Colombia South America

Senior Solution Architect SCM (m/f/d)

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization: 


The design and communication of high-level structures to enable and guide the design and development of integrated solutions that meet current and future business needs. In addition to technology components, solution architecture encompasses changes to service, process, organization, and operating models. The provision of comprehensive guidance on the development of, and modifications to, solution components to ensure that they take account of relevant architectures, strategies, policies, standards and practices (including security) and that existing and planned solution components remain compatible. The solution design focuses on the end to end Procure to Pay process with the consideration of integration with different SAP modules and with other systems.  


Key Responsibilities: 


Specialist advice 

  • Provides definitive and expert advice in their specialist area(s). 

  • Oversees the provision of specialist advice by others, consolidates expertise from multiple sources, including third party experts, to provide coherent advice to further organizational objectives. 

  • Supports and promotes the development and sharing of specialist knowledge within the organization. 

  • Provides Tech & Business expertise and guidance in SAP (AFS) MM related processes and brings along x-functional knowledge towards SD and FI/CO module. 



  • Within given research goals, builds on and refines appropriate outline ideas for research, including evaluation, development, demonstration and implementation. 

  • Applies standard methods to collect and analyse quantitative and qualitative data. 

  • Creates research reports to communicate research methodology and findings and conclusions. Contributes sections of material of publication quality. 

  • Uses available resources to update knowledge of any relevant field and curates a personal collection of relevant material. 



Emerging technology monitoring 


Solution architecture 

  • Contributes to the development of solution architectures in specific business, infrastructure or functional areas. 

  • Identifies and evaluates alternative architectures and the trade-offs in cost, performance and scalability. 

  • Produces specifications of cloud-based or on-premises components, tiers and interfaces, for translation into detailed designs using selected services and products. 

  • Supports a change programme or project through the preparation of technical plans and application of design principles that comply with enterprise and solution architecture standards (including security). 

Business analysis 

  • Investigates operational needs and problems, and opportunities, contributing to the recommendation of improvements in automated and non-automated components of new or changed processes and organisation. 

  • Assists in defining acceptance tests for these recommendations. 

Requirements definition and management 

  • Contributes to selection of the requirements approach for projects, selecting appropriately from predictive (plan-driven) approaches or adaptive (iterative/agile) approaches. 

  • Defines and manages scoping, requirements definition and prioritisation activities for initiatives of medium size and complexity. 

  • Facilitates input from stakeholders, provides constructive challenge and enables effective prioritisation of requirements. 

  • Reviews requirements for errors and omissions. Establishes the requirements base-lines, obtains formal agreement to requirements, and ensures traceability to source. 

  • Investigates, manages, and applies authorised requests for changes to base-lined requirements, in line with change management policy. 

  • Translates complex SAP MM specific business requirements into practical and sustainable system solutions. 

  • Leads a team of tech consultants to analyze requirements, investigate technical capability and develop solution design. 

Systems design 

  • Designs components using appropriate modelling techniques following agreed architectures, design standards, patterns and methodology. 

  • Identifies and evaluates alternative design options and trade-offs. Creates multiple design views to address the concerns of the different stakeholders of the architecture and to handle both functional and non-functional requirements. 

  • Models, simulates or prototypes the behaviour of proposed systems components to enable approval by stakeholders. 

  • Produces detailed design specification to form the basis for construction of systems. 

  • Reviews, verifies and improves own designs against specifications. 

  • Provides profound hands-on SAP MM expertise and guidance for configuring the SAP system related changes in the trade & non-trade procurement, demand planning, MRP, inbound delivery, inventory management, subcontracting, stock transport order & vendor master. 

  • Owns & drives solution design under consideration of end-2-end system impact (including outbound & inbound interfaces) and has a very strong focus on standardization & harmonization. 

  • Considers operational requirements and production system impact during solution design phase. 

  • Drives critical production issue resolution in case of escalations in the SAP MM area if required.  

Software design 

  • Designs software components and modules using appropriate modelling techniques following agreed software design standards, patterns and methodology. 

  • Creates and communicates multiple design views to identify and balance the concerns of all stakeholders of the software design and to allow for both functional and non-functional requirements. 

  • Identifies and evaluates alternative design options and trade-offs. Recommends designs which take into account target environment, performance security requirements and existing systems. 

  • Reviews, verifies and improves own designs against specifications. Leads reviews of others’ 


  • Models, simulates or prototypes the behaviour of proposed software to enable approval by stakeholders, and effective construction of the software. 

  • Verifies software design by constructing and applying appropriate methods. 


Programming/software development 

  • Designs, codes, verifies, tests, documents, amends and refactors complex programs/scripts and integration software services. 

  • Contributes to selection of the software development approach for projects, selecting appropriately from predictive (plan-driven) approaches or adaptive (iterative/agile) approaches. 

  • Applies agreed standards and tools, to achieve well-engineered outcomes. 

  • Participates in reviews of own work and leads reviews of colleagues’ work. 


Data modelling and design 

  • Investigates corporate data requirements, and applies data analysis, design, modelling, and quality assurance techniques, to establish, modify or maintain data structures and their associated components (entity descriptions, relationship descriptions, attribute definitions). 

  • Provides advice and guidance to database designers and others using the data structures and associated components. 


Database design 

  • Develops and maintains specialist knowledge of database and data warehouse concepts, design principles, architectures, software and facilities. 

  • Assesses proposed changes to object/data structures, in order to evaluate alternative options. 

  • Implements physical database designs to support transactional data requirements for performance and availability. 

  • Implements data warehouse designs that support demands for business intelligence and data analytics. 


Systems integration and build 

  • Provides technical expertise to enable the configuration of software, other system components and equipment for systems testing. 

  • Collaborates with technical teams to develop and agree system integration plans and report on progress. Defines complex/new integration builds. 

  • Ensures that integration test environments are correctly configured. 

  • Designs, performs and reports results of tests of the integration build. 

  • Identifies and documents system integration components for recording in the configuration management system. 


Relationship management 

  • Implements stakeholder engagement/communications plan. 

  • Deals with problems and issues, managing resolutions, corrective actions, lessons learned and the collection and dissemination of relevant information. 

  • Collects and uses feedback from customers and stakeholders to help measure effectiveness of stakeholder management. 

  • Helps develop and enhance customer and stakeholder relationships. 


If required: People Management / Resource Management: 


  • Is involved in recruiting process and proposes support for hiring decision and pre-selection of candidates 

  • Allocate the different work to the respective employees considering experience, complexity, workload and organizational efficiency 

  • Continuously monitors and evaluates team workload and organizational efficiency with the support of IT systems, data and analysis and team feedback and makes appropriate changes to meet business needs. 

  • Provides team members/direct reports with clear direction and targets that are aligned with business needs and GIT objectives 

Key Relationships: 


  • Global IT 

  • Respective business function (GOPS, Finance, HR, Brand Marketing, Wholesale/Retail) 

  • HR Management 

  • Controlling 


Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications: 


  • Four-year college or university degree with focus on Business Administration or IT or related areas, or equivalent combination of education and experience 

  • Proficient spoken and written command of English 

  • At least 7-year experience in IT 

  • Minimum 5 years of consultancy experience in SAP MM module (SAP AFS knowledge is a plus). 

  • Strong cross-functional SAP knowledge towards SD and FI/CO module. (SAP SCM/APO knowledge is a plus). 

  • Very strong understanding of tech & business processes in the “Material Management” area including outbound & inbound interfaces. 

  • Strong understanding & knowledge of regional and global market landscape and the respective customer 

  • Managed critical elements and cross functional and regional projects 

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