Lead Architect - Amsterdam

Amsterdam, NH, NL


Country: Netherlands 
City: Amsterdam
Req ID: 491890


About CRH

We are CRH, and we are committed to contributing to a more resilient and sustainable built environment. We understand the wider impact our businesses can make in supporting human activity. We continue to do this through the delivery of unique, superior building materials and products for use in road and critical utility infrastructure, commercial building projects and outdoor living solutions.


CRH is the leading provider of building materials solutions that build, connect and improve our world. Employing c.75,800 people at c.3,160 locations in 29 countries, CRH has market leadership positions in both North America and in Europe.


Without you noticing our products, we are everywhere you live, work, and relax.


Our project portfolio includes some of the most sustainable and cutting-edge building projects around the world. Think of the asphalt on the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit, the Paris Metro Rail project, but also the Louis Vuitton Museum in Paris, parts of the Burj Khalifa, and the Kennedy Space Centre.


Learn more about us through the following Link.


Position Overview
The role of IT Lead Architect is responsible for leading the team of Infrastructure Architects supporting the design, development, delivery and maintenance of IT products and services for the CRH business. They have demonstrable technology knowledge in their field, domain or specialism and are a vocal supporter for the architecture role/purpose, including building high quality products and services that efficiently meet the needs of CRH operating companies and functions . The role entails the sharing of knowledge and experience - blending technical knowledge, architecture and development skills. Infrastructure Architects have a breadth of understanding across a range of technical domains and depth of experience in at least one domain or specialism (see desirable).

Key Tasks and Responsibilities
In this role, you will be:

  • Delivering and managing technical design of a product or part of a shared platform.
  • Ensuring technical quality and adhering to architecture principles and road-maps.
  • Supporting development of the CRH IT organization by sharing best practice and reference architectures.
  • Engaging with other architects and engineering teams to implement the solutions needed by the business.
  • Delivering & ensuring product solutions and be accountable for product architecture in alignment with engineering.
  • Identifying, capturing, sharing and iterating reference patterns and architectures.
  • Implementing and sharing patterns to create reference architectures.
  • Creating innovative solutions and recommendations for improvement throughout the Service Design & Engineering function.
  • Governing, managing, and supporting a Technical Design Authority.
  • Partnering with colleagues to establish and enforce security best practices, including data encryption, identity and access management (IAM), and compliance with industry standards and regulations.
  • Collaborating with cross-functional teams, including developers, DevOps engineers, and security experts, to ensure seamless integration and operation of cloud solutions.
  • Creating and maintaining detailed documentation of cloud architecture, configurations, and procedures.


Key Characteristics

  • Critical thinker – is a problem solver and resolves conflicts
  • Strong communication skills – both oral and written skills as listening and presentation skills
  • Reliable – can be trusted with a challenging task
  • Passionate and dedicated – is energetic and eager to learn and develop others
  • Motivated – stays motivated and is able to deal with resistance

Individual Competencies
You are able to:

  • Drive Results - Consistently achieving objectives, even under tough circumstances, pushing self and others to accomplish goals
  • Have Courage - Stepping up to address difficult issues, saying what needs to be said.
  • Cultivate Innovation - Creating new and better ways for the organisation to be successful
  • Have a Strategic Mindset - Seeing ahead to future possibilities and translating them into breakthrough strategies
  • Attract and Develop Talent - Attracting, selecting, and developing talent to meet the organisation’s goals and needs
  • Be Resilient - Rebounding from setbacks and adversity when facing difficult situations
  • Collaborate - Building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives
  • Make Quality Decisions - Making good and timely decisions that keep the organisation moving forward
  • Drive Vision and Purpose - Painting a compelling picture of the vision and strategy that motivates others to action

Key Functional Competencies
You possess the following:

  • Analytical & driving results: assist in developing and deploying key governance, processes & procedures regarding hardware asset management
  • The ability to manage complex architectural landscapes in a federate organisation
  • Showcasing new ideas, innovate, stimulate adoption and provide insightful management reports 
  • Other competencies: persistent / strong communicator / pro-active / enthusiastic / fluent in English / good interpersonal skills

Experience / Education
You are/have:

  • In depth (5 years+) knowledge and working in an IT architecture role
  • Degree (or equivalent) level education level of education 
  • Working in cross-functional teams on a European or Global level in a federated model


Other (Key) Dimensions

  • Management of the delivery of our Europe IT hardware asset management strategy
  • Work with IT Teams, ServiceNow tower lead and hardware asset management analysts
  • Develop team members and provide direction
  • Aim for sustainable usage of our IT assets and align with our Europe Green IT Sustainability goals


Key stakeholders for this position are:

  • Head of IT Operations, Architecture Team, Demand Manager
  • IT Management Operating Companies (Virtual Community)
  • CRH Europe Procurement
  • CRH Europe IT Finance Team 
  • Europe IT Leadership Team
  • Internal audit
  • Group Information Security

What CRH Offers You

  • A culture that values opportunity for growth, development, and internal promotion

  • Highly competitive salary package

  • Comprehensive secondary benefits

  • Significant contribution to your pension plan

  • Health and wellness programs, including an on-site gym and fitness classes

  • Excellent opportunities to develop and progress with a global organization

Connect your future to CRH

We are curious to learn more about you. At CRH, we believe our mutual differences contribute to the healthy, productive, and enjoyable workspace we create. Please introduce yourself and send us your application.


Is this role not for you, but do you know someone who would love to join the team? Please let us know!


CRH finds it important that vacancies are shared to individuals that may find them interesting and/or could be suitable for the role


Please contact our recruitment team at careers@crh.com.


CRH is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an inclusive work environment for all employees and actively encourage applications from all sectors of the community.


Benefits/perks listed above may vary depending on the nature of the employment with CRH and the country where you work.


Please note that we cannot accept any applications submitted through email for GDPR purposes. Candidates must apply through our job portal.


We do not accept candidate introductions for this position from recruitment agencies, unless you have been instructed to do so by our recruitment team.


Date:  21 Apr 2024

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