Enterprise Data & Information Architect

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Rainforest Alliance

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Amsterdam, Netherlands

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30+ days ago

The Rainforest Alliance is creating a more sustainable world by using social and market forces to protect nature and improve the lives of farmers and forest communities. To achieve our mission, we partner with diverse allies around the world to drive positive change across global supply chains and in many of our most critically important natural landscapes.

Our alliance spans 70 countries and includes farmers and forest communities, companies, governments, civil society, and millions of individuals. Together we work to protect forests and biodiversity, take action on climate, and promote the rights and improve the livelihoods of rural people.

As an international nonprofit organization with more than 30 years of experience in sustainability transformation, we understand that the social and economic well-being of rural communities is tightly connected to ecosystem health. This knowledge has shaped our rigorous programs to advance sustainable land-use and commodity production.

At the Rainforest Alliance we combat climate change, protect forests and biodiversity, promote human rights, and improve livelihoods. The enormity of the social and environmental challenges we are facing requires working together in a broad alliance. This is why we bring farmers, forest communities, companies, and consumers together to change the way the world produces, sources, and consumes.


To protect nature and improve lives it’s becoming increasingly urgent that we approach the way we use our land and produce food and other products in more sustainable ways. For this to succeed we need to fundamentally change the way that businesses operate and source, and the choices we all make as consumers.


Our growing global alliance aims to transform our relationship with our natural resources and each other, to create a better future for people and nature together.

The Rainforest Alliance encourages diversity and inclusion across the global organization. With this commitment to diversity, we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, ages, disability and any other protected group.

Position summary:

Rainforest Alliance believes in the value of data.

We are looking for a performance oriented, collaborative, and impact driven Enterprise Data Information Architect to join our Data Excellence department. The team sets the vision for the organization’s use of data through data design, to meet the business needs.

The role of the Enterprise Data Information Architect will be to translate the overall Enterprise Strategy that is currently being defined into concrete Enterprise Data models that enable the data ambitions of the organization. The Architect will also play a key role in enabling data sharing with external partners and ingestion of third party data.

Rainforest Alliance has an ambition to integrate its different programs and interventions to achieve greater impact. As such, the Enterprise Data information Architect will define and own the Enterprise Conceptual Logical models that enable that ambition, in line with the new Data Strategy.

Those models will then be shared with the different teams in charge of the technical solutions as a blueprint for implementation.

The position will report to the Senior Manager Data Excellence and the incumbent will work closely with many different business units, especially the team of Enterprise Architects, Supply Chain Excellence, Innovation, LandScale, Landscape Community, Training, Fundraising, HR and Finance.

The position requires a person that establishes collaborative, cross-functional relationships; communicating information and providing advice to drive enterprise data and information architecture decisions forward while fostering open dialogue amongst team members and stakeholders. The incumbent will play a crucial role in designing the enterprise data and information architecture that supports Rainforest Alliance's strategy.


  • Develop an information architecture strategy based on the business model and awareness of various business scenarios and motivations;

  • Apply a structured architecture approach and methodology for capturing the key views of the organization;

  • Define and maintain the Enterprise Conceptual and Logical Data Models to enable the Enterprise Strategy and support the LT vision and roadmap;

  • Oversee data flows between platforms, including accountability for system integration architecture and testing protocols;

  • Privacy/security: design and oversee implementation of data privacy initiatives where defined by Rainforest Alliance’s Data Governance Council and Legal operations;

  • Support data sharing initiatives with 3rd parties, ensuring that the data flows are compliant with RA’s position;

  • Design the reporting and analytics frameworks;

  • Work with the data scientists to include predictive models into the information architecture;

  • Master Data Management: define the relevant architecture for all Master Data Domains, and oversee its implementation;

  • Define the Data Standards that each platform will have to adhere to, including metadata management;

  • Validate each platform data model;

  • Where critical data elements are exchanged, be accountable for data migration and integrations strategies across RA platforms;

  • Working closely with the Enterprise Strategy team, capture the tactical and strategic goals that guide the organization and use that information to develop the right enterprise information architecture.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering or related field (Master’s degree preferred);

  • 7+ years work experience, including 3 years in a similar role;

  • Strong Data Modelling experience, both logical and physical;

  • Experience in multidimensional data modelling, such as star schemas, snowflakes, normalized and de-normalized models;

  • Demonstrated project experience and skills in information requirements gathering, current state analysis and data architecture;

  • Strong stakeholder management skills, ability to influence;

  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to work effectively with all personality types

  • Strong presentation skills and experience in a strategic and consultative technical role

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to work in a cross functional team environment;

  • Detail oriented, with ability to also grasp high level concept.

  • Fully fluent in English; Spanish is a plus.


Commensurate with experience.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis until the position is filled


Only candidates authorized to work in The Netherlands, the United Kingdom, or Kenya will be considered.

If you have any questions about the job vacancy, please contact the HR department: recruitment@ra.org