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Finance IT Business Analyst, Tea-Division

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Information Technology
Bengaluru, Karnataka
Date posted:

Job Title: Finance IT Business Analyst, Tea-Division

Work Location: India

Job Type: Fulltime  

Travel required: Limited travel. Now limited due to CV19 restrictions

About the Tea Business

Unilever is proud of its Tea business, the biggest in the world, with world-class purpose driven brands such as Lipton, PG tips and Pukka. Recently, Unilever decided to separate the Tea business to ensure it can best achieve its potential. Unilever is currently reviewing several options for separation, including a demerger, an initial public offering, a disposal or through partnership models. The process is expected to conclude by the end of 2021. The Tea businesses in India and Indonesia, and the partnership interests in the ready-to-drink Tea joint ventures will be retained.  

The balance of the Tea brands and geographies and all Tea estates, with generated revenues of €2 billion in 2019, is growing and profitable with proven potential both pre- and post-COVID-19. As a standalone entity, the Tea company remains number one in the world and is even better positioned to lead the industry and take full advantage of the opportunities in the category, with more focus and entrepreneurship driving greater growth and value. 

The current vision for the Tea company is to champion a tastier, healthier, more sustainable world of plant-based drinking. Purposeful thinking will be the core anchor of the business, its brands as well as its culture, and enables simple and agile decision making, supports an entrepreneurial mindset and is driven by passion for our consumers. 

As we move through this journey towards separation, we are seeking employees with a passion for exciting entrepreneurial experiences, who want to pursue unique career opportunities and have a desire to be an integral part in building the bright future of this plant-based company. 

Your Role:

The Finance IT Business Analyst (BA) will support the delivery, operation and regular upgrade of Finance solutions, including SAP S/4HANA Extended Cloud and associated interfaces. In this role you will support the Finance IT Manager as the interface between the Business and the technical delivery team to ensure Finance applications, including S/4HANA solution and associated development and support meet the needs of the Finance function.

The role will support the creation and maintenance of the Finance IT strategy and Finance ERP roadmap, including upgrades, version releases and enhancements based on the business strategy and market trends. You will help prepare analysis for the Finance IT Lead to partner with SAP and other key technology vendors (e.g. Blackline) to influence their product roadmaps wherever possible to drive optimal solution outcomes for the business.

Together with the Infrastructure and end user Computing team, and in conjunction with the Business, you will help support the preparation of an annual ERP maintenance schedule to ensure continuity of service and minimise any business disruption.

Your Key Tasks:

  • Support the delivery, operation and regular upgrade of Finance solutions, including SAP S/4HANA Extended Cloud, ensuring it remains aligned to the current and future business needs.

  • Gather business requirements for Finance solution developments and ensure the delivery of subsequent changes and improvements are in line with internal guidelines and change management processes.

  • Facilitate in building and maintaining strong working relationships with key Finance solution vendor contacts (e.g. SAP, Blackline), finance process leads and other key finance team members.

  • Support the development and maintenance of the Finance IT strategy in alignment with the business strategy, solution roadmaps and market trends.

  • Facilitate in ensuring that the Finance IT development and application management services are delivered in accordance with all contractual SLAs and business expectations.

  • Support in the preparation of regular Finance IT performance management meetings with key business stakeholders to drive performance improvements within the IT Team and software vendors.

Stakeholder Management and key interfaces:

  • Role reports to the Finance IT Manager.

  • Engagement with Finance process leads and super users.

  • Engagement with IT managers for IT infrastructure, local IT, security and service management.

Skills and Experience:

  • A background in delivery and operational support oversight for Finance IT.

  • A background in the implementation, enhancement and/or the operational support of SAP ERP Finance modules (ideally S/4HANA Extended Cloud) including acting as an interface to Finance process leads and super users. 

  • If you do not have direct experience in SAP S/4HANA Extended Cloud, you have a clear understanding of its capabilities and how it differs from S/4HANA on/any premise and legacy SAP ERP solutions.

  • Experience partnering with software vendors to ensure the prompt resolution of incidents and provision of product information. 

  • Previous experience working as a business analyst on fast-paced IT transformation projects/programmes.

  • Articulate communicator with good influencing skills and the ability to communicate technical issues in an easy-to-understand way and convert business requirements and concerns into technical language.

  • Degree in business administration or a technology-related field, or equivalent work- or education-related experience.

  • Finance domain experience desirable.

Who we are looking for:

  • You have great attention to detail and an ability to work independently with limited guidance.

  • Relationship management. You understand the importance of effective communication and influencing skills within teams, vendors, suppliers, stakeholders, and leadership teams.

  • Personal drive, with a track record of working to tight timelines in a challenging environment.

  • Understand the importance of diverse cultures and values different views and perspectives.

  • Appreciation of the challenges faced with a greenfield site, with the entrepreneurial mindset required for successful outcome.

Excited about the Role?

Please apply online. Your application will be reviewed against our requirements and we will be in touch to provide you with an update on the status of your application.  

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