Team Manager Architecture Driver of architectural excellence & (particularly) happiness!

Education level
Job experience
4-7 / 7-10 years

How do you make our customers happy?

Together with our 46,000 partner sellers, is changing retail to make daily life simpler for 13 million customers. By now, those customers swipe and click through a catalog of over 32 million articles and generate order peaks of 700 items per minute. And these numbers are rapidly rising. So is the corresponding business impact of our increasingly complex architecture. Can you effectively guide a decentralized and professionally diffuse team of IT architects towards a set of widely shared goals? Then come boost the quality of our platform, as well as the customer and partner experience!

The biggest challenge

We have transitioned into a product organization to accelerate IT development and maximize our tech value. Our architects are now part of product teams and improve innovation speed by promoting their vision of the required architecture, presenting a clear overview of the landscape, and proactively advising on all decisions that impact it. The team members on the architecture team all agree that ‘sharing is caring’, but given the wide range of products we work on, we do not collaborate with everyone daily.

We created the role of Team Manager Architecture in late 2020 to address this and promote the overall uniformity and development of our architecture. The team has continued to grow since then, and as far as our architecture ambitions are concerned: the sky is the limit, so the additional help is very welcome!

Your responsibilities as

As Team Manager Architecture, you are the driving force behind our architects’ job happiness and growth, both on a personal and professional level. Create success opportunities by continuously coaching and challenging architects to demonstrate the innovative potential of their product or product domain. You will coach 12-18 architects in total across several product teams. Virtual leadership! How do you inspire architects to successfully bridge processes, the organization, and systems? What do architects need to achieve product ambitions, so they endure long term? As Team Manager Architecture, you build and fortify a foundation for outstanding customer experiences! That makes you the missing link (so glad we found you!) that propels’s architecture function to ever-higher levels, and ensures that architects collaborate with greater ease, so everything is optimally cohesive and aligned.

  • As a member of the Architecture Management Team, you work with the Director, lead architects, and your colleague team manager: together, you create an environment in which architects can – and want to - excel. With your colleague Team Manager, you:
  • Cultivate a hospitable, safe, and inspiring environment that stimulates architects to excel and grow, both professionally and personally
  • Design and safeguard effective architecture processes so that architects realize the right products
  • Standardize and formalize a way of working that respects team members’ autonomy and reflects the no-waste architecture we preach
  • Continue to incrementally professionalize the architecture function, e.g., by sharing knowledge between architects, within the broader organization, and outside of
  • Support architects in their career development and determine which education programs and trainings we should offer
  • Develop, promote and/or facilitate trainings on architecture

3 reasons why this is (not) for you

  • - You think architects need to appeal to their authority to be successful No, if you think architects need to appeal to their authority to be successful
  • - You’re rearing to implement traditional architecture methods No, if you’re rearing to implement traditional architecture methods #i-love-classics
  • - You’re allergic to know-it-alls No, if you’re allergic to know-it-alls (i.e., architects)
  • + You have a solid management track record Yes, if you have a solid management track record (4+ years), including a few years in architecture: you know how to inspire and commit experienced architects
  • + You have earned your stripes Yes, if you have earned your stripes and can explain the difference between a solution and an enterprise architecture in detail
  • + You are convinced that persuasive arguments and storytelling generate support for architecture decisions Yes, if you are convinced that persuasive arguments and storytelling generate support for architecture decisions

It is our responsibility to enable an environment that unleashes the power of diversity.

Where you’ll work

At the premier online retail tech platform in the Netherlands and Belgium. A platform where 13 million Dutch and Belgian customers can choose from over 32 million articles. A platform that helps roughly 46,000 commercial partners run their businesses. And a platform that will never be ‘finished’, because has been reinventing retail since 1999 and always will be. If there’s a better way to do something, we’re working on it! Together with our customers, partners, and over 2,400 colleagues. And hopefully together with you. Let’s change retail together to make daily life simpler. Bit by bit, day by day. offers an IT-driven work environment in which cross-functional teams are the norm, and maximizing customer value is the shared ambition. The setting is innovative, and autonomy is actively encouraged. Teams install their own code in the production environment, and we embrace experimentation and cutting-edge tech. The atmosphere? Think scale-up on steroids!

Perks of having a blue heart

  • On and off

    At we understand like no other that you have to take care of yourself first, then your environment and then In that order. Therefore, everyone at receives 29 days of vacation.
  • Relocation wants to ensure that you make the best possible transition. We offer relocation assistance to the Netherlands from the moment you have the job.
  • The culture and the office

    Our colleagues work hard to make the daily lives of our customers easier and more fun. But of course, we do this in an inspiring and creative environment!

Your application process

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Michael Joosse, Recruiter

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