Engineering Manager Disaster Recovery (Azure, Kubernetes) – Albert Heijn – Zaandam

  • Zaandam

Albert Heijn

Wat betekent dit voor jou?

As a Senior Engineering Manager, you’ll have the best of both worlds – the chance to work on disaster recovery projects while also leading and guiding our engineers. You’ll spend equal time honing your technology skills and developing your management abilities, making this role the perfect opportunity for someone who wants to grow in both areas. You will be working in the Engineering Enablement department, whose primary responsibility is to provide our developers with the necessary platforms to maximize their productivity. Specifically, you’ll be working as the engineering manager of our disaster recovery team. Together you set out an overall disaster recovery strategy, and guide the developers through tactics, examples and hands-on collaboration for implementing said strategy.  

About the job

This job offers a rare chance for an experienced engineer with established leadership experience to take their career to the next level. As a Senior Engineering Manager, you’ll have the opportunity to spend half your time managing a team of 5 senior level engineers. In this role, you’ll not only be responsible for performing relevant HR duties, but also for mentoring your team members on their career and personal growth, ensuring their success. The other half will be spent working with the team members on the disaster recovery strategy, refining and evangelising the strategy and contributing to the overall success of the team. This role requires a technical background and excellent communication skills, as you’ll be responsible for both leading and collaborating with your team. If you’re ready to take your career to the next level and make an impact both as a leader and an engineer, this is the perfect opportunity for you.

Our stack contains many different technologies, including physical and virtual infrastructure in both multi and hybrid cloud settings. Software runs the gamut from 30 year old perl systems to modern microservices running in Kubernetes. AH Technology is hiring an Engineering Manager Disaster Recovery to ensure IT operations are prepared for major disruptions that we cannot really prevent from happening, like an airplane crashing down on our datacenter! But when it happens protocols and procedures need to be in place and our teams need to be aware on how to act. In this role you would lead by example. Our team exists out of 3 disaster recovery specialists, 1 Disaster Recovery advisor, and you! Our team is in the process of creating automated steps for responding to incidents and disasters through the development of building blocks for automated recovery and helping teams with creation and maintenance of runbooks. In this role you would lead by example, so an engineering background is an important requirement. Although the focus of your scope would predominantly be setting strategy, reporting results to management and leading your team of Disaster Recovery Specialists when it comes to HR topics like performance management, hiring, and coaching when needed. Our Head of Tech will manage the budgets!


  • Provide training and support to IT staff to ensure they are prepared to respond to disasters and understand their roles and responsibilities. 
  • Work closely with Incident Commanders to ensure alignment of disaster recovery plans with incident management and service management processes. 
  • Develop and maintain disaster recovery plans to ensure the availability and reliability of IT services and infrastructure in the event of a disaster. 
  • Ensure business requirements with regards to recovery are met by the IT teams. 
  • Document and report on disaster recovery activities to provide transparency and accountability to stakeholders. 
  • Stand-by duties for major incidents within Albert Heijn Technology, approximately once in the 6 weeks. Could be more, could be less!  
  • Coordinate and communicate with stakeholders during high priority incidents to quickly mitigate customer impact and keep business stakeholders informed. 


  • Strong understanding of IT infrastructure and systems, including network, server, storage and cloud technologies. 
  • Knowledge of automation within Azure & Kubernetes environments. You won’t be doing this on a day to day business but having the knowledge is a requirement. 
  • Strong knowledge of disaster recovery principles, methodologies, and best practices. 
  • Experience developing and maintaining disaster recovery plans, including runbooks and testing procedures. 
  • Excellent communication and coordination skills to effectively manage high priority incidents and keep management informed. 
  • Ability to work collaboratively with cross-functional teams and guide them through disruptions to ensure business continuity.  
  • Minimum of 8 years of experience in IT service management / incident management and disaster recovery.

The perks that come with the job: 

  • A competitive salary up to 110K based on a full-time workweek, excluding bonus (up to 10k), a travel allowance, laptop and a smartphone. 
  • Generous pension scheme (company pays 4,5x your personal contribution) and discount on (among other things) insurance policies. 
  • 20 days’ holiday entitlement, plus 12.5 days on a discretionary basis. Take it, exchange it for discounts or have it paid out in full? Your choice. 
  • A setting in which learning from your peers is an everyday reality and your personal and professional development is continuously encouraged. 
  • An employer that combines the best of both worlds: the opportunities you associate with a corporation plus the autonomy and drive to innovation that characterize scale-ups.
  • Ready to reinvent food retail with us?  
  • Click the apply button and discover how you can work together with diverse and enthusiastic colleagues to make the future of food retail a little brighter each day. 



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