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Principal Architect

Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands

Principal Architect

Amsterdam | North Holland | Netherlands

About us

At Fontem Ventures our purpose is to deliver a better alternative to smokers around the world.

Fontem Ventures is an innovative consumer goods company and, as the owner of the e-vapour brand blu, a leader in vaping technology. Our business is headquartered in Amsterdam with more than 200 employees working across head office and , Fontem US in Charlotte  with research labs in Liverpool, Hamburg and Beijing.


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Join a team looking to change the world of smokers! We want passionate leaders who believe in the same values we do, that smokers deserve better alternatives. We’re proud that we offer smokers a better alternative to cigarettes and you should be, too. If not, this just won’t be a good fit for your talents.  


Still interested? Then let’s find out what your new job will look like.

The role

As our Principal Architect you provide strategic architecture leadership and design for the entirety of our platform and development teams. You are performance driven go-to technology expert of the organization, fully aligned with the key business goals and objectives. The Principal Architect designs, develops and delivers architectural roadmap critical to the business strategy and growth, as well as ensures these solutions land within the organization by communicating them to senior leadership, key stakeholder and the development teams.


  • Cultivate relationships with business stakeholders
  • Design and oversee implementation of end-to-end integrated systems
  • Develop and maintain current and planned state architectural blueprints
  • Identify the organizational resources, structures and cultural change necessary to support the overall architecture
  • Communicate architectural designs and standards to senior management, governance bodies, and key partners.
  • Provide guidance and technical leadership on software architecture and design to software development teams by referencing and enforcing standard methodologies and path.
  • Mentor colleagues on architecture frameworks, technology excellence and best practices
  • Collaborate with the business to evaluate business goals, identify business problems, and propose solutions.
  • Lead open communication and fact-based, data-driven decision making
  • Function with autonomy and demonstrate influence
  • Define global platform principles and standards
  • Provides leadership across the architecture community to ensure solutions are built in alignment with platform principles and standards.

Skills & experience

  • Excellent communication skills and ability to distill complicated topics for a broader, non-technical audiences
  • Strong experience working in cloud first (native) environments.
  • Excellent experience with .NET Core, C# and Kubernetes.
  • Exceptional experience with distributed, message-based systems
  • Demonstrable track record with microservice architectures, preferable Orleans.
  • Excellent understanding of asynchronous programming.
  • Great understanding of security best practices and data protection.
  • Experience with deployment and orchestration technologies.
  • Experience with Azure cloud platform.
  • Proven experience of CI/CD best practices.
  • Excellent computer science foundations (data structures, algorithms, software design).
  • Proven track record working in a cross-functional, agile team.
  • Strategic leadership and expertise
  • Solid ability to mentor colleagues
  • Ability to drive innovation in line with architecture standards and strategy
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate architectural designs and standards to senior management, governance bodies, and key partners
  • Strong multi-functional communication and collaboration skills
  • Proven hands on experience with distributed, message driven systems
  • Experience with architecting solutions for highly scalable, highly available systems is required
  • Self-starter with entrepreneurial mindset

Next steps

If you’d like to apply for this position or find out more about the role then please apply below and someone from the Recruitment team will be in touch shortly.

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