Market Infrastructure Experts Digital Euro PMO (ESCB/IO) - Market Infrastructure & Payments

Market Infrastructure & Payments
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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 30.09.2023

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.

Salary F/G (1) (minimum full time monthly net salary €6336 and benefits, see further information section)

Working time Full time

Place of work Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Closing date 10.06.2022

Your team

You will be part of the Directorate General Market Infrastructure and Payments. Our Directorate General has around 150 staff providing market infrastructure (TARGET2, T2S, TIPS, and the ECMS), overseeing market infrastructure and payment systems, and performing catalyst functions in the areas of market integration and innovation. 

You will be part of the project team working on the possible future issuance of a digital euro for retail payments – a transversal team including representatives of the national central banks of euro area countries and other ECB business areas. 

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 Market Infrastructure Expert in the PMO, you will:
  • coordinate the preparation of monthly, quarterly and half-yearly status reports;
  • coordinate the preparation of financial reports to be submitted to ECB-internal and Eurosystem-wide groups and/or committees (e.g. the Budget Committee or the ECB Project Steering Committee) related to the digital euro;
  • support the procurement of external consultancy and support services in line with the ECB Procurement Decision and internal procedures;
  • work proactively on the digital euro project plan, maintained in MS Project, monitoring and updating it regularly;
  • support the digital euro secretariat as needed. 
This position will offer excellent opportunities to explore ongoing technological innovation in the financial sector (particularly in the field of payments), looking at how such innovation affects society as a whole. As a member of our team, you will play a key role in defining the user experience for the digital euro, using your knowledge to help shape the future of Europe’s payment industry. 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 master’s degree or equivalent in business administration, economics, finance, a STEM subject (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) or another relevant field (click here for details on degree equivalences); 
  • at least three years of professional experience in project management- related tasks in the area of market infrastructure, payments or financial markets, ideally for Eurosystem projects;
  • 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;
  • strong analytical skills, particularly the ability to identify problems and challenges and to devise target-oriented solutions;
  • the ability to deliver high- quality work within agreed and potentially tight deadlines;
  • well-developed drafting skills to translate detailed technical expertise into high-level policy documents.

  • experience in running Eurosystem or national-level procurement procedures following European procurement directives;
  • experience in applying the Eurosystem POCP methodology;
  • a good working knowledge of MS Project;
  • a good working knowledge of MS Excel, including the use of VBA macros and pivot tables, as well as an advanced knowledge of other MS Office applications, such as Word and PowerPoint.
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 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 motivated to be part of our team and to develop and use your skills and competencies to achieve the aims of this position.

Working modalities

We would be happy to discuss a part-time arrangement for this role.

Further information

The contracts offered will be short-term ESCB/IO, the appointment being until September 2023 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 speak to Harald Deinhammer on +49 (0)69 1344 5322 between 14:00 and 16:00 on Monday 23 May and between 10.00 and 12.00 on Tuesday 31 May 2022.

Application and selection process

The recruitment process for this position will be conducted remotely. It will include a written exercise, a presentation and an  interview. 

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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