Job Description:

The Director, Business Engagement - R2R, will serve as a senior-level, strategic business partner who shares ownership for both business strategy and business value results across Finance and  Accounting capabilities, including but not limited to: Planning & Analysis, Core Accounting (AP, AR, GL, FA, PA), Treasury, Compliance (SOX, etc), Tax and Financial Reporting. This individual will own leadership-level relationships and serve as a single point of focus, working to converge TSS and R2R capabilities globally. This will be achieved by stimulating, surfacing, and shaping demand for capabilities and assets, in addition to ensuring that the potential business value from those capabilities and assets are captured, optimized, and recognized. Through effective relationship management capabilities, the Director, Business Engagement - R2R contributes to the business partner leadership team by actively partnering with business peers to determine strategic direction. This individual will work to identify ways in which they can support and advance business objectives. Additionally, this individual will shape business demand into supply by: 1.) partnering with appropriate resources to facilitate the creation of idea documents, business cases, and value plans; 2.) ensuring value optimization and communication; and 3.) enabling continuous improvement in all areas and people around them.

Responsibilities:

  • Coach business leaders and enable them to articulate their function’s wants/needs (i.e. technology, people, process, etc.) that will advance business performance;
  • Partner with technology leads to develop and maintain multi-year business capability roadmaps;
  • Partner with the Business Transformation and Optimization team (BOTs) to ensure effective business transformation for all initiatives;
  • Partner with the project/program/portfolio management organization to ensure a healthy and well-managed initiative portfolio;
  • Partner with business leadership to plan new joint initiatives, evaluate proposals, and determine how they fit into business capability roadmaps and priorities;
  • Think strategically by identifying business function opportunities and the best-suited position for the function’s adoption within the business partner organization. Measure adoption and work with business leadership to develop future roadmap and opportunities;
  • Identify and integrate business partners’ long-range plans into business capability roadmaps and priorities, as appropriate. Brief stakeholders on business partner plans;
  • Focus on business value rather than solutions to develop ideas, including digital awareness, risk assessments, business continuity, and business capability requirements;
  • Build and manage the relationship team to ensure convergence and strategic partnering with the business partner team, including working closely with respective executive leadership as executive sponsors for each business partner;
  • Advocate for an awareness and focus on business partner strategic plans;
  • Correlate business value and priorities to planning activities and goal-setting;
  • Ensure that project/program managers of business partner projects are knowledgeable about the business partner and their objectives; engage as a project/program stakeholder, including evaluating project efforts and progress against joint strategic plans and objectives;
  • Be creative and innovative with regards to your knowledge and awareness of industry trends and digital advances as they relate to new opportunities and business needs;
  • Evaluate joint initiatives as they relate to corporate strategy to ensure convergence and opportunities for measurable success;
  • At a business unit-level, own the Business Engagement’s functional operating and project/program budget, and perform accurate budgeting and forecasting across operations and projects or programs;
  • Lead as the strategic interface between the Business Enagagement’s function and business partner to stimulate, surface, and shape business demand and ensure that the potential business value from those assets and capabilities is captured, realized, optimized, and recognized;
  • Establish and earn value-adding, strategic partner relationship maturity for yourself in the role of a Business Engagement Leader and for the entire function;
  • Develop a deep knowledge of the business partner’s business unit and build positive relationship development, both horizontally and vertically;
  • Ensure business value realization and optimization, from value plans through consultancy, business case development, financial awareness, managing expectations, and identifying opportunities to add value;
  • Ensure project and initiative progress, including consistent and effective communication. This includes managing escalation and avoiding risk;
  • Educate business partners about processes, roles, and capabilities;
  • Establish communication processes and channels across business functions.
  • Measure and communicate business value realized with the business partner on a periodic basis.

Qualifications:

  • Business Relationship Management Professional (BRMP) preferred
  • Certified Business Relationship Manager (CBRM) preferred
  • Master of Business Relationship Management (MBRM) preferred
  • 15+ years of functional experience in the business function
  • 7+ years of experience facilitating the development and implementation of business initiatives and projects, based on management objectives
  • Expertise in optimizing R2R capabilities, with a demonstrated track record of delivering
  • CPA, CMA, CA preferred
  • Expertise in R2R enabling technologies, including SAP, Ariba, BPM, RPA, BPC, Blackline, etc.
  • Ability to listen, build rapport, and credibility as a strategic partner vertically within the business unit, as well as with leadership and functional teams
  • Ability to map joint organizational vision and long-term thinking, imagination, and idea generation
  • Knowing when to push an agenda and when to let a situation develop, rest, or advance
  • Ability and comfort with working at executive levels
  • Highly skilled and experienced at negotiating conflict and problem-solving to achieve win-win outcomes at executive levels
  • Exceptional ability to lead change using positive and collaborative methods
  • Setting the standard for business management
  • Leading by example, mentoring, and motivating others on the Business Engagement team and all around you;
  • Ability to set expectations with business partners and effectively leverage governance for a positive business partner experience
  • Ability to influence and break down silos within an organization as well across organizations
  • Ability to focus on business value results, rather than solutions
  • Technical aptitude, requirements management, and the ability to assess and articulate risk variables
  • Must have and maintain credibility with the business community
  • Must demonstrate acumen in business and function disciplines
  • Understand and integrate business strategies and trends in technology to deliver value
  • Be able to influence others, using personal rather than positional power
  • Strong communication skills in writing, speaking, and presenting
  • An outside-in focus
  • Outstanding end customer/consumer relationship skills
  • Solid understanding of IT, HR, and finance assets and capabilities
  • Be able to identify gaps and areas that need improvement
  • Strong humility, listening, creativity, and negotiation skills
  • Accept ownership

 Education:

  • BA/BS Degree required or equivalent experience
  • MBA or related qualification preferred
  • Graduate degree or progressive educational certificate

Additional Information

  • All your information will be kept confidential according to Equal Employment Opportunities guidelines.

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