job opening Platform Strategy Manager

Platform Strategy Manager

Are you eager to support the further growth of ACA Group? Do you have experience in defining and developing successful platforms that integrate multiple commercial software products or services? 

Then you're the Platform Strategy manager we're looking for!

job opening Platform Strategy Manager

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Your role at ACA

As a Platform Strategy Manager, you will be the key advisor for customers to conceive and implement their platform strategy.  You provide strategic thinking and leadership in platform engagements that create compelling value for customers while leveraging ACA's cross Business unit solutions. By empowering ACA teams you will continuously deliver undeniable competitive advantage, contributing to the growth and scale of our evolving business.

Your responsibilities:

  • You own the maturation and evolution of our customers’ technical and business strategy framework within the scope of our expertise.
  • You collaborate with other colleagues during the sales process to develop proposals and present to senior client stakeholders.
  • You develop a business-driven strategy that is forward looking and challenges the status quo.
  • You help the customer define their key portfolio objectives and ensure the role of platform capabilities and practice activities in supporting delivery.
  • You ensure, in the solutioning phase, that the proposed strategy justifies investment, even when the problem space shifts.
  • You keep a broad view over the different projects which are part of the platform implementation.
  • You work with the customer to drive platform and practice adoption; you establish metrics and ensure measurement and value storytelling are in place.
  • You make sure a vision for the architecture is made and the organizational change is executed upon by the customer.
  • When integrating with vendors, you ensure inclusion of their systems (a part or an extension of the platform), as part of architectural considerations for the platform being built (avoid “black boxes”)
  • You put in place feedback cycles and measurement approaches for monitoring feasibility of the proposed strategy; you use these to make necessary trade-offs, if required depending on team competence, experience, risk appetite and delivery timelines.

Do you have what it takes?

Hard skills

  • You hold a Master's degree in IT or engineering
  • You have 10+ years of experience in technology-powered domains as either a product manager, project manager, program manager, data engineer, data scientist,...
  • You have a demonstrated understanding of the techniques and methods of modern product discovery, development and delivery
  • You have proven ability to establish and nurture relationships with senior executives across the organization and with the customer (stakeholders)
  • You are able to define, represent and explain the value proposition and high-level implementation approach of the enterprise wide platform strategy, the need for investment in forward thinking and technical solutions that challenge the status quo and position the customer for industry leadership and success, ROI, etc.
  • You have organizational leadership experience in long term road mapping, organizational transformation and change management
  • Optional: you have experience with the Platform Design Toolkit Methodology.

Soft skills

  • You thrive in situations where you are given little to no direction and have the ability to lead, organize and deliver commitments on time and within budget
  • You are resilient in ambiguous situations and can adapt your role in order to approach challenges from multiple perspectives; you don’t shy away from risks, instead, you take them on and skillfully manage them
  • You genuinely enjoy interacting with colleagues from across the organization and have a knack for communicating technical concepts to non technical audiences
  • You love creating robust, scalable, flexible and relevant solutions that help transform businesses and industries
  • You work in a collaborative way with other strategic subject matter experts and can synthesize an overall strategy based on the input from multiple experts
  • You have a demonstrated ability to figure out solutions to hard problems with many constraints, using sound judgment to assess risks and to lay out your arguments in a well-structured, data-informed manner

Our application process

From candidate to colleague: this framework will give you a general idea of the different steps in our interview process.

Fill in the application form
We will take a look at your CV, and the responsible recruiter will contact you ASAP. To get to know each other and your skills better, we’ll give you a call.
Interview time
If the phone call went well for both of us, we’ll invite you to an interview with a technical colleague to dive deeper into your resume.
We’ll make you an offer
If the interview went well, we’ll make you an offer!
Welcome to the team
Yay! You’re officially part of the ACA team now. We’re looking forward to working together!

What's working at ACA like?

    Innovative work environment
    You will work with the newest tech & tools, in an innovative environment with flexible hours and working-from-home arrangement.
    Customized salary package
    An attractive salary, a company car*, meal vouchers, expense allowance, MacBook Pro and more.
    * ACA wants to contribute as much as possible to a sustainable environment. The expansion of an exclusively electric vehicle fleet is an important factor. We want 98% of our vehicle fleet to be electric by 2025!
    Learn & grow
    At ACA, everyone has an evolution coach and an on-the-job coach. You’ll have a personal evolution plan with technical & professional training budget and plenty of career & learning opportunities.
  • We’ve got your back
    We provide an elaborated health and insurance plan to cover your needs. It’s our priority to keep our employees as happy as possible. We do this by providing a good work-life balance, providing the right tools, and so on.
  • Our unique company culture
    You’ll be part of a passionate and hardworking team that is proud of their realizations. ACA is a place with teamwork, openness, knowledge sharing and peer recognition as key values.
  • Employee centricity
    We are a team-driven company that knows how to contribute and make fun in a professional environment. Because a great and motivated team is only possible if you can also relax together. That’s why we provide plenty of opportunities both inside and outside the office and organize an awesome ACA-weekend every year!

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