English Translator (ESCB/IO)


General Information

Type of contract Short-term contract, which may be extended to up to 36 months subject to individual performance and organisational needs

Contract end date 30.11.2022

Who can apply? People of all nationalities working for national central banks of the ESCB, international governmental organisations or other employers performing central banking or banking supervision tasks within the framework of the Eurosystem

Salary F/G (bracket 1 - step 1) full time monthly net salary: €6,909 plus benefits, for further information see what we offer.

Working time Full time

Place of work Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Closing date 30.09.2021

Your team

You will be part of the English Translation and Editing Section of the Directorate General Communications’ Language Services Division. The Division comprises four sections and a Language Technology and Innovation unit. We are responsible for providing the ECB with linguistic expertise and support in the official languages of the EU, in close collaboration with the national central banks and national supervisory authorities.

In your role as English Translator, you will be part of a team of English native speaker-standard translators who provide translation, editing, proofreading and terminology services in/into English to support the ECB’s communication activities and to help the ECB comply with its reporting obligations.

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. 

For this position, applications will be accepted from EU and non-EU nationals, working for an international public sector organisation or EU organisation performing central banking or banking supervision tasks. Your current contract must extend at least 1 year beyond the end of the potential employment at the ECB.

Your role

As an English Translator you will, with a focus on effective communication:
  • produce high-quality translations into English from at least two official EU languages of a broad range of materials in the fields of banking supervision and monetary policy;
  • contribute to the drafting/editing of public communication and website content, including social media posts, for the general public; 
  • edit and proofread ECB materials in the fields of banking supervision and monetary policy which have been drafted in English by native and non-native speakers, correcting errors of grammar, consistency and style, and ensuring a high-quality finished product tailored to the target audience;
  • quality-check/revise editing and translation work produced both externally and in house;
  • contribute to developing clear writing initiatives, updating the ECB’s English Style Guide, and providing linguistic and drafting advice in English.

The position offers you excellent opportunities to make a key contribution to the communication initiatives of the Section, Division and Directorate General. 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 languages or another relevant field such as economics or law (click here for details on degree equivalences);
  • in addition to the above, at least two full years’ documented experience as a professional translator/editor or a track record of performing the tasks required by the position; 
  • a C2 (native speaker standard) command of English and C2 (mastery level) command of at least two other official languages of the EU according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
  • experience in translating using computer-assisted translation tools such as SDL Trados Studio and an interest in machine translation;
  • a sound knowledge of MS Office, such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint; 
  • familiarity with the ECB, other EU institutions, international organisations and/or the financial sector.

  • an advanced (C1) command of further official EU languages;
  • professional experience in drafting impactful content for websites and social media and/or in editing/translating speeches and interviews;
  • a sound knowledge of banking supervision, economics and/or central banking issues.

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 objectives of this position.

Working modalities

For this position, applications will be accepted from EU and non-EU nationals, working for an international public sector organisation or EU organisation performing central banking or banking supervision tasks. 

The contract offered will be short-term ESCB/IO, the appointment being for nine months as of the exact starting date of the selected person, extendable to up to 36 months.
For additional information on this specific vacancy, you can speak to the hiring manager, Denise Scott, on +49 (0)69 1344 7690 between 11:00 and 12:00 on Monday, 13 September 2021.

Further information

The recruitment process for this position will be done remotely. It will include a written exercise and an interview.

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