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Lead SAP Implementation Manager

  • Sector: ICT
  • Location: London
  • Job type: Contract
  • Date posted: 19/03/2012
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The Company:
Our Client is a Leading Global Operator in the Oil and Gas Industry.

The Role:
This role sits within the Global Oil UK Shared Services Environment Services Release & Implementation team. The team is responsible for Implementation and Release Management supporting multiple IST projects and Delivery Streams. The services include Release & Implementation management to environments from Dev & Test through Pre-Production and final Production Implementation.

The Lead SAP Implementation Manager will be required to create and manage a pool of resource to provide Release and Implementation Services for the SAP systems in the Oil domain.

The Lead SAP Implementation Manager should engage in regular communication with an Project Managers to ensure timescales are met for all release and configuration activities, and communicate with the ES technical teams to ensure plans for resources and deliverables are agreed and in place.

Successful candidates will be able to manage implementation of Major SAP programmes through the delivery lifecycle to Production. This will include but not limited to Environment management, Demand management, & Release Management.

Key accountabilities • Develop in-house SAP Implementation & Release capability.
• Execution of SAP Quality gates and understanding / identifying opportunities for co-existence
• SAP transport governance for BAU and Project change
• SAP BAU merge strategies for SAP and non SAP projects
• Data cut planning / data refresh strategies (SAP specific)
• Tech test / OAT / FDR environment planning
• Escalation route for SAP issues
• Management of external IST SAP relationships (ES, iTDW, MIF)
• SAP estate management and transport route design authority
• Go live rig planning - rollout of changes to BAU Environments
• SAP Stakeholder management – governance of Axon, IBM and Apps Support
• SAP Application Vendor Management – Transport Express.
• Support Environment Change Manager as a SAP R&IM SME
• Transport governance / working with PMs and FSC
• Creation of SAP GANTTs and SAP TIPs
• Work closely with BAU and Project Basis Teams
• Identification of which releases need Tech Testing, OAT, FDR, regression
• Analysis and recommendation in regards to the SAP resource profile for projects and FDR / Cutovers, ELS support models
• Managing project role changes through the complicated SAP S&A process
• Replicating Project changes across the portfolio and working with RAs, OR&IM and ECM
• Creation of ELS and Support Models (or supporting ELS manager)

Essential Skills / Qualifications:
• ITIL Certification, (V3 Foundation minimum)
• A good degree (2:1 minimum) in Software Engineering or an IT related subject, or demonstrable experience of software engineering techniques, standards and processes.

Desirable Skills / Qualifications:
The leadership aspects of the role require a mature and confident approach to matrix team management.

• Demonstrated practical leadership skills
• Technical Project Management
• Strong experience of Major Implementations
• Strong ‘hands-on’ experience of designing, deploying and managing complex technical Implementations (high availability, multiple server, multiple application, saleable tiered architectures) and understand the issues and challenges
• Excellent written and verbal communication and influencing skills to both technical and non-technical audiences.
• Experience of leading and developing effective Implementation teams.
• Proven ability to prioritise work and work on multiple projects

Technical knowledge
• Complex SAP environment Release management

Process & Tools
• Understanding of Software Delivery Lifecycle
• Implementation & Release Management Best Practice (ITIL based)

Business Knowledge
• Experience in operating within a major business/I
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