Job Type
Contract Full-Time

Job Description

BCTG’s direct client is seeking an SAP Project Manager/BA local to Corona, CA. As part of the SAP team, the SAP Project Manager will work closely with the SAP Applications leadership and team, and stakeholders in North America Operations and Finance, to identify, prioritize, plan and oversee small to medium sized projects, change requests and incidents across the SAP landscape.

Essential Job Functions

The SAP Project Manager plays an essential role in the success of SAP initiatives by overseeing technical changes to SAP landscape. The role will work with business stakeholders and IT alike to review, prioritize and deploy changes ranging from Production System incidents to enhancements or process changes, to small / medium sized projects. This entails determining the business case with a detailed cost/benefit analysis, identifying effort and resourcing requirements, gaining business commitment, and coordinating with the SAP Leadership team to deploy these solutions in alignment with other initiatives around the globe. The SAP Project Mgr will ensure that change / project deliverables, activities, issues, risks and other components are properly identified, documented, organized, followed up on and updated in change management and project and portfolio management suite of tools. The SAP Project Mgr. also plays a critical role in helping define, maintain, and enforce best practices for SAP Project Management functions.

Responsibilities and activities include (not necessarily limited to):

Develop and implement a best-practice-based approach to managing changes to the SAP platform, including but not limited to:

  • Work closely with SAP Applications Leadership to identify and document key objectives, internal constraints, risks, and other factors to establish and drive forward a balanced set of changes matching business priorities and available resources.
  • Work with business and IT stakeholders to maintain an accurate pipeline of projects, and to facilitate periodic reviews to prioritize and sequence change / project deliveries in accordance with evolving objectives. Identify synergies between business initiatives requiring SAP team support, to maximize benefits delivered and minimize risk of undertested changes being deployed to Production.
  • Ensure consistency and predictability in managing SAP changes and projects, from business case / charter development all the way to closure
  • Work with Leadership to set overall direction and priorities for the North America portfolio of SAP changes / projects
    • Collaborate with key stakeholders and project teams to set and align business and IT strategic goals
    • Help sequence and prioritize changes / projects to deliver against identified business and IT goals
  • Serve as the primary project liaison between IT and business representatives for all North America change / project activities and interactions
  • Working with stakeholders, provide hands-on change management leadership from project initiation, to planning, execution, control, and closing
    • Assist in the definition of project objectives, scope, and deliverables and lead Change Mgt. functions
    • Work with business and IT stakeholders to develop business cases, assembling relevant information that will help prioritize projects and related resource commitments based on facts
    • As business cases progress toward project status, coordinate availability and assignment of internal and external resources
    • Help management prioritize projects based on expected value, ROI or other defined KPIs
    • For approved projects, develop detailed schedules to monitor and track progress
    • Identify and manage dependencies and critical path
    • Document issues and coordinate follow up and resolution
    • Identify project risks and manage risk response plan
    • Facilitate the resolution of issues and risks through proactive discussions with stakeholders
    • Escalate issues and risks to management as needed to ensure awareness and drive response
    • Organize weekly project status calls and publish timely status reports to stakeholders and management
    • Monitor scope compliance and document/record change requests
    • Coordinate the review and approval (or deferral) of change requests based on impact on schedule/budget
    • Oversee the execution of testing, training, and cutover activities
    • Plan for and implement requisite change management activities to minimize impact on stakeholder organizations and drive solution adoption
    • Throughout the change / project lifecycle, maintain regular communications with all stakeholder groups
    • Seek input and maintain a list of “lessons learned” during the full project lifecycle so execution of future projects can be improved
  • Lead creation of documentation and prepare for portfolio reviews and project steering committees
  • Maintain budget, actuals, and identify and report on trends to prevent or limit cost overruns
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with outside resources, including third party vendors
  • Identify and resolve, or work with management on, any issues and conflicts that could arise within deployment teams

Position Requirements:

  • 10+ years of experience leading or coordinating SAP landscape change initiatives
  • Working knowledge of / hands-on experience with SAP ECC, SAP S/4 HANA and some or all of following platforms and technologies: SAP APO, SAP BW, SAP Commerce Cloud, SAP Business Objects
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Ability to clearly communicate technical concepts to technical and non-technical audiences
    • Ability to understand business requirements/concepts and facilitate discussions in project context
  • Demonstrable experience in project management, including proficiency in, or strong working
    understanding of, various project management methodologies including PMBOK, Agile and SAP’s Activate
  • Ability to coordinate large local or geographically dispersed project teams
  • Ability to create presentations and present in front of large audiences, including senior executives
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently in a cross-functional team environment, up, down and across the global organization
  • Ability to address short-term tactical requirements without losing site of the longer-range strategic direction
  • Ability to motivate others outside of direct authority to ensure project milestones and deliverables are met
  • Proven analytical, problem solving, interpersonal and communicational skills
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Management Information Systems or related field (will consider applicants with extensive PM experience managing IT and technology projects in lieu of specific degree requirements)
  • PMP Certification a plus but not required
  • Experienced with or working knowledge of IT controls frameworks ranging from System Development Life Cycle, requirements gathering and management, change management, test management, SOX etc.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft’s office desktop solutions, most specifically Excel and PowerPoint a must, SharePoint, Visio, Teams a plus
  • Must be available on weekends, nights, and holidays as needed
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