IT Expert in Security and Architecture Division

Frankfurt, Germany
Industry Sector:
International Public Sector
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IT Expert in Security and Architecture Division

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Reference: 2017-059-EXT

Closing Date for Applications:Wed, 31 May 2017

Functional area: Information Systems


The European Central Bank (ECB) is a team of teams working together to safeguard price stability and financial stability for millions of people. We offer varied opportunities and challenges in a people-centred working culture that gives you a voice and the remit to make an impact – for Europe. You will be part of the IT Architecture team in the Security and Architecture Division (SEA) of the Directorate General Information Systems (DG/IS) which develops and supports the enterprise architecture standards, frameworks and strategies underpinning the IT systems and related services required by the ECB and the European System of Central Banks (ESCB). The team’s experts define requirements, principles, target state models and roadmaps, and thereby facilitate decision-making on all types of change, be it of a strategic, tactical or operational nature. In addition, the experts support project teams in the development of specific solutions aligned to the enterprise framework, principles and standards. In addition to the enterprise application architect, the IT Architecture team comprises six other architects in different domains, including business, information, security, technical and infrastructure architectures. As Enterprise Application Architect, your main tasks will be: Enterprise architecture:

  • participating in the development and maintenance of the enterprise architecture framework and other key models and foundational documents, including reference architectures in the different architecture domains;
  • contributing proactively to the establishment and consolidation of the enterprise architecture function and discipline, and of the methods used in a number of organisational processes.

Application architecture:

  • developing and maintaining integrated and coherent application architecture strategies and roadmaps embedded in the overall enterprise architecture framework and strategy, with a primary focus on applications supporting the core business functions of the ECB, ESCB and the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM);
  • developing and maintaining application architecture principles, strategies, non-functional requirements, reference patterns, target state models and roadmaps to support the evolution of the ECB, ESCB and SSM applications landscape;
  • collaborating proactively with other enterprise and solution architects, IT security experts and other technical specialists to assess and advise on the adoption of innovative and promising technologies for addressing strategic and tactical business requirements;
  • driving and influencing the implementation and evolution of horizontal services and shared components to support crucial areas such as data analytics, data integration, business intelligence, enterprise content management, portals and collaboration, and enterprise resource planning (ERP);
  • supporting the Architecture Steering Board by representing the application architecture viewpoint.

Project support:

  • supporting projects by identifying and designing the most suitable technical solutions for meeting functional and non-functional requirements, taking into account architecture principles, reference architecture patterns and tactical and strategic enterprise architecture goals and directions;
  • writing project-specific solution architecture deliverables;
  • reviewing and endorsing architecture-relevant project documentation;
  • acting as a lead solution architect in an advisory role, drawing on the expertise of the entire team and going beyond application architecture aspects if necessary;
  • providing technical requirements and guidance for procurement procedures and technology selection activities, including the selection of commercial off-the-shelf software and cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions.

Qualifications and experience:

You will bring to the role:

  • a master’s degree, preferably in information technology or a related discipline;
  • six or more years of professional experience in information technology or other relevant field, preferably acquired after completing university education;
  • at least three years of experience as an enterprise application architect, working within an enterprise or IT architecture team or as a consultant;
  • knowledge of, and experience with, enterprise architecture methodologies, frameworks and industry best practices;
  • a mastery of generally accepted application architecture principles, methods, modelling techniques, reference frameworks and patterns;
  • an advanced command of English with proven experience in writing effective high-quality documents;
  • an intermediate command of at least one other official language of the European Union;
  • proficiency in the use of MS Office, in particular Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Visio;

You will also have knowledge of (and, preferably, experience with) all relevant aspects of the following areas:

  • SOA principles, standards and supporting technologies;
  • web-based application architectures, mainly in Java;
  • information security features of application architecture, particularly in the area of identity and access management, authorisation and authentication patterns, standards and technologies;
  • optimised application design for performance and high availability;
  • application development and testing methods and tools, including continuous integration tools;
  • data analytics, business intelligence and data warehouse technologies;
  • data integration architectures (including ETL/ELT solutions);
  • enterprise application integration patterns and technologies.

In addition, it would be considered an asset to have work experience in enterprise architecture frameworks and different types of application architectures, such as in the areas of data quality management, big data technologies, portals and collaboration, enterprise content and document management, ERP systems (in particular SAP) and cloud computing. Work experience involving financial services and valid industry certification in a relevant professional discipline would also be considered an asset.


You will also bring with you an ability to analyse complex tasks, work collaboratively and share knowledge, communicate effectively both orally and in writing, be adaptable and flexible, take initiative and work to defined timelines.

Further Information:

Fixed-term contract which may be converted into a permanent one after three years subject to individual performance and organisational needs. We are willing to support/discuss part-time arrangements. To further enhance the diversity of our team, we particularly encourage applications from female candidates.

How to apply:

Applications are to be made in English and submitted using our online application form. An “Applicants’ Guide” can be downloaded from our recruitment pages.

The recruitment process may include a pre-screening exercise, a written exercise, a presentation and interviews.

Further information on the ECB’s conditions of employment for fixed-term positions can be found at

Applications are accepted from nationals of Member States of the European Union.

The requirements laid down in the vacancy notice must be met by the closing date for applications.

This vacancy notice may be used to fill the same position again, or similar positions, within 12 months of the selection decision.


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