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SAP Finance Systems Manager

Lightsource bp is in a period of significant growth and resultantly is part way through a strategic optimisation project to refresh the systems we use in our core business functions. At the heart of this modernisation is the delivery of a new SAP S/4HANA PCE system that will create a new digital core for our business operations within Lightsource bp. This builds on top of the recent delivery of the SAP Success Factors HR system.


The SAP Finance System Manager within IT will be responsible for managing and leading a new team of SAP specialists inhouse and within a Managed Service Provider. In this role you will be responsible and accountable to lead the team across all duties including business support, system analysis, training and implementation of new developments.

Key responsibilities of the SAP Finance System Manager:
1.    Have oversight and management responsibility for all SAP & Finance technology components and resources required to manage & deliver the Finance activities. This is largely built on SAP S/4 HANA PCE and is resourced by Internal and External specialists
2.    Manage and enhance SAP & Finance technology with a customer centric mindset to ensure that it supports the business, legislative and operational requirements of the business stakeholders.
3.    Establish internal processes and procedures to ensure that the Finance systems operate with high levels of accuracy, availability, and security.
4.    Ensure all regular monitoring, maintenance and housekeeping activities are defined, planned and executed including month-end and year-end system scheduling and reconciliation of data.
5.    Provide ongoing user support and training for Finance on all systems resolving complex and non-complex issues.
6.    Support core accounting activities in Finance by performing adhoc data/system analysis and monitoring transaction feeds/connections to and from internal and external systems.
7.    Operate as the main point of contact for Finance system security
8.    Act as a super user for all system functionality
9.    Support projects by identifying and responding to business initiatives that impact the Finance systems and building strong collaborative relationships with project stakeholders.
10.    Engage with Finance and other stakeholders through the entire project lifecycle when delivering new system functionality.
11.    Manage system testing and implementation of new developments.
12.    Initiate, review and implement improvements for financial processes.
13.    Identify and co-ordinate technical training for staff including supporting and succession planning. 
14.    Addressing audit requests and queries which require IT input.

Required skills and experience:
1.    Experienced in development and operation of SAP Finance systems.
2.    ACCA/CIMA/ACA qualified with experience in similar environment.
3.    Ability to manage competing priorities and apply Project Management discipline to structuring and planning work.
4.    Excellent presentation skills to enable impressive articulation of complicated topics
5.    Strong leadership ability with proven experience of leading and developing a team.
6.    Excellent communication skills both verbal and written and highly numerate.
7.    Proven record of delivering change which leverages automation and control.
8.    Advanced knowledge of accounting principles, practices and controls.
9.    Technical understanding and commercial rationale of ERP system constructs and functionality e.g. Control Accounts, Document Types, User Groups, etc.
10.    Ability to work unsupervised and use initiative.
11.    Ability to manage strict deadlines.
12.    Strong technical background and project management skills.
13.    Ability to influence key business decisions.
14.    Self-motivated, highly organised with strong attention to detail.
15.    Passion for driving compliance, customer satisfaction and improvement through leadership. 
16.    Ability to interpret financial data and convert findings to recommendations and actions.