The SAP Solution Architect, Finance will report to the Director, Supply Chain Systems and will be responsible for working with Finance, Financial Planning, Controlling, Financial Reporting to ensure an effective and efficient operating environment to manage accounting, Finance, and Accounting IT Systems. This role's main responsibilities are to understand the business objectives, align/create technical roadmap with defined initiatives to enable the business to achieve their goals, and support the enablement and realization of the roadmap.
Work collaboratively across multiple business areas to define, implement and support global processes and systems, optimizing accounting, finance and controlling capabilities and operations
Proactively serve as a "trusted business partner" and the primary point of contact to Finance and Accounting leaders; Represent IT in articulating IT's services and capabilities
Partner with key stakeholders in Finance and Accounting by maintaining a high degree of visibility within the business and attending business meetings and appropriate management forums, providing a central point of information for all related IT activities
Support the business needs and interests within IT, contributing to appropriate IT team, operational and development meetings
Partner with business area leaders to collaboratively define, shape, articulate and prioritize requirements and business cases for new or changed IT services and develop strategic IT enabled roadmaps (typically covering 1-3 years) required to support the overall business area/functional strategy and roadmap
Support the prioritization of initiatives, particularly using cost/benefit analysis to proactively manage business demand
Support IT operational performance and progress of ongoing development
Assist with the operational and commercial relationship management of third-party suppliers
Partner with the business to form process and systems solutions that are appropriate and adequate to satisfy both tactical and strategic business needs
Ensure that business and IT relationships are fully aligned throughout all areas of responsibility
Act as a single point of focus for project requests for Finance and Accounting initiatives
Ensure transparency to operational group of new or changing requirements and their impact on IT initiatives
Has supervisory responsibility for IT Business Analysts as well as assigned contract resources.
Bachelor's Degree required in computer science, engineering, finance, business management or a related field; An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered
5+ years of progressively increasing IS Leadership and Management experience in a complex global environment
Demonstrated strategic planning experience for both business and systems
Demonstrated successful project/program management and process improvement leadership
Experience in Agile software development methodologies is a plus
Ability to positively influence people at all levels in the organization
Demonstrated experience in managing and mentoring a team of business analysts and contractors on a global scale to deliver complex and reliable solutions to a diverse set of businesses and stakeholders
Demonstrated experience in process mapping, portfolio/project management, training, and testing
Understand key business processes and systems employed by the business
SAP experience in Finance, Controlling, Financial Planning, Financial Reporting Management and Inventory Management Area
Experience with financial Planning tools like BPC is required.
Solid understanding of operational and financial processes within a company
Solid understanding of SAP SD & FI-AR integration and experience with SD and FI integration
Experienced in all stages of System Development Lifecycle from business process improvement, requirements gathering, design, construction, testing, implementation and support.
Proven skills in integrating enterprise packaged applications is required
Knowledge of the outdoor industry and the Apparel/Footwear industry is a plus