Directorate Enterprise Architecture and Innovation
EPO The Hague (NL)
Effective use of information technology is a key factor in supporting the continued success and
sustainability of the European Patent Office (Office). The Office is investing strategically in innovative IT solutions to provide efficient and effective support for all aspects of the patent system, and its Information Management (IM) department has a
crucial role to play in this regard, being responsible for the provision of information services for Office staff and ones for external users.
Enterprise Architecture and Innovation is a newly formed team (directorate) reporting to the CIO of
the Office. Its primary mission is to ascertain and understand the Office’s strategy and the associated business requirements, to translate these into business and IT roadmaps, and to ensure that the products and services that are delivered through the
Office?s programmes and projects remain aligned with these.
The Office is currently undergoing a series of major transformations and the Enterprise Architecture and Innovation Directorate has a critical role to play in supporting the
successful delivery of ambitious programmes in technically challenging domains such as dynamic process management, semi-automated search, natural language processing, machine learning, dynamic dashboarding and interactive analytics. These programmes are
being delivered in the context of a radically changing infrastructure landscape and the opportunities presented by technology trends like big data, responsive web design, ubiquitous internet access and cloud computing.
looking for an experienced enterprise architect to join our team. As the successful candidate, you will work extensively with business and IT stakeholders throughout the Office to ascertain and understand the strategy and business requirements of its
various departments. You will contribute to the creation and maintenance of the longer term vision for the Office’s systems and services, including the creation of target architectures and the roadmaps needed to move towards these, and will communicate
and explain this vision to business and technical staff at a variety of levels.
You will also provide architectural guidance on projects ? in particular to the solution architects ? throughout the project lifecycle, offering a point of
escalation for critical issues and being involved in the architectural governance and approval activities around such projects. In addition, you will provide leadership in one or more of the interdepartmental architectural standards teams, driving the
standards process and ensuring that new technological opportunities are identified and where appropriate explored and exploited.
Throughout your work, you will be expected to contribute to the development and growth of the enterprise
architecture practice at the Office, advocating and communicating the principles behind such an approach and its value.
Specifically, your tasks will include the following:
? Work with the business areas and the Service Creation and
Service Operations teams to identify and rectify capability gaps and pain points within the current architecture
? Contribute to the drafting of roadmaps for architectural changes, working with the relevant business areas and the Service Creation
and Service Operations teams within IM to ensure that the rationale for recommended changes is understood and that roadmaps are realistic
? Define and support the principles that guide solution decisions for business-change and infrastructure
projects, in collaboration with other enterprise architects
? Design and maintain one or more domains of the enterprise architecture, based on analysis of all aspects of business strategy, requirements and context
? Support the development and
activities of a distributed pool of architects reporting to the Service Creation and/or Service Operations teams, guiding their work and assisting their development through coaching and mentoring
? Provide consultancy and governance to
business-change and/or infrastructure projects to ensure their compliance with the enterprise architecture
? Determine the potential impact of industry and market trends on the enterprise architecture, and make recommendations for changes and
? Document the enterprise architecture to reference architecture and framework standards
? Measure and communicate the benefits of the enterprise architecture to stakeholders (e.g. cost savings, capability provision, risk
management) to secure effective engagement and buy-in
? Co ordinate the identification of new innovation opportunities both in the business and technology domains and support the development of such opportunities
The ideal candidate will
? Proven experience in the development and maintenance of strategic and technology roadmaps to guide business and technology initiatives, ensuring that information, application and technology aspects of the enterprise architecture are driven by
the business imperatives of an organisation
? Extensive experience in establishing and working with enterprise architecture methodologies, processes and tools
? Experience in defining conceptual and logical architectural models and using these
to inform both business and IT stakeholders
? Proven extensive experience as an enterprise and solution/application architect
? Good understanding of enterprise architecture frameworks (for example TOGAF and/or Zachman)
? Experience in
providing strategy advice to a management team
? Strong practical knowledge of industry standard development and integration technologies
? Strong interpersonal skills, including teamwork, facilitation and negotiation
communication skills in English, both oral and written
? Ability to influence ? and gain the support of ? a wide range of stakeholders at all levels in the organisation
? A strategic minded approach, focusing on enabling change in support of
the Office’s business strategy
? A strong service-minded approach
It will also be an advantage to have
? Experience with business rule engines and knowledge of business rules
? Experience with advanced search solutions, indexing
technologies, natural language processing, machine learning
? Experience with large data warehouse and business intelligence implementations
? Experience with transitions towards strictly thin-client (web-based) user interfaces
knowledge of the following major COTS: SAP (in particular HR and FI modules), Microsoft Suite of collaboration tools (including SharePoint), SAS
? Broad knowledge of business processes including disaster recovery, business continuity and risk
? Experience in application portfolio rationalisation and legacy modernisation projects
Diploma of completed studies at university level, preferably in computer science, management of information
systems, or a related field or ? in exceptional cases ? equivalent professional experience. Excellent knowledge of one official language (English, French or German) and ability to understand the other two.
Applications from candidates with
excellent knowledge of one official language but able to understand only one of the other two may be considered, if they are willing to learn the third before starting work. In exceptional cases, the Office may alternatively consider offering a
fixed-term contract for a maximum of three years instead of permanent employment. Candidates recruited on that basis may be appointed as permanent employees if, no later than four months before expiry of the contract, they can demonstrate that they have
attained the level of knowledge of the third official language stipulated in the contract.
The successful candidate will be selected on the basis of qualifications, supplemented as appropriate by interviews and/or
Please apply online, using the online application form via the `Apply? button, reference number INT/EXT/5645.
Closing date: 6 May 2014.
As the second largest European organisation, the European Patent Office offers
a competitive salary, excellent social benefits and varied work in a modern international environment.
Agency calls not appreciated
Keywords: Enterprise Architecture, Information Architecture, Solution
Architecture, IT strategy.