Application Architect

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Vacature ID                         WTS1036

Dienstverband:                  Vast

Locatie:                                Den Bosch

Aantal uren per week:      40

Info opdrachtgever:

Our client is an international food producer of meat, meat products and plant-based alternatives with production locations in the Netherlands and Germany. The client has sales support offices in thirteen countries worldwide. And has four different kind of business units.

They supply customers in their home markets of the Netherlands and Germany, as well as in other countries all over the world. Their headquarters is located in the Netherlands.

They offer a challenging and inspiring working environment in which innovation is an important driver and the recent IT activities reflect this focus on innovation. Examples are the renewal of the Master Data Management System (MDM), updating of the BI environment, start of the ERP renewal program, implementation of an API Management system and the startup of Blockchain and cloud initiatives.

The workplace has recently been updated with new devices, Windows 10, O365 and together with other departments the usage of Powerapps has started. Last but not least: they have updated Connectivity by the usage of SD-WAN and are currently busy with the replacement of the WIFI network (worldwide) by a cloud-based solution and renewal of the telecom solutions on all locations.

Our client offers an informal, non-hierarchical organisation with direct user/customer contact. The team members are proud and motivated professionals, split over 5 departments: Service Delivery Management, Infrastructure, Global Business Solutions, CIO office and Project & Changes.

The IM&T (Information Management & Technology) departments responsibility is to keep all IT systems up to date and by doing so, support all business processes. Besides maintenance the department is responsible for the development of technical & services roadmaps and the digital agenda for the organisation, their customers, partners and colleagues. IM&T consists out of circa 150 colleagues stationed in our HQ office in The Netherlands, Hannover and Munich and together they are responsible for the development, implementation and maintenance of all applications and Infrastructure components.

The Infrastructure department is currently being reshaped into a “Demand-Supply Organisation” and is focusing on continuously improving and updating the technical environment. They are in an exciting phase with lots of interesting challenges, changes and progress.


To expand the current Global Business Solutions team, they are hiring an Application Architect.

The Application Architect is expected to assemble, manage and drive the improvements of our clients IT strategy in combination with our clients new application strategy. The Application Architect will be a member of our clients architectural board with the Infra, Integration, Special apps and Enterprise architects.


  • Design & analysis of application software;
  • Safeguard & drive application architecture
    • Add to the IM&T GBS strategy;
  • Drive the and maintain the application landscapes given the strategy;
  • Maintain the architectural guidelines, principles that drive behavior in application management;
  • Manage application landscapes:
    • Manage the landscape according to strategy & existing the architecture;
  • Guarantee application availability, scalability, consistency in coherence;
  • Standardize and execute application software selection preferably within project context
    • Desk search e.g. Gartner;
  • Long list/short list through elimination and selection;
  • RFI & RFP;
  • Active role in Test and Prototype:
    • Data integrity, security, quality;
  • Acceptance testing, code reviews;
  • Evaluation of application technology;
  • Assisting role in software development
    • Software architecture & modelling;
  • Requirement analyses and customization;
  • Development street design;
  • Development methodology;
  • Documentation and standards.

Functie eisen:


  • A completed HBO or WO course in the direction of IT. At least a Bachelor degree;
  • Previous master data management experience in ERP;
  • Strong Microsoft Office suite skills;
  • Able to understand and investigate topics related to multiple business areas;
  • Analytically minded and methodical problem solver;
  • Very good interpersonal skills with excellent customer service and “can do“ mentality;
  • Process orientation and user satisfaction attitude;
  • Able to efficiently prioritize work and timely inform stakeholders on the progress;
  • Experience working within a multi-cultural environment;
  • Strong written and communication skills in English and German language. Dutch is mandatory.

Key Competencies:

  • Communicative;
  • Analytical;
  • Inclusive;
  • Knowledgeable;
  • Business acumen or a good feel for the business;
  • Finance in relation to application management;
  • Team player.

Knowledge domains:

  • Application modelling;
  • Business modelling, strategic analysis;
  • Technology
    • Application technology;
  • Development technology and methods;
  • Standards;
  • Application Life cycle management;
  • Solutioning.