Research Analysts in the Statistical Applications & Economic Statistics Sections

  • Added Date: Friday, 11 January 2019
  • Deadline Date: Monday, 28 January 2019

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Who can apply:

EU nationals

Salary:
E/F band and benefits
Working time:
Full-time
Place of work:
Frankfurt, Germany
Closing date for applications:
Monday, 28 January 2019

Your team

You will be part of the Directorate General Statistics. The Directorate General develops, compiles and disseminates statistics required by the European Central Bank (ECB) and the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) to fulfil their responsibilities.

You will be assigned either to the Statistical Applications Section of the Statistical Applications and Tools Division, working in development and maintenance of statistical databases and applications, in publications and visualisation of statistical data, or in development and maintenance of supervisory banking databases and applications, or to the Economic Statistics Section of the Monetary and Economic Statistics Division, working in development and maintenance of general economic statistics and surveys.

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

Your role

As a research analyst you will:

  • cooperate with experts from various business areas in the maintenance, development, implementation and testing of the Directorate General’s statistical applications;
  • provide technical input and conceptual know-how, with a view to enhancing and supporting the ECB statistical production environments;
  • work closely with stakeholders on documenting, analysing and prioritising business requirements and processes for timely, high-quality follow-up, which includes scoping, prototyping and testing new application releases;
  • contribute to the smooth functioning, maintenance and further enhancement of the Directorate General’s publication processes, including programs, definition and design of business processes, data reporting and quality controls in close collaboration with relevant counterparts;
  • contribute to the setting-up and maintenance of the technical infrastructure (programs, definition and design of business processes, data reporting and data management tools, quality controls, end-user and technical documentation, etc.) for managing macro, granular and/or micro datasets;
  • manage large micro datasets, prepare reports and take care of the day-to-day management, receipt and processing of granular and micro datasets;
  • design and compile charts and visuals as inputs for products (e.g. reports and publications), working groups and workstreams;
  • provide end-user support, recommendations and best practices for visualising data for analytical and publication purposes;
  • contribute to the design and development of new statistical frameworks, surveys and datasets, with other members of the Division or Section as well as other relevant stakeholders.

The position offers you excellent opportunities to gain a deeper knowledge of statistical applications for the collection, processing and dissemination of macro, granular and micro data, and the production of publications and dissemination of statistics. It also gives you the opportunity to collaborate with different stakeholders from the ECB, the European System of Central Banks (ESCB) and Eurostat. 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

Essential for all profiles:

  • a bachelor’s degree or equivalent (read more) in statistics, economics, mathematics, engineering, computer science or a similar field;
  • experience in working with database technologies, data management and analysis tools and modern statistical programming practices, using programming languages such as Fame, SQL, SAS, R, Python, .Net, Perl, Stata, MATLAB, etc.;
  • experience in preparing charts, tables, dashboards and other visualisations using tools such as Tableau, Fame, SAS, QlikView, etc.;
  • good drafting and presentational skills and the ability to present complex issues in a concise and clear manner to non-specialist audiences both orally and in writing;
  • analytical and quantitative skills and the ability to define statistical concepts, procedures and methodologies and apply them to large-scale databases;
  • an advanced command of English and an intermediate command of at least one other official language of the EU.
Desired for the Statistical Applications Section:

Specific to “development and maintenance of statistical databases and applications”:
  • experience in the definition, design and implementation of processes for the collection, production, analysis and publication of statistical data;
  • a good understanding of statistical standards for data exchange such as SDMX or XBRL.
Specific to “publications and visualisation of statistical data”:
  • experience in defining processes and developing tools for the preparation of press releases and official statistical publications;
  • experience in coordinating the publication of press releases and statistical publications in collaboration with data producers;
  • familiarity with publication technology based on FAME.
Specific to “development and maintenance of supervisory banking databases and applications”:
  • experience in the definition, design and implementation of processes and tools for the collection, processing, dissemination and analysis of supervisory statistics or in large-scale micro databases;
  • knowledge of eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) taxonomies, the European Banking Authority’s (EBA’s) Implementing Technical Standards on Supervisory Reporting and the Data Point Model developed by the EBA.
Desired for the Economic Statistics Section:
  • experience in the definition, design and implementation of processes for the collection, production, analysis and publication of statistical data;
  • in-depth programming skills, ideally in Python and/or R, including, for example, knowledge of the Python Pandas library and plyr and dplyr libraries in R;
  • knowledge of reading and writing data via Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) and web-scraping;
  • an understanding of the relevance to the ECB and the ESCB of the surveys and statistical indicators compiled by the Section;
  • knowledge of JDemetra+;
  • a proven ability to draft documentation and manuals.

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.

Further information

For one of the positions we are offering a fixed-term contract of 2 years and 4 months which may be extended subject to individual performance and organisational needs.

As a part of the selection process you are requested to attach a pdf document of one to three A4 pages in length (ideally between 800 and 1,200 words) giving examples of previous work where you performed tasks similar to the ones described in this vacancy notice and explaining how you believe this experience will help you succeed in your role as a research analyst in one of the positions indicated described above. Applications lacking this attachment will not be considered.

The recruitment process for this position may include a remote written exercise 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 interviews.

Application and selection process

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