Trainee in the Central Procurement Division


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 14.06.2022

Your team

You will join the Central Procurement Division in the Directorate Finance. Our Directorate has around 100 staff responsible for the financial reporting of the European Central Bank (ECB) and the Eurosystem, including the ECB’s financial and management accounting services and the Eurosystem’s monetary income allocation scheme. We also lay the groundwork for the ECB’s strategic and operational planning, including its annual budget, and maintain the supervisory fees framework. The Directorate is involved in several Eurosystem committees and sub-structures in these areas.

The Central Procurement Division has 24 staff and is responsible for ensuring that the ECB’s procurement operations have a successful outcome by providing central coordination, oversight, advice and support services. The Division thereby acts as a second level of control and governance for the ECB’s procurement activities. We also develop and implement the procedural frameworks that govern the planning, execution and reporting of procurement at the ECB.

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 Central Procurement Division, you will:
  • assist with the collection, maintenance, cleaning, analysis and processing of procurement data;
  • compile and analyse statistical data;
  • contribute to the production of regular and ad hoc reports;
  • assist with the development of internal processes, methodologies and documentation relating to the Division’s data management;
  • help with communications on the Division’s activities and reporting to internal and external stakeholders;
  • contribute to initiatives aimed at improving the efficiency and work of the team, and assist with the automation of existing processes, leveraging RPA (robotic process automation) applications and tools;
  • help to conduct public procurement operations (see here for details of current tender procedures), for example by carrying out market research and providing general administrative support;
  • work closely with all parties involved in procurement processes, both inside and outside the Division (e.g. in relation to data sources and systems that are external to the Division).

This position will offer excellent opportunities to gain insight into the way that the ECB works, acquire hands-on experience in the area of finance and procurement, and put your theoretical knowledge into practice. 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 with a focus on law, finance, business or public administration, economics or another relevant field;
  • a general interest in European affairs, central banking and other matters of relevance to the ECB;
  • a good knowledge of the MS Office package;
  • advanced knowledge and practical experience of using Excel (or other tools) for data management and analysis;
  • 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.

  • user knowledge of 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 aims of this position.

Further information

Six-month traineeships with the possibility of extension (up to 12 months in total).

Traineeships are expected to start on either 1 July or 1 September 2022.

Application and selection process

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

The recruitment process for this position will include a pre-recorded video interview in the pre selection phase and – if you are invited to participate in the subsequent selection phase – an online interview.

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 similar positions within the ECB.