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Enterprise Architect Cornerstone of growth

Utrecht
Bachelor / Master
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How do you make our customers happy?

By designing an architecture that can shoulder our enormous growth ambition. And by getting all of your colleagues enthusiastic about this architecture vision. Bol.com’s several architecture domains are organized into self-steering business and IT teams. You are the expert within your domain, who provides sound counsel to IT and business with regards to change management processes. Whichever domain you call home, the application landscape you establish will directly contribute towards achieving our growth ambitions and enhancing the shopping experience of over 9 million customers.

Your responsibilities as an Enterprise Architect

  • You ‘own’ the architecture within your domain, gather expertise and share your ideas with all stakeholders
  • You connect the various business domains (bird’s eye view) and are the go-to person for architecture related questions
  • You set out an ambitious vision for the future, together with your business and IT colleagues
  • Based on this shared vision, you determine in which direction the architecture landscape moves
  • You collaborate with IT and business teams (mainly on the strategic level), earn the trust of decision makers and provide proactive counsel on architecture issues

As Enterprise Architect you sit on the leadership team of your domain and are, in conjunction with team managers and product owners, responsible for the success of innovations. You constructively challenge your colleagues and get everyone on the same page. And, even though your vision of the architecture is well thought out, it is important to always weigh the input of others and get broad buy-in for ambitions. You use your communication skills to generate commitment for architecture decisions, including for highly influential innovations that may be required to attain bol.com’s long-term goals. Alignment is key. Although you ‘own’ the long-term architecture vision (3-5 years), you do not work in isolation. Bol.com is convinced that impactful advances are the result of bottom-up innovation. Which means that your vision should reflect (and evolve with) constant discussion with the scrum teams, software architects and business annalists within your domain.

 

Why you can make the difference

Because you have a passion for pioneering and combine a long-term vision with the talent to put innovative ideas into practice. Stakeholder management and leadership qualities are essential, as are strong communication skills and the conviction to challenge the status quo. You strive to realize your ideas, and to accomplish this through collaboration, not force. Naturally, you always maintain control and you can accurately gauge the impact of choices on the breadth of the application landscape. You are a self-starter who can easily remain standing in a dynamic environment, in which hierarchy and job responsibilities are sometimes fluid. You take a creative and flexible approach to sharing your vision, and will use presentations, architecture designs, or whatever else is appropriate. A technical background would be very welcome. Analytical insight and conceptual thinking skills are indispensable. As are a healthy measure of enthusiasm and entrepreneurial spirit. And finally, it is important that you are a strategist with a penchant for execution: the journey is as rewarding as crossing the finish line.

 

3 reasons why this is(n’t) for you

  • Because you have a master’s degree and experience with modeling / optimizing application landscapes
  • Because inspiring, enthusing and convincing colleagues gives you energy
  • Because you enjoy working at the crossroad of IT innovation and business strategy, and you speak both languages
  • Because, actually, you are an island, entire of itself. It’s the only way to hammer out a vision
  • Because a day without traditional architecture frameworks / tools (TOGAF, ArchiMate) is a day wasted
  • Because you need to understand and weigh every. single. detail. before you can proceed

Where you’ll work

As Enterprise Architect, you work on the technological front line of the organization. Here you are constantly challenged to think up solutions today for the IT challenges of tomorrow and beyond. You work with enthusiastic and extraordinary business and IT colleagues and you have a relatively large group of architect colleagues to bounce ideas off of. As Enterprise Architect you work in a pioneering, open and informal setting. Because, despite our size, bol.com rejects rigid rules and traditional work structures. You work at a market leader, but it feels like you’re part of a scaleup. Our strength is that we cooperate with each other as equals, and continuously improve each other.

What you get

What you get

  • A blue and safe landing

    We warmly welcome our new colleagues, so they feel home as soon as possible. During your onboarding program, we give you all the ins and outs about bol.com!
  • Attention to you

    We are continuously focused on innovation and getting better every day. Because we work in a dynamic environment and our organization is growing rapidly, your development will grow together with bol.com.
  • Besides work

    At bol.com there is also a lot to do after work. Most of the activities are initiated by our own colleagues. That’s why all activities are very diverse and always voluntary. For example playing sports, team activities, Friday drinks or meetups.
  • Daily treats

    With good food, you get happy bol.commers. That's why we make sure there are a lot of lunch possibilities, if you want a quick bite, a snack or a healthy salad.

How it works

  1. Carefully, we take a look at your application. Within 2 weeks you know if we invite you for an interview.
  2. We call you to set up an interview. And since we’re already talking: feel free to ask any question you may have.
  3. In this first interview we’ll get to know each other. We want to find out more about you. Work experience is interesting, but we also want to find out more about you as a person. Together, we’ll find out if this job is a match made in heaven.
  4. Before the next interview we will ask you to take an online assessment. We’ll also discuss the position and your team in depth.
  5. 2 interviews are usually enough to see if it’s a match. And if you agree… well, it’s the beautiful beginning of your career at bol.com :)

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