The selected candidate will work in a team of enterprise architects, each one relatively focused in the specific architecture domain area for which they are most competent, but all closely cooperating as a team under the direction of the Head of Unit.
Tasks and Responsibilities
The successful applicant will have to carry out the following main duties:
Within his or her domain of competence, and working as part of the Architecture team, the Business Architect will be responsible for the following general tasks:
• Produce, maintain, update, disseminate, and expand the set of architecture baseline documentation;
• Take up quality assurance roles on IT development projects;
• Assist the business units of Europol in the early stages of the elaboration of new initiatives requiring IT solutions, helping in the development of the business case and of the solution concept;
• Monitor and/or participate to selected EU, law enforcement, or other relevant forums, and sponsor internal adoption of interfaces and standards;
• Take up solution design roles in IT development projects as needed.
With relation to his or her specific area of competence, the Business Architect will:
• Interact with Europol business units in order to understand and document the business strategy and context, business goals and capabilities, and business requirements, as well as regulatory constraints and other relevant functional requirements;
• Analyze and interpret business requirements to derive the optimal business architecture of a given business domain, in terms of business processes, functions, and roles, positioning the specific contribution of ICT solutions to support the business processes, and identifying Key Business Performance Indicators;
• Identify and specify the relationships and the integration points between business processes and roles and functional application component blocks;
• Analyze existing business processes, identifying needs for improvement and proposing innovative ways of using ICT solutions in order to meet those needs;
• Identify and analyze the impact on business processes and roles of ICT initiatives and projects;
• Assist and guide project teams in the mapping of the business requirements into concrete application and technical architectures;
• Drive the process for determining the optimal business approach and assist in the selection of technical solutions best aligned with business needs.
General requirements (Art. 24 of the Europol Staff Regulations)
The post holder should:
• Be a national of one of the Member States of the European Union and enjoy full rights as a citizen;
• Have an excellent oral and written command of at least two official languages of the European Union, including English;
• 10 years or more relevant IT experience, of which at least 5 in relevant Enterprise Architecture roles;
• University degree in Business Administration, Economics, Engineering, Computer Science or equivalent academic qualifications in the area of Business Management and/or Information Technology.
Work experience in a complex public sector environment, or at least in a highly regulated environment with an articulated governance model would be an advantage.
Specific skills and competencies required for the post:
The post holder should have:
a. Professional experience:
• Enterprise architecture experience
The ideal candidate has substantial experience in the processes and methods of an established enterprise architecture function, involved in architecture definition, specification, change management, and in providing architecture supervision and support to IT delivery projects. Experience was gained in a large organisation, preferably multi-national.
• Experience in standard architecture frameworks
The ideal candidate is knowledgeable of recognised enterprise architecture frameworks (such as the Zachman Architecture Framework or The Open Group Architecture Framework).
• General Architecture Modelling skills
The ideal candidate has developed relevant and outstanding skills in the conceptualisation, modelling, and visualisation of architecture models and designs, and can create multiple views of a single architecture model to fit different communication purposes meant for different audiences.
• Information security
The ideal candidate must be able to recognize and address security, confidentiality and data protection requirements by applying sound information security approaches and solutions in architecting processes and systems.
b. Professional knowledge:
The ideal candidate must have relevant knowledge and experience in the concepts, methods, techniques, and representative products in the following domain areas:
• Collaboration and knowledge management
• Electronic messaging systems
• Workflow technologies
• Information Life-cycle Management
• Business Intelligence and information analysis
• Data and voice communication technologies
• Identity and Access Management
• IT Service Management processes – ITIL Framework
Knowledge and experience in the following domains will be regarded as an extra asset:
• Criminal forensics
• Marketing and customer relationship management
• Communication and training
• ERP applications
It will be considered very positive, though not a strict pre-requisite, for the candidate to have knowledge and experience in business processes specific to the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice areas.
c. Technical skills and competencies:
• Good PC skills with professional competence on the Microsoft Office product suite, including MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, MS Visio and MS Project;
• Logical, structured and systematic thinking;
• Ability to express ideas in clear and concise language;
• Creative and analytical problem solving skills;
• Project management experience.
Knowledge of an Eastern EU language would be an asset.
d. Social skills and competencies:
• A high sense of co-operation, team working, and flexibility;
• Team leading and general leadership skills and experience;
• Ability to organise, plan and implement work assignments, for own work and for team’s work, manage competing demands and work under pressure of tight deadlines;
• Strong interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with co-workers in a multi-cultural and multi-national work environment.
The basic salary is EUR 6,694.61.
(Tax deductions and social contributions within Europol amount to approximately 20-25%)
In addition, when relevant, family allowances can be granted:
• 5% of the basic salary – household allowance;
• EUR 284.20 (net) - per dependant child;
• EUR 926.77 (net) – expatriation allowance
Additional benefits (annual trip home, education allowance, rent and other allowances, excellent health insurance, etc.)