Senior Finance Officer

Open for Employee Referral
Application deadline: 
Open until filled
Starting date: 
As soon as possible

Central European University (CEU) is a research-intensive university specializing in the social sciences, humanities, law, public policy, and management. It is accredited in the United States, Austria, and Hungary with entities in these countries. CEU offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs delivered in English ( 

The Budget and Finance Office (BFO) at CEU is operating both in Vienna and Budapest. A young and dynamic group of altogether 20+ professionals in Budapest and in Vienna have the following main activities: accounting, controlling, budgeting, procurement, cash management and corporate tax advisory. 

BFO, Vienna invites applications for a full-time Senior Finance Officer position working closely with the Chief Financial Officer of CEU. The selected candidate will work also closely with the leader of the accounting team located in Budapest. 

Duties and responsibilities:


  • Reviews, analyses, and finalizes cost estimates and budget proposals, for the University’s Departments, including programmatic aspects to ensure compliance with the program plan and Strategy.
  • Provides detailed input with respect to resource requirements for budget submissions.
  • Provides substantive support to the President and Rector as well as to the Governing Bodies of the University.
  • Issues allotments based on approved budgets and monitors budget implementation and recommends reallocation of funds as necessary.
  • Monitors expenditures to ensure that they remain within authorized levels and are correctly recorded. 


  • Approves/Confirms that proposed commitments or expenditure are in accordance with the Financial Regulations and Policies of the University.
  • Ensures that accurate and complete reporting and internal control systems are in place, are functioning and that all relevant records are maintained.
  • Responds to external audit observations and provide requested information to Austrian Authorities.
  • Produces major/complex financial reports.
  • Takes initiative to improve financial management processes and procedures.
  • Ensures the integrity of data and information of the financial and management systems.
  • As a high-level task, review, advise and participation in the yearly financial audits including the academic year audit as well. 


  • Manages, reviews, and updates financial management policies, guidelines, and procedures.
  • Implements change management needed for a variety of Budget and Finance processes and procedures.
  • Provide substantive technical support and guidance to Budget Holders and provides advice and guidance, to Budget and Finance Staff.
  • Ensures the integrity of financial and management systems and the controls that underpin them. 


  • Bachelor’s degree (minimum) in Finance or Accounting ideally obtained in Austria
  • At least 5 years of working experience in senior finance role(s) in Austria in academia, or non-profit sector, or at an international company
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in German and English
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel)
  • Accountability, ability to meet deadlines and set priorities
  • Strong work ethic is a must
  • Discretion when dealing with sensitive/confidential information
  • Ability to assess risks and identify optimal solutions
  • Flexibility and orientation for solutions
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and to prioritize


  • Chartered / certified accountant
  • Familiarity with an integrated accounting system (preferably SAP)
  • Ideally, ACCA qualification
  • Ideally, previous higher education sector experience 


The annual gross salary starts at 80,000 EUR The actual final salary might be higher depending on the seniority and level of expertise of the selected candidate.   

Additional benefits: 

Home office,
Reduced company rates for UNIQA private health insurance,
CEU family support scheme,
Supplementary private pension plan.

How to apply

Applicants need to submit:

  • CV
  • Cover letter

Please send your complete application package to: - including the job code in the subject line: 2023/063.

We do not ask for reference letters at the first stage of application; the referees of short-listed candidates may be contacted for references later by CEU. 

The privacy of your personal information is very important to us. We collect, use, and store your personal information in accordance with the requirements of the applicable data privacy rules, including specifically the General Data Protection Regulation. To learn more about how we manage your personal data during the recruitment process, please see our Privacy Notice at: (Hungary: Közép-európai Egyetem, Central European University) or (​Austria: Central European University, CEU Central European University Private University).

CEU is an equal opportunity employer.

About CEU

One of the world’s most international universities, a unique founding mission positions Central European University as both an acclaimed center for the study of economic, historical, social and political challenges, and a source of support for building open and democratic societies that respect human rights and human dignity. CEU is accredited in the United States and Austria, and offers English-language bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in the social sciences, the humanities, law, environmental sciences, management and public policy. CEU enrolls more than 1,400 students from over 100 countries, with faculty from over 50 countries.  

In 2019, CEU relocated from Hungary to Austria as the Hungarian government revoked its ability to issue US-accredited degrees in the country. As a result, CEU offers all of its degree programs in Vienna, Austria; and retains a non-degree, research and civic engagement presence in Budapest, Hungary, through its CEU Democracy Institute, the Institute for Advanced Study, the CEU Summer University and The Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives (OSA), and its Hungarian language public educational programs and public lectures.  

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CEU is an equal opportunity employer.

The privacy of your personal information is very important to us. We collect, use, and store your personal information in accordance with the requirements of the applicable data privacy rules, including specifically the General Data Protection Regulation. To learn more about how we manage your personal data during the recruitment process, please see our Privacy Notice at: (Hungary: Közép-európai Egyetem, Central European University) or (Austria: Central European University, CEU Central European University Private University).