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IT Architect Build a scalable and future-proof architecture

Utrecht
Bachelor / Master
4,600 - 6,500
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How do you make our customers happy?

By designing an IT architecture that can shoulder our expansive growth ambitions, instilling enthusiasm for your design in your colleagues, and embedding your vision in the DNA of bol.com. You’ll be focusing on the shopping domain – it doesn’t get more customer facing – where creating, realizing, and optimizing a scalable application landscape directly impacts the shopping experience of 9 million customers.

Your responsibilities as an IT Architect with a focus on Search

  • Identify solutions and negotiate choices
  • Closely collaborate with (and win over) teams and business stakeholders
  • Uphold the architecture in IT teams, the IT organization as a whole, and the entire business
  • Embed and protect architecture principles on all organizational levels
  • Primary focus: Search

As our new IT Architect, you’ll land (comfortably crowd surfing) in Shopping, our most customer facing IT domain. This is where we keep customers glued to their screens, contently shopping as their every search returns relevant and inspiring new products. Explore this domain and own it. Develop a vision on Search in collaboration with your colleague architects (a mix of IT, software and business architects) and stimulate the business to improve with a constant stream of sharp ideas. Present you vision and plans with gusto, align stakeholders and keep them engaged and aligned.

Also develop concepts for other domains (for example Content and SEO). Check your ideas with stakeholders, then realize your plans as a team effort with scrum teams, software architects and business architects. We already have several exciting goals on our roadmap, but we expect you to look beyond these ambitions. As our IT Architect, develop and advance your own medium and long term plan. Where do we want to be in 3-5 years? How should Search develop? How do we maintain our lead? Translate your vision into a technical plan with the scrum teams and and take charge of its implementation.

Why you can make the difference

Because you are passionate about pioneering and combine a talent for developing long term plans with the pragmatism to forge short cuts. Stakeholder and (project) management skills are indispensable, as are persuasive communication skills and confidence to challenge the status quo. You like to realize ideas together, in relationships, and not by imposing your will. You are able to oversee the impact of your decisions on the entire services architecture. A background in programming would be nice. Analytical prowess and conceptual skills are essential. As are enthusiasm and entrepreneurial spirit. Last but not least, you are a strategist who also likes to resolve tactical and operational issues: the journey matters as much as the goal.

3 reasons why this is(n’t) for you

  • Because you bring a Master’s degree (Information Science world be perfect) and 5+ years of experience in architecture, conceptualizing/optimizing application landscapes to the table
  • Because you want to work with a mix of cutting edge and proven technology
  • Because your toolbox includes federated search, scalability and elastic search
  • Because you prefer to work in isolation; developing a vision is a solo activity and ‘wisdom of the crowd’ is a myth.
  • Because you’re not a huge fan of service architectures
  • Because you need to understand every minute detail before you can proceed

Where you’ll work

As an IT Architect, you are on the technological frontline of the organization, making sure that we are equipped to address all current IT challenges, as well as the challenges of tomorrow and beyond. You collaborate with enthusiastic and exceptional business and IT colleagues and can bounce insights off of a large group of colleague Architects. The setting is pioneering, open and informal. Despite our size, we eschew rigid rules and traditional work structures. Bol.com is a market leader that feels more like a scale-up. Our strength derives from  working together as equals and constantly improving each other. You can accomplish great things on your own as IT Architect, and so much more with your colleagues.

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. Your application
    Carefully, we take a look at your application. Within 2 weeks you know if we invite you for an interview.
  2. First contact
    We call you to set up an interview. And since we’re already talking: feel free to ask any question you may have.
  3. First date
    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. Your next interview
    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. Is this love?
    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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