Traineeship in procurement and technology support for lawyer-linguists

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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 07.06.2021

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.

In the field of banking supervision, we provide advice and expertise in developing ECB supervisory decisions within the Single Supervisory Mechanism 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.

Our Division is also 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 cross-disciplinary (procurement/technology) team responsible, inter alia, for projects that foster innovative development in the Legislation Division.

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 process of reviewing and approving 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;
  • contribute to identifying opportunities and developing solutions for effective use of technology in legal drafting, revision and translation;
  • contribute to enhancing processes involved in legal revision, legal translation and publication of legal acts;
  • support analysis and further development linked to accessibility of ECB legal acts.

The position offers you excellent opportunities to engage in the Division’s projects related to contract management, the development of the ECB lawyer-linguist function and the use of technology, among others. 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 demonstrable interest in combining law and technology; 
  • motivation to tackle technology-related projects;
  • a proven ability to understand, as well as 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 qualification or postgraduate studies in the field of procurement law;
  • experience in the field of procurement;
  • experience with projects involving implementation or use of new technologies in a professional environment;
  • experience with analysing data and visualising information, including use of Excel or any advanced tools;
  • knowledge of document management systems such as OpenText Livelink;
  • user knowledge of software tools for planning, executing and monitoring procurement procedures and/or enterprise resource planning systems such as SAP.

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 of between three and twelve months in total.

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.