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Project manager (SAP FICO)


The Project Manager is responsible for the overall management of project deliverables throughout its lifecycle. The Project Manager has the qualifications and business acumen to manage, complex, specialised finance integration projects spanning up to hundreds of man days. The successful incumbent will be required to manage several such projects simultaneously. They provide leadership to cross-functional teams responsible for delivering defined project outputs to time, budget and project quality criteria. The Project Manager also ensures adherence to project management methodology practices, provides project manager mentoring, performs Project Management Reviews and reinforces the enterprise knowledge management through the communication of lessons learned and best practices development.


  • Conduct the project planning activities and manage the execution of complex projects according to plan
  • Evaluate complex situations accurately and identify viable solutions that create successful outcome for the customer.
  • Manage relationship with project stakeholders, including internal and external clients, keeping stakeholders informed of progress and issues in order to manage expectations on all project requirements and deliverables
  • Manage and communicate a clear vision of the project’s objectives, and motivate the project team to achieve them; create a project environment that enables peak performance by team members
  • Ensure proper use of methodology, tools and procedures
  • Ensures proper governance is in place to best meet project objectives
  • Evaluates strategic options and alternatives for delivering or offering services in a more efficient or cost effective manner
  • Manage the financial aspects of the project: budgeting and estimate to actual variance
  • Analyze risk, establish contingency plans ad identify trigger events and responsibilities for initiating mitigating action
  • Communicate and/or escalate project issues early to account management and delivery management
  • Determine what constitutes successful closure for all parties. Gain acceptance and sign-off by all parties when closure is attained
  • Proactively manage project stakeholder satisfaction to position and secure customer reference and success story

Knowledge Management

  • Maintain project documentation and updates to relevant knowledge management bases; analyze lessons learned and share with the organization’s project management community
  • Participate in the development of project management best practices
  • Excellent understanding of SAP solutions and of the consulting business processes and functions
  • Highly developed business acumen
  • Liaison and consultative skills: negotiating skills within a context of high political sensitivity and conflicting interests
  • Strong writing, mentoring, decision making, communication, and meeting facilitation skills; ability to utilize a combination of formal authority and persuasion skill sets
  • Ability to train and mentor project managers or teams in project management methodologies
  • Knowledge of the strategic and operational issues of the project management business unit
  • A clear vision of what determines a successful project for the customer and for the enterprise
  • Knowledge of and competency in project management processes including planning tasks, resource allocation, risk management, time management, financial management, HR management, quality management, monitoring and reporting, documenting and record keeping
  • Adaptability and flexibility to manage deadline pressure, ambiguity and change
  • Strong leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills; the ability to work well with people from different disciplines with varying degrees of technical experience; competence in clear concise and tactful communication with senior executive management, clients, peers and team members

Functional Experience

  • 5 years or more of project experience, thereof 3 or more years of project management experience in complex, specialised projects
  • 2 or more years of supervisory or coaching experience in teambuilding and leading teams
  • Demonstrated experience leading cross functional teams within a formalized methodology
  • Demonstrated expertise in creating and maintaining project deliverables such as, project charter, project management plan, status reports, project timesheets, communications plan, budget and schedule
  • Demonstrated experience in managing issues, scope and quality while bring projects to successful completion within the cost and time requirements

Basic Qualifications

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in managing/leading SAP FICO implementations
  • Minimum of 2 SAP FICO full-life cycle implementations
  • At least 2+ years of Project Management experience with small to mid-sized teams
  • At least 2+ years of SAP configuration experience
  • At least 2+ years of client facing project responsibility
  • University degree in Computer Science, Business Administration, Accountancy, Economics or any other relevant field of expertise or combination thereof required
  • Fluency in English is a must and good German language skills are preferred
  • Relocation to Hamburg is preferred
  • Willingness and ability to routinely travel up to 100%

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior reputable firm consulting experience
  • SAP FICO configuration Functional Design writing experience Integration Experience

Professional Skill Requirements

  • Proven ability to build, manage and foster a team-oriented environment
  • Proven ability to work creatively and analytically in a problem-solving environment
  • Desire to work in an information systems environment
  • Excellent communication (written and oral) and interpersonal skills
  • Sound leadership and management skills

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