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The ECB is an official EU institution at the heart of the Eurosystem and the Single Supervisory Mechanism.
Over 3,350 staff from all over Europe work for the ECB in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. They perform a range of tasks in close cooperation with the national central banks within the Eurosystem and, for banking supervision, with the national supervisors within the Single Supervisory Mechanism.
The European Central Bank (ECB) is the central bank for Europe’s single currency, the euro. The ECB’s main task is to maintain the euro’s purchasing power and price stability in the euro area. The euro area comprises the 19 European Union countries that have introduced the euro since 1999.
Working for the ECB means that you will actively foster and support the safety and soundness of Europe’s economy. Together with the central banks of the countries in the euro area, you will contribute to decisions that affect the lives of the more than 330 million people. Working for the ECB ultimately means working for Europe.
We seek high-calibre candidates who possess the highest levels of integrity and a wide range of skills. We employ professionals of all ages, backgrounds and disciplines with expertise not only in economics and statistics, but also HR specialists, finance experts, legal counsels, linguists, IT professionals, support staff and others.
Gender diversity is a driving force for performance. That’s why attracting, retaining and developing female talent at all levels is a strategic priority for the ECB.
To support a diverse and inclusive work environment, in 2013 the Executive Board of the European Central Bank (ECB) has decided to introduce gender targets with the aim of increasing the share of women in management. By the end of 2019, 35% of all management positions (pay grades I-L) should be held by women. For senior management taken alone (pay grades K-L) the target is 28%.
In end 2017, female managers accounted for 17% of the ECB’s senior management population and 27% of the entire management, with the overall female share of the ECB at all levels being 44%. In order to help us reach our gender targets, the ECB is implementing a gender diversity action plan and has introduced a series of dedicated measures. Among others, these measures include enhanced flexible working arrangements, making sure that women are represented in our recruitment panels, mentoring and a dedicated “women in leadership” training programmes, awareness raising activities, etc.
Senior Staff Profiles
Diversity creates excellence.
We reach out for the best talent to enable us to take the best possible decisions for the good of all the citizens of the euro area. Gender diversity is a key part of achieving this. Attracting, retaining and developing female talent at all levels is therefore very important to us. To foster a diverse and inclusive work environment, we have committed ourselves to gender targets through to the end of 2019 and introduced a series of initiatives. These include a dedicated mentoring and “women in leadership” training programme to help us reach our gender targets and continue to fulfil our mission.
What we offer at the ECB
Joining the ECB will give you the chance to:
- work for Europe − actively fostering and supporting the safety and soundness of Europe’s economy
- work on dynamic and challenging projects
- acquire transferable skills
- develop professional and social networks
- work with colleagues from all over Europe
- be part of an inclusive working culture which encourages cooperation, learning, mutual support and commitment
What to expect
Joining the ECB as a young female professional will give you the chance to put into practice the knowledge acquired during your studies and obtain a better understanding of what working for Europe entails.
Our dedicated traineeships (for example in IT, finance, HR, statistics and banking supervision), together with the ECB Graduate Programme, offer numerous opportunities to accommodate a variety of backgrounds. Expect a diverse, welcoming and dynamic working environment which will support your personal and professional growth.
Make a difference by having your voice heard and taking an active stance in shaping the future of Europe.
Name: Eva Capogna
Organization: European Central Bank
Role: Deputy Head of Division, IT Governance and Business Relations
What is your background? What did you do/study before working for your organization?
I have been incredibly lucky in my career, as I have witnessed the beginning of two major evolutionary steps in technology. When I started secondary school, the third generation of computers had just been launched and the fourth was already on the horizon. After school, I decided to take a diploma in computer science and I had no doubt that it would be a good ticket to the future. However, during my studies, I discovered a passion for mathematics, and I went on to study for a Master’s degree in that subject. Afterward, I was undecided as to whether to pursue an academic career in artificial intelligence or in teaching. Instead, almost by chance, I walked into the beginning of GSM mobile networks: it was clearly going to be the next elevator to the future. So, I started to work in the field of telecommunications and learned about telecommunication products, in particular, mobile networks. It was one of the most rewarding and fascinating times of my life: being part of such a huge change in society has been thrilling. However, it also showed me clearly how pure IT solutions would soon replace the proprietary equipment and software solutions used initially. Just as 3G was knocking at the door, I moved into IT applied to telecommunications. This allowed me to learn more and more about the two worlds and how they are interconnected. This went on to take a clear shape in the form of service management. When I was looking for a new line of development for my career, it was then natural to move into IT service & project management and IT governance. But I was looking for a way of using my skills in something other than the private sector: that is how I came to work for a European Union institution.
What drove you to choose your current position?
Choices in life never come down to a single reason. In my case, they have always been based on a combination of dreams and objectives, opportunities and the State of the Art prevailing at that precise moment in my personal and professional life. In the specific case of my current position in European Central Bank (ECB), I should also add that the trust and encouragement of my professional network was a key element in moving in that direction.
What single fact would surprise people the most about you?
This is difficult for me to answer. However, let me try: possibly my honesty and authenticity.
What do you look for in candidates?
I look for professionalism, motivation, enthusiasm, assertiveness, persistence, respect, transparency, curiosity and people skills. The ability to take risks is also a necessity. It is all about believing in what we work for or, better still, about what we are contributing to achieving, as we are always part of a bigger picture.
What first attracted you to this organization?
I believe in European values, and I am convinced that the ECB plays an essential role in European stability. As a European citizen, I feel proud to work here and to contribute to the overall European project.
What’s the best thing about working for your organization?
Since the outset, I have been impressed by the high level of skill and the competence of my colleagues at the ECB, as well as the vast array of topics covered and the synergies between them. In particular, within IT, it has been amazing to see people’s professionalism and flexibility to delivering results, despite high demand and constantly changing needs. Furthermore, as in other European Union institutions, the possibility of working in a multicultural environment is invaluable. I also like having contact with other institutions and companies across Europe.
What are your proudest achievements with your organisation?
I am still quite new to the organisation, so I cannot mention any tangible achievements on the management side. However, I became Deputy Head of Division within a short period of time, and I am proud to have been brave enough to try it, to make it and to deal with all the consequences that I was aware taking this step would bring.
Nicest fact/surprise about your organization/employer?
As I mentioned earlier, it is a great place to work, full of possibilities to grow both professionally and personally.
What advice would you give other women interested in following in your footsteps?
Giving advice is difficult, as each of us has to find our own path, which depends on many factors. However in general my advice is to be self-aware, open-minded, always listen actively (suspending judgement) and being perceptive to the surrounding. Keep your private life out of your work environment and vice-versa but always bring them together to balance your life energy, your objectives and your choices. Women in particular should never get discouraged by stereotypes and rumours, because most of the time, even if it is not trivial or immediate, our actual value and results are what distinguishes us.
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