Team Leader- Finance MDM & BP replication

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Date: May 16, 2023

Location: Pune, IN

Company: AkzoNobel

We’ve been pioneering a world of possibilities to bring surfaces to life for well over 200 years. As experts in making coatings, there’s a good chance you’re only ever a few meters away from one of our products. Our world class portfolio of brands – including Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon – is trusted by customers around the globe. We’re active in more than 150 countries and have set our sights on becoming the global industry leader. It’s what you’d expect from the most sustainable paints company, which has been inventing the future for more than two centuries.


Purpose/Key Objectives of the Job

  • Finance master data maintenance
  • Drives SAP Central Finance (CFIN) business partners data replication completeness
  • Manages Central Finance (CFIN) business partners replication and error resolution
  • Manages central vendor master data (CVMD) replication and error resolution.
  • Champions the functional design of business partners replication error resolutions
  • Drives standardization of the functional process design for SAP Central Finance (CFIN) as well as related ERP source systems (SAP-FICO1) impacting SAP Central Finance (CFIN) data replication
  • Drives standardization of financial master-data within SAP Central Finance (CFIN) and related ERP source systems impacting SAP Central Finance (CFIN) data replication.
  • Manages the governance with respect to SAP Central Finance (CFIN) changes & projects as well as changes & projects in related ERP source systems impacting SAP Central Finance (CFIN) data replication due to system integration.
  • All of the above require close interaction with the IT support group, the CFIN project team and the Finance Systems Management team



  • Manages a team of three finance master data stewards responsible for governance and maintenance of finance master data i.e., Cost center, Profit center and GL accounts.
  • Manages a team of there/four business partner replication specialists responsible for the monitoring and troubleshooting of replication errors from Source systems to Central Finance (CFIN) and Central Vendor master data (CVMD) to Source systems.
  • Manages application integration framework (AIF) monitoring.
  • Drives the 95% of business partners replication errors resolution target within 24 hours.
  • Drives the Financial Master Data maintenance within the agreed 48 hours SLA
  • Provides error resolution progress reporting to all key stakeholders and coordinate resolution with IT and the Finance Systems Management team
  • Manages error resolution compliance with respect to IFRS & Local GAAP requirements.
  • Fiscal requirements, Standard Chart of Accounts (SCoA) requirements.
  • Manages short term error resolution fixes (“quick fixes”), if required (e.g., for month end close).
  • Participates in and initiates recent changes (improvements) for SAP Central Finance (CFIN) and/or the related ERP source systems (projects & change requests) to safeguard SAP Central Finance (CFIN) data replication completeness, monitors user acceptance testing (UAT) and ensures completeness of UAT test scripts.
  • Reviews and/or approves change requests for SAP Central Finance (CFIN) and/or related ERP source systems impacting the functional process design of SAP Central Finance (CFIN) data replication.
  • Reviews and/or approves financial master-data (configuration) related change requests for SAP Central Finance (CFIN) and/or related ERP source systems impacting the functional process design of SAP Central Finance Drives continuous improvement plans relating to financial system processes impacting SAP Central Finance (CFIN) data replication (standardization, harmonization, effectiveness & efficiency improvements)
  • Translates SCOA, IFRS (webFEM2), local GAAP, organizational changes, and new business requirements into requirements for Finance systems process design updates / improvements and analyses the impact for the functional process design of SAP Central Finance (CFIN) data replication.
  • Develops, maintains, and documents SAP Central Finance (CFIN) business partners data replication procedures.
  • Develops, maintains, and documents SAP Central Finance (CFIN) business partners data replication training materials.
  • Works together with the respective local reporting entities and AkzoNobel tax department to ensure, next to webFEM compliance, compliance to local statutory and fiscal requirements and ensures the SAP Central Finance (CFIN) business partners data replication design is set-up to meet these local requirements.
  • Provides, from SAP Central Finance (CFIN) data replication perspective, functional direction, training, and support to (the key users of) Finance Operations (local reporting units, regional accounting centers and financial shared service centers).
  • Makes proposals for a continuous improvement agenda in relation to SAP Central Finance (CFIN) and Central vendor master data (CVMD) replication issues.
  • Promote and support innovation through the usage of modern technologies for Finance Master Data (RPA, process mining, AI or ML)
  • Actively Develop and grow Finacial Master Data Management talents to set up a highly effective, efficient, and productive Finance Master Data Services team (performance review, feedback, and coaching)
  • Foster a continuous improvement and agile mentality within the Finance Master Data Services team to drive down total cost to serve and enhance customer satisfaction through improved quality of processes
  • Develop documentation and education materials to support business stakeholders and imbed Finance Master Data Management best practices
  • Champion the value of high-quality Finance Master data as a strategic business asset
  • Continually benchmark Finance data management best practices internally and externally
  • Partner with Finance data owners to define and deliver data maintenance improvement roadmap


​​​​​​​Level of Autonomy


  • Works independently within operational plans and policies.
  • Leads SAP Central Finance (CFIN) data replication related discussions and takes decisions (within given boundaries) on how to continuously improve the functional SAP Central Finance (CFIN) and SAP Coupa data replication process designs.


​​​​​​​Job Requirements

  • Requires above 10+ years of experience with SAP Customer, Vendor, FI & MDG business technology solutions design, analysis, development, documentation, and implementation with emphasis on finance mater data.
  • Requires Expertise in SAP Data Center Migration, design, planning and execution and performing conversion activities related to all ERP modules (Logistics, Manufacturing, Sales and Distribution, Finance, Planning ect)
  • Requires Solid Understanding on BAPI’s, BADI’s, LSMW, Functional modules, EDI and ALE using partner type, partner profile, message type, Inbound and outbound parameters IDOC’s. Expertise in handling huge volume of Data Cleansing, Data Consolidation for objects like Customer & Vendor.
  • Working knowledge of SAP R/3 modules interfacing, integration tables and transactions,
  • Expertise in SAP Tables, Fields, ABAP Query: Simple reports, Debugging. Reparation of test scripts and update the test results with proper testing for end-to-end business scenarios.
  • Working knowledge of KAIZEN, A3 Design & Wireframes in depth analysis using why-why analysis, PQCD (Product, Quality, Cost & Delivery).
  • Arrange the session with Business & planning process coaches to understand & gathered the requirement what kind of mass change request will be incumbent as a request for all the objects.
  • Providing architectural control over solution designs to ensure consistency and continuity across the delivery. On time quality delivery for assigned activities as per defined SLA.
  • Support Incident, Change and Problem Management process, participate in problem analysis and identify potential impact and resolve.
  • MDG Implementation Knowledge (Customer/Vendor /Finance)
  • Understanding MDG config (Data Modelling/Process Modelling /BRF+/DRF)
  • Solid Understanding of Value Mapping & Key Mapping)
  • idocs interface monitoring & Debugging skills.
  • Solid understanding of Business Partner replication End to End
  • FI Posting knowledge regards to G/L / CC/ PC
  • Data Migration/Data Profiling & Data Cleansing activity.
  • Ability to utilize metrics to identify opportunities for service improvement (CI mindset)
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Experience in designing, developing, implementing, and managing data operating model a plus
  • Business understanding and its requirements in the design of MDM processes and projects


At AkzoNobel we are highly committed to ensuring an inclusive and respectful workplace where all employees can be their best self. We strive to embrace diversity in a context of tolerance. Our talent acquisition process plays an integral part in this journey, as setting the foundations for a diverse environment. For this reason we train and educate on the implications of our Unconscious Bias in order for our TA and hiring managers to be mindful of them and take corrective actions when applicable. In our organization, all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age or disability.