Global Enterprise Architect

Global Enterprise Architect

Location : Netherlands


Our client is the leading global Design & Consultancy firm for natural and built assets.

Applying its deep market sector insights and collective design, consultancy, engineering, project and management services, they work in partnership with their clients to deliver exceptional and sustainable outcomes throughout the lifecycle of their natural and built assets. They are 27,000 people active in over 70 countries that generate more than 3.3 billion in revenues. They support UN-Habitat with knowledge and expertise to improve the quality of life in rapidly growing cities around the world.

Our client is transitioning into a digital company providing digital tools and products to its clients. This requires the development of a future digital platform that can support the digital business. Our client's ambition is to be a digital frontrunner; the transformation that is required is disruptive and under control of a new CTO organization. It will have global responsibility for developing solutions across the current business services, in collaboration with their daughter company, a spin-off from our client that is solely focused on digital products. The platform that will be conceived will need to integrate a number of off the shelve packages with custom-developed applications. Data and analytics are a foundation, with external integration of partner and customers, and with IoT integration as important additions. New technologies often delivered by startups is a key element of this journey.

We are looking for a Global Enterprise Architect who can inspire our client with an understanding of what technology can do and who can shape the digital platform in conjunction with the owners of the business solutions and the IT service lines that provide foundational technologies.


Reporting lines

  • The Global Enterprise Architect will report to the Head of Architecture and Strategy in an Architecture Office that supports the CTO.
  • S/he will work closely together with the CDO and Solution owners who each have their own digitization roadmaps
  • S/he will work closely with enterprise solution architects and portfolio management interfacing with the delivery organization, planning down from the enterprise level


Job description

The Global Enterprise Architect is responsible for the alignment with the strategic planning and the solution roadmaps that business and solution leaders are developing. S/he needs to translate required capabilities into architecture models that can shape the Digital platforms and that can be expanded into solution architectures for specific domains. Appropriate consideration is also taken for their security and quality.

S/he will assess technologies as they become available, both from mainstream providers as well as start-ups. The application of enterprise-level agile principles will be a foundation for managing planned changes and integrating these down into the delivery practices.

Profile Capabilities

The Global Enterprise Architect should be able to execute the following alignment activities:

  • Leads analysis of the business' future-state capabilities' and future (and current) IT environment to detect critical deficiencies and recommend solutions for improvement and driving the business forward
  • Maintains and evolves future-state business capabilities with a focus on efficiency and predictability of the existing IT estate
  • Aligns the IT strategy and planning with our client's business goals
  • Provides high-level strategic advice for future investment in IT systems and processes to support business objectives
  • Develops IT architectures and standards for the organization that support the implementation of the IT strategy while promoting shared infrastructure and applications to reduce costs and improve information flows
  • Develops and manages the implementation of IT technology roadmaps aligned with the IT and business strategy
  • Formulates, translates, advocates, supports and executes business strategy to achieve the organization's targeted business outcomes
  • Presents a gap analysis and/or IT investment roadmap that reflects the status of the existing IT estate, namely, its ability to contribute to future-state business capabilities around ecosystems and digital platforms
  • Understands the business' economic and financial levers that are susceptible to digital transformation, so as to effectively support and guide technology investment decisions. Designs and constructs future- and current-state business models so as to practically apply new and emerging technologies to drive them.

The Global Enterprise Architect should be able to execute the following innovation activities:

  • Guides and advises stakeholders about disruptive technologies and trends
  • Leads the analysis of business and operating models, market trends and the technology industry to determine their potential impact on the enterprise's business strategy, direction, and architecture
  • Tracks and applies innovative and existing technologies, anchoring them in the business model to assess their potential and uses rapid prototyping approaches to evolve innovations
  • Undertakes high-level research, horizon scanning and analysis to identify future IT trends, and assess applicability to support business objectives
  • Works with business peers to develop and present business capability models and roadmaps to facilitate discussion and decision making with stakeholders across the enterprise
  • Provides a perspective on the readiness of the organization to change and innovate
  • Consults with infrastructure, project and product teams to ensure consistency with the enterprise architecture, as well as to identify when it is necessary to modify the enterprise architecture. Translates business practices and processes into architectures to enable the delivery of appropriate solutions
  • Ensures that projects do not duplicate functionality or diverge from each other and business and IT strategies
  • Works with domain architect(s) to ensure understanding and integration of business and the technology strategy across domains, to develop the models that best reflect the business strategy and that each domain has effective architecture support
  • Manages the risks associated with information and IT assets through appropriate standards and security policies and in working closely with the security team.



Candidate's competence profile

  • Is visionary, understands the "big picture".
  • Has:
    • An academic or postgraduate degree in Computer Science, Information Management, or Business Administration
    • Relevant working experience (10+ years) (e.g. in IT and enterprise architecture, application development, solutions design, middleware IT solutions, database management or operations in a multitier environment)
    • Five or more years of business experience in strategic planning and /or business analysis
    • Experience in engineering industry preferable; experience in manufacturing/automotive also an advantage

Functional and technical skills

Has in-depth knowledge of relevant technical systems & tooling, and masters several complicated business principles such as:

  • Project and program management, governance, resource management, risk- & quality management, and auditing
  • System development life cycle management
  • IT-services management
  • Infrastructure and operations
  • Business modeling
  • Information management
  • Business ecosystems
  • SaaS, IaaS and PaaS
  • SOA, APIs
  • Open Data Microservices
  • Event-driven IT
  • Financial forecasting, cost analyses, budgeting and planning
  • Reporting and administration tools


Leadership and professional skills

  • Is a skilled people manager and ensures the quality and performance of IT solutions
  • Creates a learning environment and demonstrates:
    • Leadership and natural authority
    • Stakeholder management
    • Role modelling our client’s values
    • Ownership
    • Confidence, commitment and collaboration
  • Executes and delivers client outcomes
  • Has excellent analytical skills. Successfully handles complex issues, is consistent and decisive (anticipates at problems that might affect the success of key (processes).
  • Understands and can navigate in a corporate environment
  • Is pro-active in bridging between teams / departments / geographies, with excellent communication skills
  • Masters the English language


Additional Information

Works at other locations (worldwide) whenever necessary. Works outside regular working hours whenever work requires so and respects our:

  • Client's environmental sustainability commitment
  • Client's equality, diversity, and inclusion policy
  • Health & safety policy and guidelines



They offer a dynamic challenging job with international focus in a pleasant working climate, attention to education and a competitive remuneration package reflecting the seniority of the role. You will have a great deal of responsibility with endless opportunity for impact and freedom for initiatives. Given the international spread of the business a certain level of flexibility in working hours is important.


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