At SNCB/NMBS we want to become data-driven. We strive to make data a shared asset giving all stakeholders a common view of the company. We provide users with the tools they need to analyse and explore data, and generate insights that improve customer satisfaction and operational efficiency.

As Data Architect within our Data & Analytics team, you play an instrumental role in the realization of this vision by designing solutions that allow the flow of data through the enterprise. Your key activities are the following:

  • You translate business requirements into solutions allowing to efficiently collect, store, transform, distribute, visualize and use data. You assist the delivery teams throughout the implementation insuring what gets built is in line with the strategy and plans.
  • You participate to the definition of the future data architecture of SNCB/NMBS in alignment with the strategic objectives of the company. Under the leadership of the Enterprise Architects and together with the delivery teams, you participate to the elaboration of the reference data architecture framework, standards and principles, technological choices, and implementation roadmap.
  • Together with the data platform teams, you constantly evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of our data platform, and you identify and design the necessary changes and improvements to make sure the platform performs as required and allows data engineers, data scientists and data analysts throughout the company to do their work.
  • You take an active role in the data governance processes of NMBS/SNCB, insuring business glossaries, data quality measures and tools, and data security policies are in place and applied. You insure meta-data is managed correctly and participate in the set-up and improvement of our data catalog.
  • Your collaborate and coordinate with multiple departments, stakeholders, partners, and external vendors. You work together with the business, the different data & analytics delivery teams within the company, and the enterprise architecture teams.


  • You have a Master’s degree (preferably in computer science) or equivalent by experience.
  • You have a first relevant professional experience as a data architect and have worked for some years as a developer in Data & Analytics - you understand the system development life cycle, project management approaches, and requirements/design/test techniques.
  • You have knowledge of Data Architecture principles (e.g. Data as a Product).
  • You understand the importance of Data Governance and have experience in its application.
  • You are capable of thinking in abstract and conceptual ways and are able to convey the big data picture to others
  • You have proven experience in data modeling and design
  • You have proven experience in Microsoft Azure - Azure Data Factory - Azure ML Studio - Azure Synaps - Azure Analysis Services - PowerBI
  • Having experience in SAP BW/BW4, SAP Analytics Cloud is a plus
  • You have affinity and knowledge of both established and emerging data technologies
    • you understand established data management and reporting technologies
    • you have some knowledge of columnar and NoSQL databases, predictive analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence, data visualization, and unstructured data
  • Knowledge of data quality, data catalogue and data security frameworks is a plus.
  • You are a born mentor and coach. Ideally, you are used to working with offshore teams.
  • You have a good knowledge of English and of Dutch or French (knowledge of the second national language is considered an asset).


Within our open corporate culture, you contribute to the digital transformation of SNCB. You will have a job with social impact and ample opportunity to make your own contribution. In addition to a good work-life balance and a market-related salary, you have:

  • the possibility to work remotely for up to three days per week + flexible working hours;
  • 35 days of leave;
  • a company car + a public transport pass;
  • a target bonus;
  • a hospitalisation insurance (including dental care) for the entire family, a group insurance and a disability insurance (cafeteria plan), without own contribution;
  • meal cheques and eco-vouchers;
  • net allowances for remote working and carwash + internet budget.
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Challenging projects

At Ypto, you never stand still. Every day is different and offers the opportunity to be challenged to innovate in order to find the best solution for our customer.

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Social impact

Through your work, you contribute to the future of Belgian railways and have a tangible impact on millions of people.

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Growth opportunities

Initiative, trust and self-management are key. You will have the support of your colleagues to develop and the opportunity to grow.

Application procedure

Did you apply for a position at Ypto? Or are you curious about how our application procedure works? We follow the four steps below each time. Depending on the position, an additional interview or assessment may be required.


CV screening

We take a close look at your CV and check whether it matches the profile you are looking for. We may call you briefly to ask about your motivation and experience.


Interviews and questionnaire

If the outcome of this screening is positive, you are invited to a (video) interview with your direct supervisor and your HR Business Partner. During these interviews, we discuss your motivation, knowledge, experience and skills as well as the content of the job. We also talk about the online questionnaire you filled in prior to the interview.


Reference analysis

Finally, we contact the references you will have provided. This way, we can make you out better.


We have a match: welcome to Ypto

Have you been selected? If so, we will be happy to draw up an attractive proposal and welcome you to our organisation.

Spontaneous application

Would you like to work with us on the future of SNCB but cannot immediately find the right vacancy? Then feel free to submit a spontaneous application. Who knows, you might soon be part of our team!