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The CHF4bn (€3.7bn) CERN Pension Fund is advertising for a new investment committee member.

The defined benefit scheme’s investment process is overseen by its internal team with the assistance of the committee, which includes internal staff and external experts.

It is currently chaired by Alessandro Raimondo, with the pension fund’s CEO Matthew Eyton-Jones and CERN’s director for finance and human resources Martin Steinacher as members.

The external experts are Jayne Atkinson, CIO of Unilever’s UK pension fund, and Pierre Sauvagnat, senior vice president at Banque Cantonale de Genève. 

The investment committee is responsible for making proposals to the pension fund’s board regarding investment principles, reviewing the fund’s investment performance, and monitoring its risk tolerance. 

The committee holds “up to six” meetings per year at CERN in Geneva, according to the job description.

The job description said candidates should have “board level experience and a good working knowledge of investment committees”, as well as knowledge of asset management, portfolio construction, and risk management.

“Candidates are sought with experience of managing the assets of pension funds, or similar long term institutional investors, such as endowments, foundations, and sovereign wealth funds,” the advert said.

The full job description is available on CERN’s website.

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