Head of the Financial Regulation & Policy Division

  • Added Date: Friday, 11 January 2019
  • Deadline Date: Thursday, 17 January 2019

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Type of contract:
Fixed-term contract which may be converted into a permanent contract after five years subject to individual performance and organisational needs
Who can apply:

EU nationals

J band and benefits
Working time:
Place of work:
Frankfurt, Germany
Closing date for applications:
Thursday, 17 January 2019

Your team

The ECB is seeking applicants for the position of Head of the Financial Regulation and Policy Division in the Directorate General Macroprudential Policy and Financial Stability.

The Directorate General consists of five divisions. In your role as Head of Division, you will lead approximately 20 members of staff responsible for monitoring, assessing and developing the ECB’s policy stance on issues relating to financial stability, micro- and macroprudential supervision, financial regulation and financial stability arrangements, both from a financial stability and a financial integration perspective. The Division contributes to policy discussions on issues related to the architecture of Economic and Monetary Union, in particular the banking union and the capital markets union, and conducts impact analyses of regulatory developments to evaluate the effectiveness of adopted or proposed reforms from a macroprudential perspective. The Division is also responsible for liaising closely with the ECB’s supervisory arm and contributing to policy discussions in numerous EU and international fora.

To further enhance the diversity of our team, we particularly encourage applications from female candidates.

Your role

As Head of Division you will:

  • lead the Division, which includes defining and implementing the overall strategy to achieve the Division’s business objectives, managing staff, planning the workforce, allocating resources, establishing work plans and setting priorities, and reviewing progress;
  • collaborate, as a member of the management team, with the other Divisions within the Directorate General and with the Directorate General’s senior management, as well as with other ECB business areas;
  • foster a collaborative working atmosphere and an engaged and committed team;
  • coordinate and oversee the preparation of the Division’s notes and dossiers for the ECB’s decision-making bodies, ensuring consistently high quality;
  • maintain and develop productive working relationships with all relevant internal and external parties;
  • represent the Division and the ECB on a range of internal and external committees, working groups and fora.

This position offers you excellent opportunities to contribute to making Europe’s financial system safer and more resilient. You will be part of a multicultural and multidisciplinary team that strives for continuous excellence and innovation in order to make a positive impact on the lives of European citizens.

Qualifications, experience and skills


  • a master’s degree or equivalent (read more ) in economics, finance, business administration, law or another relevant field;
  • in addition to the above, at least eight years of professional experience in financial stability, financial regulation and policies, financial supervision or crisis management;
  • at least four years’ experience in leading and coordinating highly qualified staff from diverse backgrounds;
  • an understanding of Europe’s institutional architecture;
  • experience in building relationships with a diverse group of internal and external stakeholders;
  • an advanced command of English and an intermediate command of at least one other official language of the EU.

  • a PhD in economics, finance, business administration, law or another relevant field;
  • experience working in central banks, supervisory authorities or EU or international institutions.

You engage collaboratively with others. You pursue team goals and can draw on the strengths of a diverse team to get the best results. You support the efforts of team members to develop their abilities and are able to build up high-performing teams. You facilitate change and can articulate strategic priorities and scenarios for your team.

Further information

For additional information on this specific vacancy, you can arrange to speak to the Deputy Director General Macroprudential Policy & Financial Stability, Fatima Pires, on +49 (0)69 1344 7935 on 3 and 4 January between 10:00 and 12:00.

The recruitment process for this position may include a remote online interview via WebEx at the pre-selection stage and – if you are invited to participate further in the selection procedure – an on-site written exercise, a presentation and on-site interviews, possibly in the second half of February. The selection procedure will also include a separate assessment of your leadership competencies.

We are willing to discuss part-time arrangements.

Application and selection process

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

This vacancy is archived.

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