Kafka Engineer

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Kafka Engineer

  • Zaandam
  • Bachelor
  • Technology
  • Bachelor
  • Albert Heijn Support
  • The Netherlands
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How you can
make a difference

We are seeking a highly skilled Kafka Platform Engineer to join our Engineering Enablement Platform team. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in designing, implementing, and managing Kafka platforms to ensure high availability, scalability, and performance. As a Kafka Platform Engineer, you will play a critical role in enhancing our event-driven architecture and enabling our engineering teams to leverage Kafka effectively.


This is how you will reinvent food retail.

  • Design and architect scalable Kafka clusters that meet business requirements.
  • Develop and maintain best practices for Kafka infrastructure, ensuring high availability and fault tolerance.
  • Install, configure, and manage Kafka clusters, including brokers, Zookeepers, producers, and consumers.
  • Monitor and troubleshoot Kafka clusters to ensure optimal performance and reliability.
  • Implement Kafka security configurations and policies, including SSL, SASL, and Kerberos.
  • Analyze and tune Kafka performance metrics to ensure low-latency and high-throughput.
  • Optimize Kafka configurations for various workloads and use cases.
  • Develop and maintain tools for automating Kafka cluster management tasks.
  • Integrate Kafka with monitoring and alerting systems to proactively address issues.
  • Provide expertise and support to engineering teams using Kafka, assisting with application design and troubleshooting.
  • Conduct root cause analysis of Kafka-related incidents and implement preventive measures.
  • Create and maintain comprehensive documentation for Kafka operations, best practices, and guidelines.
  • Conduct training sessions and workshops to enable engineering teams to effectively use Kafka.
  • Work closely with cross-functional teams, including DevOps, Security, and Software Engineering, to ensure seamless Kafka integration and operation.
  • Communicate effectively with stakeholders to understand requirements and provide status updates.
  • Migration from Strimzi to Confluent


Your new team and office.
Together with your team you will work on inspiring projects to accelerate our transition into a hybrid Food & Tech company. We want to leverage data and technology to future-proof food shopping and give our customers the accessibility to healthy food more easily available for everyone. At Albert Heijn, you team up with inspiring peers in the data, digital and tech domains. A community of diverse individuals who share a common goal; to create digital solutions that make (online) shopping simpler and more inspiring. Are you ready to reinvent the way millions of people buy and enjoy their food? We invest heavily in data, digital and tech. And that includes investing in your career! Our teams work in a hybrid way: both from home as well as in the office. We are located right next to the train station of Zaandam. 


We think it’s important to be part of an high-belonging team; a team where you can be yourself and feel safe, accepted and appreciated. For this job we are preferably looking for someone who brings diversity in our team, in the widest possible sense. Someone who is a great addition to our team by bringing other ideas to the table. Don’t check all the boxes? Don’t worry, we probably don’t either 😉. Don’t hesitate to apply if you think you are up for the challenge, we’re happy to have a look at your resume!


What we offer.

At Albert Heijn we aim to grow, and this is only possible if you grow along with us. As we work together to build our brand and your career, you can count on (based on 40 hours per week): 

  • An annual salary up to 100K including holiday allowance and a flexible bonus. Depending on your level of seniority and experience;  
  • A minimum of 20 days paid vacation, optionally 12.5 days extra. Do you want to take that extra time off, or would you rather convert the extra days into discounts or sell them for cash? You’re the end boss!; 
  • Flexible working hours; 
  • Access to a challenging training curriculum – AH Tech Academy; 
  • An excellent pension plan where we as an employer contribute 4,5 more than you as an employee;  
  • A travel allowance or a NS-business card for traveling to and from Zaandam by train; 
  • Attractive discounts on various insurance policies; 
  • 10% staff discount on groceries in all Albert Heijn stores, to a maximum of €300 per year; 
  • A free Mijn Albert Heijn Premium membership with many benefits;
  • A company laptop and telephone.


The recipe for maximum impact

  • 5+ years of experience working with Apache Kafka in a production environment.
  • Strong understanding of Kafka internals, including architecture, replication, partitioning, and consumer groups.
  • Experience with Kafka Connect, Kafka Streams, and KSQL.
  • Proficiency in scripting languages such as Python, Bash, or similar.
  • Familiarity with containerization and orchestration tools like Docker and Kubernetes.
  • Experience with cloud platforms such as AWS, GCP, or Azure.
  • Solid understanding of networking, security, and systems administration.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent communication and collaboration abilities.
  • Already located in The Netherlands.


Nice to have: 

  • Hands-on experience with *Confluent Cloud* or Strimzi
  • Experience with GitHub actions or similar
  • Experience with Pullumi or other IaC
  • Experience with schema management and serialization formats like Avro, Protobuf, and JSON.
  • Knowledge of other messaging systems like RabbitMQ, ActiveMQ, or similar.
  • Certification in Kafka or related technologies.

We’re Albert Heijn, food retail reinventors. 🚀
Albert Heijn goes way back. More than 135 years, to be exact. So 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. More than 125,000 colleagues? Check. Over 1,250 stores in the Netherlands and Flanders? Check. The leading online food retail platform? Check, we build, run and love it.  


Together we make eating better the easy choice. For everyone.

The world around us has changed, and significantly at that. These changes have impact on the lives of our customers, colleagues and partners. And therefore, also on Albert Heijn. We’re moving towards a new world with new opportunities and challenges. Albert Heijn wants more people to eat fresher, healthier and more sustainable food. Eating brings us together, keeps us healthier and contributes positively to the world. Our mission is: Together we make eating better the easy choice. For everyone.


Ready to contribute to our mission?

Do you want to play an active role in changing the food retail landscape as we know it? Then hop on board and join us on our expedition. Would you like to learn more first, before you apply to Albert Heijn? We’re happy to tell you everything about this vacancy! An assessment will be part of our selection process.



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.”

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?

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Alexandra Smelt

Talent Acquisition Partner

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