Traineeships in Human Resources - Talent Management and Business Partnering

Human Resources
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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 27.02.2023

Your team

You will be part of either the Business Partnering Division or Talent Management Division in the Directorate General Human Resources and will help us deliver on our mission to support committed and talented people working for a prosperous Europe. With around 120 staff members, the Directorate General of Human Resources provides services to around 3,500 employees.
You will help us to develop agile, customer-centric and strategic HR solutions and services in the areas of staff/leadership development, performance and career management, talent acquisition, diversity and inclusion (D&I), business partnering, labour relations and stakeholder/employee engagement.
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 contribute to ongoing work and new initiatives in your Division. This will involve preparing presentations, drafting and coordinating briefing requests, undertaking follow-up actions with different stakeholders, collecting data and conducting data analysis, carrying out market research or benchmarking studies, supporting the design and roll-out of HR initiatives and processes, facilitating meetings and discussions with colleagues from all hierarchical levels, and assisting with the design of new HR initiatives and the organising and delivering various HR tasks, initiatives and events.
Based on your education, areas of expertise or knowledge and – whenever possible – your preferences, you will be assigned to one or more of the following teams, with various responsibilities.

Talent Management
  • Development Experience: you will help design, develop and implement solutions, services and/or tools in fields such as talent acquisition, career development including mobility and performance management.
  • Talent Enablers and Culture: you will be involved in initiatives relating to staff engagement, working culture, diversity and inclusion and HR communications.
  • Learning Experience: you will contribute to developing, designing and implementing learning and development initiatives for the ECB and/or across the European System of Central Banks and the Single Supervisory Mechanism.

Business Partnering
  • HR Business Partners: you will liaise between HR and managers from various business areas on matters relating to people and staffing.
  • Employee Partners: this team supports and inspires employees in their professional development. You will advise employees on learning opportunities, coach them on their career development, support them in challenging situations at work and enhance their connectedness and engagement at the ECB,
  • Talent Acquisition: you will support recruitment processes by conducting data analysis, organising and facilitating workshops, carrying out benchmarking studies and contributing to employer branding and talent attraction initiatives.
  • Stakeholder Engagement Hub (Labour Relations): you will support and facilitate HR’s interaction with the ECB’s internal and external staff representation bodies (Staff Committee and trade unions), contributing to a healthy social dialogue.
  • Stakeholder Engagement Hub (Diversity and Inclusion): you will support this team to collaborate with key D&I stakeholders from different business areas and the ECB diversity networks and contribute to developing and implementing diversity and inclusion initiatives across the bank.

These positions offer you excellent opportunities to put the knowledge you have acquired during your studies into practice and will gain an insight into the ECB’s activities and contribute to the ECB’s mission. 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 HR management, communication, business administration, social and organisational psychology, law or another relevant field;
  • theoretical knowledge of and/or practical experience in one or more of the following areas: diversity and inclusion, employee engagement, employer branding, employment law, HR communications, industrial/labour relations, learning and development, leadership development, organisational psychology/culture, performance management, career management, onboarding and offboarding, employability, recruitment/talent acquisition;
  • 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.

  • knowledge of analysis, visualisation and reporting, as well as the ability to present data in meaningful and engaging ways.

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 6 and up to 12 months in total.
Your traineeship will start during the second or third quarters of 2023, depending on which team you join.

Further information on the traineeship conditions and how to join us is available on our website.

Application and selection process

Further information on how to apply 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 and an online written exercise.
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.