1. Purpose of the post
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.
2. 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 Network and Infrastructure Architect will be responsible for the following general tasks:
• Produce, maintain, update, disseminate, and expand the set of architecture baseline documentation;
• Take up technical assurance roles on IT development projects;
• Sponsor, drive, and manage the delivery of technical solutions with architectural relevance;
• Be responsible for the product management of technical sub-systems of the integrated Europol computerized system;
• Monitor new promising technologies and analyse their applicability to Europol;
• Monitor and/or participate to selected EU, law enforcement, or other relevant forums, and sponsor adoption of interfaces and standards;
• Take up solution design roles in IT development projects.
With relation to its specific area of competence, the Network and Infrastructure Architect will:
• Develop and maintain the baseline network and ICT communications architecture, including physical facilities hosting the infrastructure, hardware and cabling, and system software;
• Develop and maintain the architecture of the common network, telephony, and ICT infrastructure services, including the SAN, VoIP network, LANs, and WAN connectivity services, network management;
• Identify and specify network and infrastructure components, providing guidance and review for their implementation and configuration, with as much detail as needed from time to time;
• Define the network and infrastructure architecture in accordance to the business continuity plans and disaster recovery plans of the organization;
• Drive the evaluation and selection of the technical products that are required to implement the network and infrastructure architecture;
• Write and maintain network and ICT infrastructure technical standards for the organization;
• Assess business cases, project proposals, and project deliverables, to determine the impact on, and compliance with, the network and infrastructure, including sizing and capacity planning considerations.
3.1 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;
• Possess 10 years or more relevant IT experience, of which at least 5 in relevant Enterprise Architecture roles;
• Have a university degree in Computer Science or equivalent academic qualifications in the area of 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.
3.2 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.
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:
• Data centre design
• Layout of ICT facilities in office buildings, including building wiring
• Hardware architectures and standards: for servers, desktops, laptops and other mobile client devices, network and telephony appliances
• Load balancing, high availability, clustering, proxy, reverse-proxy, firewall, intrusion detection/prevention, disk mirroring architectures and technologies
• Cryptography and cryptographic technology
• Data network architectures, protocols, and standards, covering LAN, WAN, wireless, VPN, and public networks
• Telephony and VoIP
• Quality of service concepts and technical implementation
• Network management processes, organisation, and tools
• Storage area networks
• Remote access solutions
Knowledge and experience in the following domains will be regarded as an asset:
• TEMPEST concepts and techniques
• Dealing with network providers for WAN connectivity
c. Technical skills and competencies:
The post holder should have:
• 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.)