Deputy Accountant

Community Plant Variety Office

The Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) is an independent EU Agency that was established by Council Regulation (EC) No 2100/94 on 27 July 1994. The CPVO is responsible for the management of the Community Plant Variety Rights System. This system provides protection with an intellectual property right for new plant varieties on European Union level. The mission of the CPVO is to foster innovation in plant varieties by high quality processing of applications for Community plant variety rights at affordable costs while providing policy guidance and assistance in the exercise of these rights for the benefit of stakeholders.

For further information please refer to CPVO’s website: www.cpvo.europa.eu

The CPVO is organising a call for expressions of interest with a view to establishing a reserve list.

The post is advertised externally at grade AD 6.

The post is also open to candidates from other European Union Agencies[1] in the grade bracket AD5-AD7.


[1] For existing EU temporary staff 2(f) applicants for who Article 55 of the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of the European Union (CEOS) shall be applicable

Profile / Duties


The CPVO wishes to recruit a highly motivated and well-qualified Temporary Agent (TA2f) in grade AD 6 who, under the authority of the Accounting Officer, will work as Deputy Accountant. The agent must possess a qualification in Accounting and have experience In financial and budget accounting.


Reporting to the Accounting Officer, the main duties are:

General Conditions

Formal requirements

To be considered eligible for selection, the applicant must meet by the closing date of this call, the following formal requirements:


[1]  Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, Irish, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish.

[2] The Member States of the European Union are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden.

[3]  Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, Irish, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish.

[4]  Before the appointment, the successful candidate shall be medically examined by one of the institutions' medical officers in order that the CPVO may be satisfied that he/she fulfills the requirement of article 82 point 3(d) of the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of the European Communities


Selection criteria

If the candidate meets the formal requirements set out above, he/she will be assessed in view of selection for an interview and written tests on the basis of the following criteria:


Professional Experience

At least 3 years of the relevant professional experience mentioned in point "Profile/Duties" here above must be acquired in positions closely related to the profile of the post

Additional Requirements


o European Commission accounting/budgetary procedures and terminology used by the Commission Services/Agencies;

o The EU Financial Regulation;


The successful candidate will be offered a contract in grade AD6 under Article 2f of to the Conditions of Employment of Other servants of the European Communities, subject to a nine month probation period. The duration of the contract will be four years and may be renewed not more than once for a fixed period.

The place of employment is Angers (France), where the CPVO is based. For reasons related to the CPVO's operational requirements, the chosen candidate will be expected to be available at short notice.

The job holder shall work In a multicultural environment where social dialogue between management and staff is regarded as vital. The CPVO is fully computerised and working time is based around flexitime and core working hours. The normal working week Is 40 hours.

Contractual Conditions

Successful applicants who are offered a contract of employment will, on their entry into service, be placed in step 1 or step 2 of the AD 6 grade, according to the length of their professional experience. The basic monthly salaries for Temporary Agents in grade AD 6, as of 1 January 2022, are:

In addition to the basic salary, staff members may be entitled to various allowances, in particular expatriation allowance, household allowance, dependent child allowance and education allowance. The applicable step and gross basic salary could be higher depending on the length of experience of the chosen candidate. Salaries are subject to tax at source but are exempt from national taxation. Deductions are also made for medical insurance, pension and unemployment Insurance. Please note that the correction coefficient weighting for France is equal to 1.199.


Recruitment procedure

The selection procedure includes the following steps:

Copies of these documents will be retained by the CPVO.

The internal proceedings of the Selection Committee are confidential and any contact with its members is strictly forbidden. Soliciting on behalf of a candidate can lead to Immediate disqualification.

For applications to be valid, candidates must be made through the CPVO electronic recruitment portal, which can be found on the CPVO web site: http://www.cpvo.europa.eu/main/en/home/about-the-cpvo/vacancies

Applicants are requested not to attach any supporting documents at this stage, e.g. copies of ID cards, diplomas, evidence of previous professional experience, etc. Only candidates invited to an interview will be asked to present copies of these documents for verification. Applications will not be returned to candidates but will be kept on file by the CPVO in line with its data protection guidelines.

Incomplete applications will automatically be excluded from the selection procedure.

Please note that the time period between the closing date for the submission of applications and the end of the process to short list candidates for the Interview may take several weeks.

The candidates who are judged to be the most suitable on the basis of the criteria listed in point "selection criteria" above will be placed on the reserve list.


[1] On the basis of the criteria listed under "Qualifications" above



Applicants who consider that they have grounds for complaint concerning a particular decision may, at any point in the selection procedure, request further details regarding said decision from the Chair of the Selection Board, instigate and appeal procedure or file a complaint with the European Ombudsman. Since the Staff Regulations apply to selection procedures, please note that all proceedings are confidential. If at any stage of this selection procedure applicants consider that their interests have been prejudiced by a particular decision, they may take the following action:

Send a letter requesting further Information or a review and stating your case to:

For the attention of the Chair of the Selection Board



3 Boulevard du Maréchal Foch

CS 10121

F-49101 Angers CEDEX 2

within a month of being notified the decision regarding the selection procedure. The Selection Board will send a reply as soon as possible and not later than within a month.


Appeal procedures

Lodge a complaint under Article 90(2) of the Staff Regulations of Officials of the European Union, at the following address:

For the attention of the Chair of the Selection Board



3 Boulevard du Maréchal Foch

CS 10121

F-49101 Angers CEDEX 2

The time limit for Initiating this type of procedure (see Staff Regulations as last amended by Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1023/2013 (OJ L 287 of 29 October 2013 p.15 - http.//www.europa.eu /eur-lex) starts to run from the time applicants are notified of the act allegedly prejudicing their interests.

Please note that the Appointing Authority does not have the power to amend the decisions of a Selection Board. The Court has consistently held that the wide discretion enjoyed by the Selection Board is not subject to review by the Court unless the rules which govern the proceedings of the Selection Board have clearly been infringed.


Complaints to the European Ombudsman

Like all citizens of the European Union, applicants can make a complaint to the:

European Ombudsman

1 avenue du Président-Robert-Schuman - BP 403



under Article 228 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and in accordance with the conditions laid down in Decision 94/262/ECSC, EC, Euratom of the European Parliament of 9 March 1994 on the regulations and general conditions governing the performance of the Ombudman's duties (OJ L 113 of 4 May 1994, p. 15) and amended by its decisions of 14 March 2002 (OJ L 92 of 9 April 2002, p. 13) and 18 June 2008 (OJ L 189 of 17 July 2008, p. 25).

Please note that complaints made to the Ombudsman have no suspensive effect to the period laid down in Articles 90(2) and 91 of the Staff Regulations for lodging complaints or for submitting appeals to the Civil Service Tribunal under Article 270 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. Please note also that, under Article 2(4) of the general conditions governing the performance of the Ombudsman's duties, any complaint lodged with the Ombudsman must be preceded by the appropriate administrative approaches to the institutions and bodies concerned.

Protection of personal data

The Community Plant Variety Office (as the body responsible for organising the selection procedure) will ensure that applicants' personal data are processed as required by Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community Institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data (Official Journal of the European Union, L 8 of 12 January 2001). This applies In particular to the confidentiality and security of such data.

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