Opera SAP S/4 Technical Manager H/F
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.
The PositionOpera SAP S/4 Technical Manager H/F
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)
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.
KEY TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
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.
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)
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:
Strong knowledge on SAP ABAP, SAP Architecture, SAP Process Orchestration
High experience on management of Integration teams
INTERNAL & EXTERNAL INTERACTIONS
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
Service providers (development and advisory)
Software and solution providers
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.
Conversant in French or another European language would be advantageous
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.
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.
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.
PHYSICAL / ENVIRONMENTAL ASPECTS
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 TypeFull time
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