Team Leads – IReF Programme Office – DG Statistics

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General Information

Type of contract Fixed-term contract, which may be extended subject to individual performance and organisational needs

Who can apply? EU nationals

Salary H (bracket 1 - step 1) full time monthly net salary: €7,699 plus benefits, for further information see what we offer.

Working time Full time

Place of work Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Closing date 01.06.2023

Your team

You will be part of IReF Programme Office in the Directorate General Statistics. Our Directorate has around 300 members of staff responsible for developing and managing datasets that support the tasks of the European System of Central Banks (ESCB) and ECB Banking Supervision. 

The Integrated Reporting Framework (IReF) is intended to make it easier for banks to report statistical data to the ESCB and to reduce their reporting burden by leveraging data standardisation and data sharing inside the ESCB, as well as a collaborative production organisation. The framework will also facilitate the analysis and comparison of reported data by policymakers. This standardisation will be part of a broader vision of integrated statistical, prudential and resolution reporting by European banks.

The IReF Programme was launched by the Governing Council of the ECB in December 2021 and aims to fully overhaul the statistical value chain for bank reporting in the ESCB. Following a non-IT design phase, the IReF Programme will enter into an investigation phase in June 2023, which will involve assessing and developing all elements that constitute a precondition for implementing the new framework. 

In your role as a Team Lead, you will contribute to the investigation phase as part of the IReF Programme Office, which has around 45 members of staff and consists of two teams:

  • the Product team, which is responsible for developing the IReF product (i.e. the legal framework, the representation model and the implementation model (including the dictionary)), as well as for carrying out associated communication and organisational tasks; 
  • the Project team, which is in charge of developing the business organisation framework that the Eurosystem will adopt under the IReF and implementing the business IT requirements for the common data management (CDM) programme of the ESCB and the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM). 

The CDM programme is conducted in parallel with the IReF, with the aim to standardise ESCB/SSM data management and create the required IT architecture. The IReF represents the first use case of the CDM. You will find more about the IReF on the ECB’s website

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 Team Lead you will:

  • coordinate and develop a diverse team of professionals working on technical, business process, legal and communication tasks during the two-year non-IT investigation phase of the IReF project;
  • lead and promote analytical output, with special reference to the development of the IreF reporting requirements;
  • engage and collaborate with various European stakeholders, covering statistical structures, support areas (IT), legal areas, reporting agents and stakeholders;
  • develop and present proposals for European business processes, standards and reporting requirements to the respective European structures (committees, working groups, etc.);
  • support advisers in the IReF Programme Office to whom you directly report.

We are seeking candidates for these roles who demonstrate the potential for growth, and we will support the selected candidate(s) in their future development of the required knowledge, skills or competencies.

The position offers you excellent opportunities to shape the future of the Eurosystem reporting model for banks, including through developing new collaboration models within the ESCB and beyond. 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 statistics, data science, banking and/or finance, economics, mathematics, physics, engineering or another relevant field (see How you can join us for details on degree equivalences);
  • in addition to the above, a minimum of five years’ experience in the field of statistics, statistical reporting, compilation, dissemination, and statistical quality management or data management;
  • experience in project management and/or activity planning for complex data-related projects;
  • experience in leading teams of professionals with diverse backgrounds;
  • professional experience in actively working in ESCB committees, working groups or similar structures;
  • experience in developing statistical regulations, guidelines, manuals or any other legal dossiers;
  • strong analytical skills with an ability to navigate highly complex and interconnected frameworks;
  • good communication and drafting skills;
  • 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.

Desired for both profiles: 

  • experience in data integration and the creation of integrated reporting solutions;
  • experience in building and maintaining micro data sets.

Desired for Team Leads in the Product team: 

  • experience in data modelling and dictionaries;
  • a good knowledge of the Data Point Model.

Desired for Team Leads in the Project team: 

  • experience in developing or maintaining business processes that support statistical data management (collection, data quality management, compilation, feedback loops and dissemination) or working with IT tools, systems or databases for data processing and data management.

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 skilled at encouraging people to develop their abilities and are able to build up high-performing teams.

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.

Further information

Please note that these appointments are subject to the approval of the IReF project from the Executive Board and Governing Council, planned for 25 May 2023. Temporary appointments may be extended or made permanent subject to organisational needs and budgetary constraints. This may result in a staff member with a non-convertible fixed-term contract being offered a convertible contract in accordance with the ECB Conditions of Employment.

For additional information on this specific vacancy, you can speak to the hiring manager, Björn Fischer, on +49 (0)69 1344 7684.

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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