ECB – European Central Bank_Traineeships in Human Resources_Frankfurt am Main, Germany


The European Central Bank (ECB) is a team of teams working together to safeguard price stability and financial stability for millions of people. We offer varied opportunities and challenges in a people-centred working culture that gives us a voice and the remit to make an impact – for Europe.

You will be part of the Directorate General Human Resources (DG/HR), helping us to deliver on our vision: thrilled and talented people for a prosperous Europe. In HR we are 100 colleagues providing services to 3,000 employees. We are currently in a process of transformation, realigning our business to focus on talent acquisition and management, leadership development, health and well-being, and a more strategic business-partnering function. We are creating a more agile, customer-centric HR function supported by well-designed people analytics.

We are currently looking for trainees in a number of areas:

  • employer branding;
  • talent acquisition;
  • HR analytics and systems;
  • HR communications, diversity and inclusion;
  • employment relations;
  • talent and leadership development;
  • performance, mobility and career management;
  • support for HR initiatives across Europe;
  • strategic workforce planning;
  • health and well-being;
  • compensation and benefits;
  • pension services.

As a trainee you will work with the members of the team to which you have been assigned on the team’s ongoing initiatives, thereby gaining an insight into the work of HR and the functioning of the ECB. You will join one of the three divisions of DG/HR and will be given tasks that may include the following.

Business Partnering Division:

  • HR business partnering team – supporting a team of Business Partners on people management issues through data analysis, reporting and ad-hoc assignments;
  • Talent acquisition team – supporting recruitment processes through data analysis, market research and benchmarking, and contributing to employer branding initiatives e.g. by organising events and creating social media content;
  • Staff relations and diversity management team – supporting interaction with trade union and staff representatives, conducting market research and benchmarking studies or surveys, creating and monitoring diversity dashboards, analysing data, and preparing intranet content, newsletters, presentations and reports.

Talent Management Division:

  • Performance, mobility and career management team – helping to align individual career aspirations with the ECB’s strategic objectives and needs by contributing to the design and implementation of policies and services according to best practice;
  • Talent and leadership development team – enhancing the ECB’s talent development framework, by contributing to the design and implementation of strategic workforce planning, supporting blended learning and helping to set up/enhance specific talent development programmes;
  • Support team for HR initiatives across Europe – contributing to joint training and development initiatives of the ECB and the national central banks and national competent authorities.

Employee Services Division:

  • Health services team – contributing to the development and implementation of corporate health policies and events, assisting in the development of health communications and educational material, and supporting the administration of ECB social security schemes;
  • HR operations, systems and analytics team – contributing to the digitalisation and automation of HR processes, assisting with the design, testing and implementation phases of SAP-related projects, analysing HR-related statistical data, and carrying out qualitative and quantitative research in the areas of salaries, benefits and pensions.

Qualifications and experience:

You will bring to the role:

  • a bachelor’s degree or higher, with a specialisation relevant to the work of the DG/HR teams, in one of the following fields: human resources management, business administration, employment/industrial relations, social and organisational psychology, law (preferably EU employment and social security law), business information systems, or another relevant discipline;
  • an advanced command of English and a good knowledge of at least one other official language of the EU;
  • a very good knowledge of Word, Excel and PowerPoint or similar software;
  • knowledge of, and ideally initial practical experience in, one or more of the following areas:
    • business intelligence;
    • diversity management;
    • employee engagement;
    • HR/internal communications;
    • employment relations;
    • learning and development;
    • organisational culture;
    • performance, mobility and career management;
    • recruitment;
    • payroll;
    • corporate health management;
    • social security.
  • for traineeships in some teams, knowledge of enterprise resource planning applications such as SAP (HR modules) or of software applications such as MS Project will be considered an asset.


You will also bring your ability to deliver results, collaborate well with colleagues, communicate clearly and effectively, gather and analyse information (including numerical and non-numerical data), prioritise tasks and pay attention to detail, act in a service-oriented manner, thrive in an environment of diverse people and ideas, and respond to change in an agile manner.

Further Information:

Traineeship of three to six months, with the possibility of an extension to up to twelve months in total in the same or other business areas.

How to apply:

Applications are to be made in English and submitted using our online application form. An „Applicants’ Guide“ can be downloaded from our recruitment pages.

For more information on how to apply, please visit:

The recruitment process may include a pre-screening exercise and a telephone interview.

Before applying, applicants should check that they meet the conditions set out in Article 4 of the rules governing the traineeship programme:

Further information on the ECB’s traineeships can be found via the above link.

Applicants are accepted from nationals of the Member States of the European Union.

The requirements laid down in the vacancy notice must be met by the closing date for applications.

This vacancy notice may be used to fill the same position again, or similar positions, within 12 months of the selection decision.

Closing Date for Applications: Wed, 10 May 2017

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