Vacancy Enterprise Architect Higher Education

The Architectural Council Higher Education (AB HO) is looking for several Enterprise Architects to work together with higher education institutions, on the development of a 'state of the art' reference architecture for colleges and universities. Do you want to use your expertise to contribute to this?

  • Level of education: HBO+/WO
  • Location: Utrecht
  • Number of hours: 32-40
  • Closing date: August 26th, 2022

About SURF and the Architectural Council Higher Education team

SURF is the collaboration organisation for IT for Dutch education and research. SURF works with educational and research institutions on IT facilities and IT innovation in order to make optimum use of the opportunities afforded by digitisation.

AB HO is the platform on which higher education institutions collaborate to develop working with architecture within the institution. AB HO helps governors, directors, and managers to make better decisions based on overview and insight, with the aim of steering towards a coherent organisation of the institution and the higher education sector as a whole.

Higher education (HE) institutions are increasingly faced with increasing complexity in the provision of information and digitalization of their education, research, and operations. Developments at institutions such as internationalization, making education more flexible, research in consortiums, mutual collaboration and information exchange, valorization, and digitization of business processes contribute to this complexity, but also developments in IT such as cloud computing and mobile computing, or in the legal area with privacy laws and regulations. To manage this complexity in the provision of information and digitization, in the light of the strategic objectives of the institution, Architecture and the use of standards provide the necessary support.

What does the job entail?

As Enterprise Architect of the AB HO you are responsible for the further development and propagation of the Higher Education Reference Architecture (HORA). For this purpose, we are looking for a new colleague. As an enterprise architect, you'll help the institutions and the sector make the digital facilities to be developed coherent and future-proof. You will develop new themes in collaboration with many other partners and institutions with different interests. As an enterprise architect, you thus make an important social contribution to themes such as digital transformation, innovation, agility, security, sustainability and public values in the sectors of education and research.

Your place as an Enterprise Architect

The Enterprise Architects of the AB HO find their place at SURF in Utrecht and fall hierarchically under the lead architect of the SURF architecture team. Together with the SURF architect team, they report to the SURF board. The AB HO architect team also collaborates closely with the institutional architects who together form the Higher Education Architects' Council.

What are you going to do exactly?

As an Enterprise Architect:

  • You translate the strategic goals of the HO sector into frameworks, guidelines and principles of architecture;
  • You help elaborate roadmaps and development calendars to realize these goals;
  • You translate the frameworks of the sector architecture into impact for the various projects of the institutions and sector partners;
  • You act as an advisor to policymakers at sector partners, institutions, and SURF, but also to colleagues throughout the sector regarding IT policy and architecture.

We ask

  • HBO+/Academic work and thinking level;
  • Extensive experience in the field of enterprise architecture and large system landscapes;
  • Able, together with many actors, to develop vision and policy and make the translation to projects;
  • Experience with modelling business processes and functional specification;
  • Experience in translating objectives into a coherent information architecture, application architecture and technical architecture;
  • Experience in leading workshops, presentations and knowledge sessions;
  • Decisive, results-oriented and communicative skills;
  • Excellent command of the Dutch and English languages.

We offer

  • A varied and challenging job for 32-40 hours (0.8 - 1.0 FTE) in an informal and collegial atmosphere with a high level of ambition;
  • SURF offers extensive training opportunities and excellent fringe benefits;
  • We have a junior position and a more medior position available. The junior position, depending on experience, has a salary range of € 3.676, to € 6.034 euro gross based on full time per month. The medior position, depending on experience, has a salary range of €4.899, to €6.998 euro gross based on full-time per month;
  • 8.33% holiday allowance, a fixed year-end bonus of 8.33%;
  • 36 holiday days per year (on the basis of a 40-hour work week);
  • An NS Business Card 1st class;
  • Our Utrecht office is located at walking distance from Utrecht CS.


Send your motivation and resume to You can apply until August 26th, 2022 at the latest.

Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.

More information


  • For questions about this position, please contact Tom van Veen at +31 88 787 30 00 as of August 1st, 2022.
  • For questions about the procedure, please contact HR adviser Romanda Lebbink at / 06-39836267 as from August st, 2022.