IT Director / Head of Tech - Merchandise, Master Data Management & Finance

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IT Director / Head of Tech - Merchandise, Master Data Management & Finance

  • Zaandam
  • Bachelor
  • Technology
  • Bachelor
  • Albert Heijn Support
  • The Netherlands
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FoodTech is hot! If you’re looking for a challenging senior tech leadership role with impact and scale, but you don’t want to move away from solving tech challenges and working with engineers daily, keep reading.

About how we fill the plates of more than 6 million customers

Albert Heijn goes way back; more than 130 years, to be exact. For millions of people, food shopping is synonymous with the Albert Heijn brand. We didn’t achieve this with a complacent, ‘hey, if it works today, it’ll work tomorrow’ approach, but by continually rethinking our propositions and staying plugged in to customer demands.

  • Over 16 million transactions per week? Check.
  • Over 20 million assortment changes per day? Check.
  • Over 2 million promo calculations for 500 thousand customers per day in over 1,200 stores? Check.
  • The leading food tech platform? Check.

We build it, we run it and we love it.


So, what’s next?

We want to accelerate our transition into a hybrid Food & Tech company by leveraging data and technology to future-proof grocery shopping. Our goal is to make better food more easily accessible to everyone. At AH Technology, you team up with inspiring peers in the data, digital and tech domains. A community of diverse individuals who share a common purpose: to engineer solutions that make shopping simpler and more inspiring, both online and in our stores. We invest heavily in tech. That includes investing in your career! Are you ready to reinvent the way millions of people buy and enjoy their food?


The job

As the new Head of Tech of Merchandise, Master Data Management and Finance, you will be responsible for providing strategic and technical leadership to one of Albert Heijn’s core retail technology product clusters. You will lead a diverse team of more than 100 talented and ambitious software engineers, QA engineers, engineering managers, project managers and solution consultants working in 14 DevOps and project teams based in several countries including The Netherlands, India, Portugal, Romania and Poland. These teams work with Kotlin, React, Oracle and Outsystems. They expose key retail data to various parts of Albert Heijn through Mulesoft and Kotlin APIs and Kafka streams and our data platform.

You are a seasoned and ambitious technology leader with an engineering background, you put your people first and have a strong sense of responsibility. You focus on making your teams and tech solutions better every day, driving innovation and developing cutting edge tech solutions for Albert Heijn. You will report to the Director of Albert Heijn’s Retail & Business Services Technology Platform.


Your key responsibilities include:

  • Technical Strategy and Vision: Define and execute the technical strategy and vision for your product cluster, aligning it with the overall architectural guidelines, AH Tech Objectives and Key Results and business objectives. Stay abreast of industry trends, emerging technologies, and competitor offerings to drive innovation and maintain a competitive edge.
  • Team Leadership: Manage and inspire your team of talented software engineers, tech leads, engineering managers, solution consultants, product owners, product managers, and other professionals. Foster a collaborative and high-performance culture, providing guidance, mentorship, and support to drive their professional growth. Encourage innovation and facilitate knowledge sharing within the team.
  • Software Development Lifecycle: Oversee the entire software development lifecycle, from requirements gathering to deployment and ongoing maintenance. Ensure the adoption of best practices, methodologies, and tools to optimize efficiency, quality, and delivery timelines. Champion agile development processes and continuous improvement within the team.
  • Technical Architecture: You implement and maintain the technical architecture and infrastructure of your system landscape, ensuring scalability, security, cost effectiveness and performance. Collaborate with architects and engineers to design robust and scalable solutions that meet business requirements.
  • Cross-functional Collaboration: Collaborate closely with Product Management, Merchandise & Sourcing and Finance business stakeholders, Strategy & Analytics, Platform Enablement and Engineering Enablement teams to ensure seamless integration and alignment of technology with product roadmaps. Work with stakeholders to understand their needs, gather feedback, and drive the delivery of innovative features and enhancements.
  • Quality Assurance and Testing: Establish and maintain quality assurance processes and standards to ensure the delivery of reliable and secure, bug-free software. Implement automated testing frameworks and tools to streamline the testing process and improve overall product quality.
  • Technology Partnerships: Identify and evaluate strategic technology partnerships, vendors, and third-party integrations that can enhance the capabilities and offerings of the software development platform. Foster strong relationships with key partners, take part in partner governance structures and manage collaboration.
  • Risk Management and Compliance: Identify and mitigate technical risks and challenges that could impact your technology platform's performance, security, or stability. Implement robust security measures and ensure compliance with industry standards and regulations and Ahold Delhaize policies.
  • Budget and Cost Management: Manage the annual budgets and costs for your product cluster. This includes planning and watching over both change and run costs for people, services and technology assets.


Your profile

  • A technology related Masters degree, extensive hands on engineering experience plus a minimum of 5 years of relevant engineering management experience within the tech domain, directly and indirectly managing large groups of engineers
  • Proven knowledge of recent and modern applied architectures, techniques, methods, products and services within the field of working (e.g. microservices architecture, cloud technologies, Kafka streaming). This means: permanent education in these areas
  • Relevant experience with Agile, DevOps, CI/CD, release management in a complex (multi-vendor) environment
  • Elaborate project management experience
  • Knowledge and experience with budgeting and cost responsibility processes in a corporate environment
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills
  • Strong leadership and management skills and experience
  • Ability to challenge subject matter experts content wise
  • Strong stakeholder management skills
  • English and Dutch professional working proficiency


Our Offer

  • A gross annual salary of € 94-124K (including holiday pay), attractive bonus, stock options plus a first-rate pension plan with a personal contribution of just 6.2% and an electic company car (or car allowance);
  • The development and career prospects you associate with a global player: best-in-class coaching, well-constructed growth paths and international, cross-brand career options
  • 20 vacation days, supplemented by a personal budget: take an additional 12.5 days off, opt for discounts, or simply take the cash
  • Flexible working hours, hybride way of working
  • Travel allowance (or NS traject business card) , discounts on health insurance and groceries
  • The chance to drive meaningful change – healthy, affordable, sustainably produced food matters – on a truly global scale Membership in a lively and diverse tech community

Interested? Apply below or contact Clifford Haakmeester, Tech Recruiter via 

matters to us?

Ahold Delhaize is one of the world’s largest food retail groups and a leader in both supermarkets and e-commerce. Together, we help people eat well, save time and live better – it’s how we make a difference. And we do it because we care: for our customers, our people and the world around us.

Be courageous

"I realized how much impact you can truly have as an individual, working for such a huge international company.”

Live wholeheartedly 

“The support this company has always offered means the world to me."

Keep growing

“I feel the freedom to show initiative, propose changes and try new things. Having that freedom gave me wings to fly.”

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What our selection
process looks like?



Share your enthusiasm for Ahold Delhaize or of our great local brands — explain why do you want to work for us and how you can add value. Your goal is to engage the hiring manager and to get them thinking about you as a potential new hire. Give it your all!


Job interview(s)

After you have been selected and depending on the role, you will be invited for one or more job interviews. The job interview, which is a two way conversation, will take place online (via Teams) or at the office. You will be informed by the recruiter. This is your moment to shine (but you always do ofcourse)


Online Assessment

When both parties would like to continue the conversation you will be invited for an online assessement, also known as pre-employment tests. The purpose of the test is helping hiring manager determine whether a candidate has the skills, work style, knowlegde of personality to succeed in a the role. 


Job Offer

We are thrilled to get you onboard and would like to offer you the job. In this phase we start the conversation about the details which comes with the job, such as compensation, benefits and other contract details. 


Welcome the Ahold Delhaize family

We do our utmost for you to feel at home, heard and valued and encourage you to be courageous, live wholehearted and keep growing. Therefore, we start the (pre)onboarding process as soon as you accepted the job offer. This process includes a technical and functional onboarding within Ahold Delhaize or our great familiy of local brands. 

Need help with application or orientation?

Hello, send me a message and I'll be happy to help you

Clifford Haakmeester

Clifford Haakmeester

Talent Acquisition Partner

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