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Document C2018/084A/01

Vacancy notice ECA/2018/1 — One (1) Director’s post — Audit (AD function group, grade 14)

OJ C 84A , 6.3.2018, p. 1–10 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, GA, HR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)



Official Journal of the European Union

CA 84/1


One (1) Director’s post — Audit

(AD function group, grade 14)

(2018/C 084 A/01)



The European Court of Auditors, based in Luxembourg, is the European Union institution established by the Treaty to audit EU finances. As the EU’s external auditor, it helps to improve EU financial management and acts as an independent guardian of citizens’ financial interests.

During its audits, the Court looks into the receipt and use of EU funds. It examines whether or not financial transactions have been correctly recorded and disclosed, implemented with due legality and regularity, and managed economically, efficiently and effectively. The Court publishes the results of its audits in clear, relevant and objective reports. It also writes opinions on matters pertaining to financial management.

The Court promotes greater accountability and transparency, and assists the European Parliament and the Council in monitoring the implementation of the EU budget, particularly during the discharge procedure. It is committed to working efficiently at the cutting edge of progress in audit and public-sector administration.

The Court is divided into audit Chambers. It has a ‘task-based’ organisational structure, with staff placed in a pool from which they are selected for assignment to the various Chambers on a priority basis.

For more information on the Court’s legal framework, including its Rules of Procedure and the rules for implementing those Rules of Procedure, please visit our website at:


We are looking to recruit one (1) Director.

The Director is accountable to the Chamber and will assist its Members in carrying out audit tasks. His/her main responsibilities include: managing staff and financial resources; programming, monitoring and reporting; providing quality support and knowledge; and ensuring audit supervision and control. The Director ensures that all tasks entrusted to him/her are carried out properly and in accordance with the Court’s quality requirements and auditing practices and standards.

The Court has decided to launch this recruitment procedure for one Director’s post (AD 14) in audit on the basis of Article 29(2) of the Staff Regulations of Officials of the European Union (‘the Staff Regulations’). In order to broaden the Appointing Authority’s choice of candidates, the procedure will run in parallel with internal and interinstitutional recruitment procedures.

Recruitment will be to grade AD 14. The basic monthly salary will be 14 303,51 euros. Subject to the conditions laid down in the Staff Regulations, certain allowances may be added to the basic salary, which is subject to EU tax and is exempt from national tax.


To apply for the post, applicants must fulfil the following conditions for admission by the time of the application deadline:

General conditions

be nationals of one of the Member States of the European Union,

enjoy their full rights as citizens,

have fulfilled any obligations imposed by the laws concerning military service.

Specific conditions

1.   Qualifications

In accordance with Article 5 of the Staff Regulations, applicants must have:

a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies attested by a diploma when the normal period of university education is four years or more, or

a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies attested by a diploma, and appropriate professional experience of at least one year when the normal period of university education is at least three years, or

where justified in the interests of the service, professional training of an equivalent level.

2.   Professional experience

At least 15 years’ proven relevant professional experience, preferably at international level, after obtaining the abovementioned qualification; and at least four years’ experience in managerial posts exercising responsibility over staff. In particular, proven sound experience of audit is required (including audit planning, supervision, quality control, and reporting).

3.   Knowledge

An excellent command of audit standards and methodology in the fields of financial and compliance audit and in sound financial management. Good knowledge of EU public finances and public-sector auditing.

Sound knowledge of English and French is essential for operational reasons, since these are the Court’s working languages. A minimum level of C1 in understanding, speaking and writing in one language, and a minimum of B2 in the same categories for the other language are required. Knowledge of other languages would be an asset. In order to assess your knowledge of languages, please see:

4.   Skills

(i) The ability to devise and implement a strategy, and to set and report on objectives and targets; (ii) communication and negotiating skills, and the ability to work with stakeholders; (iii) an excellent command of management practices; and (iv) outstanding interpersonal skills.



In line with the Court’s equal opportunities policy and Article 1d of the Staff Regulations, the Court embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. The Court accepts applications without discrimination on any grounds and takes steps to ensure that recruitment is evenly balanced between men and women, as required by Article 23 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. Given the low representation of women at higher management levels, the Court would particularly welcome applications for this position from female candidates. In the event of equal qualifications or merit, a female candidate will be chosen. The Court also takes measures to reconcile working life with family life.

If you require any special arrangements (for specific handicap or disability) in order to take part in this selection procedure, please send an email in good time to:


In line with Court Decision No 31-2015 on the procedures for the selection of principal managers and directors, a Pre-selection Board will be set up.

The Board will assess candidates on the basis of the criteria stipulated in the vacancy notice and in accordance with the following procedure:


It will initially assess and compare the qualifications, professional experience, knowledge and skills of all eligible candidates on the basis of their applications. Based on this comparative assessment, the Board will shortlist the 10 most suitable candidates.

As this first selection is based on a comparative assessment, fulfilment of the criteria stipulated in this vacancy notice does not guarantee admission to the next phase of the procedure.


The Board will then assess the 10 best candidates on the basis of a written test (case study) and an interview.

On the basis of its assessment, the Board will draw up a list of the candidate(s) who is (are) considered to be the best qualified for the post.

The Pre-selection Board may carry out checks to ensure that the case studies submitted by each candidate do not contain any evidence of plagiarism.

On the basis of the Board’s report, the Court will adopt a decision to appoint a candidate.


Applications must be written in English or French and submitted only using the online form available in the vacancy notice published on the Court’s website:

Applications must include the following documents (all in English or French):

a letter of motivation (max. one page),

an up-to-date CV, created using the ‘Europass curriculum vitae’ template and specifying exact dates (max. three pages)


the attached list of additional information,

the attached formal declaration, duly completed, signed and dated.

Any application failing to adhere strictly to these instructions will be rejected.

The deadline for applications is midday on 10 April 2018 (Luxembourg time).

Upon request, candidates must produce supporting documents relating to their studies, professional experience and current post.


The Court is committed to ensuring that candidates’ personal data are processed as required by Appointing Authority Decision No 77-2006 implementing Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data in the context of human resources policies.

For more information, see the specific privacy statement for employment vacancies which is available at the following address:


If, at any stage in the selection procedure, you believe that a decision adversely affects you, the following options are available:

I.   Request for the Pre-selection Board’s decisions to be reconsidered

You may submit a written reasoned request for the Board’s decision to be reconsidered. Such a request must be submitted to the following address within 10 days of notification of the decision:

II.   Complaints

Pursuant to Article 90(2) of the Staff Regulations, you may submit a complaint against the Court’s decision to reject your application within three months of being notified thereof, to the following address:

The Secretary-General

European Court of Auditors

12, rue Alcide De Gasperi

1615 Luxembourg


III.   Judicial appeal

Pursuant to Article 91 of the Staff Regulations, if your complaint is rejected and this decision affects you adversely, you may then file an appeal with the European Court of Justice. Such appeals must be filed by a lawyer within three months of notification of the decision to reject the complaint.

IV.   Complaints to the European Ombudsman

If you believe that the handling of your application has involved maladministration by the European Court of Auditors, you may submit a complaint to the European Ombudsman, having first contacted the Court with the aim of settling the dispute. You must submit your complaint in writing within two years of discovering the relevant facts. An electronic complaints form is available on the European Ombudsman’s website. Complaining to the European Ombudsman will not suspend the abovementioned appeal deadlines.