Capellen, Luxembourg
Industry Sector:
International Public Sector
Type of contract:

System Architect

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System Architect


The incumbent is responsible to the NATO Alliance Future Surveillance and Control (AFSC) Project Manager for providing specialist technical advice and expertise in the area of system architecture. More precisely, he/she is responsible for performing the following functions:


General Responsibilities

  • Providing specialist technical advice and expertise in the area of system architecture, in particular, architecture frameworks, methodologies, metamodels, modelling languages, and tools.
  • Initiating and monitoring architecture-related projects and tasks including schedules, cost estimates and resource requirements in collaboration with national experts, contractors, and NATO organisations such as Allied Command Transformation (ACT) and NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA).
  • Developing technical documentation, such as requirements, Statements of Work (SOWs) and conducting analyses related to architectures.
  • Reviewing, verifying and validating AFSC project and contract deliverables related to architectures against operational and capability requirements.
  • Working with NATO stakeholders and other domain and enterprise architects on compliance and alignment of architectures at project, capability and enterprise levels.
  • Writing reports and developing and delivering presentations related to the above activities.
  • Organising, leading and attending meetings and conferences as tasked by the AFSC Project Manager.
  • Performing Travel on Duty (TDY) as required.
  • Performing other related functions as required in peacetime and any other appropriate functions assigned in times of crisis or war.
  • In the event of crisis or war the incumbent will, subject to the agreement of his/her national authorities, remain in the service of the Agency.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Acting as technical lead and focal point for architectures, coordinating the execution of architecture related projects/activities and performing technical reviews during contract execution.
  • Maintaining the AFSC architectures using industry-standard software tools and standards.


General Qualifications

  • University degree in science or engineering disciplines or equivalent education.
  • At least five years of experience in architecture development at system/project or capability levels.
  • In-depth knowledge of architecture development principles, methodologies and tools gained through experience in Enterprise and System Architect positions in complex systems development or acquisition projects.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills, including the writing of clear and concise reports.
  • Strong knowledge of national or industry standard architecture frameworks.
  • Strong knowledge and experience with architecture modelling.
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems in air, land and maritime domains.
  • Ability to facilitate/present persuasively and negotiate effectively to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Ability to manage time and work effectively under pressure while producing quality products under short notice deadlines.
  • Ability to cooperate with international military and civilian staff at various levels of seniority.
  • Knowledge of information systems at end-user level with experience in using personal computers and software packages.

Specific Qualifications

  • Strong knowledge of NATO Architecture Framework (NAF) versions 3 and 4.
  • Knowledge of The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF).
  • Hands-on experience in architecture development software including System®Architect from Unicom® Systems, Inc. and Archi, or similar industry-standard tools.
  • Strong hands-on experience with Unified Modeling Language (UML) and preferably with additional modelling languages such as Archimate, SysML, and BPMN.


NATO’s two official languages are English and French. The work of this post is mainly conducted in English, therefore fluency in that language is essential and working knowledge of French is desirable.


  • [X] Unicom System®Architect and IBM DOORS certifications.
  • TOGAF Practitioner certification.
  • Previous experience in the development and/or procurement of complex military C4ISR systems.


  • Possessing honesty with a positive “can-do” attitude and spirit of cooperation; ability to lead teams working together toward established objectives.
  • Possessing passion and motivation together with effective communication skills, to create a spirit of cooperation in order to build complementary interpersonal relationships with internal/external customers and stakeholders.
  • Possessing emotional intelligence/self-control to remain calm in the face of adversity/conflict while remaining flexible/adaptable to emerging requirements.
  • All NSPA personnel are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the current NATO Code of Conduct agreed by the North Atlantic Council (NAC), and thus display the core values of integrity, impartiality, loyalty, accountability, and professionalism.

Application Closing Date – 21th October 2019

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