Head of Unit IT

31 Mar 2017
02 May 2017
Department Head, Director
Contract Type

The Authority

The European Banking Authority (“EBA”) is an independent European Union Authority established on 1 January 2011 by Regulation (EU) No. 1093/2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 November 2010.2

The Mission

With a view to improving the functioning of the European Union internal market, the EBA contributes to ensuring a high quality, effective and consistent level of regulation and supervision in its areas of competence. It also promotes public values such as the stability of the financial system, the transparency of markets and financial products, and the protection of depositors and investors.

It works to prevent regulatory arbitrage and guarantee a level playing field, strengthens international supervisory coordination, promotes supervisory convergence and provides advice to the Union institutions in the areas of banking, payments and e-money regulation and supervision, and related corporate governance, auditing and financial reporting issues.

As an integral part of the European System of Financial Supervision (ESFS), the EBA works closely together with her sister authorities, the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) and the European Securities Market Authorities (ESMA), as well as the Joint Committee and the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB).

The EBA is seeking a suitable candidate for the position of Head of Unit IT at its offices in London, United Kingdom.

Main purpose

Leading a team of IT professionals in the provision of strategic and operational support in all information and communication technology matters.

Main responsibilities:

  • Planning, managing and controlling the activities of the unit in the implementation of the EBA’s IT strategy and the Annual Work Program
  • Planning and monitoring execution of the related budget in compliance with the approved budget and related financial and procurement rules
  • Managing human and financial resources of the Unit
  • Managing all tasks related to provision and maintenance of IT infrastructure
  • Managing provision of supporting services to core business including supporting all core business processes
  • Managing IT projects and ensuring their successful implementation
  • Managing all tasks assigned to the Unit enhancing positive and proactive working atmosphere and ensuring that internal policies, standards and procedures are known to and applied by all staff assigned to the Unit and where necessary to all EBA staff
  • Building relationships of mutual trust by giving reliable advice as well as providing constructive feedback, both negative and positive, to staff reporting directly to him/her
  • Representing the Unit and the EBA at internal and external meetings under the competence of the Unit

1. Eligibility Criteria

To be considered eligible, candidates must satisfy all the criteria listed below, by the deadline for submitting applications.

1.1 General

  • Be a national of a Member State of the European Union, or a national of the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway)
  • Be entitled to his/her full rights as a citizen
  • Have fulfilled any obligations imposed by the applicable laws on military service
  • Have a thorough knowledge of one of the official languages of the European Union and a satisfactory knowledge of another language of the European Union
  • Be physically fit to perform the duties linked to the post

1.2 Specific

To be eligible, a candidate must have

  • A level of education which corresponds to completed university studies attested by a diploma 6 when the normal period of university education is at least three years.
  • A level of education which corresponds to completed university studies attested by a diploma 6 when the normal period of university education is four years or more.

1.2.2 Professional experience

To qualify for the position a candidate must have extensive relevant proven full time professional experience in the field of IT of which at least 5 years of experience in a comparable position with proven track record in building and managing teams (please indicate the size and the number of years during which you lead the team/s) after completing the education as mentioned above.

1.2.3 Knowledge of languages

  • For working purposes, as English is the working language of the EBA, an excellent knowledge of the English language, both written and spoken, is required.
  • Native English speakers will be tested to prove their second language skills, in accordance with section 1.1.

2. Selection criteria

In addition to the above, the following selection criteria will be used:

  • Proven experience in defining and implementing IT Strategy
  • Proven experience in implementing and running highly available IT infrastructure
  • Proven experience in managing large projects using both waterfall based and agile project methodologies

It would be an advantage for the candidate to have certification in ITIL and Project Methodology (e.g. PMI-ACP, Prince2).

Applications will be assessed on the basis of the Eligibility and Selection criteria specified in parts 1 and 2.

For this position the candidates are expected to fulfil the following competencies to be assessed during interviews:

  • General management skills (ability to: set and revise objectives, determine and focus on priorities, organise Unit’ s work, empower members of the team, choose members of the team, motivate, develop and support career development of the team members)
  • Proven experience in building, managing and motivating teams
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent negotiation skills including ability to steer discussions and generate the best possible results without compromising productive working relationships with the other parties involved

3. Equal opportunities

As a European Union Authority, the EBA will apply a policy of equal opportunities and will take care to avoid any form of discrimination in its recruitment procedures.

4. Selection procedure

The selection procedure will include the following:

4.1. The selection committee will be established. All the candidates invited to interviews shall be informed on the composition of the selection committee in the invitation to the interview.

4.2. The selection committee will analyse application documents (curriculum vitae, motivation letter, and eligibility criteria grid) of applicants with reference to the eligibility and selection criteria and will establish a shortlist. Short listed candidates may be invited to sit written tests and interviews.

Written tests will be done in English and will be related to the job and designed to test the ability to communicate in written English, knowledge and competencies related to the job, and drafting skills. Total mark for written test: 10. The minimum score to pass: 6.

The interview will aim to assess the suitability of the candidate to perform the duties, professional knowledge and motivation. The interview will be held in English. Total mark for interview: 10. The minimum score to pass: 6.

Successful candidates with the total score equal to and above 12 will be placed on the reserve list, which will be valid until 31 December 2017. It may be renewed. Inclusion in the reserve list does not guarantee recruitment. The successful candidate will be selected from the established reserve list which may also be used for the recruitment of a similar post depending on the needs of the EBA.

In accordance with Articles 11 and 11a of the Staff Regulations (SR) and Articles 11 and 81 of the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of the European Union (CEOS) the successful candidate will be required to make a declaration of the conflict of interest before recruitment. The EBA’s Executive Director will examine whether the successful candidate has any personal interest which may impair his/her independence or any other conflict of interest in relation to the position offered and will adopt appropriate measures. To that end, the successful candidate, using a specific form shall inform the Executive Director of any actual or potential conflict of interest. 

Please note that the selection committee's work and deliberations are strictly confidential and that any contact with its members is strictly forbidden. Any contact made by the candidates or third parties in order to influence the members of the selection committee in relation to the selection constitutes grounds for disqualification from the selection procedure.

5. Appointment and conditions of employment

5.1 Contract type, duration and starting date:

  • The successful candidate will be offered a temporary agent9 fixed-term contract of three years with a probation period of nine months and the possibility of extension.
  • The estimated starting date is 1 July 2017.

5.2 Function group and grade:

  • The successful candidates shall be recruited as a temporary agent at grade AD 10. The estimated monthly basic salary is from € 8,599.20 (AD 10/step 1) and € 8,960.54 (AD 10/step 2).
  • The details of the whole remuneration package are provided in Articles 62 – 70 and Annex VII to the Staff Regulations. 

5.3 Summary of the conditions of employment

  • Salaries are exempted from national tax; instead a Union tax at source is paid
  • The correction coefficient applicable to the remuneration of officials and other servants under Article 64 of the Staff Regulations for the United Kingdom shall apply.
  • Depending on the individual family situation and the place of origin, staff members may be entitled to the following:
    • expatriation allowance
    • household allowance
    • dependent child allowance
    • education allowance
    • installation allowance and reimbursement of removal costs
    • initial temporary daily subsistence allowance, and other benefits
  • Annual leave entitlement - two days per calendar month plus additional days for age, grade, and 2.5 days of supplementary home leave granted to staff entitled to the expatriation allowance or foreign residence allowance
  • EU Pension Scheme (after 10 years of service)
  • EU Joint Sickness and Insurance Scheme, accident and occupational disease insurance coverage, unemployment and invalidity allowance
  • Travel insurance when travelling on missions

5.4 Place of employment

The offices of the European Banking Authority are located on Floors 45 – 46, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5AA – United Kingdom.

6. Submission of Applications

Applications including a curriculum vitae in the Europass format,10 a motivation letter, and a filled eligibility criteria grid, dated and signed before the deadline should be submitted in English by clicking on Apply by 13 April 2017 at 12.00 noon London time.

EBA will disregard any application received after deadline. Applicants are strongly advised not to wait until the last day to submit their applications, since heavy internet traffic or fault with the internet connection could lead to difficulties in submission. The EBA cannot be held responsible for any delay due to such difficulties.

Only complete applications will be accepted and considered. In order for the application to be considered complete candidates must send all documents: curriculum vitae in the Europass format, motivation letter, and eligibility criteria grid dated and signed before the deadline.

Candidates should assess and check before submitting their application whether they fulfil all the requirements as specified in the vacancy notice, particularly in terms of qualifications and relevant professional experience.

Professional experience indicated in the curriculum vitae are counted only from the time the candidate obtained the certificate or diploma required for the position and if it is on paid basis (including study grants or internship grants). PhDs may be counted as professional experience if the candidates received a study grant or salary during the time of PhD studies. The maximum duration counted for PhD is three years provided that the PhD has been successfully concluded by the closing date for applications of the selection procedure.

Start and end dates of all previous positions and whether full time or part time work should be indicated in the curriculum vitae. Freelance or self-employed candidates must provide either a copy of the entry in the relevant trade register, or any official document (for example a tax return document) showing clearly the length of the relevant professional experience. Details of any professional experience, training, research or studies must be given on the application form. Candidates must be able to provide photocopies of supporting documents clearly showing duration and nature of experience upon request.

The address indicated in the curriculum vitae will be used as the location from which the candidates invited to interviews travel.

At this stage, please do not send supporting documents (copies of ID cards, passports, diplomas, etc.)

7. Data protection

EBA will ensure that candidates’ personal data are processed as required by Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000 on the protection of individuals with regard to processing of personal data by the Community institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data. This applies in particular to the confidentiality and security of such data.