Trainee French Translator

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General Information

Type of contract Traineeship

Who can apply? EU nationals eligible for our traineeship programme

Grant The trainee grant is €1,170 per month plus an accommodation allowance (see further information section)

Working time Full time

Place of work Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Closing date 20.05.2024

Your team

You will be part of the Language Services Division in the Directorate General Communications. We provide translation, editing, proofreading and terminology services in all EU languages to support the ECB’s communication activities and to help the ECB comply with its reporting obligations. We also offer advice on linguistic matters.
In your role as trainee translator in the Board and Media Section, you will be part of a small team of French translators working on a wide range of texts in the fields of central banking and banking supervision, including speeches, interviews and press releases, regular publications and reports, as well as content for our multilingual websites aimed at making the ECB’s work accessible to non-expert readers. You will work closely with other translators and editors, language technologists and workflow administrators, as well as experts from other ECB business areas.
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 trainee translator you will:
  • translate a wide array of texts in the fields of central banking and banking supervision from English into French;
  • proof-read texts written in French;
  • identify, extract and compile terminology in French;
  • contribute to other activities of the French team, such as maintaining translation memories and providing linguistic and drafting advice as required.
The position offers you excellent opportunities to gain insight into the work of a language services division in an EU institution and to use state-of-the-art language technology tools. 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 higher in modern languages or translation;
  • experience of translating English texts into French, either as part of a degree course or in a professional context;
  • a good knowledge of the MS Office package, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint;
  • a native speaker-standard (C2) command of French and an advanced (C1) command of English, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

  • a master’s degree (completed or in the final stages of completion) in modern languages or translation;
  • an intermediate (B1) command of another official EU language;
  • familiarity with translation using computer-assisted translation tools such as Trados Studio and an interest in machine translation and language technology;
  • a broad knowledge of European current affairs, with a particular interest in financial and economic matters.

You are curious and eager to learn, and want to further develop your ability to analyse complex information. You are keen to collaborate with others, pursue team goals and learn from other people’s diverse perspectives. You strive to know and anticipate stakeholder needs, and will signal any need for change and propose alternative solutions.
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 keen to be part of our team and to use your skills and competencies to achieve the aims of this position.

Further information

Initial traineeship of between three and six months, with a possible extension to up to 12 months in total.
Other details on the conditions applicable to traineeships at the ECB can be found on our website.
Applicants who have completed university courses in translation from English to French should provide a list of such courses (together with the corresponding grades). This document should be in English or French.
For additional information on this specific vacancy, you can speak to the hiring manager, Denise Scott, on +49 (0)69 1344 7690 between 14:00 and 15:00 CET on Tuesday, 14 May and Wednesday, 15 May.

Application and selection process

The recruitment process for this position will include a remote written exercise in the pre-selection phase and – if you are invited to participate in the subsequent selection phase – an online interview. 
Further information on how to apply is available on our website.
If you are not selected for this position but are still considered suitable, you will be placed on a reserve list for 12 months from the closing date for applications, from which you might be considered for other traineeship positions within the ECB.