Experienced Enterprise Architect

Technology development

Our organisation

Ageas is a listed international insurance Group with a heritage spanning 190 years. It offers Retail and Business customers Life and Non-Life insurance products designed to suit their specific needs, today and tomorrow.

As one of Europe's larger insurance companies, Ageas concentrates its activities in Europe and Asia, which together make up a major part of the global insurance market. It operates successful insurance businesses in Belgium, the UK, Luxembourg, France, Portugal, Turkey, China, Malaysia, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Singapore, and the Philippines through a combination of wholly owned subsidiaries and long-term partnerships with strong financial institutions and key distributors.

Ageas ranks among the market leaders in the countries in which it operates. It represents a staff force of over 50,000 people and reported annual inflows close to EUR 34 billion in 2017 (all figures at 100%).

In support of its rapid growth and to enforce the PMO & Architecture team, within the Technology Development division at the Corporate Center in Brussels, Ageas is currently looking for an Experienced Enterprise Architect ready to team up in a dynamic environment.  This person will systematically apply sound practices in requirements management and significantly contribute to business & IT alignment from an architecture perspective, making the IT landscape of the Corporate Center more effective & coherent, future proof, and cost-efficient for our Business.

Your function

  • Develop and maintain a Business, Information Systems and Technology Architecture for the Corporate Center:

    • Define architecture vision and models that contribute to the realization of our strategies and goals

    • Manage and maintain the reference architecture library

    • Maintain and expand existing content management standards hereby improving communication, collaboration, and process efficiencies

    • Contribute to roadmap development to address innovation, application portfolio rationalization, and life cycle management

    • Benefit from the available expertise within the internal global network to develop new enterprise architecture insights and realize smart synergies

  • In support of Programs and Projects, provide guidance across the various Business departments to maximize alignment between business and technology:

    • Understand the Business strategy and help the various Business departments to define the link(s) with technology and vice versa

    • Assess the impact of the Business strategy on the IT architecture landscape, including organizational governance, processes, services, information systems and technology

    • Function as guardian of the architecture to make sure that new initiatives ensure coherence and comply with the set guidelines, without jeopardizing business objectives

    • Develop recommendations and translate them into actionable roadmaps and solutions spanning multiple horizons

    • Provide guidance and ensure business requirements are correctly translated at the right level, and consider (re-)usability, security, maintainability, technical requirements, Corporate fit, total cost of ownership, IT footprint, future-proofness etc.

    • As a key stakeholder, contribute to the Project Portfolio board decisions and arbitrage

  • Lead & provide guidance via well thought through solution selections:

    • Ensure all angles   are carefully considered

    • Ensure that various solution alternatives are profoundly investigated, ensuring that the right decisions can be made Provide strong and formal architecture advice on choices/selections from a Group Technology point of view backed by the necessary rationale & justification

  • Contribute to improved vendor relationship management & collaboration:

    • Lead qualitative RFIs, RFPs and innovative selection processes related

    • Challenge vendors during all phases throughout the full selection, implementation & operationalization

  • Contribute to the Ageas Architects community:

    • Contribute to the Ageas Architecture community, and to cross-opco capabilities/technologies/applications catalogue

    • In collaboration with the Ageas Architects community, identify and propose preferred transversal solutions and technologies for the Ageas Group

Your profile

  • You hold a master’s degree in Information Technology

  • Experience of at least 5 years in similar roles preferably in the financial sector or insurance industry

  • You have a conceptual mind and are a doer, able to derive successful solutions out of a complex range of requirements

  • As a team player, you are prepared to stick to the mission and go deep in the technical details whenever appropriate

  • Ability to rapidly define target architectures in line with modern architecture & design best practices

  • Up to speed with recent technology evolutions and continuous learner

  • You possess excellent communication-skills and the ability to explain Enterprise architecture to IT and Non-IT executives

  • You have excellent listening skills, ability to understand and discover the real and hidden requirements

  • You can convince people

  • You are prepared to share knowledge to make the team more powerful

  • Knowledge of Finance and Risk processes and the Insurance industry is a plus

  • Relevant certifications in EA are a plus (e.g. TOGAF), as well as in innovative technologies like modern BI, RPA, enterprise integration & automation and cloud management (Azure, AWS or GCP)

We offer

Ageas values your talent and knows how to reward it. We offer you an attractive salary and fringe benefits. You will work in a stimulating international environment, with numerous opportunities for personal development. You will work independently within a dynamic team.