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Backend Architect

Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands

Backend Architect

  • WE00622
  • Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands

About us


Fontem Ventures, a subsidiary of Imperial Brands plc, is a leader in vaping technology and owns e-vapour brand blu. Headquartered in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and with its research & development centre in Liverpool, UK, Fontem Ventures develops and commercialises vaping products under the blu brand. The rapid growth of vaping is a consumer-driven revolution, based on a whole range of different motivations, which is fundamentally changing social habits and lifestyles.



We're a truly international company, fourth largest in our industry and operating across 120 markets. An inclusive, innovative global FMCG business supported by over 27,500 employees. As we embrace a new era of growth, we are transforming. Our ways of working and culture are driven by a challenger mindset, constantly questioning the status quo. Our agility and entrepreneurial spirit, alongside award winning development programmes, enable innovation and success while creating exciting and rewarding career choices.

As we move forward, our customers will be at the heart of what we do, evolving to needs and expectations and committing to a more meaningful contribution to harm reduction by building a successful NGP business. Integral to our long-term success is our sustainability strategy, behaving responsibly and supporting our ambitions, all underpinned by high governance.

Encouraging inclusion at local levels and supporting a developing and robust diversity agenda globally, we’re fully committed to creating and maintaining an environment that celebrates and respects difference.

The role

The role of Back End Architect at Fontem Ventures Amsterdam sits in our global e-commerce platform. It forms part of the overall global technology leadership team. Your role will involve building strong relationships with other functions and the wider business. You will be a critical member of the team, contributing to the success of the overall function. The Back End Architect is expected to work in an agile fashion and have a close working relationship with the various product teams to ensure high application reliability, scalability and availability.  

In this role you are responsible for helping leaders enable their current- and future-state capabilities. You’ll help to drive organization's targeted outcomes, applying architecture principles and practices to guide organizations through the business, information, process, and technology changes necessary to execute their strategies. As Back End Architect, you will help design and build a long term, integrated technology roadmap, governance model, and architectural standards that are aligned with key business objectives and enable simplicity, agility and quality of our development and infrastructure platform.

Key accountabilities

  • Design implementation of end-to-end integrated systems;
  • Apply in-depth technical know-how to develop and maintain and planned state architectural blueprints;
  • Work with the engineering product teams to ensure that the blueprint is executed as planned;
  • Communicate architectural decisions to stakeholders and key partners;
  • Provide guidance and technical leadership on software architecture and design to software development teams;
  • Develop architecture that is inherently secure, robust, scalable, modular, API-centric and global;
  • Collaborate with the business to evaluate business goals, identify business problems, and propose solutions;
  • Support the rationalization and optimization of the technology portfolio and investments;
  • Support the executives and key stakeholders in the identification of priorities, cost effectiveness and technically sound approaches;
  • Facilitate open communication and fact-based, data-driven decision making;
  • Initiate the use of industry standard processes and frameworks, and promote the adherence to internal control practices.

Skills & experience

  • Advanced knowledge of technology architecture in e-commerce, with proven design skills;
  • Strong communication skills and ability to distill complicated topics for a broader, non-technical audiences;
  • Proven experience working in cloud first (native) environments;
  • Experience with .NET Core, C# and Kubernetes;
  • Experience with microservice architectures, preferable Orleans;
  • Excellent understanding of asynchronous programming;
  • Strong understanding of security best practices and data protection;
  • Experience with deployment and orchestration technologies;
  • Experience with Azure cloud platform;
  • Knowledge of CI/CD best practices;
  • Excellent computer science foundations (data structures, algorithms, software design);
  • Proven hands on experience with distributed, message driven systems;
  • Experience with architecting solutions for highly scalable, highly available systems is required;
  • Proven track record working in a cross-functional, agile team;
  • Self-starter with entrepreneurial mindset.

What we offer

Fontem offers a competitive package of salary, bonus scheme, pension and 25 days holiday (with an additional 4 days on top to cover the Christmas period and bank holidays).

Next steps

Interested applicants should apply with their current CV highlighting their suitability for the role.

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