Economist-Statisticians – IReF Programme Office – DG Statistics

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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 F/G (bracket 1 - step 1) full time monthly net salary: €5,191 plus benefits, for further information see what we offer.

Working time Full time

Place of work Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Closing date 01.06.2023

Your team

You will be part of the IReF Programme Office in the Directorate General Statistics. Our Directorate has over 300 members of staff responsible for developing and managing datasets that support the tasks of the European System of Central Banks (ESCB) and ECB Banking Supervision. 

In December 2021 the ECB’s Governing Council launched the Integrated Reporting Framework (IReF) Programme, which aims to fully overhaul the statistical value chain for bank reporting in the ESCB. Following a non-IT design phase, the IReF Programme will enter into an investigation phase in June 2023, which will involve assessing and developing all elements that constitute a precondition for implementing the new framework. 

In your role as an Economist-Statistician, you will contribute to the investigation phase as part of the IReF Programme Office, which has around 45 members of staff and consists of two teams:

  • the Product team, which is responsible for developing the IReF product (i.e. the legal framework, the representation model and the implementation model (including the dictionary)), as well as for carrying out associated communication and organisational tasks;
  • the Project team, which is in charge of developing the business organisation framework that the Eurosystem will adopt under the IReF and implementing the business IT requirements for the common data management (CDM) programme of the ESCB and the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM). 

The CDM programme is conducted in parallel with the IReF, with the aim to standardise ESCB/SSM data management and create the required IT architecture. The IReF represents the first use case of the CDM. You can find more about the IReF on the ECB’s website.

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 an Economist-Statistician you will:

  • contribute to the above-mentioned activities of the Office, drawing on your experience to provide the team with support;
  • help prepare meetings and working groups on European integrated reporting, such as the Statistics Committee’s Working Group on Integrated Reporting and Data Dictionary;
  • contribute to multiple projects and initiatives on data integration both inside and outside the ESCB (e.g. the Banks’ Integrated Reporting Dictionary, the CDM programme and wider European efforts across statistical, prudential and resolution domains);
  • engage constructively with the banking industry and other stakeholders, including national central banks and other ECB business areas, to ensure that the IReF is widely accepted;
  • support your line management in preparing and communicating complex topics for internal and external audiences.

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

This position offers you excellent opportunities to contribute to one of the most significant projects ever undertaken in the area of ESCB statistics and to ensure that the ESCB’s statistics function is fit to face future challenges arising from financial innovation and digitalisation. Concretely, you will support the ECB’s analysis and decision-making process through the integration of datasets, reduce the burden on reporting agents and cooperate directly with national central banks and other stakeholders in the banking industry. 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 master’s degree or equivalent in statistics, data science, mathematics, economics, physics, engineering or another relevant field (see How you can join us for details on degree equivalences);
  • at least three years’ professional experience in statistics, economic analysis, financial markets, IT or another relevant area;
  • knowledge of the ECB’s statistical regulations and guidelines (including those on external statistics and financial accounts) and/or the national reporting frameworks implementing these requirements;
  • proven experience in project management and/or activity planning for complex data-related projects;
  • good communication and drafting skills;
  • experience of collaborating with internal and external stakeholders;
  • 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.

Desired for both teams:

  • experience in data integration and the creation of integrated reporting solutions;
  • experience in building and maintaining microdata sets;
  • familiarity with reporting frameworks for supervision, in particular knowledge of the Implementing Technical Standards on banking or insurance supervisory reporting;
  • experience in accounting, risk measures and financial market concepts and techniques.

Desired for the Product team: 

  • experience in drafting legal acts that support structured data collections from financial intermediaries;
  • experience in data modelling and dictionaries;
  • a good knowledge of the Data Point Model.

Desired for the Project team: 

  • experience in developing or maintaining business processes that support statistical data management (collection, data quality management, compilation, feedback loops and dissemination);
  • experience in the implementation of the business IT requirements for systems to collect data from different sources or produce granular and aggregated statistics, as well as in the maintenance and development of these systems;
  • experience in working with IT tools, systems or databases for data processing and data management.

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 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.

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.

Further information

Please note that these appointments are subject to the approval of the IReF project from the Executive Board and Governing Council, which is planned for 25 May 2023. 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 may contact Antonio Colangelo, on +49 (0)69 1344 6951 between 16:00 and 18:00 on Wednesday, 17 May.

Application and selection process

The recruitment process for this position will be conducted remotely. It will include a presentation, a written exercise 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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