HR Business Partners (ESCB/IO), Frankfurt

Organization: European Central Bank (ECB)

Country: Germany

City: Frankfurt, Germany

Office: ECB Frankfurt

Closing date: Friday, 15 January 2021

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 31.12.2022

Who can apply? EU nationals working for the international public sector organisation or EU organisations performing central banking or banking supervision tasks. Your current contract must extend at least 1 year beyond the end of the potential employment at the ECB

Salary F/G (1) (minimum monthly net salary Â4,757 and benefits, see further information section)

Role specialisation HR Solutions and Advice

Working time Full time

Place of work Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Closing date 15.01.2021

Your team

You will be part of the Business Partnering Division in the Directorate General Human Resources. Our Directorate General has over 100 professionals providing services to more than 3,800 employees. We strive for delivering data-driven solutions that inspire: together we enable ECB employees to excel, every day.

Our division is responsible for interactions between HR and the organisation, providing strategic advice to leaders via designated HR Business Partners, providing sourcing strategies and recruitment via the Talent Acquisition team, supporting employees in their career journey via the newly created Employee Partner function, and engaging with staff representatives and employee/business networks via the Staff Engagement Hub.

We are looking for HR Business Partners who will be part of a team of 13 colleagues acting as strategic partners to leaders in assigned business areas. The Business Partners also act as agents of change, proactively bringing the ECB’s people strategy to life and the needs of the business areas they serve to the forefront of the HR agenda.

You will work in close collaboration with the Talent Acquisition Experts and Employee Partners to deliver services and advice to a group of assigned business areas.

By collaborating and partnering with our clients and with the other HR divisions, we are creating a more agile and responsive HR function with a strong customer orientation, able to deliver on modern HR solutions.

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.

Your role

As an HR Business Partner you will:

provide strategic advice to your clients and, together with them, lead strategic initiatives aimed at increasing organisational performance, such as workforce planning, leadership and staff development, talent management, organisational design, succession planning, staff engagement and well-being

build strong collaborative relationships with leaders at all levels in your assigned business areas to become a credible and trusted partner

partner with relevant specialist teams both within HR and in other business areas, to not only deliver a holistic approach to the full suite of HR services but also improve and streamline policies and processes

participate in and contribute to a flow of information that fosters a better understanding, within HR, of specific business needs, working together to turn issues into opportunities

draw on your extensive HR knowledge to share best practices and market trends, creating innovative solutions for people management and business decisions

provide a broad range of metrics, analysis and reporting to your business areas

together with your Diversity and Inclusion Ambassadors, drive the inclusion and diversity agenda bespoke to each business area, across all HR levers (talent, reward, culture, learning, etc.) to create an inclusive culture where each employee feels valued for their uniqueness and is able to maximise their impact

Tags banking change management human resources human resources management occupational psychology organisational design project manager public sector talent acquisition

participate in recruitment for leadership roles in your assigned business areas

The Business Partner function is undergoing a major transformation with the goal of establishing itself as a truly strategic partner to the organisation and its leaders. The HR Business Partners act as key account managers, business leaders and strategic advisers, and are expected to demonstrate a project manager mind-set. The position offers you the opportunity to contribute to this transformation with your passion, insights and expertise. 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 master’s degree or equivalent, preferably in human resources management, occupational psychology, organisational behaviour, employment relations, business administration, law or another relevant field ( click here for details on degree equivalences)

in addition to the above, at least three years of in-depth, hands-on HR experience, preferably in an HR business partner or similar role, in fields such as workforce planning, talent management, leadership development, succession planning, and organisational and/or business strategy design

negotiation and interpersonal skills, ability to think strategically, and an innate interest in understanding business drivers, enabling leaders to add value

business acumen and an ability to build and maintain genuine relationships with a multitude of stakeholders and business leaders at various levels of seniority, based on mutual trust and respect

familiarity with the use of data to extract insights and translate them into impactful decision making

a sound understanding of the activities and functioning of a public institution like the ECB

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 leading projects and other initiatives as well as of change management - and of driving change

hands-on experience in facilitation, organisational design and/or business strategy design.

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 use your skills and competencies to achieve the objectives of this position.

Further information

The contract(s) offered will be short-term ESCB/IO, the appointment being for at least 12 months as of the exact starting date of the selected person, extendable to up to 36 months.

For additional information on this specific vacancy, you can contact Marco Gabriele, Team Lead of the HR Business Partner team ( and possibly arrange a phone discussion, if needed.

Application and selection process

For further information on how to join us, read more.

The recruitment process for this position will include a remote written exercise and interviews via WebEx.