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Sr. SAP Analyst

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Safran is an international high-technology group, operating in the aircraft propulsion and equipment, space and defense markets. Safran has a global presence, with more than 92,000 employees and sales of 21 billion euros in 2018. Working alone or in partnership, Safran holds world or European leadership positions in its core markets. Safran undertakes Research & Development programs to meet fast-changing market requirements, with total R&D expenditures of around 1.5 billion euros in 2018.

Safran is ranked among the Top 100 Global Innovators by Thomson Reuters and is featured on the "Happy at work" rankings. The Group places fourth on the Universum ranking for the favorite companies of newly-qualified engineers in France.

Safran Electronics & Defense is a world leader in optronics, avionics, electronics and critical software for civil and defense applications. The company's products are deployed worldwide on more than 1,000 ships, 25,000 armored vehicles and 10,000 aircraft.  

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Main domain/Job field

Support functions - IT

Job title

Sr. SAP Analyst

Employment type

Regular Full time

Professional category

Professional, Engineer & Manager

Part time / Full time


Job description

Summary of Job Purpose:

- The SAP IT Analyst role is a hands on role using analytical, consulting, business knowledge, and application solution expertise to effectively integrate and implement technology solutions into the business environment. The SIA is responsible for all aspects of our SAP application that is currently implemented SAP ERP (ECC 6.0) functional solution within SEDA. This position will work closely with business subject matter experts as well as others within the Safran Support Teams (in France) to ensure strong alignment between the business requirements/needs and the application solutions/services. The candidate for the SIA role is responsible for developing, configuring and delivering effective SAP specific solutions for our business.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Functional support:
o Hands-on problem identification, problem resolution and problem documentation and communication.
o Functional Lead providing ongoing Functional and development support for the Record To Report (R2R) business solutions to ensure that current and future business requirements are met.
o Provide in-depth technical/business process advice for the RTR support team (SAP FICO).
o Lead a team of specialists in SAP FICO to support the business processes for the RTR solution.
o Provide support & design direction for business operation namely, Month end/Qtr/Year end closing, Planning & Forecasting, Cash Management, Tax, Payments, & other Finance and Controlling Reporting and Analytics.
o Strong Financial accounting experience with strong skills across FICO module including Financial Org Structure and Master Data, New General Ledger, AP, AR, Tax, Intercompany Accounting, CCA, PCA, Internal Orders, Bank Interfaces &, Foreign currencies.
o Excellent Business Analytical skills and detailed technical knowledge across the R2R work stream including, cost reduction, automation of processes, matrices, diagrams to assist decision makers regarding business consolidations.
o Assist the Finance team in Analyzing, review, forecast, and trend complex data to support company goals and business objectives. Internal & External Financial Management Reporting.
o Assisted and influence business owners to convert their policies and procedures as their requirements for system design.(i.e. GAAP, IFRS)
o Evaluate SAP Finance designs to ensure that solution provided are in line with the growth of the business, addressed business operation challenges and introduce efficiencies base on industry standard practice.
o Present analysis and interpretation of operational and business review to support short and long-term operational / strategic business activities.
o Manage business software application issues escalation through IT tracking tools to enlist support from Safran / Safran Electronics & Defense / third parties.

Additional description

o Work with the business to drive requirements into SAP, Kronos and other application/module/solution interface, installation, implementation, upgrades and maintenance.
o Perform user management and implementation of permissions and security policies
o Desire to expand skills in other SAP modules specifically in MRO business( service to cash modules)
o Review and assist IT and Finance team in understanding SAP products and solutions and integration with other third party software applications.
o Strong background in financial modeling with analytical and problem solving skills which involves collecting, processing and delivering relevant and accurate information used for providing strategic, financial and operational feedback
o Provide Operational expertise by maximizing SAP Design and solution to support growth, efficiencies across Finance module to provide stability, efficiencies and simplified complex business processes.
o Conduct requirement workshops and training to review SAP technical architecture/design and assist the business in making technical decision in SAP design & architecture.

Travel specifictity

o Briefs leadership as appropriate on situations requiring changes in resources, impacts on established policies, broad project milestones, goals, or projected timetables.
o Must be flexible with work hours as French support personnel may only be available during early PST and/or CST times
o Is responsible for work that involves the design, documentation, modification, testing, installation, implementation, and support of new or existing application solutions
o Establish and execute test plans to ensure applications are performing expected results.
o Produce weekly status report in area of ownership, taking accountability and ownership for deliverables and commitments aligned with weekly IT meetings, change requests, projects
o Lead early discussions with Finance Executives regarding discovery sessions with business and technology stakeholders as part of their review on their existing structure.
o Conduct compliance and audit review of existing Finance functionalities.
o Research focusing on industry trends and related business problems and the value proposition of SAP's solutions and some bolt on functionalities.
o Developed business cases for SAP solutions specific to finance scenarios, combined with peer benchmarking.
o Be the liaison for the company to actively participate in ASUG (America's SAP Users) groups, as this will lead to some improvement on existing SAP software A&D solution.

Candidate skills & requirements

Actively involved in the creation and execution of SAP Accounting system processes improvement.
o Extensive experience in bridging the gap between technical/functional design and end-user requirements, and adept in creating and improving operational efficiencies through business process re-engineering.
o Lead /Deploy global accounting processes & procedures to company worldwide sites.
o SAP Finance Integration Lead across SAP Modules.
o Must exercise good judgement, will have access to sensitive information

Required Competencies:
Education / Experience:
Required Qualifications
 BS in Computer Science, Engineering or a related technical discipline, or the equivalent combination of education, technical training, or work/military experience.
 Minimum of 5-10 years of IT / Business Analyst experience
 Minimum of 5-7 years of SAP ERP functional/Hands-on experience.
 Candidate must be able to be licensed by the US Government.
Preferred Qualifications
 Knowledge of SAP HANA BI reporting is plus.
 Knowledge of MRO business is plus.

Skills and Abilities:
 Thorough attention to detail and accuracy
 Ability to work independently and in a team environment
 Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Exhibits clear and concise written and verbal communication.
 Capacity to work in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment with multiple concurrent assignments
 Works and communicates effectively at all organizational levels and across functional areas
 The employee may be required to work beyond normal working hours from time to time as the workload dictates.
 Excellent communication and client liaison skills
 Ability read and follow instructions in English
 Travel (25%)

Job location

Job location

North America, United States, California, Tustin

City (-ies)

Costa Mesa

Applicant criteria

Minimum education level achieved

Bachelor's Degree

Minimum experience level required

More than 5 years