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Technology Specialist - Enterprise Integration

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Date: 04-Aug-2022

Location: Amsterdam, NL


This role is part of the Global Digital & Technology (D&T) department of HEINEKEN International. 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.


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+).


Your role at HEINEKEN


As Technology Specialist - Enterprise Integrations in the Digital Integration team in Amsterdam, you will lead a team of offshore integration developers in a functional domain. Within this functional domain (e.g. Commerce, Finance, Procurement), you will be end to end responsible for the delivery of high quality integrations for that domain, you will prioritise development work in an agile way, align incoming demand from the domain, and work closely with the integration architects and experts to make sure your integration platforms are able to support secure, high performing and innovative capabilities.


In this role, you will:


  • 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;
  • 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;
  • 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 offshore integration developers (multiple regions) with well documented integration patterns to ensure high quality integration design, designed for reusability, scalability, and security;
  • 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;
  • 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.


Are we looking for you?


For Heineken the agile mind-set is centred on four principles; focus on customer value, power to the teams, start quick and smart and learn relentlessly. As a Technology Specialist you own these principles and integrate them in the daily life. Self-reflection, adaptability, collaboration and resilience come natural to you and make you thrive in an Agile environment. Engaging with these characteristics and become more self-aware of personal strengths and weaknesses, makes majors strides in development of yourself and others.


As qualifications, our ideal candidate would have:


  • 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;
  • 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 - 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;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • You can identify and understand multiple stakeholder perspectives and "truths", build on the views of others, while positively challenging those;
  • 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.



What is in it for you?


At HEINEKEN, we have a proud reputation for the many career opportunities we offer our employees. Your career has the opportunity for being a unique journey, with a steep learning curve, across various brands, businesses or geographies. Next to a collaborative, international working environment, we will offer you a very rewarding salary and excellent secondary benefits.


This includes:

  • An extensive and rewarding pension-plan;
  • Various training courses as part of your personal development plan;
  • Employee discount for health insurances;
  • Remuneration for travel expenses;
  • Flexible working hours and the flexibility for working from home.




Our proud history as a family-owned, independent brewer stretches back 150 years. We brew the highest quality beers, build globally loved brands and strive to do both of these things as sustainably as possible.

With a larger global presence than any other brewer in the business, we’re able to draw strength from the diverse regions we operate in and sell to – driving consumer trends and opening up new market opportunities in the process.


No matter where our more than 84,000 global employees are based or what role they play, each one is driven by the same goals and united under the same values.


Embracing and celebrating diversity is core to HEINEKEN’s purpose of “brewing the joy of true togetherness to inspire a better world”. We believe that people as diverse as our brews – including and not limited to gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, religious belief, nationality, social background, disability and thinking style – enrich our lives and strengthen our business. We welcome and consider applications from all qualified candidates as we champion a culture of belonging that provides fair and equal opportunities for all.


It’s what makes us proud to say We Are HEINEKEN.

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