Sr. IT Project Manager, SAP Finance


Date: Mar 5, 2019

Location: New York, NY, US

Company: New York Life Insurance Co


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New York Life (NYL) is seeking a seasoned project manager to manage large scale, complex SAP Finance projects. The project manager has the overall accountability for projects overseeing end-to-end execution of projects, including the coordination of resources across business partners, additional project managers and development staff in addition to definition of the project charter and high-level business requirements.


 Key Role Expectations:

  • Recognized as an expert within the company
  • Anticipates internal and external business challenges and/or regulatory issues; recommends process, product or service improvements
  • Solves unique and complex problems; requires conceptual and innovative thinking to develop solutions
  • Adapts function/business strategy plans and policies to address service and/or operational challenges
  • May play key role in projects, processes or vendor management


Functional Responsibilities:

  • Drive the development and management of strategic SAP roadmaps in collaboration with business and technology stakeholders.
  • In parallel, manage 2-3 large scale, complex, cross technology application projects, and oversee the delivery of 3-4 concurrent small projects in alignment with the strategic roadmap.
  • Manage project risks and mitigation or contingency plans. Identify program impediments and address them with appropriate urgency and escalation. Lead cross-functional meetings and foster teamwork; drive escalation and resolution of issues.
  • Develop and continuously validate financial forecasts; provide ongoing reconciliation of resources and other project expenditures.
  • Monitors project progress to ensure accordance with goals, schedules and budget.
  • Lead diverse teams of multiple skill sets to deliver integrated solutions that achieve measurable business results.  Provide expectations of delivery and requirements, yielding consistent results.
  • Manages and oversees the full system development process, and turnover to production, across internal and external teams. Leads project team to deliver business and technical objectives on-time and within budget.
  • Demonstrates excellent knowledge of resource and budget management. Defines and manages resource requirements and allocations, monitors and improves quality, and ensures 'best practice' development techniques.
  • Partners with the business relationship manager and portfolio manager to optimize the delivery.
  • Act as gate keeper to ensure that all milestone deliverables meet with defined standards.
  • Follows approved SDLC and project management methodology (Agile & Waterfall), ensuring that all required steps are followed, all required deliverables are produced, and all approvals are obtained.
  • Accountable for directing work effort of IT staff assigned to project.
  • Creates and maintains the MS Project schedule and Budget Plans. Utilizes the schedule and budget to communicate and manage work efforts.
  • Orchestrates and prepares stakeholder status meetings (e.g. steering committee, program budget review, weekly status).
  • Coordinates and reports on project progress and accomplishments.
  • Provides technical and analytical support and guidance to project team members. Assists in developing vendor statements of work, deliverables and SLAs.
  • Coordinate, lead and/or participate in technology engineering efforts and meetings to determine optimal approach, design, risk mitigation, defect resolution, etc.
  • Provide steady leadership in the face of uncertainty, change, and aggressive deadlines common to a rapidly growing company with an evolving business model.
  • Serve as advisor, including maintaining a collaborative working relationship with leadership/stakeholders and provide expert guidance in the understanding and deployment of PMO CoE methodology and standard practices.


Required Skills:

  • Project Management experience leading SAP transformation, migration and upgrade project implementations.
  • Good understanding of the basic constructs and terms used in SAP landscape specifically in Finance and HCM modules.
  • Understanding of SAP and basic understanding of the public cloud and terminology.
  • 5+ years of strategic project management experience within Financial Services industry.
  • 5+ years of experience directing large scale, strategic, complex projects that span multiple IT & business functional domains.
  • Experience managing agile projects of moderate to significant complexity.
  • Highly strategic thinker with an ability to think well beyond tactical aspects of projects and provide innovative solutions to project impediments.
  • Leadership competencies, including but not limited to stakeholder management, C level reporting.  Strong communication and leadership skills.
  • Proven track record of successful deliveries.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects concurrently.
  • Top flight interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills to bridge / facilitate / report efforts between technical and business teams via meetings, status reports, resource management.
  • Hands-on experience in developing business case with RoI, TCO, Cost-Benefit and Build-Buy analysis, Estimations.
  • Strong leadership and team building skills.
  • Strong analytical, decision-making and problem-solving skills. Accuracy and attention to details are required.
  • Sound organizational skills to work in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple priorities.
  • Interprets business challenges, identifies trends and recommends best practices.
  • Expert in managing variable staffing model and Onsite-Offshore execution method.
  • Methodical and detail oriented with excellent organizational and time management skills; ensure assigned activities are managed in-line with business priorities.
  • Highly motivated self-starter demonstrating integrity, initiative and innovation qualities.
  • Understand the holistic business and technology goals while managing the detailed project execution.
  • Experience with vendor sourcing cycle (RFI, RFP, Proposal reviews) in partnership with vendor management.
  • Experience working in matrixed resource model and managing expectations of stakeholders across divisions.
  • Highly proficient with Excel, PowerPoint, MS Project, CA Clarity PPM (preferred) and SharePoint.
  • Expertise in Project Management methodologies, tools and techniques.
  • Experience with reporting tools such as AFO and Crystal is a plus.
  • Hands on experience in SAP ECC and SAP S4/BPC is a plus.




  • PMP or PMI Certification preferred
  • CSM preferred





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