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SAP Basis and Technical Director - #BH255808130

19 March 2019


 March 19, 2019

If you are a candidate for an SAP Manager / Director role with significant SAP Basis Administration experience… This could be your next big career move!

A long standing client of Aavalar is building out a regional location near Harrisburg, PA. Over the next several months Aavalar will be helping our client build their IT organization which will report up to the CIO/VP of IT.

The successful candidate will be responsible for improving processes and procedures while ensuring that the SAP environment is secure and running efficiently. Specific responsibilities will include managing infrastructure to support SAP Basis, backup and disaster recovery, SQL Server database support, Basis software and database updates. Evaluation of infrastructure and systems on a regular basis to ensure efficient well-maintained systems is key.

Importantly the individual in this role will be responsible for continuous delivery of IT services. Typical responsibilities will include monitoring system performance, directing production support and adhering to service level agreements with end users.

NOTE: Many of the candidates we have talked to for this role are SAP Application Integration oriented. That’s not what we need. We are looking for deep hands on experience with SAP Basis.

Position Title: SAP Basis and Technical Director

Work Location: Harrisburg / Lancaster, PA Area

Work environment:
• Beautiful suburban facility with ample free parking and convenient access from major highways.

Who does this position report to? CIO / VP of IT

Why is this position open? Expansion / New Organization

Size of department: 23 initially

Projects involved with:
• Direct application development, maintenance and continuous availability of the SAP Basis environment and underlying SQL Database.

• Maintain up to date, reliable SAP Basis environment.
• Manage infrastructure including MS SQL Database upgrades, patches, etc.
• Manage Backup and Disaster Recovery.
• Manage Governance of the SAP environment.
• Understand and manage SAP Basis connections to other modules
• Manage the applications environment
• Direct off-shore SAP services from both a commercial relationship and operations perspective, in the areas of application development, security, Basis, etc.
• Be able to apply hands on knowledge of SAP Basis to assist in projects for time to time.
• Manage the following internal staff
o SAP Security Business Analyst
o SAP Development / EDI Business Analyst
o SAP Business Intelligence BA
o Systems Architect
o SAP ABAP Programmer(s)
• Design and maintain both on-premise and cloud strategies involving the SAP portfolio.
• Be subject matter expert, advisor and visionary on SAP based technologies and recommend new technologies that will increase profitability.
• Define, publish, and enforce an applications infrastructure architecture that enables integration of enterprise applications.
• Evaluate technical designs of infrastructure and systems to ensure sound investments.
• Devise, implement, and continuously improve operational processes and procedures to ensure an appropriately maintained and secure SAP environment.
• Provide technical leadership and direction to the IT organization in the area of enterprise architecture to ensure it will contribute to the company achieving its goals.
• Drive business case definition for key projects.
• Oversee program level planning. Ensure plans are created and updated in a timely manner, communicated to relevant stakeholders, assess risks, and manage deliverables.
• Ensure continuous delivery of IT services by monitoring system performance, directing production support and adhering to service level agreements with end users.
• Manage assigned staff through successful recruitment, performance management, development planning, and retention of a high performing team. Effectively delegate responsibilities to achieve group goals and align individuals to the best of their abilities, while ensuring optimal oversight and supervision to ensure goals are achieved and appropriate growth in technical, leadership and team membership skills.

Required Skills:
• Recent hands on SAP Basis Administration experience… In depth knowledge of Basis is the key to this position.
• BS degree – comp. sci., engineering, business administration or an equivalent
• Demonstrable experience working and managing a complex portfolio of business applications.
• Strong SAP experience in a manufacturing environment…. 10+ years of functional and technical experience with the SAP
• Experience to operating in a global IT function.
• Demonstrated leadership experience managing a complex SAP technical environment.
• Solid experienced in technical project management.
• Experience working with offshore resources.
• Willingness to travel up to 20%.

Desired Skills:
• Experience working in a large matrix organization

Selling point of the job:
• This is an opportunity to be part of an IT organization that is being built from the ground up and really make a huge contribution

Work Hours and Schedule: Typical professional day

Is there travel involved? If so how much? Yes… Up to 20%

Dress code: Business Casual

How is compensation structured?
>Base Salary: $165K range (not written in stone)
>Bonuses: 25% Eligible
>Stock options: TBD

What other benefits are there?
>Major Medical Insurance: Yes
>Dental/Vision Insurance: Yes
>Long Term Disability Insurance: TBD
>Life Insurance: TBD
>Pension/ 401k: TBD

*** Relocation Assistance is available ***

Who is involved in the interview process?
CIO and other senior executives as well as HR in a series of phone, on-site, and/or video conference

Target Start Date: ASAP

Aavalar Consulting is a trusted technology staffing partner that helps technology leaders connect with and deploy in-demand, skilled IT and Engineering professionals at client sites across the Mid-Atlantic region. Since 1999, Aavalar Consulting has built an award-winning reputation with over one hundred of the most innovative Fortune 500 and mid-market companies to deliver substantial value through a broad set of technology consulting and IT staffing services that include: Staff Augmentation, Interim Technology Executives, and Search and Recruitment for IT and Engineering.

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