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AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals
  • AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals
  • HBO of hoger
  • Medior/Senior niveau
  • Vast contract
  • 40 uur p/w
Functieomschrijving An exciting opportunity to help shape the IM future of a leading global organization

AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals (SC) provides a wide range of high quality and sustainable ingredients that are integral to numerous key industrial processes worldwide. Thus we serve high profile customers in sectors including paints, detergents, foods, plastics, cosmetics, construction, pulp and paper, pharmaceuticals, electronics, agro and oilfield applications. 

As a newly independent company our ambition is to be the digital leader in the chemical industry. Within this context, your mission in this role is to support demand management in the ideation phase and early stages of IM projects as part of the Platform and Infrastructure Domain End User Services.

In doing so you ensure that solutions are compatible with the existing (technical) architecture, and compliant in all key aspects. As such, you must be able to translate business needs into shared solutions architecture requirements via a sophisticated knowledge of best practice solutions in the shared solutions space. You will be part of a global team with other solution architects located in different regional hubs. 

Is this a challenge that matches your profile as a ‘battle hardened’ problem solver with high level consulting and policy- and decision-taking experience? Can you apply strong analytical skills across multiple domains in order to identify solutions and opportunities? Do you have the sophisticated communication skills necessary to convince internal and external parties including senior management? Above all, can you drive digital innovation and change within our dynamic multinational and multicultural business environment? 
If you offer all this and more, we invite you apply for the position of

Solution Architect Workplace

The role and its responsibilities
This position is based at our regional hub in Arnhem, the Netherlands, from where your core task is to translate moderately complex business demands into (detailed) requirements and appropriate solutions within the functional/technical area.

Thus you design, document and implement ’fit for purpose’ and best practice solutions in adherence with the solutions design. In doing so you apply a structured approach and ensure that solutions are compatible with the existing architecture to assure compliance with strategy, policy, guidelines, budget, and operational supportability. 

This requires you to design integration components and interfaces and to produce integration test specifications and input to training plans. You also perform impact assessments on business demand and high level requirements to uncover and mitigate gaps.

As necessary you review the services maturity for a specific End User Services area and propose initiatives to improve the service. In a wider sense you work with other Solution Architects to develop detailed project charters for our Investment Portfolio, producing roadmaps and aligning on strategy and direction. In doing so you interact with Enterprise Architecture, Business Information Managers and others, maintaining these relationships to improve the quality and relevance of projects. You also support IM projects and develop Proof of Concepts and Pilots.

At all times you proactively seek continuous business and service improvements, along with opportunities to build cross-functional working relationships including external parties. You also identify innovations within the architecture domains and facilitate management support.

In addition you coordinate the identification and assessment of new and emerging technologies, products, methods and techniques in conjunction with the Enterprise Architecture team. You also influence others with regard to the importance of Solution Architecture in the business

As such, this position demands an ability to remain neutral toward technology, vendor and product choices, more interested in results than personal preference. You must also be able to balance the long-term and big picture view with the short-term implications of decisions, whilst also focusing on the detail.

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Functie-eisen Candidate profile
To apply for this position you must possess all the following attributes:
  • Master/Bachelor degree in Business Management, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or a related field;
  • Professional with 8-10 years of experience in the IT sector including 5+ years in Microsoft Windows Workplace (Lifecycle) Management, Mobile Operating Systems, Active Directory and Software Assets (Delivery) Management and related network areas;
  • Experience with managing the Microsoft Office (Pro Plus) client lifecycle and Microsoft Software Assets (Delivery) Management tooling (SCCM, Intune and Microsoft Business Store), along with experience with cloud identity solutions including Active Directory Federation Services and Azure Active Directory (used for Office 365 and a variety of other cloud based solutions);
  • Experience of business process modelling and application architecture design (logical and physical), frameworks (TOGAF), tools, technologies, methodologies;
  • Other valuable experience includes Office 365 cloud solutions (SharePoint, Skype for Business, OneDrive, Exchange and Outlook), Microsoft and/or McAfee Anti-Virus solutions, HP and/or Apple hardware lifecycle management in an enterprise environment, and virtual desktop technologies including Citrix and VMWare;
  • Multimedia communication and influencing skills including fluent written and spoken English.

What can AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals offer you?
If you share our values and ambitions, we offer a fascinating international environment that rewards your skills and enthusiasm. Our employment package comprises a competitive salary, over 40 vacation days and an attractive bonus scheme. Training opportunities and internal networks enable valuable personal and professional development. And through challenging projects with like-minded people, you will help us become first choice for our customers, shareholders and employees, all over the world.

Application details
For further information, please contact Samantha Veer, Talent Resourcing Partner, +31 (0)88-010 6789, option 3. Only online applications will be accepted, please go to the vacancy section on, reference 18000272 or via this link

A pre-employment screening may form part of the selection process.

Agency or sales calls are not appreciated

About AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals 
Industries worldwide rely on our essential chemistry in the manufacture of everyday products such as paper, plastics, building materials, and personal care items. Building on the dedication of our employees and our shared commitment to safety, sustainability, and open innovation, we have established a world-class business and built strong partnerships with our customers. We operate in over 80 countries around the world and our portfolio of industry leading brands includes Eka, Dissolvine, Trigonox, and Berol.

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