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Approach Belgium - Java Architect

Do you want to give a boost to your career by joining one the fastest growing players in the cyber-security eco-system? Do you want to strengthen your experience by performing stimulating consulting missions and highly-secure development projects?


In 2018 we are hiring more than 30 new colleagues. You could become one of them!



Our people & practices

  • Our team is composed of 60+ certified professionals. We continuously invest in our talents and develop the skills of our people. Our people use the best technologies to be even more effective. 
  • At Approach, we organize and share our expertise and knowledge per communities. Depending on your profile, you will contribute to one or several “Practices”: Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC), Cyber-Security and Secure Delivery.


Your Role and responsibilities

  • In the context of our fast-growing company, we are looking for a Java Architect to integrate our Secure Delivery practice. You will take part in stimulating consulting assignments and secure development projects for key customers in the Belgian and international market.
  • Being are a key player in the development of complex IT projects, you design and develop high quality secure software, assuring the highest possible stability, performance and maintainability. 
  • Your role will consist of several activities, among which:
    • Translate the business requirements from the product owner into technical requirements.
    • Design and improve the system architecture in accordance to the highest industry standards.
    • Maintain the architecture documentation and ensure it is understood by team members, mentoring them as required.
    • Participate in definition of APIs to be used by mobile / front-end teams and partners.
    • Collaborate with technical experts on specific topics such as security and performance.
    • Develop your competencies and level of expertise by a continuous and ongoing progression and active participation in training sessions.
    • Capitalise on the experience acquired within the Practice.
    • Utilise or learn the tools or methodologies of the Practice and actively contribute to the development of these tools and methodologies.
    • Respect the confidentiality of both client and company information.
    • Be recognised as being trustworthy by your project leader or client: precision of information, respect of the commitments, quality of the work, respect the deadlines, adequate reporting, ...


Required Qualifications & Experience

  • You have:
    • At least 5 years of work experience in Java/JEE software development and 2 years in an architect role is a must
    • At least a basic knowledge of information security and application security concepts
    • Experience with SOA and/or micro services architecture
    • Experience working in Agile teams (mainly Scrum)
    • FR-EN or NL-EN (trilingual is a plus) 
  • Considered as a plus:
    • Knowledge of frameworks such as Spring, WSO2, etc.
    • Experience working in DevOps teams
    • Usage of tools such as Docker, Ansible or Vagrant
    • Front-end skills (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Angular, etc.)
    • Practical experience with security mechanisms such as OpenID, OAuth2, digital signatures, SAML, PKI, etc. 
  • Personality:
    • Organized and self-driven
    • Fully autonomous: able to prioritize activities, plan and execute
    • Pro-active / curious
    • Excellent communication skills
    • Eager to learn
    • Uncompromising integrity 


Our Offer


To well-qualified and motivated candidates, we offer:

  • An opportunity to develop functional and technical skills and expertise in an area of specialization such as secure development, software security, etc.
  • A unique chance to be a real active part in the development of a successful company (entrepreneurial mind-set)
  • A positive challenge in a professional but still human and dynamic business environment
  • An attractive and performance-rewarding compensation package, including maximum benefit possibilities
  • The advantages of a relatively small structure in terms of direct communication, flexibility, dynamism and fast decision-making, combined with the financial strength and stability of larger structures, active worldwide, thanks to our solid shareholders' base
  • Our headquarters is located in a traffic jam free zone: AXIS Parc next to Louvain-la-Neuve, in an innovative and green Business Centre with all facilities: restaurants, fitness, nursery, etc.

Description société

Founded in 2001 by successful entrepreneurs from the e-finance sector, Approach was immediately recognized by the banking industry as a very promising player in the areas of Cyber-Security and Secure Development.

Thanks to its unique spectrum of expertise, Approach can propose solutions covering the full value chain of cyber security, from strategic decision down to deep technical design and implementation.

Approach's vision is to deliver solutions across the whole LifeCycle of information security and risk management, from assessment and advise, through implementation and management, to training and coaching services.

We help our customers to secure their business from governance to infrastructure and development, in classical markets like finance, retail, etc. but also new ones based on emerging technologies like mobile applications, smart cities, IoT, etc.

Nowadays, our customer base ranges from the largest multinationals to public institutions. For some of our clients we are in charge of the full end-to-end development, operations, support and maintenance of their secure applications. We have also developed another side activity that we fully manage: ATLAS Assignment Manager (SaaS) which is a global mobility HR software.

Our team is made up of certified security experts, CISM, CRISC, CEH, ISO27001 Lead Implementers, with strong track records and successful missions in large and complex environments.

Approach is growing at a sustainable pace. In 2016 our turnover has reached 5.4M€ for around 60+ people.

The company is privately held and has access to a strong capital base. Our reference shareholder and Chairman, Michel Akkermans is a serial entrepreneur, skilled investor and the former CEO of Clear2Pay, an innovative e-finance company focused on delivering globally applicable solutions for secure, timely electronic payments.

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