IT Security Engineer (ESCB/IO) - Digital Security

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General Information

Type of contract Short-term contract, which may be extended to up to 36 months subject to individual performance and organisational needs

Contract end date 31.03.2023

Who can apply? EU nationals working for national central banks of the ESCB, international governmental organisations or other employers performing central banking or banking supervision tasks within the framework of the Eurosystem

Salary F/G (bracket 1 - step 1) full time monthly net salary: €6,909 plus benefits, for further information see what we offer.

Role specialisation Digital Security

Working time Full time

Place of work Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Closing date 16.03.2022

Your team

You will be part of the Digital Security Services Division in the Directorate General Information Systems. The Division, comprising over 40 IT security professionals, provides security governance, assurance, engineering and operational services to protect the European Central Bank (ECB) against cyber threats.
Together with colleagues in the Security Engineering team, you will provide security technology services to the ECB by planning and developing new technical security controls and by ensuring the existing controls are working effectively. The team’s main responsibilities include security information and event management (SIEM), identity governance and administration (IGA) and privileged access management (PAM) services.
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 an IT Security Engineer you will:
  • work on integrating IT infrastructure and business services with a PAM platform based on CyberArk;
  • support and maintain the PAM service;
  • contribute to implementing security improvements as part of a security improvement programme;
  • proactively identify and communicate opportunities for improvement in security services, technologies, processes and documentation;
  • contribute to other engineering tasks.
We are seeking a candidate for this role who demonstrates the potential for growth, and we support the selected candidate in their future development of the required knowledge, skills or competencies.

The position offers you excellent opportunities to apply state-of-the-art concepts and methods to protecting the information assets of a leading central bank. You will be part of 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 or equivalent in computer science, information systems or another relevant field (click here for details on degree equivalences);
  • in addition to the above, a minimum of five years’ experience in the field of information technology security, of which at least four years must have been as a security engineer within a team or as a consultant;
  • experience with general-purpose development languages such as Python or JavaScript;
  • experience in some of the following areas:
    • PAM solutions, preferably CyberArk;
    • email security services;
    • identity and access management, including federation;
    • network security services;
    • vulnerability management; 
    • machine learning;
  • experience in operating mission-critical IT infrastructure environments;
  • experience in working with external companies and service providers;
  • a good understanding of and experience working with Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) processes, particularly change, incident and problem management;
  • 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.
You engage collaboratively with others. You pursue team goals and learn willingly from other people’s diverse perspectives. You signal any need for change by explaining it and proposing alternative solutions. You analyse complex information effectively and can evaluate different views to arrive at solutions. You know and anticipate stakeholder needs.

You are motivated to be part of our team and to develop and use your skills and competencies to achieve the objectives of this position.

Further information

The formal title for this position will be IT Expert.
The contract offered will be short-term ESCB/IO, the appointment being for 12 months as of the exact starting date of the selected person, extendable to up to 36 months.
For additional information on this specific vacancy, you can contact the hiring manager, Jan Pflugradt, by email at 

Application and selection process

The recruitment process for this position will be conducted remotely. It will include a presentation and interviews. 
If you are not selected for this position but are still considered suitable, you will be placed on a reserve list (see step 4 of how we hire), from which you might be considered for similar positions within the ECB.
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