Chicago, IL

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Reports to: IT Director – ERP

Work Location: Chicago; Hybrid


The SAP FICO Lead will play a crucial role in leading the design, configuration, implementation, and maintenance of the SAP FICO module within the SAP S4 HANA platform, in line with the organization’s strategic objectives. This position will serve as a subject matter expert in SAP FICO, validating business requirements across finance & controlling domains (Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Asset Accounting, General Ledger, Product Costing, Controlling), and proposing best practices for process standardization and efficiency. We are undergoing an SAP business transformation, and the SAP FICO Lead will oversee the successful delivery and adoption of SAP Finance & Controlling processes, leveraging best practices in S4 HANA. Additionally, this role will build credible partnerships with Finance business stakeholders to achieve the intended value proposition of the SAP S4 HANA platform and realize the strategic finance transformation of the organization.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead the design, development, testing, and implementation of SAP FICO solutions, adhering to best practices and industry standards.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to gather and analyze business requirements, translating them into SAP finance solutions.
  • Configure and customize SAP S/4HANA FICO modules to meet business requirements while optimizing systems.
  • Document business requirements, functional specifications, and technical designs, developing comprehensive test cases to ensure end-to-end process integrity.
  • Provide functional support for production issues in SAP Finance and Controlling, including GL, AP, AR, Fixed Assets, Cost Center, Internal Order, Product Costing, and COPA.
  • Support period-end activities, year-end activities, cross-company postings, foreign currency valuation processes, and reconciliation activities.
  • Conduct Functional testing, System Integration testing, and Regression testing to ensure the system setup meets expectations with no errors.
  • Provide end-to-end support for SAP S/4HANA FICO applications, troubleshooting issues, resolving problems, and conducting regular system maintenance.

Performance Expectations:

  • Ensure alignment and adherence with the SAP S/4 HANA template, facilitating robust communication with finance business stakeholders to design, build, and support financial and controlling solutions.
  • Collaborate closely with finance business stakeholders to ensure smooth delivery of SAP FI-CO solutions across project phases.
  • Configure necessary SAP FICO settings, write detailed specifications for custom program development, coordinate transports to production, and provide post go-live support.
  • Develop strong relationships with finance business stakeholders, communicating SAP finance solutions effectively in business language.
  • Enhance and support product costing, financial reporting, and consolidation processes.
  • Demonstrate and explain Profit Centre/Material Ledger, Transfer Pricing, Actual Costing, and Parallel valuations of Inventory functions for process standardization and adoption.

Skills and Work Experience Requirements:

  • Minimum 10 years of experience in SAP FICO with strong business process knowledge in accounting finance and controlling in the manufacturing industry.
  • 1-2 full life cycle implementation experiences in S/4 HANA 1909 and 3 previous full implementation projects experiences in SAP ECC including blueprint design, implementation, customization, configuration, and post Go-Live support of SAP FICO modules.
  • In-depth knowledge of SAP S/4 HANA Finance and Managerial Controlling modules.
  • Expertise in SAP Product Costing and understanding of IFRS Accounting Principles and Internal Controls.
  • Extensive experience with FI/CO integration with other process/modules, including Sales and Distribution (SD), Materials Management (MM), Production Planning (PP), Plant Maintenance (PM).
  • Experience with data conversion from legacy systems to SAP, including financial reconciliation for Receivables, Payables, and Inventory. Experience with Finance Master Data Finance Master Data (GL accounts, cost centers, profit centers, cost/profit center hierarchies).
  • Knowledge of integration of Finance and other SAP solutions such as Group Reporting, Advanced Compliance Reporting, and SAP BW4/HANA.
  • Experience with FI and CO organizational structure and master data, S/4 HANA Business Partner master data setup and conversion, General Ledger processes, month-end, and year-end processes.
  • Experience with Account Receivable processes, integration to SD billing, collections, and dunning. Accounts Payable processes, integration with MM Procurement, invoicing, payment processing, requisition, purchase order, goods receipt, and invoice verification process.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology, Computer Science, or a related field

Career Progression:

  • Employees are encouraged to express interest in internal career opportunities throughout the organization.
  • Expectations for promotion or job role change are driven by proficiency and performance in the current role.
  • Career progression would align with other IT roles within the organization.

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