Traineeships in the Directorate General Market Infrastructure and Payments

Market Infrastructure & Payments
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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 04.03.2024

Your team

You will join the ECB’s Directorate General Market Infrastructure and Payments. We are responsible for the euro’s payment, securities settlement and collateral management systems – referred to collectively as “TARGET services”. The tasks we perform include overseeing financial market infrastructure and payment instruments in the euro area, helping financial markets to operate smoothly. We also cooperate with the financial industry to promote innovation and harmonisation in business practices across Europe. For example, in today’s digital world, we foster innovation in the fields of retail payments, instant payment solutions, securities settlement, collateral management applications and cyber resilience.

We are looking for trainees to join the Market Infrastructure Development Division and the Market Infrastructure Management Division. Among other things, the Market Infrastructure Development Division is responsible for business development, project delivery and the development of services in the fields of securities settlement, collateral management, high-value payments and retail payments, as well as onboarding for TARGET services. Meanwhile, the Market Infrastructure Management Division oversees operations relating to securities settlement, high-value payments and collateral management.

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 the Directorate General Market Infrastructure and Payments, you will be involved in:
  • project management activities (planning, monitoring, risk management, reporting, etc.), change management and onboarding for TARGET services;
  • operational activities (e.g. establishing incident and crisis management procedures) supporting day-to-day operations and the planning of deployment activities for TARGET services;
  • stakeholder engagement activities (coordinating meetings, documenting outcomes, drafting briefings, etc.) supporting the governance of TARGET services and a variety of stakeholders, including financial institutions, central banks, Eurosystem committees and EU institutions;
  • analytical activities (in relation to policy issues, functionalities, etc.) driving the design and development of financial market infrastructure services.

This position will offer excellent opportunities to learn about financial market infrastructure and contribute to the Eurosystem’s role in this field, gaining exposure to a wide range of tasks in one of the most exciting areas of the ECB. During the traineeship, you will gain hands-on experience in the delivery and operation of large and complex pan-European IT platforms. 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 economics, business administration, econometrics, programming, computer science, engineering, finance, mathematics, physics or a related field;
  • 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.

  • experience of documenting and presenting complex subject matter in a clear and concise manner for different audiences;
  • knowledge of project management principles and practices;
  • a general understanding of financial market infrastructure (i.e. payment, securities settlement and collateral management systems);
  • a general understanding of central banking and the ECB’s mission, tasks and responsibilities.

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

Initial traineeships of six months, with a possible extension to up to 12 months in total. The traineeships will have different start dates, with the earliest being in August 2024.

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 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 a remote written exercise.

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.