committed to providing an equal opportunities environment and is actively seeking to promote a diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce. Please visit for further details.


No nationality is excluded, however non-Chilean applicants must have a pertinent working permit, according to Chilean regulations, at the time of the application. The post is equally open to suitably qualified candidates irrespective of gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity or religion.

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