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Role: SAP Retail Project Manager
Location: Midwest to East Coast based and available to travel
Duration: Fulltime
Experience : 10+ Yrs
Interview Mode: Telephonic/Skype

Job Description
Project Management Resource to assist in various projects related to technology and service transitions within the Finance IT teams as part of a larger acquisition/divestiture program.
Join the project management team managing restructuring activities related to finance operations initiatives including finance processes and policies, project planning and project progression
Provide project leadership and assistance across planning and deployment, finance and risk management, operations transformation, systems integration, and program development
Coordinate with the existing PM team to ensure that PMO standard toolkits and methodologies are being adopted and maintained
Be familiar with and driving RICEF approach for Interface rationalization and related activities; management and financial reporting
Assist in maintaining, and on occasions creating, program milestones, interdependencies and training and communication plans
Assist in meeting presentations; may lead meetings with stakeholders to move forward key tasks and escalate significant process bottlenecks, anticipated delays and critical path analysis
Manage reporting and resolution of issues, risks and dependencies, proactively identifying potential planning gaps, suggesting mitigations to risks, actions to close issues or complete open items
Evaluate organizational readiness in advance of transition events
Assist in managing the approach, tools and processes that will be used to support transition events
Execute key activities within each integration phase; drive meetings and meeting note generation and open items matrix
Interact collaboratively in complex and ever-changing situations, strong communication skills and the ability to solve problems, execute and transfer knowledge
Prefer technical-functional experience with the ability to liaise and interact collaboratively while maintaining strong communication planning and execution skills
Demonstrated experience in leading, coordinating large-scale initiatives, particularly merger integration, within accounting and finance operations in large organizations.
Ability to discuss and champion the business case for change to a business audience, and then plan and execute solutions that are of recognizable value to the business
Excellent communications and facilitation skills to build relationships and foster trust at all organizational levels
Good command of Microsoft office suite of tools, strong experience with MS Project, Excel and PowerPoint
Bachelor''s degree required; PMP certification required
Weekly travel to project location/client site required
Required Experience:
Experience with the development of all aspects of the SAP system implementation including, but not limited to, gathering requirements, designing the future state solution, the development objects related to their process scope, as well as supporting testing and post implementation support
Extensive experience in the SAP Retail space, including AFS, FMS and CAR related projects
Proven network of SAP Retail clients
Experience with Architecture, System Design, Configuration, Customization, Integration and Testing, Production Cutover and Support
Knowledge of integration points and the order in which these must be executed
Experience working with design, implementation, and support of knowledge management solutions and related technologies for collaborative information sharing
Experience with gap analysis and strategic roadmap/blueprint development
Experience with large Full Life Cycle (FLC) project implementation
Extensive experience within management consulting or consulting services (Big 4 preferred)
Excellent analytical and problem solving skills
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Strong executive presence and ability to interact with CxO level
Mentors team members in technology, architecture and delivery of applications
Successful teamwork experience and demonstrated leadership abilities are required
Creates a shared sense of direction and community among the teams
Proven ability to transfer knowledge and stay aware of current trends and technical advancements
Ability to articulate and present different points-of-views on various technologies
Time management skills are a must; as well as the ability to be flexible and creative
Experienced in own area and shares experience with others
Prioritizes and organizes own work and for others to deliver to agreed deadlines
Constantly strives to improve processes and practices
Delivers a clear, well-structured and concise argument to support an opinion
Considers ‘the bigger picture’ when making decisions
Adapts information/style to the audience and explains difficult issues clearly
Anticipates potential objections and prepare case accordingly; influences others
Defines the need for new resources within a business context
Demonstrates a management style that balances business & people management objectives
Can delegate to others as required to achieve business goals
Can give feedback in a balanced manner
Promotes teamwork, coaches and guides others
Able to organize development for others
Anticipate clients’ needs, investigates the underlying causes and identifies short and long term solutions
Closes new deals, extensions and ad-hoc service aspects
Focuses on developing long term partnerships with clients
Sets and manages the client’s expectations
Designs and implements changes to processes and methods
Manages costs and profitability
Implements efficiency improvements
Is aware of the cost incurred in making changes and evaluates these against the benefits that would result
Develops improved documentation methods
Anticipates internal/external business issues; uses knowledge to focus work and drive improvements
Is able to use business plans to focus and drive work
Develops and implements innovations
Broad knowledge across multiple technology areas
Applies broad knowledge across multiple technology areas to ensure optimum solutions
Translates strategy into meaningful financial and business action plans, setting clear aims and objectives
Actively promotes a global solution
Undertakes analysis of user and business requirements, with particular regard to their impact on existing systems and environments, and produce an appropriate business and/or system design.
Assists in the construction and implementation aspects of delivery.
Has a (deep) understanding of the business and business processes.
Knows how business processes are integrated and their dependency upon / relations with ICT applications.
Configures additional software or sub system components into an existing or proposed system.
Complies with established processes and procedures (e.g. configuration management), taking into account the specification, capacity and compatibility of existing and new modules to ensure integrity and interoperability.
Verifies system performance and ensures formal sign off and documentation of successful integration.
Is able to document current architectures and standards.
Can develop future-state conceptual architectures.
Can develop and/or apply architecture policy and standards.
Is capable of acting as a champion for architecture transformation initiatives.
Is able to evaluate alternative technology solutions.
Has a detailed understanding and knowledge of architecture.
Understands the architecture process and the role of the architect.
Understands the role of stakeholders and requirements.
Knows how to communicate about architecture.
Has knowledge of different methods and tools.
Defines changes.
Investigates the impact of the changes.
Plans the changes and ensure conditions are set up for change to occur.
Communicates clearly about the changes.
Documents the changes clearly
Candidates should be flexible/willing to work across this delivery landscape which includes and not limited to Agile Applications Development, Support and Deployment.