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Technology Specialist - Digital Integration

This role is part of the D&T department of HEINEKEN International and is part of HEINEKEN Global Shared Service in Krakow, Poland. D&T is proud to bring cutting-edge innovation, strong technology, and advanced analytics to HEINEKEN. With speed and agility, we ensure HEINEKEN has the technological competitive advantages it needs to deliver on its ambition.


This role is part of the Global Digital Integration product team that consists of internal staff and partners across multiple regions and locations. The Digital Integration product team belongs to the Toolkit Portfolio (TK), that covers the platforms and solutions that enable the acceleration of the digital transformation agenda of HEINEKEN.


The Integration Solution Architect is a trusted solution advisor for the global Digital Integration product team and supports the Product Owner and development team(s) in translating and refining the business requirements into a secure and high performing set of integration solution(s)/ architectures. The role is focused on delivering integration solutions, e.g. functional and technical interface designs, integration architecture standards and policies, working in close cooperation with the assigned Global Function, Product Architect, the integration SMEs and our System Integrator partner(s).


The Integration Solution Architect has a clear business focus and works therefore closely with the two Global Functions (Commerce and Finance)The solution architect leads the refinement of new business functional demand and integration patterns, designing a scalable integration solution, and will be accountable for the overall quality delivery of the Integration team(s). One of the key aspects of the role is that it is truly cross integration platform, therefore you will be able to see ‘big picture’ and translate business needs into integration solution architectures that follows API first, event driven integration strategy, over cloud integration platform(s).


In this role, you will provide an ‘outside in’ view on the digital integration needs and requirements from the customers and consumers, within D&T and global functions and offer integration solutions for these needs. Lastly, you may be partnering with our vendors/suppliers and leading agencies to understand new integration trends, platform capabilities, and innovative design that supports upscaling and automation. HEINEKEN follows a non-native Hybrid Integration Platform strategy. We have a limited set of integration platforms, that each support unique integration patterns. Each platform is owned by separate software vendors: ESB from SAP (SAP PO), iPaaS from Boomi (Boomi), API-management from IBM (API-Connect) and a cloud messaging broker from Solace (Solace). Around these platforms, we strive for maximal automation (UI-Path), for maximal transparency (SPLUNK), highest code quality (SonarQube) and consistent release management (Azure Dev/Ops and CTS+).


Key Responsibilities of the role

  • Ambassador of the Global Digital Integration team
    • Be an ambassador of the Digital integration to the function you are aligned with, to promote API first and/or event-driven integration strategy amongst others.
  • Partner with others in the teams – Architects, Product Owner etc.
    • Actively participate in the intake of new requirements, together with the product owner/ feature lead and product architect and drive the refinements with the development team.
    • Collaborate with fellow solution architects and SMEs to identify, define, and maintain integration standards and best practices, and further development of the integration community.
    • Drive continuous improvement analysis on existing integration solutions, identify architectural optimizations and drive the implementation.
    • Use user and stakeholder feedback to learn from and guide the development of new products and integration enhancements.
  • Delivery and Compliance
    • Understand business needs, collaborate with Product Architect(s) and functional SME to propose, and prepare solution design in accordance with the specification and integration architectural guardrails.
    • Through Agile WoW, deliver and own the highly scalable, reusable, and futuristic integration solution design(s) that is understood at different levels in the organisation and across different functional areas.
    • Verify the implementation of integration uses cases - ensure the delivered solutions are consistent with the agreed solution design and meet the relevant functional and non-functional requirements.
    • Own and offer integration developers with well documented integration patterns to ensure high quality integration design, designed for reusability, scalability, and security.
  • Innovation
    • Seek to learn from peer companies and market leaders and bring in innovation to the DI solution(s) that have tangible and positive impact on overall quality and time to market.
  • Coordination with Scrum teams, suppliers etc
    • Collaborate with scrum team(s), fellow integration SMEs and Architects, learn from them as well as offer coaching in the relevant areas.
    • Coordinate with the product team(s) to delivery value, through an Agile Scrum framework. Actively participate in the Scrum events and portfolio ceremonies.


Skills, expertise, and experience to be a suitable candidate

  • Education
    • Bachelor or master’s degree, preferably in computer science or IT.
    • An IT industry recognized certification in the integration domain and architecture is a plus.
  • General Experience
    • 7+ years of professional IT experience and demonstratable 5+ years of hands-on experience in the similar role that dealt with building, deploying, and maintaining enterprise integration solutions, within an international and multi-cultural environment.
    • 2+ years of work experience in the FMCG industry, as such in the functional domain – Commerce, Finance, Procurement, Supply chain, etc.
  • Architectural and technology experience
    • Demonstratable hands on experience of various integration architecture designs & patterns such as microservices, event based and SOA amongst others.
    • Solution architect level proven experience with at least two of the following preferred platforms - Boomi, IBM API Connect, SAP PO, Solace, or similar industry leading platforms, both on premise and on cloud.
    • Solid understanding of and exposure to the technical specifics on integration standard (XML, IDOC, JSON, PROXY, OAS) and concepts - event brokers, data virtualization.
    • Expert level ability to visualize and create high-level models to visualize how the business requirements will be translated into integration solutions; DFDs and business process diagrams.
    • Ability to drive decisions and recommendation about which integration approach and patters to use while leveraging existing and new technologies within the Digital Integration area.
  • DevOps and Agile
    • Agile mindset and practical experience in Agile delivery, Scrum experience is plus.
    • Experience of working in a value and time driven environment with rapid release cycles and can deal with (occasionally) changing priorities.
    • You demonstrate end-to-end ownership of work that you do, while dealing with some uncertainty in requirements & features to deliver MVP solutions.
    • Reasonable knowledge and experience of DevOps and quality engineering, CI-CD pipelines, coding best practices and using tools such as - SonarQube, ELK stack, Azure DevOps, Splunk.
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written), being able to translate technical language into a story that can be understood by less technical people and at different levels of seniority.
  • You can work effectively with people of different cultures and backgrounds and at all levels of a product team with the ability to influence others to move toward consensus.
  • You can identify and understand multiple stakeholder perspectives and "truths", build on the views of others, while positively challenging those.

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