Traineeship in Legal Services – Knowledge Management team

Legal Services
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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 25.05.2021

Your team

You will be part of the Legal Knowledge Management (KM) team in the Directorate General Legal Services. Our Directorate General has 120 staff advising on all legal aspects of the regulatory, contractual and institutional framework of the European Central Bank (ECB), the European System of Central Banks (ESCB) and European banking supervision. The Legal KM team is currently working on a number of critical projects that cover two main activities: consolidation of legal know-how (in the form of practice guides, templates and manuals) on the one side, and updating legal technology on the other (process mapping and digitalisation, AI-based legal content analytics, legislative knowledge visualisation, etc).

In your role as a Legal Trainee (KM), you will be part of a team of six members of staff responsible for supporting the work of lawyers in our Directorate General by conducting legal research and compiling notes on legal topics and case-law. You will also be involved in different legal operations and legal technology projects aimed at digitalising work processes and improving access to legal knowledge. Our team works closely with the rest of the Directorate General and, depending on the project, with IT and information management specialists.

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 Legal Trainee (KM) you will:
  • contribute to compiling and updating practice notes and templates for the Directorate General and consolidating relevant doctrine/know-how;
  • provide tailored responses to ad hoc research requests received from lawyers in the Directorate General;
  • contribute to the development and implementation of digital tools for legal KM (such as search engines and databases, digital workflows, wiki pages and legislative visualisation tools);
  • contribute to enhancing processes and systems in the Directorate General for tracking and monitoring legal developments of relevance to the ECB, ESCB and ECB banking supervision;
  • contribute to the legal training programme and KM culture in the Directorate General.

This position offers you excellent opportunities to contribute to a culture of collaboration and exchange and to improve best practices. 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 in law or an equivalent professional legal qualification obtained in an EU Member State;
  • excellent research and analysis skills;
  • outstanding communication skills, both verbal and written, particularly for drafting and summarising texts;
  • a sound knowledge of EU law;
  • an advanced knowledge 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.

  • experience with the role of a KM function in law firms and/or in-house legal departments;
  • experience of document management systems and legal databases, e.g. OpenText Livelink and EUR-Lex;
  • experience analysing data (including use of Excel and Tableau) and more generally with legal technology activities.

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 objectives of this position.

Further information

Traineeship between 3 and 12 months in total.

For additional information on this specific vacancy, you can speak to the Team Lead, Monica Löhdefink, on +49 (0)69 1344 5764 between 10:00 and 11:00 on Tuesday 18 May.

Application and selection process

Further information on how to join us is available on our website.

The recruitment process for this position will include an online interview and a presentation.