Principal Architect

18 March 2019
Eindhoven, Netherlands
Job Type
Base Salary
Not specified
Salary Range
Competitive salary


As member of the Research Architecture team, you will:

  • Drive the software and system architecture for our next generation digital solutions by researching and prototyping innovative technologies to advance our technology roadmap.
  • Work beyond technical aspects of architecture and are able to define organizational, business and processes regarding architecture.
  • Work with multiple partners on next generation cross category products/services and platforms.
  • Be expected to provide recommendations into the Research Leadership team on architectural roadmaps, technology strategy and technical recommendations and evaluations.

As a Principal Architect, you are responsible for:

  • Designing the architecture for deploying future applications using API, Microservices, Event Driven Architectures and Cloud patterns;
  • Leading improvement initiatives with regard to technological improvements and performs innovative studies with other specialists;
  • Collaborate with Research projects on implementation decisions and technology selections up to co-development of the applications;
  • Building on existing architectures and bringing to bear existing technologies and suppliers by working closely with the other architects;
  • Employ a system engineering approach to design complete and complex frameworks and systems, at both conceptual and logical level;
  • Document platform designs. Collaborate with users and other technologists to gather feedback on those designs, and incorporate feedback as appropriate;
  • Rapidly produce prototype designs that can be market tested and grow into product;
  • Translate and document complex architectural issues to non-technical staff within the business;
  • Design Systems Architecture for Cloud-based propositions and data analytics environments;
  • Advise management on strategic and organization directions from an architecture impact;
  • Guide/mentor junior team members in the implementation of the solutions; and
  • Lead and participate in Project Design Reviews.

Requested Skills

A top-tier Lead or Principal Architect with working experience in various companies and innovative technology environments, with firsthand exposure to successful digital transformations.

An MSc/PhD in mathematics, physics, computer science or another relevant area and +6 years senior working experience in an advanced technology setting;
Experience in designing highly distributed systems for both on-premises and cloud with attention to scalable middleware, persistent data stores and microservice design concepts;
Extensive knowledge of Digital eco systems and cloud. Terminology like SAAS and PAAS is very familiar and comfortable to you;
Experience in OS virtualization and containerization isolation technologies and concepts as “infrastructure as code” in a DevOps setting;
Experience with software design concepts, practices, modern development methodologies such as Agile, Lean, CI/CD and common architectural patterns;
Understanding of healthcare products and services is a preferred;
Experience with data analytics environments is a pre;
Experience in defining and implementing Non-functional Requirements into the core of the applications, such as security, scalability, maintainability and different levels of quality;
Demonstrated experience working in a team environment on medical and/or personal use software;
Ability to work in a collaborative environment, negotiate challenges, explain technical considerations and recommend solutions;
Knows how to balance feature delivery and tech debt amortization while maintaining existing technology and innovation to satisfy business needs;
Keep abreast of technical developments in own field through study of the literature and technical contacts; and
A true “roll up the sleeves and get it done” working approach with proven success as a problem solver. Comfort “working virtually” with teammates and customers around the world.
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