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IT Solution Architect, Supply Chain and Finance

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Date: Feb 15, 2021

Location: Charlotte, NC, US, 28216

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 43521

 

Corning is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science. For more than 160 years, Corning has applied its unparalleled expertise in specialty glass, ceramics, and optical physics to develop products that have created new industries and transformed people’s lives.

Corning succeeds through sustained investment in R&D, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and close collaboration with customers to solve tough technology challenges.

The global Information Technology (IT) Function is leading efforts to align IT and Business Strategy, leverage IT investments, and optimize end to end business processes and associated information integration technologies.  Through these efforts, IT helps to improve the competitive position of Corning's businesses through IT enabled processes.  IT also delivers Information Technology applications, infrastructure, and project services in a cost efficient manner to Corning worldwide.

Scope of Position: Corning IT is seeking an exceptional professional with strong leadership skills to join our team as a Solution Architect for IT Supply Chain and Finance Execution team. The Supply Chain Execution team within Corning includes all applications that help run a business including Supply Chain and Finance ERP systems and other applications that support these ERP systems in the business modules such as Manufacturing, Distribution, Sales, Accounting, Corporate Performance Management, Procurement and Human Resource Management. The ideal Solution Architect will operate largely independently in meeting defined objectives and goals. He/She will possess deep subject matter expertise in the business and technical architecture of ERP and other applications that form the scope of SC Execution team and will be expected to develop direction for technology with strategic alignment to the needs of the Enterprise. Working in conjunction with the Service Line, Business Engagement, Enterprise Architects and IT Leadership, the Solutions Architect will propose and set enterprise wide technology architecture direction and influence investments in those technology areas. The Solution Architect will translate business and service line requirements into practical IT service architectures that meet business partner needs and are fully aligned with enterprise architecture guidelines. The Solution Architect will work with SAP Max Attention Architect and Corning Enterprise Architect to define a business and application multi-year technology and capability roadmap. The SA will manage architecture participation in and documentation of Max Attention services. At a high level, the Solutions Architect’s focus will be

  • Long-term technology planning: 10 -15%
  • Technology Effectiveness confirmation and execution 70 – 80%
    • Largely related to ERP Transformation Project initiatives
  • Enterprise level Leadership and Influence: 10- 15% SA Generic

Role and responsibilities:

  • Partner with IT and business stakeholders across the enterprise to provide input into the development and execution of Finance Application strategy.
  • Collaborate with Service Lines, Enterprise Architects and Business Engagement to translate business requirements and IT enterprise architecture into well-defined technical solutions/requirements
  • Create and maintain solutions roadmaps for use in defining and shaping Service Line strategies
  • Identify and recommend solution architecture that effectively meets business needs, risk/regulatory compliance requirements and fully supports Service Line and IT function strategy
  • Provide directionally accurate cost estimates for use in business case development
  • Assist with the development and encourage the adoption of reference architectures and reusable patterns to facilitate the standardization of solution design, deployment and risk/compliance
  • Develop and maintain a detailed understanding of the solutions landscape within an assigned domain of technical expertise
  • Develop design principles, design patterns, position papers and Proof of concepts to define technology and capability direction/introduction in alignment with enterprise architecture goals.
  • Provides input into the prioritization of strategic IT investments and introduction of new capability in the EBS area.
  • Provide guidance and oversight to project and engineering teams in the build, test and deployment of technical solutions
  • Participate and lead project design sessions to develop end to end solutions for complex business problems. Challenge status-quo and think out of the box to device innovative solutions for such problems.
  • Coach/mentor members of IT as necessary. Align with and influence teams to grow/enterprise architecture skills and perspective
  • Troubleshooting: investigate, analyze, and solve problems
  • Handle changes or emergency transports as needed for high priority issues;
  • Coordinate with SAP basis team on the implementation of technical objects in SAP to provided enhancements, bug fixes, OSS notes, Support packages and System upgrades of software components installed
  • Continuously expand breadth and depth of technology expertise to include applied research.
  • Maintain relationships with key vendors to understand the market trends and direction of associated technologies

Education/Work Experience Requirement:

  • Bachelor's degree in IT management, computer science, computer engineering, or management information systems with five years relevant experience.
  • SAP Functional Certifications and/or Experience
  • 10 years of IT or equivalent business/industry work experience in a relevant subject area.

General Required Skills:

  • Extensive experience in working on large scale, mission critical ERP deployment projects including SAP S/4 HANA and SAP Central Finance
  • Extensive knowledge of general ERP concepts, trends and industry best practices.
  • Strong knowledge of multi-tier SAP ERP applications architecture and related infrastructure components.
  • Strong working knowledge of business processes across the supply chain and finance modules.
  • Knowledge of integration points between SAP modules and Corning systems (ie MES)
  • Experience with Enterprise integration and ETL tools, along with a good grasp of SOA concepts in ERP space.
  • Strong Finance business domain knowledge
  • Knowledge of reporting and analytics concepts and tools
  • Exposure to Cloud concepts and delivery of business capability via SaaS model
  • Solutions proposal development
  • Business case development
  • Strong communication and engagement skills
  • Leading and managing change
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with Business and IT management on business matters blending technical and non-technical perspectives and discuss complex concepts in simple terms.
  • Significant experience in achieving positive results among staff at all levels of the organization through demonstrated ability in developing consultative relationships.
  • Demonstrated success working collaboratively with individuals and teams across the company, specifically executives and key stakeholders, utilizing influence, persuasion, leadership, negotiation and group facilitation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to grasp big picture with ability to transfer business requirements to solution design.
  • Strongly Self-motivated and guided.
  • Experience in implementation projects as well as in support
  • Deep understanding of the processes supported by SAP considered best practices
  • Solid technical background: Ability to understand complex SAP programs, to use SAP tools
  • Strategic agility and managing ambiguous conditions
  • Demonstrate passion for success to complete required tasks while maintaining a positive attitude.

Finance Skills and Experience:

  • Experience with SAP modules:
    • FI module components including General Ledger, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Fixed Assets, Banks (including integration), and Treasury
    • CO module components including Cost Centers, Internal Orders, Product Costing (including o Central Finance components including Central Payments and Central Cash Application o SAP Group Reporting (Consolidations)
    • SAP Treasury Management, Cash Management and Bank Account Management
    • BOMs and Routings), Profitability Analysis (COPA), Manufacturing Variances and Settlements, and Profit Centers Master Data components including COA, Profit Centers, Cost Centers, Material Master, Vendor Master, Customer Master, Bank Master, BOMs and Routings
    • Accounts receivables Credit and Deduction Management – seems redundant
    • Accounts Payables including VIM/SR/OpenText – seems redundant
  • Experience with SAP Central Finance
  • Experience in S/4 HANA 1709 or higher
  • Experience with complex multi-country implementations
  • Solution Manager/Focused Build Experience (including Agile Project Management mindset)

Travel: Ability to accommodate travel up to 50%.

This position does not support immigration sponsorship.

We prohibit discrimination on the basis of  race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or veteran status or any other legally protected status.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.


Nearest Major Market: Charlotte