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Director of Tech Architecture & Strategy

Location

Norway, Oslo

Location

Norway, Oslo

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2024-07-12

At Strawberry, we're on a quest to redefine the hospitality experience through innovation &  technology. In 2023 we launched our new mother brand, Strawberry, and we are transforming from a traditional hotel company to become a universe of offers and experiences towards our guests and customers. This will result in many new interesting development areas in the upcoming years and an opportunity to influence the company's future.

We’re on the hunt for an innovative Director of Tech Architecture & Strategy. Your mission is to set the overall strategy for the architecture and technical development of the Strawberry Tech Platform across business units, hotel chains, applications, technologies and business process areas and franchise! 

This role will be a part of the leadership group in Technology, and report directly to Senior Vice President Technology. You will not have any directly reporting staff, but will be a strategic role. 

What you will be doing:

  • Oversee Enterprise Architecture
  • Lead the development and implementation of the enterprise architecture framework, and ensure alignment of IT infrastructure and applications with overall business strategy.
  • Lead the architecture forum to support collaboration, knowledge sharing and continuous improvement among architects and other stakeholders.
  • Define architectural, data and integration principles for the platform
  • Coach the various architects and development teams according to the defined strategy and principles
  • Advice SVP Tech, leadergroup Tech and other relevant stakeholders in strategic technical matters
  • Create and lead a cross-functional forum, bringing together business and tech stakeholders to explore and implement technological solutions that enhance employee processes and workflows.
  • Evaluate and manage relationships with technology vendors and partners, in close collaboration with Tech Sourcing and System Owners
  • Work closely with the internal department, to make sure new development and Tech projects are run according to tech strategy and principles
  • Mitigate risks related to technology, services and architecture
  • Keep up to date with relevant development in technical areas
  • Actively take part in dialogues and projects that can improve Strawberry’s processes and result
  • Be involved in the companies technical recruitment processes

We are looking for a person with:

  • High ability to navigate, facilitate and motivate in a landscape with strong stakeholders and partly autonomous business units, including business units, such as Franchise 
  • A commercially driven mindset supporting the group’s business managers in increasing their revenue and profitability, while at the same time balancing information security risks against costs and perceived challenges in mitigating such risks. 
  • Strong storytelling skills, with the ability to communicate with both business people and technical specialists at different levels, in a non-technical language where required, and with focus on the impact for the person and business unit that you communicate with. 
  • Experience in inspiring and leading teams in a matrix organization and change process
  • Ability to drive and govern critical stakeholder management processes
  • Ability to clearly articulate messages up and down the organization to influence others and move toward a common vision.
  • Great active listening skills and ability to understand existing business processes
  • Ability to establish and maintain strong relationships
  • Able to work effectively at all levels in an organization
  • Ability to work in both teams and alone
  • Structured but with good people skills and ability to solve problems
  • Good understanding of English, written and oral
  • Security Clearance record

 

We think that you have: 

  • Master in Data Engineering or Business Administration and Leadership or relevant competence 
  • Experience from leading teams
  • Experience from handling vendors
  • Experience from bridging gaps between business and tech
  • Knowledge of ITIL and Scrum 
  • Knowledge of Project Management

What we can offer you:

  • A truly unique opportunity to be a part of a success story. In five years, you will proudly say “we did that”. 
  • A flat organization with trust and autonomy in your work. We are rebels that support innovation without imposing strict corporate rules.
  • Professional development and growth opportunities.
  • Plenty of social events including smaller gatherings with your team and huge get-togethers with the whole Strawberry family! 
  • Great benefits! In addition to our collective agreement, we also offer staff discounts and friends & family rates at our 200+ hotels. 

 

We do not offer a remote position, you will need to be based in our office in Stockholm or Oslo. 

 

If, after reading this job description, you thought, "Wow, they just described me," and felt a sensation in your stomach, then we would love to hear from you. Interviews will be held on a rolling basis, don’t wait to submit your application! 

 

We are Strawberry. With over 225 hotels, 120 restaurants, 20 spas and more, we create thousands of experiences every day. With urban Comfort Hotel®, warm Quality Hotel™, stylish Clarion Hotel® and cosy Clarion Collection® Hotel and more than 40 unique independent hotels, our guests can pick and choose. Our team of 17 000 passionate individuals from more than 120 countries is what makes up our company – diversity is what makes us grow! Strawberry is built on our core values: energy, courage and enthusiasm.

What’s in it for you?

As part of of Strawberry, you will get the best employee benefits of the industry.

A culture to cherish

A culture to cherish

Our people always make guests their top priority! Our warm and welcoming atmosphere creates the right setting for you to flourish and work your magic. You will get the freedom you need to perform your tasks and solve problems as they arise in the best way you see fit. A strong team spirit and family-feeling foster a culture of collaboration. And when there’s something to celebrate, we make sure to have some fun! In larger cities, we also regularly host after-work events to allow colleagues to mingle. How do we achieve all this you may wonder? We believe it’s down to the fact that we’re a diverse crowd full of energy, courage and enthusiasm. That’s how we create extraordinary experiences every single day!

A culture to cherish

Job security for peace of mind

Job security for peace of mind

When you work with us, we’ll take your whole life situation into consideration. We offer good job security through collective agreements and insurances, as well as paid parental leave, holiday leave, wellness allowance, attractive pension plans and competitive salaries. We’re there for you.

Job security for peace of mind

Room to grow

Room to grow

With more than 200 hotels across the Nordics, we offer you endless opportunities for career progression! Would you like to work full-time, part-time, a few hours here and there, or perhaps only a season? We have room for you, no matter where you’re at. We encourage creativity and curiosity, and we make every effort to foster a culture of learning for professional development. Ready to take your next career leap within the company? We applaud you and will help you achieve this! An academic degree isn't the most important thing for us. If you have the right mindset, we can certainly promise you a bright future!

Room to grow

Explore more

Explore more

We encourage you to get out and explore all that life has to offer! So, we always give numerous discounts to you and your friends and family at our hotels, bars and restaurants. As part of Strawberry, you get four FREE nights at our hotels each year* To remind you just how important you are, we’ll always do our best to offer you an upgrade! And on top of that, we’ve also partnered with other companies to give you sweet deals on air travel, charter holidays, car rental and lots more. 

*If you are employed on a contract for at least 20% of full-time working hours.

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Open mind, open hearts

Open mind, open hearts

Our heart beats for the world around us. To meet global challenges, we support the transition to clean energy, and we recently opened the first zero-energy hotel in the Nordics. We seek to use organic produce and have championed the elimination of unsustainable palm oil. We promote equal rights above all and are proud sponsors of Pride. Regardless of your ethnicity, gender, religious beliefs, disabilities or age - our doors are always open.

Open mind, open hearts

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