Traineeship in Human Resources – Human Resources Operations and Pension and Insurance Services

Human Resources
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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 01.03.2024

Your team

You will be part of the Employee Services Division in the Directorate General Human Resources. The Division provides integration, health and well-being services, as well as processing salaries, rewards, allowances and pensions. In addition to assisting more than 4,000 employees throughout their ECB careers and beyond, we support the development and implementation of human resources systems at the ECB and deliver state-of-the-art human resources analytics. We are constantly reviewing our processes in order to streamline them and make them more customer-centric.

We are looking for trainees for the Human Resources Operations and the Pension and Insurance Services teams. You will work as part of one of those teams on various processes and initiatives, gaining insight into working in human resources and the functioning of the ECB. 

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

Human Resources Operations

As a trainee, you will: 
  • respond to staff members’ queries on compensation and benefits;
  • help to streamline and digitalise human resources processes and work on SAP projects related to compensation and benefits;
  • support the policy work of the team by, for example, contributing to data reporting and preparing presentations and communications material;
  • contribute to research and benchmarking exercises, prepare statistics and support policy implementation reviews;
  • support employee benefit processes.

Human Resources Pension and Insurance Services

As a trainee, you will:
  • process members’ investment transactions;
  • prepare data and graphics for the reports to the Pension Fund Investment Committee;
  • interact with Accounting and the external custodian on operational matters;
  • assist in preparing monthly financial statements, data transfers and the membership report;
  • provide support in testing improvements to the self-service apps;
  • communicate with members on pension and insurance issues.

The position offers you excellent opportunities to gain experience of working in human resources. 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 human resources management, business administration, employment and/or industrial relations, social or organisational psychology, accounting, law (preferably EU employment and social security law), business information systems, computer science, data science, statistics, mathematics, business analytics or another relevant discipline;
  • in addition to the above, excellent analytical and conceptual skills, and an interest in complex technical content;
  • a very good understanding of the MS Office package;
  • 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 qualification in human resources;
  • a good understanding of data and sound data processing skills;
  • practical experience of using human resources IT solutions;
  • knowledge of one or more of the SAP Human Capital Management modules. 

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 six months, with the possibility of an 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.

Application and selection process

The recruitment process for this position will include 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.