Configuration/Functional Lead - SAP FICO

US-IL-Lake Zurich
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ACCO Brands

Position Summary

ACCO Brands is one of the world's largest suppliers of branded office products, with annual revenues of almost $1.8 billion is seeking a talented individual to join the Information Technology team as a Functional Lead-SAP FI/CO at the Lake Zurich, IL headquarters.


This functional lead will be responsible for applying business and technical expertise to support, design and implement existing or new or revised business functionality into our SAP systems and related third party systems. This role will lead and support projects across multiple business functions specializing in FI/CO and also be accountable for change requests, and production support within the scope of the functional area of the job. The applicant should have ability to transform and to support advanced business functions and business requirements into design, build and implement systems / technical solutions for the specified functional area. This person will be the key resource to drive continuous improvement and Best Practices on SAP modules in support of the company vision and roadmap.


Key Responsibilities

  • Integrates SAP functional development and support capabilities within the North American support framework.
  • Interacts with the non-information technology related business areas to identify requirements and requests help prioritize, scope, implement and support solutions.
  • Sets expectations, manage expectations, challenge requirements and help establish priorities.
  • Documents, analyzes and provides solutions based on business requests for additional features, functionality, integrations, etc.
  • Investigates best practices, and participates in the selection & implementation of technology solutions.
  • Designs, builds, implements and supports applications and activities related to the specified functional area, including configuring SAP and integrated third party applications.
  • Plans and executes all activities of implementation and support of applications by understanding of project implementation / support methodologies and tools based on ACCO standards.
  • Implements, executes and reviews appropriate testing & quality assurance activities.
  • Provides functional and technical support for mission-critical applications for the specified functional areas.
  • Develops and maintains user documentation for delivered solutions in order to facilitate ongoing production support activities and user training.
  • Drives continuous process improvement with use of technology solutions by demonstrating value-add propositions and effective communication of IT value to the business.
  • Interacts with management to assess needs, assign priorities, and learn new technologies and techniques as appropriate.

Position Qualifications

  • Bachelor Degree in Computer Science or related discipline, or equivalent technical work experience is required
  • Minimum 8 years in a dynamic business environment performing system and / or business analysis and design
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience with SAP configuration and support in the FI/CO area and/or experience with at least 3 full SAP system implementations
  • Experience in understanding and configuration related to SAP FI, CO, SAP industry templates, and Best Practices
  • Extensive knowledge in Costing Based & Accounting Based COPA, understanding cost classifications & components of master data relating to COPA
  • Experience in providing subject matter expertise for Finance business process area using SAP FI/CO module
  • Extensive knowledge in Costing Based & Accounting Based COPA, understanding cost classifications & components of master data relating to COPA
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of flows of actual values like Transfer of Incoming Sales Orders, Transfer of Billing Documents, Order and Project Settlement, Direct Posting from FI/MM, Settlement of Production Variances, Transfer of Overheads, creating/ modification of Value Fields and Characteristics, Profitability Segments, etc.
  • Knowledge of Profit Center Accounting & Cost Center Accounting and understanding of Hierarchies, Planning, Accruals, and Actual Postings
  • Good understanding of Allocations, Top-Down Distributions, Assessments, Validation and Substitution Rules
  • Moderate to Extensive experience in Product Costing and Intercompany transactions
  • Experience in understanding different report types, and creating Financial reports including COPA reports
  • Moderate to extensive experience in integration of other functional areas such as SD, MM, PP and other SAP modules with SAP FI/CO, as well as Integrated Value Flows
  • Strong SAP Applications Functional expertise in SAP General Ledger and transactional sub ledgers
  • Understanding of industry and business unit regulatory environment – GAAP, Tax regulations, etc.
  • Knowledge Material Ledger is a plus
  • Knowledge of HFM or other financial consolidation tools is a plus
  • Ability to travel up to 10% domestically

Equal Opportunity Employer

ACCO Brands is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. The Company provides equal employment opportunity to all persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.


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