Director, SAP Enterprise Solution Architect

at Universal Music Group
Published February 19, 2024
Location Santa Monica, CA
Category Default  
Job Type Full-time  


We are UMG, the Universal Music Group. We are the world's leading music company. In everything we do, we are committed to artistry, innovation and entrepreneurship. We own and operate a broad array of businesses engaged in recorded music, music publishing, merchandising, and audiovisual content in more than 60 countries. We identify and develop recording artists and songwriters, and we produce, distribute and promote the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful music to delight and entertain fans around the world.

How we LEAD:

The Director, SAP Enterprise Solution Architect is responsible for providing architecture and end-to-end solution guidance for SAP Finance and Supply Chain Modernization within the Finance Technology Organization. This role combines deep industry expertise in SAP S/4 HANA and Data & Analytical Applications with strong knowledge of SAP R2R, P2P, and O2C processes to support digital transformations.

How you'll CREATE:

  • Solution Architecture Leadership: Provide direction and definition of solution architecture encompassing Business, Application, Data, and Technical aspects to effectively support the corporate business strategy.
  • SAP Strategic Direction: Set and influence SAP's strategic direction, translating business needs into architecture requirements. Collaborate with stakeholders to develop architecture blueprints and roadmaps.
  • Technology Strategy: Lead business technology strategy, blueprint, and roadmaps to achieve business and technology objectives and priorities.
  • Strategic Roadmaps: Develop 3-5 years strategic roadmaps for evolving enterprise business solution portfolios from current to future states.
  • Market Insights: Stay updated on external trends and insights related to SAP Finance and SCM processes and technology, including compliance changes.
  • Collaborative Design: Collaborate with information security, application, and infrastructure teams to create optimal, high-level designs.
  • Architecture Analysis: Analye the current SAP architecture to identify weaknesses and opportunities for improvement, document design work, and maintain SAP enterprise architecture based on industry standards.
  • Capability Roadmap: Develop a capability roadmap for the enterprise portfolio, aligning it with future objectives.
  • Stakeholder Collaboration: Work closely with Business, Technical Product Owners, Functional consultants/Analysts, and other team members to contribute to the product vision and roadmap.
  • Hands-On Design: Perform hands-on solution design tasks, including template creation, architecture roadmaps, prototyping, proof-of-concepts, and development tasks as needed to support projects and programs.
  • Business Alignment: Analyze business needs to ensure SAP solutions align with objectives, leveraging industry best practices, product knowledge, and business acumen.
  • Standards and Methods: Develop standards, methods, capabilities, and evaluation criteria for functional and technical expertise in various business and technology solutions.
  • Team Collaboration: Foster effective teamwork across different delivery teams, optimizing solution design by leveraging team members' strengths.
  • Application Development: Collaborate on planning, designing, developing, and deploying new applications, enhancements, and upgrades to existing applications.
  • Optimization: Improve delivery architecture, evaluate new capabilities, and optimize integrations between existing services.
  • Research: Conduct research on software products to support recommendations and purchasing efforts, staying current with developments in the FASST organization systems.
  • Governance: Direct governance activities related to ensuring enterprise architecture compliance, particularly concerning the SAP environmental infrastructure.

Bring your VIBE:

  • Bachelor's degree or higher in computer science, Information Technology, or a related field.
  • 15+ years of relevant experience in implementation and support of SAP applications and data analytics solutions.
  • 10+ years People Management experience with demonstrated career development and coaching experience.
  • 8+ years Project/Program Management or Application Support leadership experience.
  • Experience supporting SAP applications and solutions in Media & Entertainment industry with focus on Finance, Royalty, and Supply chain applications.
  • Experience building a production support model from scratch.
  • Experience managing Operational Compliance activities for SOX applications and managing corporate and external audits.
  • Deep knowledge of Agile methodologies and SDLC processes
  • Experience managing Vendors and contracted resources in both a staff augmentation and outsourcing model.
  • Excellent written, interpersonal, and oral communication skills, communicate and liaise broadly across functions and the global organization.
  • Strong analytical, critical thinking, and troubleshooting skills.
  • Ambition to learn and utilize emerging technologies while working in a stimulating team environment.
  • Experienced with managing staff and large numbers of geographically diverse onshore and offshore consultants.

Perks Playlist:

  • Be part of an entrepreneurial, global organization that values authenticity, drive, creativity, relationships, and a competitive spirit
  • Comprehensive medical, dental, vision, and FSA options, as well as:
    • 100% coverage for out-patient mental health services
    • Wellbeing reimbursements for fitness classes, spa treatments, meal services, travel, and so much more (up to $720/year)
    • A lifetime fertility support allowance of $30,000 to plan participants
    • Student Loan Repayment Assistance and Tuition Reimbursement
    • 100% immediately vested 401(k) match on the first 5% of your contribution on eligible compensation
  • Variety of ways to prioritize much-needed time away from work including:
    • Flexible Paid Time Off (PTO) for exempt employees
    • 3-weeks PTO for non-exempt employees
    • 2-weeks paid Winter Break
    • 10 Company Holidays (including Juneteenth and Wellbeing Day)
    • Summer Fridays (between Memorial Day and Labor Day)
    • Generous paid parental leave for every type of parent

Check out our full overview of benefits on the Perks Playlist page of the career site.

Disclaimer: This job description only provides an overview of job responsibilities that are subject to change.

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Salary Range:
$130,176 - $175,610

The actual base salary offered depends on a variety of factors, which may include, as applicable, the qualifications of the individual applicant for the position, years of relevant experience, specific and unique skills, level of education attained, certifications or other professional licenses held, and the location in which the applicant lives and/or from which they will be performing the job. All candidates are encouraged to apply.