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Advantage Solutions Vice President of IT, ERP in Chicago, Illinois

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Position Summary

As the Vice President of Information Technology - ERP, you will be responsible for leading and overseeing the implementation, maintenance, and optimization of SAP S/4 HANA system within the Advantage Solutions Company. ERP transformation is a key business transformation initiative for Advantage Solutions which is building a reliable and scalable SAP backbone to support the business initiatives in the areas of Finance, Order Management and Procurement. You will drive and lead this effort.

You will collaborate with various stakeholders, including senior executives, department heads, and IT teams, to ensure effective utilization of ERP solutions to enhance business operations, streamline processes, and drive organizational growth.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities (Describe the major duties of the job. List the Essential Duties and Responsibilities)

Responsibilities

ERP Strategy and Leadership:

• Develop and execute the ERP strategy and develop a 3 – 5-year roadmap aligned with the organization's goals and objectives.

o Finalize the SAP modules in scope/ out of scope.

o Define and Lead the Application Integration approach.

o Define and build reporting and analytics solutions.

• Provide leadership and guidance to the IT team responsible for SAP S/4 HANA implementation, support, and maintenance.

• Collaborate with key stakeholders to understand business requirements and translate them into effective ERP solutions giving quick wins.

• Ability to identify pain points and opportunities to simplify and rationalize the current application footprint.

• Prioritize ERP Build phases aligned with strategic business priorities.

ERP Implementation and Management:

· Oversee the implementation of SAP S/4 HANA application across the organization, including planning, resource allocation, and budget management. Ensure successful delivery leveraging Industry Best Practices where relevant.

· Manage and Build the SAP Delivery Organization incl. functional teams, development teams, security teams, change and communication teams.

· Manage program scope, timelines, and budget.

· Manage external vendors or consultants as an extension of IT to ensure successful SAP implementation and integration with existing systems.

· Monitor project timelines, deliverables, and milestones to ensure timely and high-quality SAP deployment.

· Provide solution leadership and keep project moving forward working closely with business and IT teams.

· Responsible for status management and reporting at the project and steerco levels.

· Leverage IT teams across architecture, PMO, Data, Integration to ensure successful delivery.

System Optimization and Enhancements:

· Continuously evaluate and improve ERP systems to maximize their efficiency, reliability, and scalability.

· Identify opportunities for process automation, data analytics, and integration with other business systems.

· Stay up to date with industry trends and emerging technologies to drive innovation and maintain a competitive edge.

Cross-functional Collaboration:

· Collaborate with department heads, business leaders, and end-users to understand their ERP needs and address any issues or challenges.

· Foster strong partnerships with stakeholders to align ERP capabilities with business strategies and objectives.

· Facilitate training and change management initiatives to ensure effective adoption and utilization of ERP systems.

Governance and Compliance:

· Develop and enforce IT policies, procedures, and standards related to ERP systems.

· Ensure compliance with data security, privacy, and regulatory requirements.

· Mitigate risks associated with ERP systems, such as data integrity, system availability, and disaster recovery.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Direct Reports

  • Hires, retains, trains, coaches, guides, directs, and develops direct reports using company-wide processes, tools and resources

Indirect Reports

  • May delegate work of others and provide guidance, direction and mentoring to indirect reports

Travel Requirements

  • Travel up to 25 %

Minimum Qualifications The following are the minimum job-related qualifications which an individual needs in order to successfully perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the job

Education Level:

Bachelor’s or relevant experience in Business Administration, Information Systems, Computer Science or a related field

Field of Study/Area of Experience:

  • Proven experience (10+ years) in SAP implementations ideally in SAP FI/CO and management in a leadership role.

  • Large Program management and delivery experience in SAP managing business case creation, vendor selection, team organization and project management. Should have managed 3 – 5 large programs in similar sized clients.

  • Implementation experience with SAP S/4 HANA is a big plus.

  • Ability to identify risks and issues based on experience and mitigate the same in a timely manner to meet project timelines.

  • Create RFPs, review responses and finalize vendors as an extension of IT team working with strategic sourcing

  • Experience developing best practices in project management methodologies and guiding others to successfully execute project management of a full project lifecycle.

  • Strong understanding of business processes, including finance, order management and procurement.

  • CPG/ Retail experience is a plus.

  • Demonstrated ability to lead and motivate cross-functional teams, manage projects, and deliver results.

  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to effectively convey complex technical concepts to non-technical stakeholders.

  • Strategic thinking and problem-solving skills to identify and address business challenges using ERP solutions.

  • Familiarity with IT governance, compliance, and risk management frameworks.

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

  • Well-organized, detail-oriented, and able to handle a fast-paced work environment.

  • Build Strong working Executive relationships.

  • Strong written communication and verbal communication skills at Executive and team levels.

  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate within/ across teams.

  • Skill in supervising and delegating responsibility, training and evaluating performance.

Environmental & Physical Requirements

Office / Sedentary Requirements

Incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of the job. Work is performed primarily in an office environment. Typically requires the ability to sit for extended periods of time (66%+ each day), ability to hear the telephone, ability to enter data on a computer and may also require the ability to lift up to 10 pounds.

Additional Information Regarding ASM Job Duties and Job Descriptions

Job duties include additional responsibilities as assigned by one’s supervisor or other manager related to the position/department.This job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. ASM reserves the right at any time with or without notice to alter or change job responsibilities, reassign or transfer job position or assign additional job responsibilities, subject to applicable law. ASM shall provide reasonable accommodations of known disabilities to enable a qualified applicant or employee to apply for employment, perform the essential functions of the job, or enjoy the benefits and privileges of employment as required by the law.

Responsibilities

The Company is one of North America’s leading sales and marketing agencies specializing in outsourced sales, merchandising, category management and marketing services to manufacturers, suppliers and producers of food products and consumer packaged goods. The Company services a variety of trade channels including grocery, mass merchandise, specialty, convenience, drug, dollar, club, hardware, consumer electronics and home centers. We bridge the gap between manufacturers and retailers, providing consumers access to the best products available in the marketplace today.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:

Managerial - Leadership

  • Deep understanding of the Company, business offerings and services

  • Ability to understand how to translate business requirements and industry drivers into actionable project work and product roadmap

  • Own the day-to-day direction of team activities and project milestones

  • Provide mentoring and guidance to existing staff and career development

  • Ability to work autonomously with little oversight or supervision

  • Own a structured vendor management approach for working with key partners

  • Ability to lead vendor negotiations for pricing and contract discussions

  • Provide oversight to projects and related tasks that meet cost, schedule and resource constraints

  • Comfort level with direct interaction with ELT team members and able to present to group when needed

  • Active in Mergers & Acquisition activity, including company diligence and proposed integration strategies

Strategic Direction

  • Ability to drive 50-65% of team effort toward Foundational work, Foundational is defined as exploiting and expanding existing assets (systems, applications, infrastructure, etc.) for incremental value add

  • Ability to drive 20-30% of team effort toward Incremental work, Incremental is defined as net new IT enablement through the implementation of additional systems, applications, infrastructure, etc.

  • Ability to drive 5-10% of team effort toward Innovative work, Innovative is defined as R&D type projects focused on leveraging progressive technologies for business benefit

  • Ability to work with business stakeholders to develop ROI for initiatives and prove value of investment

  • Owns an active role in helping meet objectives around department annual efficiency and cost savings initiative

  • Ownership of department’s 18-month rolling Technology Roadmap

  • Ownership of department’s 3 year strategic plan

Stakeholder Relationships

  • Can independently manage expectations with stakeholders and drive prioritization efforts based on user request and available resources and budget

  • Own a defined communication plan for stakeholders that include specific deliverables on a set frequency (e.g.: daily calls, weekly or monthly status reports, quarterly roadmaps, etc.)

  • Develop relationships with stakeholders so that the VP position becomes the trusted single point of contact for stakeholders for all initiative communications

  • Foster, develop and maintain relationships with key Company executives through project efforts

  • Demonstrate ability to handle challenges tied to team dynamics or team conflicts independently

General Administration

  • Ownership of all department and project budgets from a Capital and Operating expense perspective

  • Provide a monthly status report update to CIO for company communication

  • Take accountability for individual and team annual goal setting exercises

  • Take accountability for completion of annual performance reviews for all team members

Innovation - Contribution

  • Contribution of time toward innovative initiatives. Lead effort(s) around industry specific research / skunk-works projects to explore business efficiencies, revenue generation or data collection and insight.

  • Looks for areas in IT or the business to contribute outside of their immediate role

  • Keeps abreast of new hardware and software development trends

Additional responsibilities as assigned by one’s supervisor or other manager related to the position/department

Supervisory Responsibilities

Direct Reports

  • Hires, retains, trains, coaches, guides, directs, and develops direct reports using company-wide processes, tools and resources

Indirect Reports

  • May delegate work of others and provide guidance, direction and mentoring to indirect reports

Travel and/or Driving Requirements

  • Travel and Driving are essential duties and function of this job

  • Travel up to %

Minimum Qualifications

The following are the minimum job-related qualifications which an individual needs in order to successfully perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the job

Education Level: (Required) Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience

Field of Study/Area of Experience: Business, Management Information Systems, Computer Science or related field

  • 15+ years of experience in information technology with cross-functional experience across major IT competencies—application development, infrastructure, mobile, etc.

  • 8+ years managing both department level resources and large project teams

  • Experience developing best practices in project management methodologies and guiding others to successfully execute project management of a full project lifecycle

  • Experience developing useful project metrics and applying those metrics

  • Experience managing multiple complex projects concurrently. Complex projects could be defined by the following factors

  • Size and duration of project

  • Multiple stakeholders

  • External data/system dependencies

  • Build and develop a high functioning team

  • Ability to successfully delegate responsibilities and tasks to others

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Well-organized, detail-oriented, and able to handle a fast-paced work environment

  • Strong written communication and verbal communication skills

  • Good interpersonal skills

  • Proficient in Project Management tools (i.e., MS Project) or similar project tool (s)

  • Skill in supervising to include delegating responsibility, training and evaluating performance

  • Excellent customer service orientation

Environmental & Physical Requirements

Office / Sedentary Requirements

Incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of the job. Work is performed primarily in an office environment. Typically requires the ability to sit for extended periods of time (66%+ each day), ability to hear the telephone, ability to enter data on a computer and may also require the ability to lift up to 10 pounds.

Additional Information Regarding The Company Job Duties and Job Descriptions

Job duties include additional responsibilities as assigned by one’s supervisor or other manager related to the position/department. This job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. The Company reserves the right at any time with or without notice to alter or change job responsibilities, reassign or transfer job position or assign additional job responsibilities, subject to applicable law. The Company shall provide reasonable accommodations of known disabilities to enable a qualified applicant or employee to apply for employment, perform the essential functions of the job, or enjoy the benefits and privileges of employment as required by the law.

Important Information

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of associates so classified.

The Company is committed to providing equal opportunity in all employment practices without regard to age, race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, physical or mental disability, or any other category protected by law. As part of this commitment, the Company shall provide reasonable accommodations of known disabilities to enable an applicant or employee to apply for employment, perform the essential functions of the job, or enjoy the benefits and privileges of employment as required by the law.

Job Locations US-IL-Chicago

Primary Posting Location : City Chicago

Primary Posting Location : State/Province IL

Primary Posting Location : Postal Code 60601

Primary Posting Location : Country US

Requisition ID 2023-430469

Position Type Full Time

Category Marketing (Corporate): Integrated Marketing, Experiential Marketing

Minimum USD $170,000.00/Yr.

Maximum USD $220,000.00/Yr.

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