Enterprise Architect Online Services

  • IT
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands

Enterprise Architect Online Services

Job description

Amsterdam - as an Enterprise Architect for our Online Services, you will create a clear vision on how we can continue our fast pace of growth in a smart way. You will be on top of our complexity existing out of a large set of applications, connections and workflows to help us determine our desired stack(s) of the future

DPG and Online Services: impacting millions on a daily basis
DPG Media is the biggest media house of The Netherlands, Belgium and even Denmark. On a daily basis, our content impacts millions of readers, viewers and listeners. It also has a digital arm called DPG Online Services that guides visitors to the right product for them with genuine advice and inspiration. Well known digital brands that are part of Online Services are Independer, Autotrack, Autowereld and Gaspedaal, Nationale Vacaturebank and Intermediair, Tweakers and Hardware Info.

About our landscape
Currently we have 15 customer facing brands and 13 tech stacks within Online Services. Broadly you can categorize the stacks in 3 different types of stacks:

  • Classifieds: like Autowereld, Autotrack, Nationale vacaturebank

  • Comparison websites: like Independer and MijnEnergie

  • 3 C brands (Content, Community and Conversion): like Tweakers, Autoweek, VT Wonen


In practice, we often have multiple different stacks per category and there is limited sharing across the stacks. This is a natural result of strong organic growth, a string of acquisitions over the past decade and a federated organisational model. To facilitate our smart growth ambition, we need to have a clearer vision on our desired stack(s) of the future. Plus a clear view on how we will best grow in that direction. It is good to note that several harmonisation and smart re-usage efforts have already been initiated and delivered. E.g. the Car Classifieds are sharing a ‘chassis’ of back-end services and the 3C brands share a brand new platform and Independer NL and BE basically share the same stack.

To give you some flavour of the stacks, we have included an overview that gives you a very high level glance of the types of technology used across all stacks.


Our challenge for you
As a consequence of our scale, passion and entrepreneurship we have a large set of (often) home build applications, connections and workflows. Keeping on top of this complexity proves to be an architectural but energizing challenge. You will set a clear architectural direction across all Online Services brands:

  • Where do we stand today? We have a view, but we would welcome your critical and thorough look at our different stacks to identify opportunities

  • Where do we want to go? Where can we benefit from each other? But also, where do we think coordination costs more than it brings so we aim for local velocity? In other words: translate the current landscape to a future proof architecture to support the short and long-term business goals.

  • How do we move from where we stand today to where we want to go? Given that the stacks have in many cases grown over 20 years to the success they are today this will probably be closer to evolution than revolution. In this evolution you will play a vital role by guiding, coaching and sharing knowledge with the domain architects to streamline best practices and come to an overarching architectural vision


We offer

  • An experience-based salary.

  • 36-hour workweek.

  • A percentage of profit shares.

  • 12% in flexible benefits (of which 8% is holiday allowance).

  • Working with the latest stack.

  • Fully paid functional technical training.

  • Knowledge sharing from our tech colleagues.

Job requirements

Who you are
We are looking for a colleague experienced in and passionate about design, architecture and agile product development. We’d like you to:

  • have a broad experience as an engineer and/or business focused architect

  • have experience working with and managing stakeholders from all levels

  • be a shape-shifter who can easily absorb (and assist in) new contexts, team setups and ways of working

  • have a healthy dose of ambition and you use it in a positive way to grow together with our organisation and news media.

  • be eager to coordinate our IT architecture with us, across the borders of Belgium, the Netherlands and Denmark.

  • have experience with using TOGAF or are willing to invest time in a TOGAF certification


As the largest media company in the Netherlands, we are open to all talents in our society. We call on candidates with a diverse background - in the broadest sense of the word - to apply for this position. It’s the differences between colleagues that lead to surprising insights and innovative solutions. And that, in turn, fits very well with us as an organization. We are curious about you, your qualities, and your experience.

Will you be our new colleague? Then apply now!

Want to know more first? I would be happy to answer your questions via mark.van.dommelen@dpgmedia.nl.

We prefer to do our recruitment ourselves and do not need any help with this.

Even more reasons to work at DPG Media
At DPG Media, we work for more than 90 strong news brands, magazines, television shows, radio stations, and online services such as Qmusic, NU.nl, Tweakers, Libelle, and VTM. Although we look like a media group, we are really a tech company. We get digital transformation done.

We offer a high-performing tech workplace where we treasure freedom, from how you find solutions to choosing your path. Feel free to be an entrepreneur, an apprentice, a team player, and, of course, to be you. We welcome everyone to apply, whatever your background may be. A great bunch of smart colleagues awaits you and are eager for you to join the team, whether that be a project team, a pub quiz team, or a sports team.

Learn what we have to offer you or get to know our tech company! And while you’re at it, you can find us on LinkedIn and Twitter too.