Deputy Director General Statistics


General Information

Type of contract Fixed-term contract which may be converted into a permanent contract after five years subject to individual performance and organisational needs

Who can apply? EU nationals

Salary K (minimum monthly net salary €10,466 and benefits, see further information section)

Role specialisation Leadership

Working time Full time

Place of work Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Closing date 09.03.2021

Your team

You will be part of the senior management team in the Directorate General Statistics. Our General Directorate has about 350 staff providing statistical products, services and a whole range of aggregated and disaggregated data to inform policy decisions at the central banking and supervisory side of the ECB and the public at large, in close collaboration with the ESCB, National Competent Authorities, Eurostat, the banking industry and other international bodies.  
The position offers excellent opportunities to be involved in the elaboration of policy advice and in projects of high relevance for the Directorate General and the ECB as a whole. You will be heading a multicultural team that strives for continuous innovation to make a positive impact on the lives of European citizens. 

You would join at a very interesting and challenging time, as we are working on further modernising the ECB, ESCB and SSM data culture and management, improving it’s fitness for a digital and globalised world with fast financial innovation and develop new European statistics, based on the rich multipurpose micro datasets now available. 

The ECB is an inclusive employer and we strive to reflect the diversity of the population we serve. We encourage you to apply, irrespective of your gender, gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability or other characteristics.

Your role

As a Deputy Director General Statistics, you will:

  • together with the Director General and the other Deputy Director General, lead the business area in its strategic orientation and planning, work programmes, workforce and resource planning, people management and progress monitoring;
  • oversee the preparation of dossiers for the Statistics Committee, the Executive Board and the Governing Council, as well as for other ESCB and international committees and advisory groups with participants from central banks, statistical offices and supervisory and financial institutions;
  • foster a collaborative working atmosphere and an engaged, agile and healthy workforce;
  • embrace and leverage diversity in pursuing business goals;
  • align efforts and initiatives regarding the business area’s role in defining, promoting and applying international standards and methodologies across diverse statistical datasets, in order to produce high-quality, multi-purpose granular and aggregated statistics while also taking into account new innovations and technologies;
  • represent the business area and the ECB by participating in and/or chairing a wide range of internal and external committees, working groups and high-level fora, and by maintaining good working relationships with reporting agents, ESCB central banks, users and other stakeholders, including a wide range of international organisations and regulatory and standard setting bodies.

The position offers you excellent opportunities to formulate policy advice and to be involved in projects of high relevance for the Directorate General and the ECB as a whole, as well as to steer and implement the business area’s strategy in the context of digitalisation, a changing regulatory landscape and globalisation. You will be leading a multicultural team that strives for continuous innovation to make a positive impact on the lives of European citizens.

Qualifications, experience and skills

  • a master’s degree or equivalent in economics, finance, statistics, business administration, computer science, engineering, law or another relevant field (click here for details on degree equivalences);
  • in addition to the above, at least ten years of professional experience in managing complex projects with multiple stakeholders, ideally related to developing and operating statistical datasets; 
  • proven track record of developing statistical standards and methodologies and preparing regulatory frameworks;
  • significant experience in data governance and management;
  • experience in chairing international committees, working groups or task forces;
  • in addition to the above, at least five years of experience in leading and managing teams of highly qualified staff from diverse backgrounds;
  • an advanced (C1) command of English and an intermediate (B1) command of at least one other official language of the EU, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

  • familiarity with the tasks and functions of central banks, as well as knowledge of the working methods of the Eurosystem, the ESCB and other EU institutions;
  • sound knowledge of statistical regulations and the ability to effectively communicate statistics;
  • significant experience of working in a multicultural and multilingual environment;
  • significant experience in change management.

You build and maintain relationships throughout the organisation and beyond. You emphasise the overarching mission and common objectives to achieve the best outcome for the organisation. You strive to achieve goals. You define the strategic outlook for your own business area. You build diverse teams and foster an environment of creativity and innovation. You endeavour to strengthen your teams’ capability, encouraging commitment and engagement.

You are motivated to contribute to the ECB’s mission, to serve the citizens of the EU as a member of a public institution and to work with colleagues from all over Europe and to be part of our team and to use your skills and competencies to achieve the objectives of this position.

Working modalities

We are willing to discuss part-time arrangements.

Further information

For additional information on this specific vacancy, you can speak to the hiring manager, Silke Stapel-Weber. To arrange an appointment, please send an email to

Application and selection process

For further information on how to join us, read more.

The recruitment process for this position will include an online interview via Webex in the pre-selection phase and – if you are invited to participate in the subsequent selection phase – a presentation and interviews. 

The selection procedure will also include a separate assessment of your leadership competencies.