Traineeship on environmental sustainability in banknotes production

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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 12.09.2021

Your team

You will be part of the Production Section in the Directorate Banknotes. Our Directorate has about 70 staff working to ensure the integrity of euro banknotes as an efficient means of payment and protect them against counterfeiting. In particular, the Directorate coordinates all banknote development and production activities, including those related to quality management, across the Eurosystem and with third parties. The Production Section is responsible for coordinating and monitoring euro banknote production, including the accreditation of manufacturers; assuring compliance with health and safety and environmental, security, and quality standards; the approval of production references in printing works and paper mills; and providing technical support in the development of new banknote series.

We are currently working on many environmental sustainability topics related to banknotes, such as environmental impact assessment using the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) method, sustainable cotton and waste monitoring. 

In your role as a trainee on environmental sustainability in the Production Section, you will be part of a small team of four members of staff responsible for all environmental, health and safety aspects of banknote production. You will work closely with other sections in the Directorate Banknotes, the national central banks and banknote manufacturers. 

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 in the Production Section you will:
  • support the Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) team within the Production Section on all EHS-related activities;
  • contribute to and help conduct a full environmental impact assessment of euro banknotes using the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) method developed by the European Commission;
  • support research activities related to possible ways to reduce the environmental impact of waste disposal in the cash cycle and devise strategies to encourage environmentally friendly disposal;
  • support the ongoing ECB sustainable cotton programme, aimed at increasing the percentage of sustainable cotton in euro banknotes;
  • process and present EHS data provided by the accredited manufacturers and engage with manufacturers on EHS topics;
  • support other ad hoc activities related to banknote production and environmental aspects.

The position offers you excellent opportunities to work closely with banknote production experts on EHS topics and to apply the European Commission’s PEF method to euro banknotes. 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 environmental sciences or in another relevant field such as chemical engineering, chemistry or biology, with a focus on the environment;
  • a sound understanding of environmental impact assessments;
  • analytical and quantitative skills;
  • 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 master’s degree or equivalent in environmental or chemical engineering, chemistry, biology or another relevant field;
  • experience with environmental impact assessments;
  • good understanding of EHS management systems;
  • knowledge of waste treatment and low environmental impact waste disposal;
  • experience in conducting data assessments;
  • knowledge of sustainable cotton production.

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

For reasons of confidentiality, work carried out during the traineeship may not be used in any publication, thesis, external research, etc. without specific prior written permission.

Traineeship of between 6 and 12 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.