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Sap Finance Solution Architect Project, ManageR

PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY:

  • Seasoned SAP professional with significant experience in accounting, systems and applications, with 20 years of experience in design, implementation and support of business IT applications and managing projects for small / medium businesses and multinational corporations. Specializing in SAP spanning versions 3.1H to S/4HAHA, consistently delivered successful solutions to clients in all areas of system design and implementation.
  • With primary specialization in Controlling (Product Cost Planning / Controlling, Material Ledger, Profitability Analysis, Overhead Cost Management); Financial Accounting (General Ledger, Profit Center Accounting / Segment reporting) and Project Systems / Investment Management as well as very deep understanding and working knowledge of sales (including intercompany) / logistics / operations processes / configuration and financial integration with SD, MM and PP modules and other Netweaver components: BI, BI - IP, BPC, APO, XI/PI etc.; completed multiple full life cycle implementations from project preparation, scoping and blue printing through configuration, testing, go-live and post go-live support.
  • Over the last decade and a half lead to delivering desired results while contributing as a team member, team lead, integration manager, project manager and solution architect. In addition to the expert business and consulting knowledge, constantly demonstrating strong client facing skills, excellent team player, outgoing personality, excellent communication skills.
  • Exceptional analytical abilities, uniquely blended system architect and hands on skills.
  • Versatile presentation skills, key participant in steering meetings, addressing senior Financial and IT management.
  • Financial / Cost accounting and background.
  • Experience implementing US GAAP, IFRS accounting requirements as well as various local GAAP requirements.
  • Extensive experience in business process re-engineering for companies of various sizes.
  • Multiple projects involving Single Business Entity and Tax Optimization Model implementation.
  • Thorough understanding of product cost planning and profitability analysis concepts across different industries.
  • Outstanding ability to transform business needs in most effective SAP-based solutions (including VAT reporting / plant abroad functionality in EU).
  • Proven project leadership track record - leading small and medium size teams.
  • Broad international experience (multiple international implementations in multi-company, multi-currency environments): Russia, Germany, UK, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, UAE, USA, Mexico, Netherlands, France, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Ukraine, Canada, Nigeria, Switzerland, China.
  • Excellent practical knowledge of implementation methodologies and tools.
  • Experience implementing SAP Industry Best Practice solutions using SAP tools and methodology.
  • Certified SAP Financials and SAP Controlling Consultant.

SAP FUNCTIONAL & TECHNICAL SKILLS:

  • Implementation of various material valuation concepts (including split valuation);
  • Implementation of product costing concepts for various industries: make-to-stock, make-to-order etc.;
  • Calculation of the cost of goods manufactured (COGM) and the cost of goods sold (COGS) of products;
  • Costing of materials with and without quantity structure;
  • Multiple currencies and valuations in costing (standard and actual);
  • Additive costing, unit costing, multiple cost simulations, ABC templates in costing;
  • Using procurement alternatives and special procurement costing;
  • Preliminary and actual costing;
  • WIP, target cost and variances calculations;
  • Single and multi-level price determination and actual costing;
  • Period end closing in cost object controlling and material ledger; product cost collectors, process orders; sales orders
  • Product costing reporting, summarization reporting (including performance tuning).
  • Overhead calculations, Activity based costing;
  • Internal orders (statistical / real / investment orders);
  • Cost planning, detailed cost planning, formula planning;
  • Various allocation methodologies, templates, splitting and variances calculation, actual / plan activity prices
  • Costing based and account based profitability analysis;
  • Custom COPA derivation rules;
  • COPA Planning including multiple valuation strategies and integration with demand planning tools;
  • Integration with SD and FI including design of various user exits;
  • Top-down distributions;
  • COPA reporting and summarization.
  • Design and implement multiple ledger concepts using SAP New GL;
  • Document splitting, real-time reconciliation;
  • Design and implementation of multi-currency concepts;
  • Profit center reporting and financial segmentation and reporting;
  • Cost of sales accounting with functional areas;
  • Period / year end closing processes, accrual engine.
  • Design and implement project system concepts for cost/revenue tracking;
  • Planning / budgeting and availability control for projects;
  • Results analysis and resource related billing;
  • Investment projects and integration with IM and AA;
  • Banking (Electronic Banking, Lockbox, Payment Program), Accounts Payable / Receivable, Fixed Assets, Funds Management, Financial Supply Chain Management.
  • Customizing and Workbench Organizer; Change and Transport Organizer.
  • ABAP/4 Workbench: ABAP/4 language, Dictionary, ABAP Query, field/user exits, Validations / Substitutions, BADI.
  • Report Painter / Report Writer / Drilldown reporting.
  • LSMW, SAP GUI scripting and Extended Computer Aided Testing Tool (ECATT).
  • EDI, IDOC, ALE, Solution Manager for project, scope and documentation management.
  • System authorization design / maintenance (roles / profiles).
  • Data mapping for: conversion using standard and custom tools, interfaces with non-SAP systems, BW reporting.
  • Integration of FI/CO with other modules within ECC: Materials Management (MM), Sales and Distribution (SD), EDI and Intercompany Billing, Production Planning (PP), Transportation (TP), Human Resources (HR) - travel expenses, working knowledge of Projects Systems (PS).
  • Integration of FI/CO with other Netweaver applications: Business Intelligence (BI), Business Planning and Consolidation (BPC), Embedded Analytics (EA), Integrated Planning (BI-IP), Portals, Advanced Planning Optimizer (APO), Exchange Infrastructure and Process Integration (XI/PI), Embedded Analytics (EA).

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Confidential

SAP Finance Solution Architect / Project Manager

Responsibilities:

  • Perform initial high level assessment of Financial / Management Accounting and Reporting design after API acquisition by Confidential, provide recommendations on existing design changes in areas of Financial Accounting / Controlling / Product Cost Controlling / Financial & Logistics integration with Confidential ;
  • After initial engagement joined project full time in later stages of blueprint / beginning of realization focusing on Financial / Management Accounting, Product Cost Controlling, US GAAP compliance, SOX compliance;
  • Lead all aspects of API S/4HANA system / process integration / interfaces with Confidential ERP systems in areas of Treasury / Banking / Reporting / Consolidations / Financial Accounting;
  • Detail review / re-design / implementation of core business / system processes in areas of Product Cost Controlling / Inventory Valuation (ML) / Financial & Management reporting;
  • Plan and Manage all aspects of Testing (detailed scope, SOX compliant documentation and control steps) for Functional and Integration Testing;
  • Active involvement in planning and management of Role Design, Data Conversion, Infrastructure / Landscape Definition, Go-live Preparation / Cutover, Hyper Care;
  • Plan and Manage support activities, establish standard operating procedures to manage system / authorization changes, documentation practices etc.;
  • Plan and Manage enhancement projects: IT e-invoicing, Confidential -API commercial integration (I/C sales), others.
  • As part of PMO provide guidance and actively participate in all aspects of Project Management including project planning, daily project management activities.

Confidential

SAP Finance Solution Architect

Responsibilities:

  • As part of Finance / Procurement team working together with business SMEs to perform assessment of business requirements, business processes and develop solutions pertaining to R2P (Requisition To Pay) and R2R (Record To Report) processes with focus on Product Cost Planning / Controlling, Inventory Valuation, Project and Asset Accounting, R&D.

Confidential

SAP Finance Solution Architect

Responsibilities:

  • Working together with Finance Directorate and Internal Audit teams perform assessment of current business / system processes as it pertains to Product Cost Planning / Controlling, Material Ledger, Inventory Valuation, Intercompany Reconciliation;
  • Participate in inventory reconciliation project, standard cost calculation project, make recommendations on current issues resolution, process / system improvements.

Confidential

SAP Finance Solution Architect

Responsibilities:

  • Assess current business processes, system in the area of Product Cost Planning / Controlling (CO-PC), Overhead Cost Management (CO-CCA), Financial & Management Reporting (PCA, FI-GL) and provide recommendations on process / system improvements;
  • Develop multiphase roadmap to achieve planned goals;
  • Develop and implement suite of acceleration tools (using SAP GUI scripting) in the space of Overhead Cost Management to enable process efficiency in interim state;
  • Lead business team in designing new cost allocation model using ABC (Activity Based Costing), build solution in SAP system; train business team and assist with user acceptance testing;
  • Plan and support execution of cutover activities, provide go-live and post go-live support.

Confidential

SAP Finance SME (Solution Architect) / Deputy Business Team Lead

Responsibilities:

  • Gather and analyze business requirements; review proposed solutions (Dow NEA template) related to SAP Finance & Controlling modules focusing on Financial & Management Reporting, Consolidations, Profitability Analysis, Cost Controlling;
  • Map high-level SAP architecture to key business requirements, needs and high-level business processes;
  • Participate in solution fit workshops (Blueprint) and provide insight on alternative solutions to address Confidential specific needs and requirements spanning across SAP CO-PC, CO-PA, CO-PS, CO-CCA, FI-GL, FI-AP, FI-AR, FI-FA, FI-TR, FSCM modules;
  • Provide to core team members on SAP ECC6.0 functionality focusing on Financial Accounting / Controlling;
  • Review designs for custom functionality including interfaces in area of Financial Accounting / Controlling, design around process / reporting of HubCo model in Europe, reporting design using BW as well external Data Warehouse;
  • Propose SAP design options for processes related to legal entity / business restructuring / product flows including European HubCo processes;
  • Within Finance team serve as focal point for testing: scope, planning, schedule, participants, creating / validating test scenarios, managing regional testing for Finance processes in APAC region;
  • Actively participate in multiple cycles of testing (Product Test, User Acceptance Test) using HP ALM tool supporting multiple work streams within Finance;
  • Active involvement in cutover data validation spanning across multiple Finance areas including Inventory, AP, AR, GL, Fixed Assets etc.;
  • On-site first line support and issue resolution during go-live and month end closing in Americas, APAC, EMEA;
  • Assist in leading team of 7 business users.

Confidential

SAP Solution Architect - RTR / PTP

Responsibilities:

  • Analyze variety of business requirements for new enhancements in Record-To-Report and Procure-To-Pay process areas, recommend solutions;
  • Document High Level Design for solutions proposed, work with external service provider to review solutions and effort estimates, participate in sourcing and SOW process;
  • Oversee solutions provided for multiple system / process enhancements, various interfaces;
  • Support external consultants and business users in various matters promoting SAP best practice solutions.

Confidential

SAP Support Consultant - FICO

Responsibilities:

  • Analyze variety of business requirements for new enhancements in Financial and Management Accounting process areas, recommend solutions;
  • Design solutions proposed, implement following SHAPE / Confidential methodologies and process;
  • Resolve functional/technical issues (fix-on-fail) in accordance with SLA agreements specializing in SAP CO-PC, CO-PA, CO-PS, CO-PCA, CO-CCA, FI-GL, FI-AP, FI-AR, FSCM modules.

Confidential

SAP Product Cost Controlling Lead

Responsibilities:

  • Design and document best practice Product Cost Planning / Controlling and Material Ledger solutions;
  • Holding ownership of all inventory valuation related topics;
  • Build solution in including Multiple valuations in ML (TLV - Transparent Legal View, GV - Group View) and integration with GL, STO (Stock Transport Order) solution for inter-company / -plant inventory transfers;
  • Serve as focal point for integration topics with D2S (PP/PM), P2P (MM/WM) and O2C (SD/LO) teams;
  • System configuration and testing: COPC-PCP, COPC-OBJ, COPC-ML-ACT.

Confidential

SAP CO (Product Costing / Profitability Analysis) Solution Architect

Responsibilities:

  • As part of ongoing implementation design and document best practice Product Cost Planning / Controlling and Profitability Analysis solutions tailored to client’s needs;
  • Prototype solution in development system including STO (Stock Transport Order) solution for inter-company / -plant inventory transfers;
  • Serve as focal point for all integration topics with MM, SD, PP teams as it’s related to Controlling solution design.

Confidential

SAP FICO Team Lead

Responsibilities:

  • Financial scope Phase 1 of the project encompasses the following SAP ECC components and solutions: Flexible General Ledger including Profit Center Accounting and Segment Reporting, Accounts Payable, Account Receivables, Asset Accounting, Treasury (Cash & Liquidity Management, Cash Journal Management), Bank Communication Management, Funds Management, Overhead Cost Management (Cost Center Accounting, Internal Order Accounting, and Profitability Analysis), Business Planning and Consolidation;
  • Joined the project in the last stages of Blueprint phase to replace leaving FICO Team Lead, had to “hit the ground running” to ensure continuity of delivery;
  • Lead and direct solution build, close outstanding blueprint design issues; plan, prepare and execute Functional System Testing and Integration System Testing;
  • Solely responsible for configuring and documenting Profitability Analysis and Flexible General Ledger (multiple ledgers integrated with Funds Management);
  • Serve as focal point for all integration topics with CPM (MM, SRM) and PPM/PS teams, coach and guide the team in all aspects of solution build;
  • Design, spec, test and document in / outgoing interfaces with main sales / customer services software used by Confidential as well as a number of other accounting / travel management systems (including data mapping requirements);
  • Manage team of 10 consultants and business SMEs.

Confidential

SAP Finance SME / Deputy Business Team Lead

Responsibilities:

  • Plan and manage the integration testing strategy pertaining to financial modules (Financial Accounting, Product Costing, Material Ledger, Profitability Analysis, Project Systems) and their integration with other SAP modules and applications;
  • Oversee realization and testing of global business process models in APAC, South Africa and Brazil and ensure that local requirements are properly addressed w/o compromising established global model;
  • Assist in managing team of 4 consultants and business users;
  • Design and implement enhancements for capturing of freight/duty/storage cost in Product Cost, including that for Intercompany product flows; confirm requirements and implement split valuation for manufactured parts;
  • Advise on cutover strategy and prepare cutover plans focusing on Financial Processes, assist in cutover realization (data gathering, mapping etc.) and go-live and post go-live issue resolutions in areas of Product Cost Planning / Controlling, Material Ledger, Profitability Analysis.

Confidential

SAP Finance / Controlling Solution Architect

Responsibilities:

  • Analyze business requirements and propose high level architecture of SAP Financial & Controlling modules / products required for solution;
  • Map high-level SAP architecture to key business requirements, needs and high-level business processes;
  • Provide recommendations for functional settings and organizational structure for Finance & Controlling stream as well as for geographical & business scope (countries / companies) of Pilot Confidential ;
  • Propose high level roadmap for SAP Financial & Controlling modules implementation including resource estimation;
  • Complete project preparation phase activities such as blueprint workshop scope definition, workshop material preparation, workshop scheduling;
  • Participate in evaluations of proposals in response to project RFP, provide recommendations to the client;
  • Using ARIS software participate in design of business processes and their implementation options in SAP, make recommendations for project / implementation approaches;
  • Provide expert advice on implementation of international best business practices using SAP FICO functionality (including parallel ledgers, product cost controlling, multi-currency etc.);
  • Serve as focal point of all integration topics with other teams (Sales and Distribution (SD), Production Planning (PP), Material Management (MM));
  • Lead work of expert business groups (consisting of Group Controller, Divisional Managers, Financial Management Dept. Managers) formed to determine and formalize business requirements as well as propose solutions in areas of Product Cost Planning / Controlling, Multiple Valuations and Profit Center Reporting, Transfer Pricing, Profitability Analysis, Intercompany sales and Inventory valuation (including split valuation);
  • As part of Controlling team develop Business Blueprint documents covering SAP Controlling functionality focusing on Overhead Cost Controlling, Product Cost Planning / Controlling, Material Ledger / Actual Costing, Profitability Analysis, Project Systems;
  • Develop prototype of solution demonstrating to the client ECC6.0 EhP5 capabilities in areas of Product Cost Planning / Controlling, Material Ledger / Actual Costing, Profitability Analysis including Intercompany product flows, Valuated stock in-transit, Legal / Group / Profit Center valuations;
  • Assist in managing team of 8 consultants and business users.

Confidential

SAP FICO Team Lead

Responsibilities:

  • Joined the project as FICO expert to assist with evaluation of current configuration / master data state and to ensure that system is set up for recording financial data related to new acquisition;
  • Working with Finance department: reviewing requirements; setting up missing configuration in areas of Financial Accounting, Profit Center Accounting, Consolidation; supporting system testing and migration to production system; developing templates and procedures for data loads (master data and transactional data);
  • Manage and coach 1 consultant.

Confidential

FICO Team Lead

Responsibilities:

  • Joined the project to replace leaving FICO consultant, had to “hit the ground running” to make sure the implementation stays on track with 7 weeks till go-live;
  • Evaluation of current state of entire FICO domain, quick resolution of open issues related to Product Cost Planning and Controlling, Profitability Analysis, General Ledger Accounting etc.
  • Preparation and execution of integration testing.
  • Manage and coach 1 consultant.

Confidential

FICO Team Lead

Responsibilities:

  • Manage projects as part of the Confidential program as well as other HP-wide programs (e.g. HPS AFM - key component of Finance Architecture Transformation) as it’s related to Confidential portfolio;
  • Gather, analyze business requirements related to Confidential system / process enhancements across all functional areas (focusing, but not limited to Financial / Management Accounting; Project Systems - Revenue / Cost Analysis);
  • Document business requirements in Change Requests using HP systems (Aries, Aldea, Caliber etc.), conduct CR review sessions with various business / IT interlocks;
  • Participate in proto-cycling workshops and requirement gathering sessions concentrating on the “fit-gap” analysis of deployment strategies for “Jumbo” accounts using Confidential process / system template - SAP Project Systems.

Confidential

FICO Team member

Responsibilities:

  • Set up Product Cost Planning (CO-PC-PCP) configuration for Confidential prototype based on requirements gathered in blueprint sessions: standard costing, periodic costing, overhead cost through ABC templates etc.;
  • Set up Product Cost Controlling (CO-PC-OBJ) configuration for Confidential prototype based on requirements gathered in blueprint sessions: variance calculations, actual overhead etc.;
  • Set up Actual Costing / Material Ledger (CO-PC-ACT) configuration for Confidential prototype based on requirements.
  • Set up Profitability Analysis (CO-PA) configuration for Confidential prototype based on requirements.
  • Document and test system configuration.

Confidential

FICO Team Lead

Responsibilities:

  • Provide 2nd level system support in areas related to FICO focusing on Product Cost Controlling, Profitability Analysis, Inventory Management including Intercompany transactions;
  • Fine-tune system-related day-to-day and month end activities, custom reports and enhancements for Product Cost Controlling and Profitability Analysis; document system procedures.

Confidential

FICO Team member

Responsibilities:

  • Primarily responsible for areas of Overhead Cost Management (CO-CCA, CO-OPA), Project Systems / Investment Management and Financial Planning (including integration with BI-IP);
  • Lead workshops and requirement gathering sessions concentrating on the “fit-gap” analysis of current business model;
  • Design process and data flows and concepts of Financial planning in following areas: Sales to Gross Margin (CO-PA); Functional & Personnel Cost (CO-CCA); Development & Registration, Business Development & Licensing Projects (PS); Other Income & Expense (CO-OPA, New GL) and their integration with BI-IP;
  • Design and implement processes covering Research and Development, Investment Management - these processes are portrayed in SAP using Investment Management / Project Systems - including planning / budgeting, integration with BI-IP and Asset Accounting;
  • Develop business guidelines covering processing in Financial Planning areas, deliver blueprint documentation and support blueprint approval workshops;
  • Provide support to other teams in areas of expertise (Product Costing, General Ledger etc.);
  • System configuration and testing: CO-CCA, CO-OPA, CO-PA, New GL, CO-PC;
  • System design and documentation in accordance with FDA requirements.

Confidential

FICO Team Lead

Responsibilities:

  • Solely responsible for hands-on implementation of Cost Center Accounting, Profitability Analysis (including integration with Business Intelligence (BI) / Advanced Planning Optimizer (APO) for demand planning and profitability forecasting), Product Cost Planning and Cost Object Controlling modules;
  • Design and implement inventory valuation concepts including standard cost calculation, additive costing, transfer pricing;
  • Oversee the design and implementation of other Financial modules: Accounts Payable / Accounts Receivable (including multiple electronic bank interfaces with XI/PI), New General Ledger, Asset Accounting;
  • Develop the project plan covering the Financial and Management Accounting requirements; project plan updates, weekly status reporting;
  • Lead workshops and requirement gathering sessions concentrating on the “fit-gap” analysis of current business model, SAP Chemical best business practices and the company’s new operating model in EU (Single Business Entity);
  • Analyze multiple business models and their implementation options in SAP, present to the company’s senior executives, making recommendations for project / implementation approaches;
  • Serve as focal point of all integration topics with other teams (Sales and Distribution (SD), Production Planning (PP), Material Management (MM)), e.g. freight costing and capitalization, intercompany sales processes, logistics / financial processes pertaining to implementation of Single Business Entity (SBE) model in Europe;
  • Plan and manage the integration testing strategy pertaining to financial modules and their integration with other SAP modules and applications;
  • Active involvement in data conversion process, defining conversion rules for financial master and transactional data (General Ledger Accounts, Material Master, Open Projects, Fixed Assets, Cost Centers, Open items and balances), develop LSMW and ECATT scripts for master and transactional data loads;
  • Develop financial data conversion strategy as part of overall cutover strategy, define conversion rules for various modules (GL, AP, AR, AA, MM) taking into consideration transition from current business model in EU to the new Single Business Entity model in multi-currency / multi-company environment;
  • Assist in design and implementation of Business Planning and Consolidation (BPC).
  • Lead a team of 9 consultants and client personnel implementing the designed solution;

Confidential

FICO Team member / Deputy Team Lead

Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for all Financial and Management Accounting aspects of the implementation in the FDA regulated environment focusing on New General Ledger, profit center and segment reporting, as well as Overhead Cost Management (CCA & OCM), Profitability Analysis (CO-PA);
  • Conceptual system design, business process gap analysis and resolution collaborating with other teams and parties outside of the project;
  • Responsible for key integration points with other ECC modules (MM, SD, CS) including material valuation, transfer pricing, billing, inter-company stock transfer and sales, service order processing, leasing etc.;
  • Responsible for design, testing and implementation of financial interfaces (mostly via EDI) with legacy manufacturing systems and other external partners (e.g. lockbox);
  • Integration testing and documenting the solution (including Business Blueprint, User Requirements, Functional & Technical Specifications etc.) in accordance with FDA requirements as well as using Solution Manager;
  • Assist in material development and review, support end-user in various locations;
  • Responsible for integration with BI in areas of Financial and Management reporting;
  • Assist the company with financial data conversion preparation and post - conversion reconciliations, including multi-currency scenarios;
  • Post go-live support including on-site support of offices in Mexico and Puerto Rico;
  • Assist in managing team of 6 consultants; coach junior team members on various aspects of design and implementation of financial applications such as Accounts Payable (AP), Accounts Receivable (AR), Asset Accounting (AA) etc.

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