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SAP Solution Delivery - Controlling Expert



Barcelona, Spain
Posted on Monday, August 28, 2023

SAP Solution Delivery - Controlling Expert


Sanofi is globally deploying its new back-office cross-functional and manufacturing system processes - covering Finance, SBS, Supply Chain, Trade, Manufacturing, Purchasing and Forecast, Maintenance, Quality and Warehouse Management across all GBUs - through the implementation of a Global ERP (iShift project) using SAP S/4HANA technology. This Transformation program aims at:

  • Enabling Global Business Units (GBU), Global Functions and Industrial Facilities with Analytics:
    Common analytics by GBU and for Global functions to improve performance and cost management,
    Transversal data consolidation as well as more granular analyses,
    Common budget tools by GBU,
  • Facilitating a seamless integration of planning and actual data setting-up automation in reporting to enable Global Shared Services (SBS):
  • Support SBS strategy by implementing an end-to-end approach (e.g.: P2P fully covered by integrated Group solutions from eBuy to AP Invoicing, T&E, etc.),
    Opportunity to consolidate new activities in Shared Services (e.g.: Master Data Management, Credit Management) and to develop global Shared Services organization models (e.g.: T&E),
    Support reporting factories.
  • Simplifying processes and Sanofi users’ experience:
    State-of-the-art global systems ensuring an end-to-end process integration while providing a simplified user’s experience,
    Major changes to reporting or processes handled centrally at once,
    One source of truth on master data and a common automated internal control framework,
    Improved integration or divestment capabilities through a standardized methodology.


Being part of iShift Solution Delivery Controlling team, you will be responsible and accountable for the design and the deployment of a single technical solution covering Controlling standardized processes in a single SAP solution for all businesses on all geographies.

Domain covers Controlling Processes: Commercial Controlling, Industrial Controlling, and related Group Reporting.

You will bring your expertise of business processes and SAP solutions, best practices, and possible improvements.

You will handle the delivery, for your Domain, of solution design and project deliverables for his/her Solution Delivery responsibility (SAP solutions design, implementation in the systems, all related documentation), for all projects you are contributing to, under the supervision and the support of the Solution Delivery Controlling Team Lead.

You will responsible and accountable, within your perimeter and between the streams under his/her responsibility, of the overall consistency of the design proposed and related deliverables.


In the context of the iShift Program, the main duties of the Solution Delivery Controlling team member.

  • Ensure consistency of the solution for Domain and adherence to Standard and Core Model guiding principles (contribution to Design Authority)
  • Ensure that risks and issues are identified, formalized and communicated to the Solution Delivery Controlling Team Lead
  • Contribute as Domain expert to AMS activities (project handover, L3 support & solution validation)
  • Contribute as Domain expert to Integration topics with other domains
  • Ensure project delivery of the different project phases under the Co-Delivery model: scoping, design, build, testing, production cut over and post go live hypercare and knowledge transfer to AMS
  • Ensure Solution documentation & capitalization of knowledge; contribute to Knowledge transfer and upskilling as required; provide inputs & proposals for documentation templates & deliverable formats evolutions
  • Contribute to the iShift industrialization
  • Contribute to the improvement to project methodology together with the PMO team
  • Work with the Solution Delivery Controlling Team Lead to handle Escalations with SAP, relationship with Max Attention team for Domain
  • Use correctly the Program Tools for Domain (JIRA, HPALM, etc.)


  • Responsible for Scoping studies in collaboration with the Business Enablement team
  • Provide workload estimations for new scope to be deployed for Domain, or new functionalities to be implemented as part of Continuous Improvement

Design of the Solution

  • Lead, in collaboration with the Business Enablement team, the Global Design or Fit-Gap workshops to design the solution based on industry best practices, GBU & Global Support Functions business needs
  • Propose adequate SAP solutions minimizing gaps with the SAP standard functionalities by challenging business requirements and specify for customizing and development the agreed solutions
  • Perform impact analysis for application changes for SAP and satellites applications
  • Collect and consolidate impacts for legacy systems
  • Contribute to the design of transversal streams:
    • Master data management and migration strategy
    • Analytics
    • Authorizations (UAM)
    • Process controls
    • Other Solution delivery Domain for integration topicsUser experience (UX)
  • Collect and consolidate the information on Domain required for Infrastructure and application landscape definition
  • Deliver all design deliverables defined by the program and under Solution Delivery responsibility (e.g. Solution Documents, Functional specifications, Configuration documents etc. )
  • Develop him/herself on the new capabilities provided by SAP S/4HANA on his/her perimeter; contribute to continuous improvement of the solution with PODs

Development and testing

  • Organize, complete, unit-test and document the configuration of the system
  • Contribute with the development team to the specific developments (functional specifications update & inputs for unit test)
  • Ensure quality of developments / Contribute to audits & quality KPI follow up.
  • Organize, document, and execute integration and system tests
  • Contribute to user acceptance tests and finalize the solution (address defects identified)
  • Use properly the documentation and testing tools as defined by iShift Program
  • Complete all deliverables defined by the program and under Solution Delivery responsibility (e.g. test protocols, test reports etc.)

Migration and go-live

  • Responsible for migration activities related to the stream
  • Document and execute cut-over activities related to the stream
  • Update training documents and deliver training on the Solution to the key users
  • Ensure go-live support and hyper care activities
  • Handover to AMS: Lead the project transition to AMS for her/his functional domain (including knowledge transfer sessions and handover of ongoing incidents)


  • Contribute to AMS activities: provide functional expertise for complex topics and challenge / validate solution evolutions proposed by AMS team

Cross- project activities

  • Be the Referent Expert for specific topics within Controlling: Provide ad-hoc support to projects during Design phase and validate evolutions
  • Maintain all reference documentation up to date
  • Contribute to continuous improvement by keeping informed on new functionalities available for Controlling Domain
  • Responsible to identify areas for Project industrialization.
  • Possible to play active role under Agile methodology (scrum master etc.)



  • University Graduate studies (5 years): Master degree in Finance, or in Supply chain, or in Science, or in IT or in Engineering.


  • 7+ years of SAP Experience
  • At least 3 full lifecycle SAP implementations (all phases)
  • Demonstrate a good track record in SAP design and customizing for modules related to Controlling, preferably in a Pharmaceutical / Consumer Products industry
  • Understands and performs SAP system configuration as expert in Controlling.
  • Experience and good knowledge in the analysis and design of Controlling business processes, ideally within the pharmaceutical or similar industries
  • Knowledge of other SAP functional domains as advantage
  • Experience with Master Data, IDocs/BAPIs, interfacing SAP with Legacy applications and program debug
  • Operational experience in Controlling area would be appreciated
  • Proven experience working in major IT consulting firms as stream lead or functional expert is a plus
  • Experience of SAP projects in complex and international environment
  • At ease with Microsoft Office tools, and in general with IS tools
  • Proofed SAP S/4 Hana knowledge is considered a plus
  • Knowledge of Agile Project methodologies is a plus
  • SAP ABAP basic knowledge is a plus


  • Team player, service-oriented, Solution-oriented, social skills and strong ability to work in a team
  • Dynamic, results driven
  • Analytical and synthetic, able to formalize solutions
  • Ability to analyze and problem solve user issues related to system design, process flows and SAP configuration, with consideration for other system impacts and implications
  • SAP technical skills. Fair understanding of core SAP technical topics (Debugging, Fiori UX, Batch jobs etc. )
  • Active listener, able to challenge requirements
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Fluent in English, any other language is a plus
  • Rigorous, autonomous
  • Accountability and Reliability
  • Ability to evaluate risks & manage appropriate escalations
  • Flexibility to travel up to maximum 20% of time


Main Interfaces/Relationships:

  • Internal: other iSHIFT teams, Business (Finance/SBS, Supply chain, Industrial Affairs, Commercial Controlling), Digital partners and contributors (Application teams, Digital/IS, factories), AMS, Key Users and Auditors
  • External: Implementation partner team, other partners, SAP and Auditors

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