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Call for Applications: ISO is Seeking a New Secretary-General


The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is seeking applications for a new Secretary-General. As the U.S. member body to ISO, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) urges relevant stakeholders to consider this opportunity.

ISO has published details on the role's two key functions: Secretary-General of the organization and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Central Secretariat (ISO/CS) of the Organization.

The Secretary-General is responsible to the ISO Council, and following its directives, for the effective operation of the ISO System (comprising the ISO members, ISO committees and ISO Central Secretariat) according to its Statutes and Rules of Procedure. The position's responsibilities include:

  • With an efficient organizational structure of ISO/CS, supporting the ISO members managing the decentralized standards development activities performed by more than 3,000 ISO committees and working groups with the assistance of specific IT tools and e-services.

  • Driving the implementation of a long term strategy, approved by the ISO General Assembly.

The CEO of the Central Secretariat is responsible to Council, and these responsibilities include:

  • The preparation and execution of yearly budgets and medium term financial orientations, approved by the ISO Council.

  • Developing ISO/CS in line with the ISO Strategy and the ISO Council decisions.

  • The management of the ISO Central Secretariat based in Geneva. ISO/CS employs 136 staff of 19 different nationalities and is in charge of supporting the standards development process, their editing, publication and promotion in collaboration with the support of ISO members.

Applications and CV should be sent directly to Marionne Barge at Russell Reynolds ([email protected]) by September 1, 2016.

For more information on the application process, please view the ISO communication about the position.


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