IWC is proud to be recognized as one of the best employers in Switzerland with its “Great Place to Work” certification.
Great Place to Work®, the international research and consulting company, analyses companies in over 50 countries worldwide with regard to their attractiveness by means of anonymous employee surveys and the auditing of their corporate culture.
86% of IWC employees agree with the statement “Taking everything into account, I would say this is a great place to work”. The employees particularly emphasize the open and friendly work atmosphere and the collegial cooperation as well as the above-average benefits IWC offers. The vast majority of IWC employees are proud to work for IWC and to be involved in the development of its unique products and watches. The statement “I’m proud to tell others I work here” illustrates this perfectly, with which 90% of IWC employees agree with.
Learn more about IWC as an employer on our career website.
Please note that there are local deviations regarding induction procedure. The following description applies specifically to the headquarters in Schaffhausen.
Experiences and impressions during the first days and weeks of work have a significant impact on future recruitment to new positions and on the employer. That’s why IWC makes it as easy and enjoyable as possible for new employees starting at the company. We value a structured induction with a personalized orientation plan, welcome day, welcome coffee with the HR Department, a tour around the manufacture and a watchmaking course. Our practiced, open culture that encourages feedback and discussion makes it easier for new employees to integrate into the company and into the team.
In the first weeks after starting, the Human Resources department will invite you to a welcome coffee. This is an opportunity for us to receive feedback from you on our onboarding process. We will also introduce you to your personal contact person in HR so that you know who to contact.
Welcome day & tour of the manufacture
The welcome events for new employees are an essential part of the induction process. We will invite you to a welcome day so that you get to know our company. This will give you an insight into the different departments and an overview of IWC’s people and products. The day will end with a tour of the manufacture and a walk around the IWC Museum. A presentation of our current watch collection is a particular highlight.
Don a watchmaker’s coat for the day and get your loupe at the ready. In our watchmaking course, you will get an exciting insight into the traditional watchmaking craft, which we, at IWC, combine with modern production methods and technologies. You will be able to put your dexterity and patience to the test by putting together a watch.
Please note that there are local deviations regarding personal development. The following description applies specifically to the headquarters in Schaffhausen.
A three-way approach to development
We are confident that you can never stop learning. At IWC we, therefore, cultivate a culture of learning and support our employees in continuing their education. We believe that personal development is not just the key to personal success, but that it also drives our company has a whole.
For us, personal development is a three-way relationship between employees, managers and the company.
- Employees take on a proactive role in their development within IWC.
- Our management teams act as key contacts and supporters in the PMP process and in day to day collaboration.
- The company creates the ideal conditions for the further development of employees.
Performance Management Process (PMP)
Employee development is closely connected to the yearly Performance Management Process (PMP). This is where our employees discuss their individual developmental trajectory with their manager and record their personal goals.
The concrete measures usually follow the 70-20-10 principle:
70 percent comes from workplace experiences.
20 percent of the learning objectives are achieved through self-guided learning modules.
10 percent of the knowledge is taught through training or courses.
The further education measures are based on the company’s functions and needs. For external training and self-study, the transfer of knowledge into practice is crucial for ensuring long-lasting and successful learning.
At the IWC Academy, we offer a comprehensive range of further education and training for our employees. It includes, among others:
- Technical training
- Leadership training, leadership conferences, personal coaching for senior managers
- Project management
- Soft skills
- Language courses
- Lunch & Learn
- Networking events for internal networking.
In addition to classroom training, the IWC Academy also offers e-learning modules that employees can access at any time and from anywhere. In some cases, in-service training is also supported as part of a degree program or MBA.
Working with us will make you part of a worldwide family. We employ over 1,300 people from 56 countries. We welcome employees with an international outlook and a multicultural background. At IWC you will discover a work environment based on openness and fairness.
IWC’s mechanical watches are sought after worldwide. That's why IWC offers you a variety of opportunities in an international sphere. Whether you are a watchmaker, marketing expert or sales specialist, you will be able to carry out your work at many locations around the world.
At IWC Schaffhausen
You have the opportunity to work at one of IWC’s worldwide sales organizations. As a marketing, retail or sales specialist you will implement our local strategies. You could also be a sales assistant at one of our international boutiques or a customer services watchmaker abroad taking care of the care and maintenance of our products.
IWC also offers an international working environment for employees at its headquarters in Switzerland. So you could, for instance, help develop global strategies or help shape the global look of our brand. If you were to have a local market support role based in Schaffhausen and work as a Country Controller, Regional Visual Merchandising Manager or Retail Trainer you would be in contact with colleagues from across the world daily.
We can also pave an international career path for you within the Richemont Group. The group, which includes IWC and many other well-known brands such as A. Lange & Söhne, Baume & Mercier, Cartier, Jaeger LeCoultre, Montblanc, Piaget and Vacheron Constantin, supports and encourages the personal development of its employees specifically, also through relocation abroad. For more information visit:
Facts & Figures
Economic growth, the use of renewable energies and a commitment to social responsibility have formed the basis of IWC Schaffhausen’s business activities since the beginning. Sustainable business practices are deep-rooted in our company philosophy. In 2017, we were the first Swiss luxury watch manufacturer to publish a sustainability report in accordance with the Best Practice Standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). In doing so, we once again committed ourselves to adhering to the UN-defined Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and set clear targets and goals for sustainability by 2020.
More information on sustainbility at IWC can be found here.
Working for IWC
Schaffhausen has a population of around 36,000 people and is nestled around 40 min away from the city of Zurich.
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Learn about the application process at IWC Schaffhausen.