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Lead SAP TM Analyst
Ref No.: 17-05815
Location: Northbrook, Illinois
Position Type:Direct Placement
Start Date: 08/18/2016
Title: Lead SAP TM Analyst
Location: Northbrook, IL
Duration: Permanent
Start: ASAP


The purpose of this role is to provide global cross-company process & application IT SAP leadership for Transportation. Scope includes partnering with corporate Transportation department, subject matter experts, and internal IT functional teams to identify opportunities to implement SAP Transportation System. Functional accountability includes responsibilities for implementing and supporting transportation management systems.

This position is tasked with helping to establish the SAP global template and is responsible for deploying all subsequent roll-outs. The Lead TMS analyst will be the conduit to Transportation/Operations business unit and will act as owner of the global SAP template.

They will have the technical background to understand implementation in our solutions and communicate status, issues, mitigate risks, and manage the implementation across all stakeholders to deliver successfully.

  • Experience in implementation/support of SAP TM activities (Design, Build, Test, Deploy); version 9.0 or higher.
  • Provide guidance on transportation industry processes, standards, requirements, for Truck, Rail, Sea mode of shipments
  • Provide an IT center of expertise for TM solutions, defining global standards, processes and driving common solutions across the enterprise
  • Own and lead global TM governance processes for SAP implementation with relevant functional experts and business process owners
  • Identify opportunities to establish joint IT & functional programs that develop and/or deploy new global capabilities
  • Create project and release plans, monitor project costs and schedule to ensure timely completion and implementation of the project within approved time and budget
  • Guide the team through the development, testing and implementation stages and review the completed work effectively
  • Track and facilitate issues resolution
  • Ensure quality project deliverables
  • Understand business objectives, research, and provide guidance, options and proof of concepts (if appropriate) to solve business technology needs.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of current and emerging technologies/capabilities in the SAP Transportations space.
  • Develop institutional roadmaps for assigned platforms based on vendor releases or improvements, and a situational awareness of various business scenarios, business priorities, and strategic objectives.
  • Inform and drive innovative approaches for assigned aspects of business operations through technology.
  • Track and drive adoption of platform technologies and shared best practices across institutions.
  • Determine and track appropriate metrics to facilitate ongoing governance and continuous improvement of assigned platform, including colleague and student experience.
  • Bachelor's degree in information technology, computer science, engineering or related field, or equivalent combination of education and recent, relevant work experience.
  • 6 years' experience in a SAP TMS environment demonstrating highly competent abilities in standard software development life cycle management and project management techniques and methodologies.
  • Experience in implementation/support of SAP TM activities (Design, Build, Test, Deploy); ideally version 9.0 and later
  • Strong understanding of transportation industry processes, standards, requirements, for Truck, Rail, Sea mode of shipments
  • Experience in design and configuration of SAP TM (ideally version 9.0 or later) in the following functionalities:
    • Rate and Contract Management
    • Operational Planning
    • Transportation Execution
    • Fleet Management
    • Freight Settlement
  • Basic understanding of standard TM-ERP integration models (Sales/Purchase Orders, Deliveries, Freight Invoice)
  • Exposure to integration between TM and third party tools (e.g. Rand McNally MileMaker, Steelroads, UPS Connectship, OSCO, Syncada, EDI, etc.)
  • Knowledge of SAP TMS or third-part TMS solution and integration with SAP
  • SAP S4/Hana is a plus
  • Experience with system management processes, business requirements, solution design and configuration, and user acceptance testing.
  • Ability to prioritize work and analyze interdependencies.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills; ability to communicate effectively at all levels of the organization.
  • Strong collaboration and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong active listening skills and the ability to translate needs, concerns and solutions across functional and stakeholder groups.
  • Demonstrated creativity balanced with practicality to meet business objectives and team needs.
  • Experience in SAP
  • SAP Implementation Methodology
  • Strong leadership skills.
  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to conduct and direct research into IT issues and products.
  • Ability to present ideas in business-friendly and user-friendly language.
  • Highly self-motivated, self-directed, and attentive to detail.
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment.
  • Extensive experience working in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.
If you are interested and available, please send an updated resume at your earliest convenience. Thanks!