Team lead - IT Architecture and Prototype Manager (digital euro)

Information Technology
Information Systems
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General Information

Type of contract Fixed-term contract which may be converted into a permanent contract after three years subject to individual performance and organisational needs

Who can apply? EU nationals

Salary H (1) (minimum full time monthly net salary €6,958 and benefits, see further information section)

Role specialisation IT Architecture

Working time Full time

Place of work Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Closing date 16.09.2021

Your team

You will be part of the project team that is preparing the possible launch of a digital euro. The project team is made up of approximately 50 people from different areas of the bank. You will be assigned to the Architecture and Innovation Division in the Directorate General Information Systems.

In your role as IT Architect and Prototype Manager you will be responsible for defining the technical architecture for the digital euro, including its technical integration into existing retail payment infrastructure, and for coordinating the building of a prototype, depending on relevant business decisions. 

You will lead a team composed of IT and market infrastructure experts and you will report within the project to the digital euro project manager.

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 Team Lead IT Architect and Prototype Manager you will:

  • manage the definition of the architecture and technical design of the digital euro and its integration within payment systems, i.e.: 
    • lead the design of the architecture for the digital euro, ensuring, in particular, its security, scalability and reliability;
    • collaborate with different IT and market infrastructure teams to ensure that the architecture fits with existing infrastructure, follows relevant policies and guidelines, and is supported by corporate standards and best practices;
    • justify and defend the chosen architecture to all stakeholders, including decision-making bodies;  

  • coordinate the overall prototype delivery, i.e.: 
    • define the high-level technical architecture of the prototype based on the business requirements;
    • draw up the validation strategy for internal and external prototypes;
    • organise and steer the IT activities within the different national central banks and service providers that are participating in building the prototype;
    • ensure the prototype is delivered according to plan;

  • contribute to the preparation of project documentation

The position offers you excellent opportunities to work on ongoing technological innovation in the financial industry, particularly in the field of payments. 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 information technology, computer engineering or another relevant field (click here for details on degree equivalences);
  • in addition to the above, a minimum of seven years of professional work experience, including at least three years as a design/architecture lead, with proven success in designing, engineering and developing large-scale IT solutions with highly demanding security and reliability requirements;
  • a minimum of five years’ professional experience in the payments industry, in the financial sector or in a central bank; 
  • at least three years of experience in managing teams of highly qualified experts, in an international and diverse context;
  • IT system delivery experience in the field of payments and/or market infrastructure;
  • experience in managing IT system delivery relying on multiple service providers;
  • strong analytical and communication 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.

  • hands-on experience in the field of retail payments, including the functional and/or technical design of digital currencies; 
  • professional experience related to the design of core aspects of cryptocurrency systems and technologies, whether blockchain or non-blockchain based;
  • working experience in AGILE project delivery methods.

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 skilled at encouraging people to develop their abilities and are able to build up high-performing teams.

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

Working modalities

We are willing to discuss part-time arrangements.

Further information

The formal title for this position will be Team Lead IT Architecture.

For additional information on this specific vacancy, you can speak to Julie Dubois, on +49 172 2473 619, between 14:00-16:00 on 12 September 2021.

Application and selection process

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

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