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SAP Finance Specialist - APA & ICO

Posting Country:  United Kingdom
Date Posted:  01-Oct-2021
Full Time / Part Time:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Permanent

At Vodafone, we’re working hard to build a better future. A more connected, inclusive and sustainable world. As a dynamic global community, it's our human spirit, together with technology, that empowers us to achieve this. 

We challenge and innovate in order to connect people, businesses, and communities across the world. Delighting our customers and earning their loyalty drive us, and we experiment, learn fast and get it done, together.

With us, you can be truly be yourself and belong, share inspiration, embrace new opportunities, thrive, and make a real difference.

Job Responsibility

Role purpose:


IT Platforms is a core component of new Vodafone Digital and IT function. Our Operating Model is transforming as per our Tech2025 strategy and aligned to the vision of products and platforms. 


Product-based means the product roadmap items are prioritized by Product Owners and their business counterparts. Initiatives don’t get their own team, they are packaged within pre-existing product-mode teams. Product has its own authority, ownership and end-to-end accountability throughout the value chain delivering business value. 


Product teams are critically supported by platforms and services that deliver the core capabilities, skills and scalability that allow for an efficient and effective overall organisation.


SAP Finance Specialist in its area of concern, as part of  IT Platforms Finance Product Team, looks after a portfolio of products in Finance space across all finance business areas and processes in Vodafone relying on CIS and the extended scope covered by all our applications and third-party solutions to support daily operations, like S4, Concur, Ariba. 


SAP Finance Specialist in Asset (APA)  Management and Intercompany (ICO) Management will support and drive the product(s) roadmap in partnership with the business in Finance space focused on Asset & Project Accounting and Intercompany.  This individual will take accountability of the product under its remit and have the 360 vision of all the elements related to it as well as the points of integration with other products and the relationship with others IT Product Managers to ensure the alignment and consistency of the full product portfolio.





We are looking for a self-driven individual who can consult the business, ready to innovate and who can challenge solutions provided by internal and external Development Teams to ensure Vodafone standards are achieved. The candidate will have comprehensive knowledge of SAP S4 Finance solutions, strong knowledge on how finance processes are implemented with SAP S4 as well as cloud solutions and new technologies like Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, etc.


The role will need to blend functional expertise and strong stakeholder management to integrate an effective outcome that meets the needs of our business.  It will look to deliver in an agile manner – driving a product backlog with business alignment so that we ensure delivery across matrix teams and challenge vendors to address our priorities. 


The candidate will serve as the key technology's point of contact to ensure effective support, advice and expertise on the design and best practice to exploit value from the product(s) the individual leads.

Long Description

Key accountabilities and decision ownership:

•    The product manager is accountable for the quality and delivery of the  CIS Finance solution for the products under its remit ensuring compliance with Security, Architecture, Privacy/GDPR, SOX and Audit Controls
•    Define and deliver product roadmaps to meet the needs of the business for products assigned, engaging with the relevant stakeholders to collect requirements/user stories, define dependencies with other Products/Projects as well as assess impacts; approve solution changes (upgrades/patches) linked to the products
•    Work hand in hand with Community of Practice (CoP) Leads, Business Product Owners, Process Governance, Shared Service Centres, System Integrators and other IT teams to follow up the product behaviour and proactively propose new solutions and improvements
•    Manage the product backlog delivery – aligning iterative prioritisation with the business
•    Engage/review service operations for the overall product health and monitor the performance of the product through defined KPIs



Core competencies, knowledge and experience:

•    Experience in a multinational company with excellent communication skills; ability to communicate both verbal and in writing at all levels – i.e. Senior Management, Business Stakeholders, Global Process Owner/Lead, CoP and external/internal System Integrator
•    Active listener; ability to translate business requirements into solutions, identify gaps between those requirements and the existing Core Business Model for finance and potential new solutions plus the ability to prioritise and to achieve challenging deadlines.
•    Ability to quickly understand and adopt Vodafone’s ways of working and to follow/adhere to internal processes and procedures. 
•    The candidate should have experience in applying and following SAP delivery methodology and Agile delivery experience and/or Agile training
•    A proven track record within one of the following:
- Agile: preferably scaled agile framework
- Process Optimisation: continuous improvement
- Innovation: driving organisational capabilities


Must have technical / professional qualifications: 

•    Strong knowledge and extensive experience in Asset Accounting and Intercompany Management in SAP S4 implementations.
•    Good understanding of other SAP S4 FI modules: GL, AR, AP, RE-FX. Controlling (Cost Centres, Profit Centres, Profitability Analysis), plus integrations with SCM & HR. Cloud solutions as Concur, Ariba, etc
•    SAP Certified.
•    Experience (over 5 years) in large-scale and complex Business Transformation Programmes across multiple countries.
•    Strong knowledge of HP Quality Centre, SAP Solution Manager, Microsoft Office Applications and Microsoft SharePoint.


Recruiter; Richard Higgins


Vodafone is committed to attracting, developing and retaining the very best people by offering a motivating and inclusive workplace in which talent is truly recognised and rewarded. We are committed to promoting Inclusion for All with the belief that diversity plays an important role in the success of our business. We actively encourage everyone to consider becoming a part of our journey.