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Global SAP FI/CO Architect

Date: Oct 3, 2021

Location: Chicago, IL, US, 60617

Company: James Hardie

Purpose & Scope:

This role will provide global SAP functional & technical solution integration leadership for the end to end processes within Corporate functions - Finance & controlling (Record to Report) and Procurement, for the implementation and on-going management of James Hardie Corporate and regional SAP systems.

Accountable for the overall global template technical solution, integration of various processes, solution and data aspects for program implementation and on-going management of solution. Manage solution issues and risks to ensure the design, development of a standard SAP solution with minimal or no customizations.


Essential Job Responsibilities:    

  • Responsible for successful global template technical solution implementation meeting full value realization across the business functions of Finance and inter-related processes. Enable the realization of the strategic direction by implementing standard, leading practice global template based solutions and following established governance on design  principles, solution development and deployment.
  • Coordinates with cross-functional work-stream leads, System Integrator(s), external suppliers, and James Hardie functional business leaders to drive solution design, deployment and overall governance of the global solution.
  • Participates in strategic planning and budgeting activities for SAP Corporate and regional SAP solutions and platforms on an on-going basis.
  • Develop and maintain a 5-year application roadmap for the Finance function, ensuring it reflects the current and future business needs, aligned with industry, SAP best practices and solution roadmap.
  • Create and own the SAP Finance solution plan globally and drive completion of all deliverables for Global Concur and FP & A. Develop and maintain guidelines, principles, policies, standards, reference models and best practices for all matters related to SAP/ERP & program related processes and solution integration.
  • Enforce governance of the standards and bring visibility to customizations and deviations. Drive harmonized industry-best practice process across all business functions and geographies allowing minor configurations (as necessary for legal, regulatory requirement) with no customizations.
  • Partnering with the global business work stream leads, serve as the custodian of the finance solution template.
  • Lead the development of technical design / solution. Lead and facilitate design sessions amongst business, IS stakeholders/leaders & SME(s), driving integration and eliminating gaps.
  • Following established James Hardie solution governance process; clearly articulate what is global template solution and what qualifies as localization.
  • Establish and maintain a repository of processes and solution documentation/assets that encompasses the global solution clearly articulating in-scope solutions . Maintain assets that are current and visually depict the global template solution in forms of entity relationship structures, intercompany relationships including both physical and financial flow of goods and services and all process flows.
  • Maintain a solution guide that articulates supported languages (system, data, and output), currencies and various other rules that make up the overall Solution. Maintain the guide, as the business requirements and solution continues to evolve.
  • Responsible and accountable for 100% adherence to James Hardie methodology and SOX controls
  • Collaborate within the different workstreams and project team members to resolve conflicts, issues, and deviations and drive them to resolution
  • Lead, manage and motivate a team of experienced functional and technical analysts
  • Lead the continuous development of the innovation culture; work with people in such a manner as to build high enthusiasm and group commitment to the development of a robust solution that meets and or exceeds program goals and objectives





Organizational Context:

  • Reports to : Director, Global Applications








  • >10 years of SAP experience with a proven record of accomplishment as a team lead of large and complex SAP business-system transformation programs.
  • >10 years of experience with implementing & leading SAP FICO team in a lead configuration role
  • 5 years of experience in team leadership role(s) directing, leading, or managing the FI and Procurement project team
  • Major large, complex high-end SAP implementations; experience in multi-country implementations required
  • Must have had hands-on experience with designing, configuring and implementing SAP solutions and modules (specifically FICO), covering business processes in finance and controlling.
  • Must have had experience with implementing twp or more of the SAP solutions listed below and should have hands-on prior SAP ECC configuration experience in multiple modules.
    • Finance & Controlling – SAP FICO, Treasury, Material Ledger
    • Procure To Pay processes starting from PR to vendor payment
    • Hyperion
  • Solution awareness and overall understanding of one or more of the solutions below is required:
    • Bolt-on applications such as Thompson Reuters Tax Engine, Winshuttle, BLACKLINE
    • User experience and Mobility – SAP FIORI
    • SAP Concur
    • Kofax
  • Ability to work in highly matrixed environments managing global teams comprised of employees and system integrators.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead culturally diverse teams including offshore models
  • Innovative mindset and experience with agile, proto-typing and rapid development models
  • Demonstrated leadership, interpersonal, analytical, change management and communication skills.
  • Versatility and willingness to work with constantly changing priorities with enthusiasm
  • Excellent understanding of business functional areas and "end to end" global business processes & sub-processes
  • Work experience across multiple cultures and countries / regions is a plus
  • Fluent in written and verbal business English







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