Head of Finance Transformation (SAP) – LPT Division

at GEA
Published June 17, 2023
Location Columbia, MD
Category Default  
Job Type Full-time  


Responsibilities / Tasks

Head of Finance Transformation to assist LPT entities in preparation for and during SAP migration projects (process standardization, master data preparation, change management, interim reporting)

GEA is seeking an experienced, data savvy Finance Professional to join our team as a Head of Finance Transformation (SAP) for our Liquid & Powder Technologies (LPT) Division.  This person will support LPT entities in preparation for and during SAP migration projects (process standardization, master data preparation, change management, interim reporting).  In addition, this role will continually improve the quality and speed of financial and business operational processes.  Previous experience with multinational organizations, ERP Implementations (SAP (S4/Hana)) & Change Management/Process Optimization as well as solid written and verbal communication skills will be critical to this individual’s success.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES, performed under the direction of the LPT Execution BU – NAM/LAM CFO, include the following, other duties may be assigned:

  • Establish constructive relationships with the LPT Division globally and BU Finance organizations, along with local Finance Leaders within LPT to identify opportunities to optimize processes and tools.

  • Lead efforts within the LPT entities globally to prepare for and implement SAP (S4/HANA), including process standardization, automation, master data preparation, change management and interim reporting

  • Develop & implement business-oriented tools, reporting & processes to improve efficiency, effectiveness and steering towards strategic and tactical KPIs within the legal entity

  • Drive improvements in Finance processes by planning and leading discovery workshops to identify systems and processes for transformation / digitalization

  • Review current processes, suggest, and implement changes for increasing efficiency and cost savings for the organization

  • Evaluate and recommend tools and systems to implement to drive efficiencies within financial processes and reporting

  • Review functional and business requirements and translate that information into a working set of operational and financial models for implementation

  • Review and approve testing plans/results for key process/system implementations to ensure solutions are comprehensive and ready for go live.

  • Work closely with and communicate with analysts, program and project managers, business managers, suppliers, and system development team members.

  • Reduce waste by automating repetitive tasks using available systems and tools.

  • Provide finance expertise to assist others in understanding financial information.

  • Planning & leading the discovery workshops to identify the systems, processes for transformation, digitization.

  • Roll-up and own budget for implementation of tools, systems across the LPT Division globally

  • Continually develop industry and company knowledge as well as project management skills and technical expertise

Your Profile / Qualifications


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Business Administrator, Finance or Management Information Systems

  • +12 years’ experience implementing ERPs, Financial Processes, and Process Optimization

  • Strong working knowledge of MS Dynamics/Axapta and SAP

  • Experience in Change Management, Finance & Digital Transformation, including automation and quality

  • Experience with reporting tools (Cognos, Tableau, Power BI, BW, CBI)

  • Project Controlling / Percentage of Completion Accounting Experience

  • Solid understanding of business functions (Finance, Sales, Supply Chain, Engineering, Project Management & Manufacturing)

  • Solid time/project management skills and demonstrated ability to multi-task

  • Strong problem solving and quantitative/data analysis skills to:

  • Understand business needs

  • Obtain & validate data

  • Interpret results

  • Identify root causes/anomalies

  • Generate meaningful results

  • Strong leadership skills, ability to influence others without formal authority

  • Excellent team leader, team player, networker, and negotiator

  • Open-minded and solution oriented

  • Strong technical writing skills

  • Lean & Six Sigma approach

  • PMP Certification, Agile a plus

  • English (proficient/fluent)

  • Travel Required: 10-20%

Your Benefits:
GEA offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision, 401(k), paid time off, tuition reimbursement, and much more.

We are an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer that understands the value of diversity and its impact on a high performance culture.

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