Global Director Digital Platform and Ecosystem Partnerships


Amersfoort/Amsterdam (the Netherlands)


Arcadis is the leading global Design & Consultancy firm for natural and built assets. Applying our deep market sector insights and collective design, consultancy, engineering, project and management services, we work in partnership with our clients to deliver exceptional and sustainable outcomes throughout the lifecycle of their natural and built assets. We are 28,000 people active in over 70 countries that generate more than €3billion in revenues. We support UN-Habitat with knowledge and expertise to improve the quality of life in rapidly growing cities around the world.

The Executive Board has earmarked Digital as a corporate priority in the 2017-2019 strategy (still to be communicated). Digital will significantly determine the competitiveness of Arcadis in the future. We will therefore step up our management focus and investments in this space. To that effect, a small core team will be brought together to further define our digital agenda and establish areas of client led priorities that we will focus on and invest in.

Reporting lines

Chief Digital Officer (CDO)

Job description

The Global Director Digital Platform & Ecosystem Partnerships is responsible for leading the development and implementation of Arcadis Digital partnerships strategy - primarily with clients, technology vendors, and selected players in construction value chain, but also with start-ups and academic / research institutions in support of innovation initiatives. Together with the core/extended Arcadis Digital team(s) he/she will define and create an ecosystem conducive of platform and capability development, as well as value creation and sales acceleration.

Key activities:

  • Help shape the long-term vision of Arcadis, with a focus on partnerships and joint ventures, based on digital trends like ecosystem development, platform creation, human-centric & agile development, etc;
  • Develop an overall strategy, and execution plan for partnerships & alliances that will create value for Arcadis, clients and partners;
  • Develop and evolve Arcadis Digital Strategic partnerships with selected clients, technology vendors, players in construction value chain and institutions (Academia, public authorities, industry groups, etc.);
  • Look at new and creative ways to create value for existing and potential clients with partners and ensure Arcadis can capture its fair share of value creation through robust business model and well negotiated contracts;
  • Challenge and inspire internal and external stakeholders at all levels to find innovative ways to team up with multiples partners and clients (e.g. market places, innovative economic models, etc.) with a view to differentiating Arcadis and creating new revenue streams;
  • Build on existing partner relationships at business and/or corporate levels, and align them with Arcadis Digital ambition;
  • Lead in close cooperation with Regions, Client Development, Global Business Lines and the CIO the selection of and negotiation with strategic partners ensuring that Arcadis short and long term interests are balanced;
  • Ensure full implementation of strategic partnerships, and take the lead with relevant internal and external stakeholders in addressing potential partnership performance issues.


The candidate should have a Master degree and 15+ years of professional experience with a specific track record in negotiating and bringing to success innovative commercial partnerships ideally at the intersection of natural & built assets and technology/digital:


  • Passionate about the digital transformation of the natural & built asset space in which Arcadis plays;
  • Proven leadership capabilities in high growth environment, ideally with a technology and/or software component;
  • Ability to work cross-functionally with all levels of management, both internally and externally;
  • Broad and strategic perspective on the current and future global technology landscape and the way it can be leveraged in the natural & built asset space to bring Arcadis digital strategy to life;
  • Ability to inspire clients and potential partners with new ideas and discipline combined with pragmatism to implement them rapidly;
  • Credible counterpart for existing or potential partners with strong business acumen combined with contract negotiation skills;
  • Strong facilitation and leadership skills: bringing multiple stakeholders from broad backgrounds and positions together towards defined outcomes;
  • Ability to develop a plan and approach to strategic problems - communicating and mobilizing teams to deliver against the plan;
  • Self-starter, high energy, can work independently and remotely and comfortable with ambiguity;
  • Communication and relationship skills, ability to engage with a broad range of international stakeholders;
  • Ability to collaborate at various levels within and outside Arcadis Digital team to be successful;
  • Ability to work in a global matrix organization and to deal with different cultures worldwide;
  • Proactive, practical, entrepreneurial, open-minded, flexible and creative;
  • Excellent command of English, both spoken and written;
  • Given the international spread of the business a certain level of flexibility in working hours is important;
  • MA/MS degree from a top-tier university / research institution;
  • Plus: Existing relationships and experience with some of our potential partners (e.g. Autodesk, SAP, Oracle, IBM, Accenture, Cisco, Siemens, Google, etc.) and able to leverage his/her knowledge to drive effective negotiations.

Main working contacts

  • CDO;
  • Core/extended Digital teams;
  • CIO and his/her team;
  • Client Development, Business Lines and Regions.


The ideal candidate:

Talented, passionate and high energy senior leader with a blend of technology/digital savviness and built & natural asset industry knowledge.

What do we offer?

We offer a dynamic challenging job with international focus in a pleasant working climate, attention to education and a competitive remuneration package reflecting the seniority of the role.

The role is open to candidates from outside the Netherlands but the remuneration package will be local. Arcadis will support work permit application and re-location.

Information/ Application

Guy van Moppes

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Tel : +31 627061871

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