SAP Business Analyst (FI CO PA)

SAP Business Analyst (FI CO PA)

by Brian Borsa|November 16, 2009
  • Permanent
  • Kansas City
  • Reference: KSjames3



SAP Business Analyst – Business Transformation Team

Finance and Controlling

General Purpose

Reporting to the Business Transformation Team Lead, the SAP business analyst will participate in a cross-functional, team environment as a key member of the implementation team responsible for implementation and support of finance, controlling and profitability analysis applications using SAP ECC and various SAP components.

This position is a core team member of the company SAP implementation initiative, Finance team. This individual supports global design, realization, implementation and support of finance, controlling and planning applications using SAP ECC.

The business analyst will partner with users and implementation partners to plan, conduct, and direct analysis of business problems to be solved within an SAP environment and work with technical team to translate business requirements into technical design specifications. The individual must maintain system integrity by following proper testing and documentation procedures using tools-based testing and transport systems. This includes unit, integration, and regression testing of configuration and programming changes. The position requires knowledge of all aspects of financial and managerial accounting.

This role will provide support to the global super users and business process teams with major emphasis on SAP finance, controlling and analytics. This position requires resolving technical problems with all finance issues as well as managing the integration points with other SAP related modules. Act as a single contact point for problem management.

The business analyst will use approved company implementation methodology to ensure all design aspects are resolved by the assigned completion date, provide appropriate documentation to meet support requirements and coordinate development requests, acting as a single interface to the integration partner. This person will provide project management skills and manage relationships with internal/external customers, work with business process teams in a consulting role and serve as a primary point of contact to the IT organization.

At project end this role will become part of the company IT organization in a business analyst role reporting to the Director, Consulting Center of Excellence.  


Duties and Responsibilities

Strategy & Planning

  • Work with decision makers, systems owners, and end users to define business, financial, and operations requirements and systems goals, and identify and resolve systems issues.
  • Chart existing business processes in order to define current business activities for the development of procedures and models.
  • Research, review, and analyze the effectiveness and efficiency of existing processes and tools – and develop strategies for enhancing or further leveraging these processes/tools
  • Lead sessions in prototyping new procedures and systems for the purpose of enhancing business processes, operations, and information process flow.
  • Prepare and deliver reports, recommendations, or alternatives for improving processes and systems in operating systems across the organization.
  • Perform cost-benefit and return on investment (ROI) analyses for proposed changes to aid management in making implementation decisions.


Acquisition & Deployment

  • Collaborate in the planning, design, development, and deployment of new applications, and enhancements to existing applications.
  • Conduct research on software and hardware products to justify recommendations and to support purchasing efforts.


Operational Management

  • Develop, standardize, and maintain new or improved processes and systems based on findings and analysis.
  • Communicate changes, enhancements, and modifications – verbally or through written documentation – to management, peers, staff, and other employees so that issues and solutions are understood.
  • Create models, specifications, diagrams, and charts to provide direction to programmers.
  • Develop budgets and timeframes for changes in order to support company objectives.
  • Liaise with various business groups in the organization to facilitate implementation of new or improved business processes and systems.
  • Coordinate and perform in-depth tests, including end-user reviews, for modified and new processes and systems, and other post-implementation support.
  • Perform cost-benefit and return on investment analyses for proposed processes and systems to aid management in making implementation decisions.


Business Processes

This position will be focused on various enterprise systems and associated processes, including:


·         Business Analytics

·         Supply Chain (Manufacturing/Distribution/Procurement)

·         Transportation Management (Domestic/International)


IT Processes

The following IT processes are meant to indicate responsibilities and expectations:


Accountable: This role is fully accountable for the process


Accountable/Involved: This role is fully responsible for the process, but with the participation/support from roles that are outside direct reports


Responsible/Involved: This role is involved in the process and fully responsible for specific activities/areas



Formal Education

  • Bachelor degree in the field of information technology or business administration


Knowledge & Experience

  • Minimum 5 years of business analyst related experience
  • Minimum 5 years experience in design and configuration in SAP FI/CO/PA 4.6 or higher
  • Two full cycles of an SAP implementation and production support preferred
  • Minimum 3 years experience in SAP ECC 6.0 or higher
  • Experience with SAP BPC (Business Planning & Consolidation) is a plus
  • Experience with SAP BW (Business Warehouse) is a plus
  • Functional experience in the financial operations is preferred
  • Proven experience with business and technical requirements analysis, business process modeling/mapping, methodology development, and data modeling.
  • Experience overseeing the design, development, and implementation of software and hardware solutions, systems, or products.
  • Proven experience in the operation and analysis of database hardware, software, and standards, as well as data retrieval methodologies and applications.
  • Extensive practical knowledge in importing data for use in report software, spreadsheets, graphs, and flowcharts.
  • Ability to create systematic and manual operations procedures in both technical and user-friendly language.
  • Ability to apply statistical and other research methods into systems issues and products as required.
  • Extensive experience with core software applications, such as ERP, CRM, PLM, BI, etc.
  • Demonstrated project management skills
  • Excellent understanding of the organization’s goals and objectives.


Personal Attributes

§  Able to exercise independent judgment and take action on it.

§  Excellent analytical, mathematical, and creative problem-solving skills.

§  Excellent listening, interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.

§  Logical and efficient, with keen attention to detail.

§  Highly self motivated and directed.

§  Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks

§  Ability to conduct research into systems issues and products as required.

§  Ability to communicate ideas in both technical and user-friendly language.

§  Strong customer service orientation.

§  Experience working in a team-oriented, collaborative environment


Licensing & Certification

  • Certifications not required, but preference for CBAP, Six Sigma  Black Belt, etc.
  • SAP FI/CO certification preferred


Percent Travel

  • Up to 50%, including regular travel to/from company area council, manufacturing and distribution sites.  This percentage may vary during various ‘go-live’ periods of the project. 


Candidate Must Be U.S. Citizen



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