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Technology Specialist Digital Integration - Azure APIM

Digital & Technology Team (D&T) is an integral division of HEINEKEN Global Shared Services Center. We are committed to making Heineken the most connected brewery. That includes digitalizing and integrating our processes, ensuring best-in-class technology, and embedding a data-driven culture. By joining us you will work in one of the most dynamic and innovative teams and have a direct impact on building the future of Heineken!

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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 Global Functions teams. 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 and SAP CI), iPaaS (Boomi and Mulesoft), API-management from IBM (Azure API Management) 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+).

Your responsibilities would include:


  • being 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
  • participating in the intake of new requirements, together with the product owner/ feature lead and product architect and drive the refinements with the development team
  • collaborating with fellow solution architects and SMEs to identify, define, and maintain integration standards and best practices, and further development of the integration community
  • driving continuous improvement analysis on existing integration solutions, identify architectural optimizations and drive the implementation
  • using user and stakeholder feedback to learn from and guide the development of new products and integration enhancements
  • understanding 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
  • delivering and owning the highly scalable, reusable, and futuristic integration solution design(s) that is understood at different levels in the organisation and across different functional areas
  • verifing 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
  • owning and offer integration developers with well documented integration patterns to ensure high quality integration design, designed for reusability, scalability, and security
  • seeking 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
  • collaborating with scrum team(s), fellow integration SMEs and Architects, learn from them as well as offer coaching in the relevant areas
  • coordinating with the product team(s) to delivery value, through an Agile Scrum framework. Actively participate in the Scrum events and portfolio ceremonies.

You are a good candidate if you have:


  • Bachelor or master’s degree, preferably in computer science or IT
  • an IT industry recognized certification in the integration domain and architecture
  • 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.
  • 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 - MuleSoft, Boomi, Azure API, SAP PO, SAP CPI, AWS, 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, event driven architecture, data virtualization
  • experience in middleware monitoring solutions (e.g. Splunk, NewRelic, ELK stack)
  • 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
  • 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
  • experience of 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
  • ability to 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
  • ability to identify and understand multiple stakeholder perspectives and "truths", build on the views of others, while positively challenging those.

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