Opera SAP S/4 Technical Manager H/F

Job location:
Paris, France
Created moment:
June 1, 2023
Job reference:
REQ - 07194

The Company

The world’s leading supplier of mineral-based specialty solutions for industry with 14,000 employees, operations in more than 40 countries, and €4.3 billion in revenue in 2022.
Imerys delivers high-value-added, functional solutions to a great number of sectors, from processing industries to consumer goods. The Group draws on its understanding of applications, technological knowledge and expertise in material science to deliver solutions by beneficiating its mineral resources, synthetic minerals and formulations. Imerys’ solutions contribute essential properties to customers’ products and their performance, including heat resistance, hardness, conductivity, opacity, durability, purity, lightness, filtration, absorption and water repellency. Imerys is determined to develop responsibly, in particular by fostering the emergence of environmentally-friendly products and processes.
If you want to grow your skills and develop your career, find out more at www.imerys.com

The Position

Opera SAP S/4 Technical Manager H/F

Job Summary



Imerys is a world leader in creating specialty solutions that improve everyday life through minerals. Our success is built on our people, and creating an environment where our 17,500 employees around the globe can thrive. 

We passionately believe that our teams are at their best when they have the opportunity to learn, collaborate and find new ways to solve our customers’ challenges, no matter what part of the business they are in.


Early 2018, Imerys has launched an ambitious internal transformation program to foster efficiency within the group: MAKE IT #1. MAKE IT#1 Group wide digital transformation is reshaping Imerys Digital landscape, encompassing 5 pillars: a set of common language and processes, a global ERP Core Model S4/Hana based (Opera Project), a common collaboration platform (GNOC, GSOC, unified WAN) and a common unified IT organization. 

MAKE IT #1 aims at:

  • Implementing common IT processes and tools,

  • Harmonizing & rationalizing the IT landscape (processes, infrastructure and applications),

  • Supporting existing programs and preparing the future (Industrial, Commercial Excellence, etc...)

In order to enable seamless development and roll out of these new tools and processes, Imerys IT is evolving, in 2021, from an IT with strong regional platforms, to a more global organization, to enable a strategic & consistent partnership with the BAs & functions as well as simplifying and harmonizing the IT landscape.   


This position is part of the Opera Services organization and reports directly to Opera Services IT Director. 

The purpose of the Opera SAP S/4 Technical Manager is to lead SAP Architecture and Development stream, to :

  • Contribute to Imerys’ transformation being the SAP Technical Architecture referent within Imerys 

  • Contribute to the success of the Opera program by providing technical drive to solution components during and after the Opera rollouts across Imerys Business Areas.

  • Manage the SAP development team  (ABAP and FIORI) 


  • Opera Scope:

    • ERP : SAP S4/HANA Cloud Private Edition (20.20) 

    • Interfaces Between SAP ERP and satellite group applications (Workday, SalesForce.com, Magnitude, Finario, Synertrade, Concur, eCash, BI Booster) or outsourced solutions (Transwide, Payroll, EDI with suppliers and customers)

  • User number: target 5,000+ users (3000 as of April 2023)

  • The role is directly responsible to manage IT internal and external experts.




The Opera Integration Manager is responsible for the success of IT integration projects and interface deployments across Imerys countries. She/He provides an organizational, functional and technical drive to Imerys entities during the integration project.

The Opera Integration Manager is responsible for the integration project management activities (tracking against plan, action log, status report, critical path, meetings preparation and minutes, understanding of the solution, leading enhancements…). 

He/She is responsible to mentor, to coach and to deliver successful integration projects.


Job scope covers integration projects for Imerys Group Application Direction, it includes all development of interfaces for Core Model application as well as for existing applications that remain after implementation of Make IT#1 applications.


Team Management:

  • Provide leadership and guidance for Opera Tech team in charge of SAP developments (Planning, Change Management, Training, issue resolution, methodology ..) participating in drawing action plans in case of potential deviation

  • Centralize detailed planning information, metrics and main deadlines for his/her team so to provide regular reporting/dashboards on current state of projects, scope changes, maturity levels and risks mitigation.

  • Provide information about the overall workload of team

  • Implement and coordinate a regular capacity review process for his/her resources and detect issues, proposing mitigations

  • Follow staffing performance indicators (staffing levels, etc.) to anticipate resources contention, raise alerts and  implement actions accordingly

  • Provide to governance bodies with relevant information/analysis on projects, project status and workload estimates/follow up to support decision and validation processes; report arbitration needs and make recommendations (prioritization, abandonment, …)

  • Manage conflicts (objectives, resources, budget) within IT as well as with Business in order to overcome projects achievement roadblockers. 

  • Take relevant decision for the team and lead them to be accountable and achieve their goals



  • Provide leadership and guidance in term of SAP architecture 

  • Identify SAP architecture improvement points and drive their implementation 

  • Collaborate with SAP IT stream Leaders and Business Architects, on functional and technical side, promoting seamless integration and interactions across the teams 

  • Create a strong collaboration with other IT Departments, in particular SAP Basis and Data&Integration teams 

  • Represent SAP perspective within Imerys Architecture Council 

  • Work on SAP BTP platform settings and value leveraging 

  • Ensure technological watch (SAP Roadmap) 


Development activity:

  • Manage the SAP Opera Development factory. 

  • Define DevSecOps framework & toolkit for Tech team

  • Provide methodology and review the Functional and Technical Specifications (FSD)

  • Challenge FSD quality

  • Challenge the Change Requests to not accept any deviation from standard SAP functionalities : Promote the usage of native features of SAP S4 and drive innovations around Fiori, Hana, Mobility

  • Manage the SAP Opera Development factory. 

  • Follow up every week the progress of developments. 

  • Maintain KPI up to date every week. 

  • Keep accurate the forecast of developments every quarter. 

  • Build a report on the progress every month.

  • Ensure the quality of the deliverables:


Solution knowledge: 

  • Strong knowledge on SAP ABAP, SAP Architecture, SAP Process Orchestration 

  • High experience on management of Integration teams 




Inside the company 

  • Hierarchically attached to theOpera Services IT Director 

  • IT Solution Stream Leaders and members 

  • SAP Basis Manager and his team 

  • SAP Support Manager 

  • Opera program and project managers

  • Architecture council members

  • Data & Integration team 

  • Business Process Owners


Outside the company

  • Project consultants

  • Service providers (development and advisory) 

  • Software and solution providers

  • Hardware/software vendors




Education and Experience requirements



  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Computer Science, Information Systems Engineering

  • 8-10  years’ experience in SAP architecture, SAP Development and technical project management

  • At least one experience in SAP S/4 Hana Cloud - Private edition (version 18.09 or upper) environment

  • You are deeply knowledgeable in SAP systems such as SAP HANA, FIORI, SAP PI/PO, SAP BTP (Business Technology Platform), SAP DS, SAP SAC, OpenText, and their architecture

  • Implementation of SAP Asset Manager and SAP LB4N (ex LBN) into BTP would be a very strong plus 

  • Understanding of our functional scope : SAP FI/CO/MM/VIM/embedded eWM/PP/QM/TM/SD/embedded TM/MDG)

  • Certifications such as HANA, SAP BTP  and/or HANA modeling would be a plus.

  • Experienced  with ABAP, OO ABAP and FIORI development, including RFC, BAPI, ITS Mobile, OData on S/4 HANA environment 

  • Interface development principles, IDocs, ALE, Webservices

  • Fluent or native English speaker

  • Experience of working within a culturally diverse global company.



  • Experienced with HTML/javascript/ SAPUI5 is a plus

  • Conversant in French or another European language would be advantageous

  • ITIL certification


Soft skills and abilities 


Leads self & Leads others

  • Strong leadership and management skills with the ability to draw and embody a strategic vision

  • Strong ability to convey integration project management 

  • Flexible working hours to accommodate diverse geographic locations

  • Safety oriented and driven, leading by example on all matters on safety

  • Flexes own style to adapt to different situations & meets the needs of others regardless of their differences.

  • Regularly provides feedback & encourages a feedback culture.

  • Demonstrates the courage & desire to tackle difficult conversations or decisions in the right way


Communicates & Collaborates

  • Ability to proactively communicate detailed information to management and project team

  • Ability to drive the changes

  • Clearly articulates own viewpoint & listens to & considers others’ views.

  • Challenge the right things, at the right time, with the right intent.

Delivers results

  • Strong organizational and planning skills

  • Superior analytical mindset

  • Demonstrates a longer term outlook and uses it to build plans for the future.

  • Commits to plans and sees them through to delivery.


Drives improvement

  • Continuous improvement mindset

  • Looks to find ways to do things better, quicker or more efficiently taking in account various views & perspectives from different stakeholders.

  • Commits to leads & supports organizational change & is not afraid to take calculated risk.



  • The employee uses computer and telephone equipment. Specific vision requirements of this job include close vision and distance vision. 

  • Domestic and international travel may require physical effort associated with luggage and professional computer transportation. Hours can be extensive as well due to travels.

  • Job requirements may correspond with reduced mobility situation.

  • Imerys is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and it is our policy to not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability..

Position Type

Full time



Only technical issues will be monitored through the below inbox:

recruiting.support@ imerys.com


To ensure fairness and legal compliance in our recruitment processes, only applications received through the online application process will be considered. 

IMERYS is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and it is our policy to not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected by federal, state or local laws.