Research Analysts (ESCB/IO) for the IReF Programme Office - DG Statistics

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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 30.06.2025

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 E/F (bracket 1 - step 1) full time monthly net salary: €5,914 plus benefits, for further information see what we offer.

Working time Full time

Place of work Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Closing date 16.04.2023

Your team

You will be part of the IReF Programme Office in the Directorate General Statistics. Our Directorate, which has over 300 members of staff, develops and manages datasets to support the tasks of the European System of Central Banks (ESCB) and of ECB Banking Supervision. In December 2021 the Governing Council of the ECB launched the Integrated Reporting Framework (IReF) Programme, which 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 an investigation phase in June 2023, which will involve assessing and developing all elements that represent a precondition for implementing the new framework.  

In your role as a Research Analyst, you will contribute to the investigation phase as part of the IReF Programme Office. This team has around 45 members of staff and is responsible for developing the IReF product (i.e. the legal framework, the representation model and the implementation model (including the dictionary)) and the business organisation framework that the Eurosystem will adopt under the IReF, as well as carrying out associated communication and organisational tasks. The team is also responsible for developing the business IT requirements for the ESCB/SSM common data management (CDM) programme, which is conducted in parallel to develop a common ESCB/SSM Data Management and the respective 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 Research Analyst in the IReF Programme Office you will:

  • contribute to the activities of the Programme Office as outlined above, drawing on your experience with national central banks to aid the team;
  • develop the IReF metadata and data models, and/or investigate options for the organisation of business flows under the IReF;
  • help prepare meetings and working groups on European integrated reporting, such as the Statistics Committee’s Working Group on Integrated Reporting and Data Dictionary;
  • support multiple projects and initiatives both inside and outside the ESCB regarding data integration (e.g. BIRD, the CDM programme and wider European integration efforts across the statistical, prudential and resolution domains);
  • engage constructively with the banking industry and other stakeholders, including national central banks and other ECB business areas, to ensure wide acceptance of the IReF;
  • support your line management in the preparation and communication of complex topics for internal and external audiences.

This position offers you an excellent opportunity to contribute to one of the most significant projects ever undertaken in the area of ESCB statistics and to ensure that the ESCB’s statistics function is fit to face future challenges arising from financial innovation and digitalisation. In particular, you will support the analysis and decision-making process through the integration of ECB datasets, reduce the burden on reporting agents and cooperate directly with national central banks and other stakeholders in the banking 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 bachelor’s degree or equivalent in statistics, data science, mathematics, economics, physics, engineering or another relevant field (see How you can join us for details on degree equivalences);
  • at least three years’ experience in statistics, economic analysis, financial markets, IT or equivalent areas;
  • knowledge of the ECB statistical regulations and guidelines (including the ones referring to external statistics and financial accounts) and the national reporting frameworks implementing these requirements, including the practical modalities of the collections (i.e. derogation schemes, revision policies);
  • proven project management experience;
  • good communication and drafting skills;
  • good knowledge of at least one of the following programming languages: Python, R, SQL;
  • 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.


  • experience in data modelling and dictionaries and good knowledge of the Data Point Model refit;
  • experience in developing or maintaining the business processes supporting statistical data management (collection, DQM, compilation, feedback loops addressed to reporting agents and dissemination);
  • experience in the implementation of business IT requirements of systems to collect data from different sources or to produce granular and aggregated statistics, as well as their maintenance and development;
  • experience in cooperating with the banking industry in the context of data reporting.

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 aims of this position.

Further information

Please note that the appointment is subject to the approval of the project by the Executive Board and Governing Council, planned for 25 May 2023. The contract(s) offered will be short-term ESCB/IO, the appointment being for 24 months as of the exact starting date of the selected person, extendable to up to 36 months. Candidates must have a contract of employment with their home institution for a period of at least one year beyond the duration of the ECB contract being offered.

For additional information on this specific vacancy, you may contact Antonio Colangelo, on +49 (0)69 1344 6951, or Asier Cornejo, on +49 (0)69 1344 6374, between 09:00 and 11:00 on 5 April.

Application and selection process

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