Traineeship in Procurement combining law and technology

Legal Services

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 03.07.2024

Your team

You will be part of the Legislation Division in the Directorate General Legal Services.

Our Division is responsible for preparing the ECB’s legal acts in the official languages of the EU, reviewing legal texts for legal, linguistic and terminological consistency, and maintaining a legal terminology database.

We provide advice and expertise in developing ECB supervisory decisions within European banking supervision and are involved in preparing and reviewing such decisions. We also contribute to the delivery of large banking supervision projects and help implement common policies in this area.

In addition, our Division is responsible for publishing and disseminating the ECB’s legal framework and other legal publications.

In your role as a trainee, you will be part of a team responsible for, among other things, the procurement procedures of the Division and projects that foster innovative development in the Division in fields such as the optimisation of processes.

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 you will:
  • support the Division in conducting public tenders, as well as three and/or five-quote procedures, to ensure that the entire procurement process is accomplished effectively and in accordance with the ECB’s procurement rules;
  • provide procurement expertise and administrative support throughout the procurement process and participate in the review and approval of tender documentation as well as in the evaluation of offers;
  • contribute to the planning and monitoring of procurements within the framework of various procurement reports produced by the Central Procurement Office;
  • depending on organisational needs and expressed interest, contribute to developing solutions for the effective use of technology and to enhancing the processes involved in legal revision, legal translation and the publication of legal acts.

The position offers you excellent opportunities to engage in the Division’s projects related to contract management, the development of the ECB’s lawyer-linguist function and the use of technology. 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 law;
  • a demonstrable interest in procurement law;
  • a proven ability to understand and draft complex documentation;
  • a good 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.

  • a good knowledge of EU law;
  • a qualification or postgraduate studies in the field of procurement law;
  • a good knowledge and understanding of procurement procedures;
  • a good knowledge and understanding of the General Data Protection Regulation;
  • a demonstrable interest in combining law and technology or tackling technology-related projects;
  • a demonstrable interest in and basic knowledge of generative artificial intelligence;
  • experience of analysing data and visualising information, including the use of Excel or any advanced tools.

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.

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.