Job opportunity : Head of Section, Construction Project Management - Frankfurt, Germany

Informations about the job

Secteur :
International Public Sector
Contrat :
Rémunération :
Expérience :
leading, coordinating and motivating teams and providing feedback and coaching
Formation :
master’s-level university in construction project management
Localisation :
Frankfurt, Germany

Description of the job

The European Central Bank is a team of teams working together to safeguard price stability and financial stability for millions of people. We offer varied opportunities and challenges in a people-centred working culture that gives you a voice and the remit to make an impact for Europe.

The ECB is an official EU institution at the heart of the Eurosystem and the Single Supervisory Mechanism.

Over 2,500 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 society

Description of the job

The European Central Bank is a team of teams working together to safeguard price stability and financial stability for millions of people. We offer varied opportunities and challenges in a people-centred working culture that gives you a voice and the remit to make an impact for Europe.

The ECB’s Premises Division is seeking applicants to fill the position of Head of the Project Management Section (PROM). Within the Directorate General Administration, the Premises Division is structured into three sections providing the ECB with construction project management (PROM), technical facility management (TEFM) and corporate real estate management (CREM) services.

The Project Management Section is responsible for planning, managing, monitoring and reporting on complex construction, engineering, fit-out, change and refurbishment projects throughout all phases of development and implementation, in accordance with established ECB and building standards and methodologies. The Section provides high quality project management services for all aspects of the ECB’s physical environment projects, ranging from office spaces, buildings and external landscaping projects to highly technical data centre installations and conference facilities.

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

As Head of the Project Management Section you will be:

  • leading and managing a team of project managers, architects, engineers, experts, consultants and support staff working on corporate projects across a mixed portfolio of owned and leased buildings, including new builds and refurbishments;
  • devising, developing, setting up, implementing, actively monitoring and regularly reviewing the strategy, business and implementation plan of the Project Management Section;
  • defining project briefings and deliverables;
  • planning, organising, mobilising and deploying project teams to provide full efficient and effective services in all technical and contractual aspects of professional practice;
  • monitoring all project stages to ensure the required quality within the specified time, resource and cost constraints;
  • reporting in a timely manner on portfolio, programme, project and task levels including financial consumption, commitment and outturn projection;
  • coordinating a seamless commissioning, documentation and start-up transition from project to operation, involving both internal stakeholders (e.g. TEFM) and external service providers;
  • managing all administrative, human resource, procurement and supplier management tasks necessary for the delivery of the Section’s projects, deliverables and objectives.

Required profil

Qualifications and experience:

  • a master’s-level university qualification in construction project management, architecture, engineering, real estate management, facility management or business administration (or a related field), or a bachelor’s degree in one of these fields combined with at least four years of relevant professional experience and training;
  • in addition, six or more years of professional experience in leading a construction project management or similar unit with highly qualified, multilingual and multicultural staff, having been responsible for managing owned and leased office buildings (including facilities for IT infrastructure, conferences and meetings, as well as professional restaurant kitchens and staff restaurants) with a total size of at least 50,000 m² and for managing projects (new construction and/or refurbishments) with an annual budget of at least €15 million;
  • English and German language skills – at least an intermediate-level command of one of these two languages (equivalent to B1) and an advanced-level command of the other, with advanced language skills in both languages being an asset;
  • sound knowledge of the relevant building laws and regulations, including technical standards;
  • user knowledge of computer-aided facility management systems such as Planon would be an asset;

The successful candidate will demonstrate that he/she:

  • understands the key organisational goals and the wider context in which the organisation/division works;
  • approaches projects pro-actively, with energy and drive and takes responsibility;
  • takes the initiative in improving policies, processes, products and decisions;
  • manages multiple assignments and tracks progress on numerous processes simultaneously, generating agreed results within tight time frames;
  • communicates ideas in an effective and concise manner and ensures mutual comprehension;
  • can ensure that agreement is reached even in challenging circumstances and disputes are settled equitably.


  • experience in leading, coordinating and motivating teams and providing feedback and coaching;
  • strong communication skills as well as good representation and presentation skills, including a demonstrable aptitude to present information in non-technical terms to various hierarchical levels (e.g. decision-making bodies, senior management, committees, external agencies and stakeholders);
  • an ability to collaborate, steer change, embrace diversity, think analytically, manage stakeholders and deliver high-quality results.

Further Information: Fixed-term contract which may be converted into a permanent contract after five years subject to individual performance and organisational needs.

Information on how to apply, how we hire and the application form are available online.

How to apply:

Applications are to be made in English and submitted using our online application form. An “Applicants’ Guide” can be downloaded from our recruitment pages.

For more information on how to apply, please visit

The recruitment process may include a pre-screening exercise, a written exercise, a presentation and interviews.

Further information on the ECB’s conditions of employment for fixed-term positions can be found at

Applications are accepted from nationals of Member States of the European Union.

The requirements laid down in the vacancy notice must be met by the closing date for applications.

This vacancy notice may be used to fill the same position again, or similar positions, within 12 months of the selection decision.

This position has been allocated to salary band: I

Closing Date for Applications: 13 Feb 2017

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