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Finance Manager - Regional Process Owner - SAP Job


Home Based, PA, United States

Employment Type:  Regular
Category:  Finance and Accounting
Posting Date:  Jul 27, 2022

Division:      Arkema, Inc.

Location: King of Prussia, PA/Wauwatosa, WI/Hybrid - Can be remote position


Situation in organization

Reports directly to AMAS Regional Finance Optimization Manager

Reports functionally to AMAS Regional Finance Optimization Manager

Manager of two AMAS Finance Business Process Owner/Analyst in the future

Regular interaction with Executive members and country CFOs, BU and Staff Department Heads, iTeam, and BPOs in various domains – local, regional and global.


Job dimensions
  • Cross functional working environment: CFOs/SSC managers, FP&A site & BU, IT experts, Other BPOs (CORE Team and Local Teams) and internal/external auditors
  • Functional scope: Finance Functional & Organizational Core Model running on 4 different SAP systems
  • Organizational scope: AMAS entities but also WW projects/initiatives (global optimization of resources)
  • Finance Process: Controlling (CO) - Material Ledger, Product Costing, Profitability Analysis, Cost Center & Profit Center Accounting, etc

Number of staff: 2 (in the future)


Key Activities and responsibilities

Project Management (50%)

  • Lead system integration projects for SAP Controlling (CO) module

  • Lead Gap Analysis workshops; collect any legal/business gaps and organize workshops to design a compliant solution in coordination with Core Team,

  • Ensure Adoption of Finance Organizational Core Model (FTOM) of Arkema through effective change management strategies

  • Perform Detailed Organization Impacts analysis & assist local management to build an action plan to mitigates risk,

  • Define organizational restrictions to be applied to derived functional Business Roles,

  • Manage user role matrix (internal control clear off), including authorization approvals,

  • Lead training activities including training identification and execution, material creation and training organization

  • Build test plans and validate completeness of tests (including from operations integrated in Finance),

  • Execute cycle tests and lead key users in UAT; analyse defects and liaise with Core team to fix bugs,

  • Lead controlling cutover activities including the adaption and follow up of Cut over

  • Ensure adoption through reinforcement activities and support post implementation through 1st quarterly closing.

  • Create and maintain and release the process documentation (work instructions) with a process-oriented approach


 General responsibilities (Functional & Organizational Core Model) (30%)

  • Identify & analyse future needs and design organizations, processes, and SAP solutions to create a Finance Core Model that meet both legal and business requirements,
  • Manage Major Evolution requests: create and present Gap Sheet to Arbitration Committee,
  • Lead in process design, organize data and analyse the pro and cons of each alternative solution,
  • Partner with other domain BPOs to design integrated finance flows fulfilling AK management framework,
  • Identify all potential cross company analysis and reporting to leverage capabilities of a global system,
  • Create and document detailed FI/CO controlling flows in an end-to-end perspective (in compliance with IFRS & local GAAP),
  • Define procedures for periodic integrity verification for integrated processes (i.e. sales book SD, production closing, purchase book MM versus revenue or cost recorded in FI/CO)
  • Contribute to build KPI in coordination with SSC managers to monitor SSC performance,
  • Perform all necessary tests to validate functional efficiency of the system (new process, upgrade, roll out, etc.)


Recurrent activities (20%)

  • Provide support at regional level during month end closing and monitor successful completion of critical closing operations. This includes oversight of the production accounting close and running of material ledger and facilitation of the SAP technical activities,
  • Controls annual/monthly updates & release of standard cost,
  • Provides technical support during budgeting and manages year-end material transfer activities
  • Support AMAS Finance Optimization Manager, in coordination with IBM competency center to service various internal customers for questions/issues regarding SAP functionality and processes,
  • Closely monitor and update the progress of the month-end activities and alert of any delay in delivery,
  • Support AMAS Finance Optimization Manager with technical issues requiring subject matter expertise,
  • Lead a Training Academy program for roll out, new comers & knowledge improvement by organizing, planning and delivering training sessions (Academy & webinar),
  • Manage change activities including change impact identification and implementation of mitigating strategies
  • Create enhancement requests through global service portal, follow the progress, test and approve release in production system,
  • Design organizational roles and organize periodic Roles & Authorization review.


Context and environment

  • Context: Worldwide listed company – IFRS & internal control rule – complex ww SAP systems

  • Constraints: change in accounting standards (IFRS and local GAAPs), in organization, new BU requirements.

  • Diversity of users and entities, requirements to prioritize and reconcile
  • Global team: regional BPOs predominantly serve regional Arkema group entities, and occasionally contributes to projects in other regions according to workload intensity,
  • Ensure a faithful implementation of the SAP Core Models, promote a new model of working organisation & the global objective to improve the efficiency of Finance operations,
  • Requires work beyond normal hours to meet accounting deadlines or other project driven deadlines
  • Travel required up to 25% (domestic and international)
  • Supports the site HES policy and complies with all regulatory and internal requirements
  • Participates in HES activities provided by site management and Arkema Inc. (e.g., Behavioral Base Safety, SafeStart, etc.)
  • Supports and promotes the reporting of all health, safety, environmental, near-miss, accident or injury incidents


Required Education/Qualifications /Work experience

  • 10+ years of Accounting/Finance experience in a manufacturing environment
  • 5-10 years of working with ERP solutions as a business subject matter expert, an implementation leader or process owner
  • 3-5 years of project management experience
  • BA/BS in Accounting/Finance; MBA/CPA is a plus
  • SAP experience required
  • SAP integration experience required
  • Proven level of expertise in SAP Controlling processes
  • Strong interest and interaction with IT systems


​​​​​​​​​Demonstrated Competencies

  • Strong organizational, analytical and problem solving skills required
  • Project/Change Management experience
  • Proven Leader
  • Independent, self-starter
  • Global experience preferred
  • Good communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience improving business processes
  • Ability to work in a fast paced & multi task project environment


Building on its unique set of expertise in materials science, Arkema offers a portfolio of first-class technologies to address ever-growing demand for new and sustainable materials. With the ambition to become in 2024 a pure player in Specialty Materials, the Group is structured into three complementary, resilient and highly innovative segments dedicated to Specialty Materials - Adhesive Solutions, Advanced Materials, and Coating Solutions - accounting for some 80% of Group sales, and a well-positioned and competitive Intermediates segment. Arkema offers cutting-edge technological solutions to meet the challenges of, among other things, new energies, access to water, recycling, urbanization and mobility, and fosters a permanent dialogue with all its stakeholders. The Group reported sales of €8.7 billion ($9.7 billion) in 2019, and operates in 55 countries with 20,500 employees worldwide.

The diversity of its employees is an asset that the Arkema group wants to preserve. Its non-discrimination policy applies to recruitment, salary levels and career management. The Arkema group is committed to ensuring diversity among its employees.

Arkema Inc. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Arkema Inc. complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence.

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