Solution Architect, MES – Hydro – Hoogezand


Hydro Global Business Services (GBS) is an organizational area that operates as an internal service provider for the Hydro group. Its ultimate purpose is to deliver relevant IT, financial and HR business services to all business areas within the company.

Role purpose:

The solution architect is responsible for translating business requirements into solutions in Hydro’s strategic MES system.

The solution architect is involved in implementation projects and operational activities related to Hydro’s strategic MES system.


  • Ensure that all solutions, whether it’s configurations or software developments, fit and are aligned with Hydro’s overall strategic landscape covering ERP, Quality, maintenance, and process control.
  • This means work in close liaison with internal customers (from Managing Director to operator), other teams in GBS and 3rd party vendors where needed.
  • Ensure solutions also follow other global (IT) standards and principles.
  • Make sure that all solutions are template solutions (good-for-all) and that deviations are limited & justified.
  • Create functional designs for software developments.
  • Review functional designs for software developments made by other solution architects or functional specialists.
  • Excellent understanding of the various needs and expectations from the MES user community. Good process knowledge to support and advise the implementation & operational support team(s) in analysis, prioritization, and resolution of MES issues.
  • Represent the strategic MES system in Hydro’s implementation program and projects, especially during the so-called discovery phase where a GAP analysis is done between current and new strategic systems.
  • Requirements:

  • 5-10 years working experience with MES system(s) (Hydra from MPDV preferred) in a hands-on environment
  • Experience with MES implementations
  • Experience in hands-on project activities (or operational support) of MES systems
  • Expert level understanding of MES systems, modules, and underlying architecture design.
  • Full lifecycle MES experience in manufacturing environment with specific understanding of manufacturing processes and operations
  • Expert in depth understanding of business functions. Specific knowledge of at least one of the following modules: Manufacturing (shopfloor) and/or MES/ERP integrations
  • College or University (IT /Business Degree or Equivalent)
  • Fluent English language knowledge
  • Well organized and capable of multi-tasking
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills.
  • Excellent problem-solving capabilities
  • Hydro offers:

  • Working at the world’s only fully integrated aluminum and leading renewable energy company
  • Diverse, global teams
  • Flexible work environment/home office
  • We provide you the freedom to be creative and to learn from experts
  • Possibility to grow with the company, gain new certificates
  • Attractive benefit package
  • Applications from severely disabled and equally disabled people will be considered with equal suitability.

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