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Senior Manager – Accounting & Finance, S4 Project

Palatine, IL

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The Senior Manager S4 Project – Accounting & Finance (MSP) is responsible for supporting the transformation and simplification of Finance business processes, the implementation of Finance best practices, and the management of all Global SAP S4 Finance design and configuration. The MSP will analyze, simplify, design, configure, test and manage implementations of best practice processes and software solutions/applications in support of Weber’s business requirements established within the scope of the S4 HANA Project. The MSP must possess an in-depth understanding of the business across multiple functional areas and Business Units, and will aid in ensuring the multiple functional areas within Finance are represented when building solutions. They will enable the alignment of business strategies, resources, and capabilities in order to deliver optimal solutions to support the business. The MSP will operate within the confines of the application landscape and capabilities. The MSP will maintain effective relationships with the part time business resources, System Integrator (SI), and IT resources to leverage their knowledge and expertise to enable improved business processes in order to drive process optimization and simplification. MSP directly reports to the Director – Finance, S4 Project and IT and indirectly to the VP Global Controller.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Ensures alignment of the team across all functions as well as the user community with Accounting & Finance’s vision of SAP “Best Practice” and Industry standard processes, while assessing the business individual needs, meeting commitments and building internal and external partnerships.
  • Provides strong financial leadership and aids in determining the overall direction and setting of financial and transformation priorities in order to meet needs of the functions supported, including the implementation of new processes and adjustments to existing processes. Alignment and direction to be sought from key finance leaders at corporate headquarters, including the VP Global Controller.
  • Leads work sessions using a variety of requirements gathering methods such as interviews, documentation analysis, surveys, site visits, and business models with executives, managers, developers and subject matter experts.
  • Helps ensure requirements are aligned to project scope, objectives and strategies.
  • Focuses on process analysis and re-engineering, with an understanding of technical problems and solutions as they relate to the current and future best practice business environment. (AW moved items in green to top, as this will be a focus)
  • Builds effective working knowledge of all business processes and applications within the scope of their respective business areas.
  • Successfully partners with the business and IT to manage the project portfolio and ensure alignment of initiatives with the respective technology solutions.
  • Works in partnership with other finance team leaders to articulate and socialize the case for change – why Finance and a more effective operating model is critical to our success as a growing global company.
  • Mediates across different IT & business teams utilizing knowledge of roles and responsibilities within the organization.
  • Executes best practices for business analysis processes and functions (from an industry and strategic standpoint), including requirements elicitation methods. Knows emerging trends.
  • Demonstrates excellent Accounting & Finance (best practice) process design skills.
  • Designs S4 project Accounting & Finance solutions with consultants and/or SAP S4 Project Team.
  • Continually build knowledge and stay abreast of current Finance & SAP functionality, capabilities and technologies.
  • Demonstrates excellent listening, communication, and facilitation skills.

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Four-year degree required; CPA preferred; master’s degree a plus
  • 10 years’ work experience in Finance/Accounting
  • 10 years’ experience managing and delivering projects at medium to large manufacturing companies.
  • In depth understanding of the SAP system including Finance (GL), Asset Management, Product Cost Controlling, Material Ledger, Profitability, Master Data Management, and Long Term Planning (budgeting) along with integration points of all modules and related business processes
  • Prior participation in systems implementation projects
  • Ability to think “process” and “best practice” rather than just function along with a solid understanding of end to end processes like “plan to procure”. Sound and accurate judgment; excellent verbal and written communication skills; excellent analytical and problem solving skills; excellent planning and organizing skills
  • Strong customer service orientation
  • Strategic thinking and sound knowledge of the respective business processes (independent of the system aspect)
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Products, including MS Project or similar project management tool
  • Highly motivated self-starter who is innovative and quick to learn
  • Project Management skills and ability to manage a project end to end while managing internal and external resourcesOn-call availability for project go-live and off-shift support
  • Flexible schedule to align with other program resources
  • Flexible to travel as needed or deemed necessary (domestic & international)

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