Programme Manager, digital euro

Market Infrastructure & Payments

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 K (minimum full time 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 30.08.2021

Your team

You will be part of the senior management team in the Directorate General Market Infrastructures and Payments (DG-MIP). Our Directorate General has around 150 staff providing market infrastructures (TARGET2, T2S, TIPS, ECMS), oversight of market infrastructures and payment systems, and catalyst functions in the areas of market integration and market innovation. We are also currently working on the possible future issuance of a digital euro for retail payment services.  

In your role as Programme Manager of the ECB digital euro project you will be part of the senior management team of DG-MIP. You will be the senior manager in charge of the digital euro project. You will be supported by a project team, a product manager and a project manager. You will closely collaborate with the various project stakeholders (the national central banks, consumer and industry associations, other EU institutions, technology providers, etc.). You will chair relevant fora and report to the Director General of Market Infrastructures and Payments.        

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 Programme Manager for the digital euro, you will:
  • manage the digital euro project team;
  • coordinate with external and internal stakeholders, including national central banks, EU institutions, non-euro area central banks, international fora, and relevant consumer and industry associations;
  • support the Director General in ensuring the digital euro team collaborates smoothly with the rest of the Directorate General;
  • contribute to identifying use cases for, functional scope of, and possible technical solutions for a digital euro;
  • represent the public face of the ECB’s digital euro work.

The position offers you excellent opportunities to shape the future of central bank money available to 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 master’s degree or equivalent in business administration, computer science, economics, finance, law, political science, project management, STEM (science, technology, engineering or mathematics),or another relevant field (click here for details on degree equivalences);
  • in addition to the above, a minimum of ten years’ professional experience in the payments industry, in the private sector or in a central bank; 
  • a minimum of five years’ experience in a managerial role, preferably in an international environment;
  • working experience of at least five years in managing complex projects and a track record in successfully delivering them, accompanied by strong change management skills; 
  • sound understanding of modern payment solutions, encompassing both the front end and back end, as well as the relevant business models;
  • strong managerial, communication and analytical skills;
  • 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.

  • work experience both in the private sector (in the area of payments) and in a central bank;
  • experience in communicating with multiple stakeholders from diverse backgrounds (consumers, technology providers, etc.) in a multicultural environment;
  • knowledge of current discussions surrounding central bank digital currencies. 

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.

Working modalities

We are willing to discuss part-time arrangements.

Further information

The formal title for this position will be Principal Adviser. 

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.

The contract offered will be fixed term, the appointment being for two years as of the exact starting date of the selected person.

For additional information on this specific vacancy, you can speak to the hiring manager Director General Market Infrastructure and Payments Ulrich Bindseil, by booking an appointment via during the publication period of the vacancy notice. 

Application and selection process

For further information on how to join us, read more and check how to apply here.

The recruitment process for this position will be conducted remotely. It will include a presentation and interviews. 
The selection procedure will also include a separate assessment of your leadership competencies.