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Digital & IT Architecture manager | IKEA Core Business Franchise

Delft, South Holland IT & Digital Solutions Full Time

Job description

You see things a little differently. So do we. The world of retail is massively changing, being disrupted and new possibilities are becoming faster available by innovation of technology around the world. 

We are looking for someone who enables IKEA to adopt and lead in the world of retail by ensuring that an effective enterprise architecture, fulfilling the business needs across IKEA, is implemented. You will lead and develop the Core Business Franchise Enterprise Architecture team, which is part of the Digital & IT assignment. You will secure the design of a target technology landscape, which is based on business ambitions and leverages on existing platforms. You will support its implementation via the development of roadmaps, conceptual solutioning (architecture briefs/blueprints) guidelines and standards. You will also support the process of identifying new technologies that will allow and enable us to meet more of the many people. We believe digital technology is core to develop and future-proof IKEA.

Are you excited by all this? Come see things a little differently with us!

About the role
You will be managing a team of enterprise architects.You will report to the Digital Manager at IKEA Core Business Franchise and in matrix to Inter IKEA Group Architecture Manager.

More specifically, in this role you will be accountable for: 

  • Defining architecture vision, principles and guidelines for IKEA Franchise and ensure this is aligned with IKEA stakeholders. Ensure that the business value is well understood and used in the decision-making process.
  • Evolving the Enterprise Architecture discipline and competences, especially around value adding services like conceptual solution design, embedding architecture into the development teams (Classic or Agile), and creative ways of supporting the digital transformation
  • Establish and manage the Enterprise Architecture governance processes and integrate them with other relevant processes (E.g. portfolio/budget management).
  • Align and steer architecture activities across the different architecture domains (business, data, application, technology and security) in IKEA Core Business Franchise:
    - Collaborate and contribute to strategical architectural directions and forums across the IKEA Franchise system.  
    - Design a target IT landscape together with business stakeholder that reflects business directions, strategies and emerging technological opportunities securing value to the IKEA strategic agenda.
    - Perform overall architecture planning and own technology architecture transition roadmap.
    - Oversee and coordinate the development and maintenance of Enterprise Architecture artifacts such as capability maps, information models, roadmaps. This includes owning and developing the architectural repository tooling.
    - Monitor and steer the adoption of the architectural guidelines. Secure alignment between the IT project portfolio and the target system landscape and roadmaps.
    - Support projects and business users on architecture aspects.

 About you
To be successful in this role, we believe you are a strong leader able to inspire and mobilise people towards clearly set objectives.

We expect you to have a very good knowledge of information and business technologies with a specific focus on Enterprise Architecture concepts, methodologies and frameworks, and with the relevant experience and track record. You have had hands on experience in managing Franchisor and/or global Application landscapes. Ideally you also have had exposure building and managing the lifecycle of robust application portfolios and business templates to be offered to a network of partners (franchisees). You are comfortable with agile project methodologies and modern IT operations approaches, specifically DevOps, CI/CD and Cloud.

We are looking for a visionary, pragmatic and adaptable leader with strong willpower. You are curious and able to build relationships in order to establish strong trust between the architecture community and its stakeholders. It is also necessary that you carry natural credibility and you have a proven track record of reaching stretch targets. You are an energetic and collaborative leader who has a very good knowledge of IT and digital organisations, strategies and working methods.

Most of all, the IKEA values are close to your heart and you truly want to take part in creating a better everyday life for the many people.

About us
Inter IKEA Systems (Core Business Franchise) owns the IKEA Concept and is the worldwide IKEA franchisor. We are specifically responsible for the IKEA strategic framework, ensuring the IKEA Concept is updated, relevant, implemented and followed-up – together with all IKEA trademark users.

How do we do this? By enabling people across the IKEA value chain, and creating unique content to develop the IKEA business. Here are some examples of our different assignments. 

  • We develop solutions that will ensure a unique and successful meeting with IKEA customers.
  • We lead the work around when and how IKEA expands in the world, enabling one common way of working with high impact at a low cost.
  • We create the preconditions to strengthen the IKEA Culture and develop the right competence to meet customer and business needs.

An important part of our success is our unique culture and open working environment. Together, we create a workplace where everyone feels free to be themselves – to experiment, try new ways, and dare to ask, “What if…?” We believe in everyday personal growth and offer the opportunity to develop your career globally.

Read more about us at: franchisor.IKEA.com

A few more details for you
This is a 40 hour position and it is located in Delft, The Netherlands.

Please send your application – CV and letter of motivation – in English by Sunday 1st of December 2019. We really want to get to know you, so make sure you tell us why you want to work at IKEA and why you would be a good fit for this role.

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