Lead Platform Engineer R&D

Job description

ERIKS Digital is looking for an experienced Engineering Manager

Within ERIKS Digital we are developing platforms to support four product domains (Customers, Pre-Sales & Sales, Suppliers & CoE, Supply chain & Finance). Our customer facing propositions are based on proprietary software or build from the ground up by using innovative technologies.

Our Smart Asset Management Platform is a paid platform to provide actionable insights on critical parts at our customers facilities. The product has enormous potential with new concepts in IoT, AI, ML, etc.

As our Lead Platform Engineer R&D you will be involved in multiple platforms with strong focus next year in the Smart Asset Management Platform. Your primary focus is on R&D type of projects and less day-to-day feature development. You will work directly with senior business stakeholders and the Product Manager of SAM in driving the R&D for the platform and develop PoCs for new solutions. When PoCs are successful, they will be picked up by the Product Manager and matured by the SAM platform team. You will work closely with our Data Engineers in the Data Office to support the development of your PoCs.

The role has no people management, but in some projects, you can have technical leadership while developing PoCs with other colleagues. As the primary focus for next year is on SAM, you will work on R&D for other platforms as well. Though the R&D focus is key for future development, we have to consider delivery in reasonable timeframes and costs.

You will be reporting to our Head of Digital Platform Customers.

Job duties and responsibilities

  • Driving R&D with PoCs in close collaboration with our senior Business Stakeholders and Product Managers.
  • Defining innovative solutions and assessing them with PoCs
  • Having an innovative out of the box solution driven mentality
  • Handling professional communication with all (senior) stakeholders involved
  • Able to solve technical challenges
  • Able to properly handover POCs to platform teams for maturing a concept


We are looking for someone with:

  • >5 years of experience in working with Java
  • Thorough understanding of Spring and its core principles (data, security, contracts, etc)
  • Familiarity with RESTful APIs
  • Relevant experience with cloud development platforms. Azure platform a big plus
  • Strong TDD mindset - unit, integration and E2E
  • Experienced in our preferred stack
    • Java + Spring
    • Testing with Junit, Mockito
    • Git
  • The following is a plus:
    • Azure Service BUS
    • .NET
    • Oauth2 & Azure AD
    • Swagger
    • Docker
    • Highly decoupled systems implementation patterns
    • Serverless / FAAS paradigm
    • Experience in leading Front End developers operating in the React stack

Personal competence:

  • Enjoys working within a scrum team and will not hesitate to ask colleagues for advice and help in solving your challenges
  • Pragmatic, analytical, results focused
  • Ability to make complex matters simple
  • Not just the ability, but the preference to work in a fast paced and Agile environment
  • Desire to work in a diverse and enjoyable team and to contribute to our productivity and fun at work!

About ERIKS 

80 years ago, ERIKS started as a supplier to the dairy industry in the Netherlands, providing mechanical components and tools that helped dairy plants increase efficiency. Since then, the company kept innovating, evolving, and expanding. Through a consistent focus on technology and service, it became a key sparring partner and service provider for a range of industries. Among its clients are high-tech manufacturing and food companies (such as ASML and Heineken), energy industry players (from windmill operators to power plants), heavy vehicle manufacturers (making cars, ships, or airplanes), construction firms, medicine production businesses, and more.

For these clients, ERIKS provides a wide range of technical products (for instance hoses and valves), co-engineering, customization solutions, and related services. Technical teams are at customers’ beck and call for sophisticated support and advice – from design to smart maintenance. And on the local web shops, customers can easily order tools or component parts.

“We provide products and know–how in a way that has a direct impact on the economy. In each household you’ll find at least one item of which the production was improved with help from ERIKS.” – Floris Jan Cuypers, COO at ERIKS

Dutch DNA, global culture
With its expansion into 17 countries and many different industries, ERIKS became a global organization, with a truly international culture and vision and with talent, experts, and client relationships from everywhere. Meanwhile, its headquarters and roots are in The Netherlands. The company is owned by SHV, a family-owned Dutch group with a portfolio of seven companies that together employ nearly 60.000 people worldwide. The culture at both SHV and ERIKS is built on integrity, entrepreneurship, and a core value of investing in people. With its 6.500 employees and nearly 2 billion Euros revenue, ERIKS is an established corporate – yet one with the entrepreneurial drive and willingness to invest that is often found at younger, smaller, PE-backed businesses.

Digital transformation
ERIKS now finds itself in a very exciting phase: that of a companywide digital transformation. The potential of digital technology for ERIKS extends to all business aspects, from easy business workflows to direct commercial purposes. Digital technology can advance ERIKS e-commerce channels as well as offer new innovations and service propositions that are partially or fully digital. Examples include the proposition of Smart Asset Management (IoT) or ‘ERIKS Wiki’, a knowledge mining database for employees and customers. ERIKS has a dedicated approach to digitization. The company is internally building a proactive, solution-oriented product organisation with top-notch developers and digital and industry experts. Recently, a Chief Digital Officer was hired, and the next three years people, operating model, architecture, governance, and strategy will take full focus.

ERIKS Digital is an equal opportunity employer and strives for equal treatment for all genders. ERIKS Digital adheres to ethical recruiting methods ensuring that we do not discriminate against any candidate because of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation. This is a fundamental part of our values and beliefs, and we strive to create an inclusive environment where everyone can reach their potential.