Digital euro - Sourcing Specialist

Finance and Sourcing
Market Infrastructure & Payments
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General Information

Type of contract Fixed-term contract, which may be extended subject to individual performance and organisational needs

Who can apply? EU nationals

Salary E/F (bracket 1 - step 1) full time monthly net salary: €4,611 plus benefits, for further information see what we offer.

Role specialisation Finance and Procurement

Working time Full time

Place of work Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Closing date 21.02.2024

Your team

You will be part of the Directorate General Market Infrastructure and Payments, more precisely the Directorate Digital Euro, which started the digital euro preparation phase in November 2023. The focus is now on building on the findings from the investigation phase and further laying the groundwork for a digital euro. 

In your role as a Sourcing Specialist for the digital euro, you will be part of the team responsible for all digital euro procurement activity, with a specific focus on selecting providers for the development and subsequent operations of the components of the digital euro. 

You will work in close collaboration with teams in your own and other directorates. You will report to the Team Lead Sourcing. 

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 age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, race, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or other characteristics.

Your role

As a Sourcing Specialist you will:
  • support the preparation of tender documentation for components of the digital euro in cooperation with the project team, including organising and taking part in coordination meetings;
  • review and support functional and non-functional business requirements, product propositions, designs, user stories and associated procurement documentation to ensure consistency;
  • prepare public tender procedures to establish new framework agreements with providers;
  • prepare call-offs under existing framework agreements;
  • participate in the evaluation and negotiation phases of tender procedures;
  • help to develop a provider management framework;
  • help to develop the functional and technical design together with the distribution model within the vendor landscape.

We are seeking candidates for this role who demonstrate the potential for growth, and we will support the selected candidate in their future development of the required knowledge, skills or competencies.

The position offers you excellent opportunities shape the future of central bank money for all citizens and firms in the euro area and, in doing so, support the digitalisation of the euro area economy. You will be part of a multicultural team that strives for continuous innovation to make a positive impact on the lives of European citizens.

Qualifications, experience and skills

    • a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in finance, accounting, business administration, economics, mathematics, computer science or another relevant field (see How you can join us for details on degree equivalences);
    • a minimum of 2 years of professional experience in the field of requirements drafting and business analysis of modern IT architectures; of which a minimum of 1 year of experience in conducting commercial procurement procedures.
    • excellent drafting skills and the ability to present complex matters simply and clearly;
    • 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.

    • ITIL certification;
    • experience in coordinating the input of multiple stakeholders to ensure successful delivery of the needed procurement documentation;
    • working knowledge of EU procurement law and related international procurement standards and procedures;
    • experience in establishing cooperation agreements with other Eurosystem National Central Banks;
    • experience in drafting requirements for payment systems and/ or experience in contract and vendor management;
    • a sound understanding of project management methodologies and techniques.

You engage collaboratively with others. You pursue team goals and learn willingly from other people’s diverse perspectives. You signal any need for change by explaining it and proposing alternative solutions. You analyse complex information effectively and can evaluate different views to arrive at solutions. You know and anticipate stakeholder needs.

You are motivated to be part of our team and to develop and use your skills and competencies to achieve the aims of this position.

You are aware of your strengths and areas for development and know what motivates you to perform at your highest level.

Further information

The contract offered will be fixed term until 31 January 2026.

Temporary appointments may be extended or made permanent subject to organisational needs and budgetary constraints. This may result in a staff member with a non-convertible fixed-term contract being offered a convertible contract in accordance with the ECB Conditions of Employment.

For additional information on this specific vacancy, you can speak to the Team Lead, Harald Deinhammer, on +49 (0)69 1344 5322 between 13:00 and 14:00 on Monday, 12 February.

Application and selection process

The recruitment process for this position will be conducted remotely. It will include a pre-recorded interview in the pre-selection phase and – if you are invited to participate in the subsequent selection phase – a written exercise, a presentation and interviews.

If you are not selected for this position but are still considered suitable, you will be placed on a reserve list (see step 4 of How we hire), from which you might be considered for similar positions within the ECB.

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