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Traineeships in Directorates General Microprudential Supervision I and II

You will be assigned to one of the Joint Supervisory Teams (JST) in Directorates General Microprudential Supervision I and II, which are responsible for the on-going supervision of significant banks within the scope of the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM). A JST is a team of banking supervision experts (consisting of 2-15 members from the ECB and other members from national supervisory authorities) in charge of conducting the Supervisory Examination Programme for a specific significant bank which falls under the direct supervision of the ECB. You may eventually be assigned to horizontal projects on banking supervision being carried out by the Directorates General. The SSM refers to the system of banking supervision in Europe. It comprises the ECB and the national supervisory authorities of the participating countries. 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 your gender, gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability or other characteristics.

As a trainee you will contribute to the tasks of a JST or a horizontal team by:

  • analysing financial accounts and monitoring markets’ perceptions of supervised entities;
  • analysing the legal and regulatory frameworks for financial institutions in various jurisdictions;
  • assisting with data collection and analysis as well as generating tables, charts and reports;
  • working independently, under the guidance of a mentor, on projects relating to the implementation of supervisory practices and standards.

The traineeships offer a unique opportunity for individuals with a keen interest in beginning a career in banking supervision, finance, accounting and related topics. This traineeship will expose you to a challenging professional environment, give you a chance to work with high-calibre experts in the field of banking supervision who will coach and mentor you, and help you develop your skills in an international and multicultural setting. You will be exposed to the latest developments in economics, finance and banking through workshops and conferences.

Traineeship of between 6 and 12 months in total in the same business area or another directorate general within the SSM, subject to business needs and adequate performance. The recruitment process for this position may include online tests, a remote written exercise and an online interview via WebEx.


  • a bachelor’s degree in finance, economics, statistics, business administration, financial/banking law, accounting or a similar discipline;
  • a keen interest in banking-related risk analysis, the implementation of financial regulation and the implementation of supervisory standards and practices;
  • advanced knowledge of MS Office, particularly Word, Excel and PowerPoint;
  • 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,


  • a master’s degree in the fields mentioned above;
  • knowledge of banking analysis, banking regulation, corporate finance, risk management or accounting;
  • knowledge of data management and analysis tools, including basic coding skills.

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.

Working for European banking supervision involves spending short periods of time abroad for on-site visits or training. This important part of our work is complemented by an environment in which well-being and a good work-life balance are fostered. Playing a role in European banking supervision also entails collaborating in multinational and multicultural teams and operating in the context of different national frameworks, for which a strong ability to use different EU languages for business purposes is an asset.

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

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.

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