Purchasing and Logistics Solutions Analyst (SAP)

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Location: Woking, GB

McLaren IT sits at the heart of McLaren’s operations. Located at the world famous McLaren Technology Centre, our IT department is an essential part of our brand, ensuring that Applied Technologies, Racing and Automotive have the resources they need to function at the highest level.
Purpose of the Role:
Working within McLaren IT, the Purchasing and Logistics Solutions Analyst is primarily responsible for the development, delivery and support of world-class Purchasing solutions across the McLaren group. The analyst will also be required to provide functional and technical capabilities in supporting the logistics functions, particularly in the Automotive business.
The role will involve working closely with senior management, wider business stakeholders and SAP Centre of Excellence (CoE) colleagues to provide technical and process expertise in the Purchasing and Logistics applications. The Solutions Analyst will be expected to manage the efficient handling and resolution of business issues and effectively deliver against the longer-term application roadmap.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide functional and technical expertise to leverage the capabilities of SAP Purchasing, WM and IM applications
  • Close liaison with business key users for investigating, analysing, solution determination and implementation of Purchasing and Logistics business solutions to meet new business requirements
  • Drive our 3rd party support partners to deliver world class support and development
  • Contribute to, and ensure the timely resolution of, level 2 and 3 incidents, service requests and problems within Purchasing and Logistics solutions
  • Monitor the adherence to key business processes and, where improvement is needed, collaboratively introduce appropriate activities with business users to drive adoption.

Principal Accountabilities:

  • Work alongside team members to provide functional expertise and guidance on leveraging the capabilities of SAP Purchasing, WM and IM and other applications to business stakeholders
  • Extract and document fundamental requirements from key business users, then determine suitable solutions with which to fulfil them
  • Communicate and present proposed solutions to a broad business community, publicise the consequences and impacts, then own the solution through to delivery
  • Produce end-to-end solutions for new and existing projects (blueprints, gap analysis, functional specifications, build and test management)
  • Drive adoption and understanding of changes to ensure successful implementation
  • Provide excellent responsiveness to level 2 and 3 incident resolution (containment, root-cause analysis, problem statements) whilst maintaining timely communication to all affected parties
  • Provide high-quality mentoring, knowledge transfer and training to business key users and CoE peers
  • Deliver changes, projects, solutions, documents, processes or advice which bring the greatest benefit to the end customer
  • Occasional on-call / out-of-hours responsibilities.

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • Preferred candidates will have had at least 3 full project life cycles, and the following:
  • Solid understanding of the SAP Purchasing and Logistics product set to effectively analyse the current state and how changes may need to be made to successfully implement a SAP solution
  • Proven high levels of proficiency in the design, configuration and testing in Purchasing and at least one of the following SAP functional areas:◦Inventory Management
  • Warehouse Management
  • Experience and knowledge of SAP interfacing solutions, specifically IDOC and ALE processing
  • Experience and knowledge of key integration points with the Sales & Distribution, Quality and Production modules of SAP
  • 3rd party logistics supplier integration experience
  • Highly developed client management skills
  • Strong analytical skills, technical knowledge, and the ability to write at a publication quality level to communicate findings and recommendations to senior stakeholders
  • Demonstrated track record of thought leadership in SAP Logistics processes
  • Business process analysis and redesign experience: strong business analysis skills; process mapping; business process redesign and implementation
  • Systems implementation skills: requirements/process analysis, conceptual and detailed design, configuration, testing, training, reporting, change management, support
  • Knowledge of SAP’s ERP6 platform
  • Understanding of SAP security (Roles and Authorisations)
  • Ability to develop functional specifications for business reports
  • Reading and debug knowledge of ABAP.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • Knowledge of newer platform technologies such as S/4 and S/4 Cloud would be advantageous
  • Knowledge of SAP Ariba or SAP SRM platforms

Personal attributes/behaviours:

  • Demonstrates creativity in identifying opportunities and finding solutions
  • Gains the respect of colleagues and is a team player who is more interested in results than personal preferences
  • Highly motivated and directed, with keen attention to detail
  • Strong customer service orientation
  • Committed to continuous improvement
  • Willing to take ownership and drive it through to completion
  • Flexible approach to continually adapt within a dynamic workplace
  • Ability to analyse problems and provide clear recommendations
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication skills, written and verbal
  • Must be able to work independently as well as a team player and can manage own workload
  • Able to multi-task and work under tight deadlines
  • Must be able to work independently with little supervision
  • Must be an effective problem solver.

The Work Environment:
You will be based at the world-renowned McLaren Technology Centre with flexibility for remote working in line with role requirements. Our campus includes a subsidised restaurant, a café, a gym with a pool, break-out spaces, bicycle storage facilities and more. Our environment is designed to encourage collaborative working across all teams. You will be within one hundred metres of a specialist within their field, whether it’s in design, modelling and simulation, software development, data analytics, electronics hardware, finance and marketing.
The Recruitment process:

  • If your application is successful, you’ll be invited for a phone interview with one of our experienced technical recruiters.
  • If our recruiter believes you’re suitable for the role, you will then be invited for a short Video Q+A.
  • The final stage will be an onsite face to face interview at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, Surrey where you will have the opportunity to meet the Hiring Manager and wider team.

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