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Candidates must be able to obtain RCMP Reliability Status Clearance for this position. This requires that you have resided continuously in Canada for the last 5+ years.
The Corporate Applications Services IT team seeks a Director-level Technical Lead to build and run the SAP Centre of Excellence. This is a technical role requiring extensive experience implementing SAP FI / GL solutions for corporate Finance business partners and integrating them with other applications and processes. The SAP CoE is aligned to Corporate IT, reporting to the Assistant Vice President, Application Development Operations. The role requires partnership with key stakeholders (e.g. Operations, IT Architects, IT PMO, business users) and external vendors.
As the lead for the SAP CoE:
You will be the focal point for the activities roadmap related to SAP; and the owner of all SAP knowledge
Define and drive the vision and strategy for SAP while driving value from this investment
Strong working knowledge of, as well as guidance and maintenance over SAP Contracts and Licenses
Establish the governance of SAP related topics across the organization – Business and IT, as well as Global and Regional
Achieve the supportability of SAP Products and Solutions and the interface to SAP Support
Achieve Business Continuity and Continuous Improvement of implementation, innovation, operation and quality of business processes and system related to the SAP software solutions
Drive requirements and activities regarding SAP’s current and future technologies, products and solutions – the interface to SAP’s major programs influencing SAP development
Define and Drive together with the lines of business the innovation roadmap with a Continuous Innovation approach.
In the role of introducing new solutions, you will work with business analysts, business partners and account management to understand business requirements. You will lead the design of SAP solutions that meet business needs. You will collaborate with architects to determine the high level solution and ensure architectural alignment. You will support and coach both onshore and offshore developers as they build the solutions. You will also work closely with other SLF teams (e.g. data architects, business intelligence/reporting, server management, web hosting, etc.) as they deliver their components of the solutions.
Within the technical lead component of the role, you will be accountable for the technical solution, and provide technical leadership, along with governance and issue resolution. You will ensure our solutions meet SLF’s security and compliance standards, follow our best practices and general computing controls, and align with the expected architecture. You will collaborate closely with project managers, and the other project leads to ensure successful delivery, and be forward-looking to identify and resolve issues while balancing the short-term project needs with the long-term account objectives.
In the leadership role, you will hire, coach and develop the required talent, whether as a direct report or indirect.
This role requires a confident, driven and adaptable individual with strong leadership, communication and integration skills, who instinctively owns delivery and drives projects and enhancements to successful completion.
IT ownership of all SAP technical components; and jointly with Account Management, the business relationships.
Provide technical leadership within projects ensuring the appropriate technical solution is being delivered, appropriate governance is applied, risks are mitigated, issues are resolved and projects are successfully implemented.
Provide estimates and contribute to defining timelines and project plans
Work with onshore and offshore development teams as required to ensure successful delivery.
Provide Level 2 support to our operations team as needed with problem analysis, resolution, escalation and reporting
Transition projects and enhancements to our operations team
Stay current with trends in emerging technologies, specifically with SAP technologies, and how they could apply to Sun Life
Partner with architects and account management to ensure solutions follow our technology roadmaps and business strategies
Collaborate closely with our internal teams (e.g. data architects, business to business, business intelligence/reporting, server management, etc.) as they deliver their components of your solutions
Work with external software vendors during vendor implementations, renewal activities and issue resolution
Strong leadership skills, able to influence and lead independently with a bias toward action and results
An inspiring leader with strong consideration to Diversity and Inclusion values.
Ability to build a team comprised of direct reports and staff on other teams.
Proven technical lead capabilities, able to co-ordinate work tasks for other developers
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Strong problem-solving skills with the ability to assess situations/problems systematically and deliver effective right-sized solutions in a timely manner
Excellent organizing, planning and time management skills with the ability to multi-task
Ability to learn quickly and ramp up on new technologies, systems and business concepts
8+ years of experience designing and delivering solutions involving SAP technologies and/or other leading industry Finance / General Ledger (GL) software.
1-2+ years team leadership/management and SAP technical leadership
1-2+ years experience with SAP S4 Hana
5+ years experience with ABAP (and the ABAP Workbench)
5+ years experience with RICEFW (aka WRICEF) objects in SAP
2+ years experience in design and development of SAP FIORI technologies.
2+ years vendor management primarily in a SaaS model
Excellent understanding of distributed application architectures and cloud models.
Experience working with application vendors and building solutions involving integrating vendor applications into existing environment.
Experience with creating effective design documentation and diagrams
Expertise in system integration, job flows relative to data integration
Working experience with Business Warehouse (BW) and SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC) is preferred, while applicants who would like to learn this technology are still encouraged to apply.
Strong knowledge of Windows Server platform and Active Directory in a distributed environment
Strong knowledge of relational databases (Oracle, MS SQL Server) in a distributed environment
Knowledge/experience with scripting languages (e.g. Windows scripting, Powershell)
Experience with APIs, and XML messaging
Experience with SDLC methodologies: Agile, Waterfall
Other relevant assets:
Experience in the full SAP suite, for example Ariba.
Experience with SAP NetWeaver
Experience with one of Java, C, C++ and Python
Experience with DevOps Tools (Git, BitBucket, Gradle, Jenkins)
Experience with AWS (Amazon Web Services) platform
Experience working with offshore and third-party development teams
Occasional weekend work in support of project delivery and implementations
Occasional travel may be required depending on work assignments
What’s in it for you?
Work and professional development that is united by our Purpose: to help Clients and Employees achieve lifetime financial security and live healthier lives
A friendly and inclusive culture
A collaborative and interactive team environment
Be part of our continuous improvement journey in developing the next greatest digital enterprise experience.
Competitive salary and bonus structure influenced by market range data
Pension, stock and savings programs to help build and enhance your future financial security
A common sense dress code, where you dictate how you dress based on your day
The opportunity to move along a variety of career paths with amazing networking potential
Flex hours and periodic work from home options.
The Base Pay range is for the primary location for which the job is posted. It may vary depending on the work location of the successful candidate or other factors. In addition to Base Pay, eligible Sun Life employees participate in various incentive plans, payment under which is discretionary and subject to individual and company performance. Certain sales focused roles have sales incentive plans based on individual or group sales results.
Diversity and inclusion have always been at the core of our values at Sun Life. A diverse workforce with wide perspectives and creative ideas benefits our clients, the communities where we operate and all of us as colleagues. We welcome applications from qualified individuals from all backgrounds.
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At Sun Life we strive to create a flexible work environment where our employees are empowered to do their best work. Several flexible work options are available and can be discussed throughout the selection process depending on the role requirements and individual needs.
We thank all applicants for showing an interest in this position. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
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