IT Solution Architect - Cloud and Security

Information Technology
Information Systems
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General Information

Type of contract Fixed-term contract which may be converted into a permanent contract after three years subject to individual performance and organisational needs

Who can apply? EU nationals

Salary F/G (2) (minimum full time monthly net salary €5,451 and benefits, see further information section)

Role specialisation IT Architecture

Working time Full time

Place of work Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Closing date 18.10.2021

Your team

You will be part of the Innovation and Architecture Services Division in the Directorate General Information Systems. In your role as IT Solution Architect, you will shape the architecture of IT systems in the ECB and the European System of Central Banks (ESCB) together with nine other IT architects. In your day-to-day work you will define architecture directions, guidelines and reference architectures, participating directly in implementation activities in close cooperation with colleagues and teams across all ECB business areas.

You will play a key role in the adoption of cloud-based IT architectures in compliance with ECB security and legal requirements. In doing so, you will liaise closely with other IT architects and innovators in national central banks and competent authorities, as well as with industry analysts, market leaders as well as emerging vendors, thereby ensuring that your expertise remains up to date in a wide range of technologies and architectures.

Furthermore, you will help drive the implementation and evolution of services and technology in crucial areas such as artificial intelligence, data analytics, systems integration and collaboration.

The ECB is an inclusive employer and we strive to reflect the diversity of the population we serve. We encourage you to apply irrespective of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, race, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or other characteristics.

Your role

As an IT Solution Architect - Cloud and Security, you will:
  • facilitate the work of project teams and service coordinators by identifying and designing the most suitable technical solutions for meeting functional and non-functional requirements, while maintaining a focus on security;
  • design the ECB’s cloud security architecture together with digital security experts;
  • provide technical requirements and guidance for procurement and technology selection activities, including the selection of commercial off-the-shelf software and cloud-based solutions;
  • develop and maintain architecture principles, strategies, reference patterns, target state models and road maps for ECB and ESCB business applications and infrastructure;
  • proactively assess and advise on the potential use of innovative and promising technologies to address strategic and tactical business requirements.

The position offers you excellent opportunities to shape the architecture of IT systems in the ECB and the European System of Central Banks (ESCB). You will be part of a multicultural team that strives for continuous innovation to make a positive impact on the lives of European citizens

Qualifications, experience and skills

  • a master’s degree or equivalent in information technology, computer engineering, security science or another relevant field (click here for details on degree equivalences);
  • in addition to the above, a minimum of seven years of professional work experience, including at least three years as a design/architecture lead, with proven success in designing, engineering and developing IT solutions;
  • hands-on experience with a wide range of information security, software architecture and infrastructure technologies, and of dealing with sensitive data and large data volumes;
  • an advanced (C1) command of English and an intermediate (B1) command of at least one other official language of the EU, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
  • experience in the design and development of services in at least two of the following areas: (i) cloud computing; (ii) application hosting and delivery platforms, including networking; (iii) data analytics/data science, big data, data quality management, business intelligence and data warehouse technologies; (iv) application and data integration architectures, including API design.
  • experience in the design of identity and access management solutions;
  • knowledge of and experience with enterprise architecture methodologies, frameworks and industry best practices.

You engage collaboratively with others. You pursue team goals and learn willingly from other people’s diverse perspectives. You signal any need for change by explaining it and proposing alternative solutions. You analyse complex information effectively and can evaluate different views to arrive at solutions. You know and anticipate stakeholder needs.

You are motivated to be part of our team and to develop and use your skills and competencies to achieve the objectives of this position.

Working modalities

We are willing to discuss part-time arrangements.

Further information

The formal title for this position will be Senior Architect.

For additional information on this specific vacancy, you can speak to the hiring manager, Christoph Schaper, on +49 (0)69 1344 7765 between 13:00 and 14:00 on Wednesday, 06 October.

Application and selection process

The recruitment process for this position will be conducted remotely. It will include a written exercise, a presentation and interviews. 

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