Traineeship in Human Resources - HR Operations

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 €1,070 per month plus an accommodation allowance (see further information section)

Working time Full time

Place of work Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Closing date 18.04.2023

Your team

You will be part of the Employee Services Division in the Directorate General Human Resources.  The division provides integration, health and well-being services as well as processing salaries, rewards, allowances and pensions. In addition to assisting more than 4,000 employees throughout their ECB careers and beyond, we support the development and implementation of HR systems at the ECB and deliver state-of-the-art HR analytics. We are constantly reviewing our processes, in order to streamline them and make them more customer-centric.

In your role as an HR Operations trainee you will be part of a team of 19 members of staff responsible for compensation and benefits-related processes. You will work closely with other members of the HR Operations team and provide support to ECB staff.

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 HR Operations you will:
  • respond to staff members’ queries on salaries and benefits;
  • help to streamline and digitalise HR processes and work on SAP projects related to compensation and benefits;
  • support the policy work of the team by, for example, data reporting and preparing presentations and communication material;
  • contribute to research and benchmarking exercises, preparing statistics and supporting policy implementation reviews;
  • support employee benefit processes.

The position offers you excellent opportunities to gain experience working in HR, particularly on daily operations using SAP Human Capital Management (HCM).

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, business administration, employment and/or industrial relations, social or organisational psychology, accounting, law (preferably EU employment and social security law), business information systems, statistics, business analytics or another relevant discipline;
  • excellent analytical and conceptual skills, and an interest in technical content;
  • a very good understanding 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.

  • the ability to collect, explore and transform data;
  • experience in data reporting;
  • a qualification or experience in HR.

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

Traineeship of six months, with the possibility of an extension to a maximum of 12 months in the same business area.

Other details on the conditions applicable to traineeships at the ECB can be found on our website.

Application and selection process

The recruitment process for this position will include an online interview. 

Further information on how to apply is available on our website.

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 other traineeship positions within the ECB.