Solution architect

The Reference is a committed digital agency of 160 creative thinkers, driven by knowledge and craftsmanship. Our clients refer to us as a bunch of lovely and intelligent people. We share a collaborative culture in which we leverage our expertise and unleash our creativity in every aspect of our work. This allows us to open up digital opportunities in numerous verticals and businesses. That's why A-brands and other market leaders have been considering us trusted advisors for many years.

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As a Digital Solution Architect, you will help our clients envision and create a reliable digital architecture. Drawing on your experience and background, you are able to position a customer engagement platform within the global digital landscape, and you know the best way to integrate with other systems and digital channels.

- You will present your architecture and approach to the client during the presales phase

- You will then guide the project team during implementation

- You will work closely with sales, and share your expertise not just with the other digital solution architects, but also with the implementation teams

- You will work closely together with the Enterprise Architects of the customer and The Reference

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- You are familiar with the concept of MACH based architectures.

- You have experience with headless/API based solutions such as headless CMS, Frontend framework based development (React, Vue, Angular, ...).

- You are an all-rounder, with technical understanding, and your main focus these days is on how systems can work together effectively. You are thus less concerned with the actual implementation of these combinations.

- You have a broad knowledge of various systems, and focus on their technical interaction. This ranges from CRM systems via analytics data marts to marketing automation platforms.

- You are a good listener, and gain a proper understanding of the client’s needs before translating them into a solution.

- You have a highly analytical mind and can present and champion a solution to clients with the necessary commercial flair, including in a presales phase. You have experience of estimating the cost of implementing a solution.

- You are client-focused, and communicate fluently with both technical and non-technical audiences. You have a positive attitude, enjoy working with others and are quick to see the bigger picture.

- You are familiar with the various digital channels and their most commonly used products and solutions.

- You have a command of the fundamentals of a service-oriented architecture, which you are able to outline and defend. You have a thorough knowledge of data modelling (both object models and data flow modelling).

- You have a basic knowledge of network and server infrastructure, and the capabilities of cloud-based computing (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS).

- You are familiar with the concepts of CRM, ERP and other systems often found in a solution architecture.

- Actual experience with MACH architectures is a plus.

- You have good presentation skills.

- You have an excellent knowledge of Dutch and English.


We are one of Belgium’s most successful digital agencies, part of the international Emakina Group, but with its own DNA.

You will be one of the key figures in a young and dynamic team where there is plenty of scope for personal initiative.

We give you the opportunity to develop your talent further. We provide an L&D budget and the necessary time to hone your skills and expertise.

Your welfare is important to us. We ensure a healthy work-life balance and the necessary relaxation, at our company parties and legendary boardgame nights, for example.

Work from our agile offices (Ghent & Antwerp) or from home (60%). Whatever you want!

Last but not least… an attractive salary with lots of fringe benefits, such as a company car, meal vouchers, group and health insurance, bike lease, extra days leave, …

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