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Solution Architect Source NPR

Date: Jan 22, 2022

Location: Amsterdam, NL

Company: AkzoNobel

We’ve been pioneering a world of possibilities to bring surfaces to life for well over 200 years. As experts in making coatings, there’s a good chance you’re only ever a few meters away from one of our products. Our world class portfolio of brands – including Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon – is trusted by customers around the globe. We’re active in more than 150 countries and have set our sights on becoming the global industry leader. It’s what you’d expect from the most sustainable paints company, which has been inventing the future for more than two centuries.

Purpose of the job

The Solution Architect Source NPR is responsible to translate functional requirements into a solution and describing it through architecture and designs. The architecture and designs are expected to be in line with business processes and architectural standards, guidelines & roadmaps and requires a pro-active and intense collaboration with the Global Process Organization and specifically the Global Process Owner Source. One of the key objectives in the coming years it to implement the new Coupa Source Suite which will start in January 2022

The Solution Architect Source NPR reports into the Functional Domain Lead ISC in the Center of Expertise.

The Center of Expertise IM is responsible for providing sustainable, efficient, robust and secured   workplace & core IT solutions. In addition the team will be responsible to train, educate and ensure the right capabilities are available to meet the business project and major change needs. In addition, the CoE is responsible to match resource demand with supply, to ensure delivery of required resources and that target utilization rate of the resources is met.

Key responsibilities

• Supports Business Information Managers (BIM; interface between business and IM function) in writing project charters (in the pre-project phase) and builds and maintains a close contact with BIM organization and the global GPO network for this purpose
• Translates business demand into (detailed) requirements and appropriate solutions within the functional area, within agreed Enterprise Architecture guidelines
• Performs impact assessments on business demand and high level requirements to uncover and mitigate gaps with strategy, policy, guidelines, budget and operational supportability
• Performs complex analysis (e.g. scenario analysis), on own and other impacted domains and advise on business impact, (process) optimization, implementation planning and approach, cost and effort
• Designs and documents moderately/complex “fit for purpose” solutions using a structured approach and approved template models
• Ensures quality and consistency with template design for deployments
• Drives implementation of solutions in adherence with the solution design
• Actively use and promote best practice solutions
• Manages a variety of - groups of - stakeholders across AkzoNobel
• Sparring partner for senior management who will and can challenge senior management regarding primary processes and projects and strategic IM issues
• Monitors the market to obtain knowledge and understanding of currently emerging technologies in own area of expertise and evaluates benefits and relevance for AkzoNobel
• Supports the staffing process for architects on BIM related work
• Recognizes potential strategic application of IT solutions/assets to the benefit of AkzoNobel
• Is able to make use of best practice solutions
• Anticipates major changes affecting the organization and mobilizes resources
• Drives knowledge management and value extraction within the functional domain

What do you bring?

• Master/ Bachelor degree in business management, computer science, computer engineering, or a related field of study
• Around 10 years of experience in the IT sector in general and with more than 5 years experience in the respective functional domain, expressing deep and broad knowledge of architecture, IT security, (technology) platforms and business processes for the specific functional domain and with (comparable) business environments
• Solid solution architecture experience with business process modeling and/or infrastructure / application architecture design frameworks (TOGAF), tools, technologies, methodologies
• Knowledge and practical skills in best practice solutions in the shared solutions space
• Knowledge of the process industry and relevant application(s) in functional domain
• Experience with consulting or business roles
• Knowledge with Coupa sourcing suite software or eager to quickly internalize this

Key Generic Competencies
• Excellent communication and stakeholder management skills
• Strong analytical skills over multiple functional domains to identify opportunities and solutions
• Anticipates on the technical, business and functional consequences on all levels (incl. strategies)
• Ability to rapidly comprehend the functions and capabilities of new trends and technologies
• Ability to remain neutral toward technology, vendor and product choices, as well as to be more interested in results than in personal preferences towards any technology or vendor
• Recognized by others as authority in the own functional domain
• Ability to balance the long-term (or “big-picture”) and short term implications of individual decisions
• Ability to see the whole picture (“helicopter view”) as well as being able to focus in to the detail
• Dedicated to reach and maintain high quality standards
• Ability to influence internal and external parties
• Able to communicate clearly through a variety of media
• Fluent in written and spoken English

Become part of an outstanding company

AkzoNobel is consistently rated as one of the top employers in The Netherlands. You will join a company that is committed to achieving real sustainability. At a personal level you will also benefit from:

  • A competitive salary with an above average number of annual holidays;
  • Participation in the AkzoNobel pension plan;
  • Travel expenses to and from work
  • Opportunities for education that will help you to grow beyond this role

More information and how to apply

We welcome your online application via https://www.akzonobel.com/en/careers. Only online applications including resume and motivation will be considered. If applicable, is essential that you have a visa that allows you to work in the Netherlands. If you have any questions, please contact Tim Laan, Talent Acquisition Partner, +31 880 030 731, option 2. Or send an email to TalentResourcing.NL@akzonobel.com.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age or disability.

Requisition ID: 16556