Skip to content

Group Application Manager @ Ardo



As Group Application Manager, you are responsible for the entire Application landscape with SAP S/4HANA as the main application for the future, next to various other software tools, like a MES, WMS, ….

The Group Application Manager will focus on elaborating and implementing vision in the field of applications, aligned with the IT, business and the overall company vision.
He/she will also be responsible for managing the team, the daily operations, the projects and the budget of the applications team and landscape.

Tasks and responsibilities

Strategy and architecture:

  • As manager of the application department, you determine the vision and strategic plan in consultation with the Group IT Director to optimally service the business. You analyze the needs and translate these into application architecture, roadmap and projects;
  • You are responsible for the application architecture and together with your team you make strategic and tactical choices; buy or build, insourcing, outsourcing. You help determine the vendor selection, purchase of ICT goods and external services;
  • Your responsibilities include an important focus on compliance and (data)security. For every new application there is a need to analyze the cybersecurity of the software vendors, the application setup and hosting, and the integration with other applications;
  • With your strong helicopter view of an SAP and application landscape, you give direction how to further develop, optimize and innovate the new ERP, S/4HANA, as well as the other applications. You pose clear priorities and direct your department of professionals in a proactive, structured and project-based manner.

People Management:

  • As an experienced people manager, you are also responsible for coaching the team. You set up a powerful department that is customer-oriented and that starts from an ICT business partnering attitude;
  • You ensure knowledge building inside the applications team to enable to provide the best fitting innovative technology solutions to the Ardo business;
  • In close collaboration with the Group IT Director, you help to build a corporate and centralized IT structure and help to guide the organization through these changes;
  • You are also responsible for the further (international) growth of the team, with focus on building more internal knowledge of SAP.


  • You build and maintain strong relationships and communication with all key stakeholders, both internally and externally on a global scale;
  • You align on a regular basis with your peers, the members of the IT management team, to ensure overall integrated solutions.

Project and Budget Management:

  • You manage the ICT budget for Applications;
  • You implement best practices in terms of work processes and methodology;
  • You manage ICT delivery and support throughout the entire organization;
  • You drive optimizations as well as innovations in the daily business.




  • For the position of Group Applications Manager, we are looking for a candidate with senior level of experience in applications and SAP and with senior management experience;
  • You obtained a relevant higher degree in Computer Science/Information Technology or equivalent through experience;
  • Approximately 5 years of experience in a similar position, preferably in an international context in a company with multiple entities;
  • You have a good knowledge of applications and specifically a good helicopter view of SAP. Knowledge of S/4HANA is a plus;
  • You have experience in managing the delivery of the application projects and always strive for pragmatic and business-oriented solutions;
  • You have experience with managing project- and team budgets;
  • You have experience as a people manager and know how to motivate, guide and manage your team;
  • You have experience in setting out a vision, build a roadmap and make strategic decisions on application level;
  • You have experience with change management and know how to guide a team/organization through transformations;
  • As a leader you are able to act both strategically and on an operational level;
  • You can realistically estimate what is urgent and/or important and you are decisive;
  • You communicate in a smooth and open manner;
  • You have a good conceptual knowledge of important IT market trends, technologies, solutions and can critically evaluate or pro-actively propose new opportunities;
  • You have a high degree of energy and motivation and can translate this in a positive way to the team and organization;
  • You are willing to travel for short trips within Europe;
  • Knowledge of English is a must. Knowledge of Dutch and French is an asset.



  • A Unique opportunity to play an important role in the greenfield SAP implementation and roadmap definition;
  • A management role, with autonomy, impact and visibility from day one;
  • A key role in the further development of a global application team;
  • Working in an international, reputable, financially strong organization in full growth;
  • A people-oriented, value-driven corporate culture with short decision-making lines;
  • A stimulating job where you will have the lead in designing the future application landscape for Ardo; 
  • A remuneration package is provided matching the importance and level of the position. Very flexible possibilities to work from home.

Amon is the exclusive recruiting partner for Ardo for this position.
Interested? Then contact 

Copyright @ Amon 2023


IT Director Applications, SAP Manager

Group Application Manager @ Ardo

Ardo is the European leader in fresh frozen fruits and vegetables. The organization employs 4,000 people at 17 production sites in 8 countries, mainly in Western and Southern Europe. The family company (100% family-owned: Haspeslagh family) is active as a sales organization in 100 countries worldwide and has a turnover of 1.4 billion euros.

Ardo has been undergoing an organizational metamorphosis in recent years. In this context, an ambitious digital program was designed.
In the coming years, the company will continue to invest in the development of an enterprise application landscape. In addition to the rollout of SAP, additional digital solutions will need to be implemented.
A new Group Application Manager is needed to bring IT leadership and further vision to the application landscape to support business growth.


Whatsapp on your computer?

Griet SaeyAccessible from Monday to Friday during office hours
Griet SaeyHi 👋
Would you like to know more about this vacancy?

No Whatsapp? Send us a message


  • Drop files here or
    Accepted file types: jpg, gif, png, pdf, doc, docx, txt, Max. file size: 20 MB, Max. files: 5.

    Back To Top