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Solution Architect R&D

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Date: 07-Sep-2021

Location: Sassenheim, NL

Company: AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel has a passion for paint. We're experts in the proud craft of making paints and coatings, setting the standard in color and protection since 1792. Our world class portfolio of brands - including Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon - is trusted by customers around the globe. Headquartered in the Netherlands, we are active in over 150 countries and employ around 34,500 talented people who are passionate about delivering the high-performance products and services our customers expect.

Job Purpose

The Solution Architect R&D is responsible for translating requirements into solutions and describing it through architectures and designs. The architectures and designs are expected to be in-line with business processes and architectural standards, guidelines & roadmaps.


The Solution Architect reports into the Functional Domain Lead Innovate in the Center of Expertise IM (CoE IM). The CoE IM is responsible for providing sustainable, efficient, robust and secure 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 IM 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 Accountabilities

  • Develop new and co-maintain existing Business, Information Systems and Technology architectures for Innovate solutions in many areas including but not limited to raw material portfolio management, technical product data management, lab solutions, etc;
  • Propose policies, standards, new technology services and components for solutions;
  • Agile methodologies (e.g. DevOps, Scrum, Kanban);
  • Manage the lifecycle of Innovate solutions and develop roadmaps;
  • Assess risks (continuity, financial, security, other terms and conditions for usage) of solutions and define mitigations;
  • Identify and promote opportunities for solutions to replace existing solutions or fulfil new (business) needs;
  • Knowledge and experience with the Innovate domain (Research & Development and Innovate);
  • Solid solution architecture experience with modeling (ArchiMate, DMN, BPMN), technologies, methodologies;
  • Architecture tools (Sparx Enterprise Architect or other);
  • Development Tools (Visual Studio, Azure DevOps or other).


  • Knowledge and experience with the Innovate domain (Research & Development and Innovate;
  • Solid solution architecture experience with modeling (TOGAF, ArchiMate, ERD, DMN, BPMN), technologies, methodologies;
  • Architecture tools (Sparx Enterprise Architect or other);
  • Development Tools (Visual Studio, Azure DevOps or other);
  • Agile methodologies (e.g. DevOps, Scrum, Kanban);
  • 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 technical domain, expressing deep and broad knowledge of architecture, IT security (technology) platforms and business processes for the specific technical domain and with (comparable) business environments;
  • Knowledge of the process industry and relevant technological developments in the respective technical domain;
  • Experience with consulting or business roles.


Key Generic Competencies


  • Curious, Self-learning;
  • Excellent communication and stakeholder management skills;
  • Strong analytical skills over multiple technical 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 technical domain;
  • Ability to balance the long-term (or “big-picture”) and short-term implications of 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.

Application details


We welcome your online application, reference 9560. Please note that applications sent by mail will not be considered. If you have any question, please feel free to contact our Talent Resourcing Partner Jeroen Sevenstern phone +31 (0)6 51706499.


An employment screening may be part of the selection process.


Agency or sales calls are not appreciated


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: 9560