Senior Environmental Sustainability, Health and Safety Banknote Specialist

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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 2 - step 1) full time monthly net salary: €5,135 plus benefits, for further information see what we offer.

Working time Full time

Place of work Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Closing date 14.02.2024

Your team

You will be part of the Production Section in the Currency Management Division of the Directorate Banknotes. Our Directorate has around 70 staff responsible for coordinating and monitoring banknote activities within the Eurosystem and with third parties. This notably includes the design, development, origination, production, distribution, issuance, circulation and anti-counterfeiting of euro banknotes. 

Among other important activities, our work currently focuses on ensuring access to and acceptance of cash, developing innovative, safe euro banknotes and reducing their environmental impact across the entire cash cycle. 

In your role as Senior Environmental sustainability, health and safety Banknote Specialist, you will contribute to the work of a team of two to three members of staff responsible for health and safety, ethical, environmental and accreditation matters related to the production of euro banknotes. You will work in close cooperation with experts from the euro area national central banks, manufacturers of euro banknotes, consultancies, laboratories and other teams in the Directorate Banknotes. 

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 Senior Environmental sustainability, health and safety Banknote Specialist you will:
  • contribute to the implementation and development of the Eurosystem’s environmental and health and safety standards related to euro banknotes; 
  • develop and manage projects and activities to promote the environmental sustainability and safety of euro banknotes across the entire cash cycle, such as the reduction of the environmental impact of euro banknotes, the monitoring of critical chemical substances or research on the persistence of biological agents or viruses on euro banknotes;
  • prepare reports, presentations and other technical and legal documentation for a wide range of audiences, including Eurosystem groups and the decision-making bodies of the ECB.
The position offers you excellent opportunities to work on a fascinating high-tech product. You will help to maintain trust in euro banknotes by working to ensure that banknotes are produced according to the highest standards and that they are safe to use by the public and businesses and environmentally friendly. 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 health and safety, environmental or chemical engineering, chemistry or another relevant field (see How you can join us for details on degree equivalences);
  • in addition to the above, a minimum of seven years’ professional experience in health and safety and/or environmental management in an industrial environment; 
  • experience in planning and monitoring industrial projects;
  • knowledge in the evaluation of chemical or biological analysis methods; 
  • 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.

  • a master’s degree and/or additional relevant experience in any of the fields mentioned above;
  • knowledge of health and safety issues and environmental topics related to papermaking, printing and/or banknotes;
  • an understanding of life cycle assessment methodologies for products;
  • experience in defining technical and legal policies and frameworks in the fields of environmental sustainability and health and safety;
  • drafting skills for the preparation of documentation, memos and reports.

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

The formal title for this position will be Senior Banknote Production Specialist.

The contract offered will be fixed-term, the appointment being until 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 hiring manager, Sylvain Calluaud, on +49 (0)69 1344 8562 between 16:00 and 17:00 on Thursday, 8 February or the team lead, Bernadette O’Brien, on +49 (0)69 1344 3615 between 14:00 and 15:00 on Tuesday, 6 February.

Application and selection process

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

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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