European Railway Agency - ERA

Moving Europe towards a sustainable
and safe railway system without frontiers.

Working at ERA

The European Union Agency for Railways (ERA) is located in Valenciennes, in the North of France.

ERA Building

Valenciennes has much to offer: a charming countryside but also an urban and modern centre. ERA is just a stone's throw from the town centre.

At ERA, you will be part of an open-minded, respectful and multicultural organisation.

Working with talented colleagues from across Europe, a career at ERA offers a diverse and stimulating working environment. Whatever your role, you will contribute to the mission of our Agency: “making the railway system work better for society”. ERA will offer you the opportunity to develop professionally and personally, allowing a balanced work-life rhythm.

ERA offers:

  • Competitive remuneration conditions
  • Attractive learning & development opportunities
  • Flexible working hours
  • Structural and occasional teleworking
  • Part-time working and special working time arrangements such as maternity and paternity leave, parental leave, special leaves and unpaid leave (all subject to certain conditions)
  • Annual leave and public holidays
  • Legal consultation service (in French or English) on all subjects pertaining to your private and personal life and related to French law (e.g. taxation, inheritance, consumer and family law, problems with landlords, relations with the French authorities)
  • ERA Club activities that contribute to improving the living conditions of the staff and promoting solidarity and cohesion among the staff, as well as organising and encouraging social, cultural, sporting and other leisure activities for the benefit of the staff members and their families.

ERA creates the opportunity to build coherence between teams in a non-formal setting with regular events organised inside the Agency (summer barbecue, Christmas for children, etc.).

Furthermore, a channel for the expression of opinion by staff is represented by the Staff Committee, whose members are chosen among the eligible staff by elections. The Staff Committee represents the interests of the staff and maintains constant contact between the staff and its senior management.

More info on remuneration package and additional allowances

Equal opportunities

ERA does not discriminate against anyone because of sex, race, colour, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, birth, disability, age or sexual orientation.


Valenciennes is located near big cities such as Paris (200km), Brussels (100km) and Lille (40km). You may enjoy travelling around over the weekends, going on a road trip in some of the most famous cities in Europe. The flight and train connections with other European cities are very good. You may travel from Lille Europe station to catch the Eurostar or you may opt for a flight from one of the international airports (Charleroi, Brussels or Lille).

Schools and creches

ERA works closely with the local authorities to facilitate the staff installation and our Human Resources are always keen on providing support to our staff. Valenciennes has several public schools and some private schools. Some schools offer multi-lingual courses. In addition, Valenciennes also has two universities, one of them being located just opposite the Agency.

For more information on schools, please have a look at the list of schools and types of childcare services.

Housing in Valenciennes

Valenciennes offers several types of housing (flats, houses) or furnished houses, you may get in contact with one of the estate agency to view the available places.

The Office of Tourism has provided ERA with a list of estate agencies and furnished flats:

As you can read, Valenciennes has much to offer to staff and their families.

To get more practical information, please contact the Office of Tourism of Valenciennes via e-mail or visit its website: