As part of a concerted effort by the Maranello outfit to push itself forward so it can capture its first title since 2007, it has convinced de Beer to join.
Although there has been no official announcement about Ferrari's plans, it is expected that de Beer will work alongside the team's current head of aero Loic Bigois when his current contract with Lotus runs out at the end of this year.
Ferrari showed how serious it is in its efforts to ramp up its organisation when it signed Lotus' former technical director James Allison earlier this year.
Allison joined the team at the beginning of this month and is likely to have targeted the key individuals that he thinks can help make a difference at Ferrari.
Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali revealed earlier this week that it was Allison's input in to the progress that Kimi Raikkonen had made on the technical front that helped convince the team to swoop for him as replacement for Felipe Massa.
De Beer's departure from Lotus will be another blow to the team, which had already lost Allison and Raikkonen to Ferrari.
The Enstone-based team still has hopes that an investment deal with partners Infinity Racing can help deliver the financial backing that will allow it to push forward with an improved infrastructure.