IT Applications Consultant, SAP Tax

  • location: Houston, TX
  • type: Contract
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IT Applications Consultant, SAP Tax

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Opportunity Profile:

Description:

  • Under broad direction, responsible for overseeing the following functional areas, technology, major system, (e.g., process simulation, document management, payroll, etc.) and the development/acquisition, maintenance, and/or support of application(s) in that area.
  • Influence the assignment of personnel to various activities and provide performance feedback.
  • Leads and participates in the preparation of all requirements/specifications, estimates, system designs, and completed systems, and ensures that quality support is provided to customers and clients, often involves performing project setups, analyses, designs, etc., for/with customers.
  • Similar duties are often associated with the selection, acquisition, installation and configuration of applications licensed from third parties, and interaction with vendors is often required.
  • Researches and makes recommendations on software technology direction.
  • Prepare activity and progress reports for management and enforces compliance with administrative policies and procedures.
  • Position is considered and expert relative to the applications and work processes in one or more technology/functional areas and is capable of addressing the most complex issues, and representing the organization in dealings with internal customers and clients.
  • Performs own work and provides assistance to others as directed.
  • Job role has budgetary type of accountabilities or directly impacts a revenue center's viability or its quality of service via personal contributions.
  • Job role contributes directly to value creation. Skills are typically acquired through completion of an undergraduate degree in CS, MIS, BA, or Engineering and 12 years of experience or 16 years in Systems Development and/or Applications Support which includes experience in Analysis, Design, Programming, Product Selection, Support and/or Maintenance.
  • Oversees an assigned technology, major system, or functional area and the associated application development/support.
  • Assigns personnel to various activities, supervises and approves their activities, and provides performance feedback.
  • Participates in and directs the preparation of all requirements/specifications, estimates, system designs and new systems.
  • Represents the Company in dealing with vendors of third party systems.
  • Performs research and makes recommendations on software technology direction.
  • Ensures that quality support is provided to customers and clients.
  • Assists in projecting software and hardware requirements for project and functional requirements.
  • Identifies project deliverables and manages applications deployment.
  • Consults with IT staff on administrative policies and procedures, technical issues, priorities and method.
  • Prepares activity and progress reports regarding the activities in an assigned area.
  • Produces White Papers on specific company application technologies and how they can be leveraged .
The Sr. Applications Analyst is responsible for ongoing production support, system design, enhancement, configuration and delivery of IT solutions in the areas of SAP Tax. This position will closely interface with customers to gather functional requirements for new projects and establish a strong trust relationship with those customers. Functional support of some related, non-SAP applications will also be part of the scope of responsibility.

Essential responsibilities include:

Strong SAP skills in the Tax area, with the capability to perform analysis and develop relatively complex applications to support VAT, GST, SST, withholding tax, etc. Job duties include the following activities:

  • Provide production support for SAP Tax with a focus on the General Accounting module and integration points with other SAP modules and non-SAP applications to ensure business processes are maintained in a non-disruptive manner.
  • Knowledge of Vertex, OneSource and integration with SAP.
  • Perform analysis of enhancement/new technology requests from the business and collaborate with business, IT, and vendors as needed to arrive at best solution.
  • System design, configuration and delivery for IT solutions in the area of SAP Tax.
  • Work with business process owners and other support teams to define and prioritize solutions for new problems, projects or opportunities as well as to identify potential cross impact across the General Accounting processes.
  • Interface closely with business users to facilitate requirements gathering using interviews, document analysis, business process descriptions and use cases.
  • Ability to interface effectively with people at various levels within the organization up to and including the Senior Manager level.
  • Prepare detailed functional specifications and work closely with ABAP developers to define effective solution design for SAP Tax.
  • Perform project activities such as documenting business requirements, project setups, analyses, designs, quality assurance reviews, system deployment, training, and project setup/support, etc, for/with customers.
  • Prepare application support documentation and facilitate knowledge transfer.
  • Assist in preparing project estimates and timelines.
  • Ability to create and execute integration and regression test scripts as well as coordinate User Acceptance Testing with business users.
  • Provide guidance to junior team members on system/process analysis and coordinate work with the offshore team.
  • Proactively identify opportunities for improvements in systems and processes.
  • Coordination with other IT teams as necessary including other application areas, Architecture, Security, Application Development, Quality Assurance, DBA team, Division Project Services, etc.
  • Similar duties are often associated with the selection, acquisition, installation and configuration of applications licensed from third parties, and interaction with vendors is required.
Education:

  • Skills are typically acquired through completion of an undergraduate degree in Accounting, Computer Science, Information Systems, Management Engineering, Systems Engineering, Finance or related degree.
  • SAP FICO certification a plus






  • undergraduate Degree in CS, MIS, BA or Engineering



    Yes



Experience:

  • 12+ years of experience performing systems analysis, system design, product selection, applications support and/or maintenance and configuration within the SAP FI Tax module for VAT, GST, SST and withholding tax.
  • Solid understanding of the end-to-end General Accounting process, including the following SAP aspects:

    • Sales and Use Tax
    • VAT Tax
    • GST Tax
    • SST Tax
    • Withholding Tax
    • General Ledger
  • Familiarity and solid understanding of third party tax solutions, such as Vertex and OneSource, and their integrations with SAP.
  • Gathering requirements, creating functional specification documentation, problem solving for the SAP General Accounting Applications module and interaction with internal or external users.
Skills/Competencies:

  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Solid technical knowledge and ability to express complex technical concepts in terms understandable to the business
  • Ability to translate business requirements into functional specifications and system designs
  • Good understanding of the integration points across various SAP modules
  • Strong analytical skills for creating optimal solutions for the business
  • Ability to work effectively while multitasking in a stressful environment
  • With a keen attention to detail, ability to work independently and prioritize workload as appropriate
  • Strong teamwork skills and ability to develop working relationships
  • Ability to interface effectively with people up to Senior Management level
  • Proven ability to work within multiple projects, achieving objectives in a timely manner
  • Experience with SAP Fixed Assets is a plus
  • Written and spoken Spanish is a plus
 
location: Houston, Texas
job type: Contract
work hours: 8am to 5pm
education: Bachelors
 
responsibilities:
  • Under broad direction, responsible for overseeing the following functional areas, technology, major system, (e.g., process simulation, document management, payroll, etc.) and the development/acquisition, maintenance, and/or support of application(s) in that area.
  • Influence the assignment of personnel to various activities and provide performance feedback.
  • Leads and participates in the preparation of all requirements/specifications, estimates, system designs, and completed systems, and ensures that quality support is provided to customers and clients, often involves performing project setups, analyses, designs, etc., for/with customers.
  • Similar duties are often associated with the selection, acquisition, installation and configuration of applications licensed from third parties, and interaction with vendors is often required.
  • Researches and makes recommendations on software technology direction.
  • Prepare activity and progress reports for management and enforces compliance with administrative policies and procedures.
  • Position is considered and expert relative to the applications and work processes in one or more technology/functional areas and is capable of addressing the most complex issues, and representing the organization in dealings with internal customers and clients.
  • Performs own work and provides assistance to others as directed.
  • Job role has budgetary type of accountabilities or directly impacts a revenue center's viability or its quality of service via personal contributions.
  • Job role contributes directly to value creation. Skills are typically acquired through completion of an undergraduate degree in CS, MIS, BA, or Engineering and 12 years of experience or 16 years in Systems Development and/or Applications Support which includes experience in Analysis, Design, Programming, Product Selection, Support and/or Maintenance.
  • Oversees an assigned technology, major system, or functional area and the associated application development/support.
  • Assigns personnel to various activities, supervises and approves their activities, and provides performance feedback.
  • Participates in and directs the preparation of all requirements/specifications, estimates, system designs and new systems.
  • Represents the Company in dealing with vendors of third party systems.
  • Performs research and makes recommendations on software technology direction.
  • Ensures that quality support is provided to customers and clients.
  • Assists in projecting software and hardware requirements for project and functional requirements.
  • Identifies project deliverables and manages applications deployment.
  • Consults with IT staff on administrative policies and procedures, technical issues, priorities and method.
  • Prepares activity and progress reports regarding the activities in an assigned area.
  • Produces White Papers on specific company application technologies and how they can be leveraged .
 
qualifications:
Education:

  • Skills are typically acquired through completion of an undergraduate degree in Accounting, Computer Science, Information Systems, Management Engineering, Systems Engineering, Finance or related degree.
  • SAP FICO certification a plus






  • undergraduate Degree in CS, MIS, BA or Engineering



    Yes



Experience:

  • 12+ years of experience performing systems analysis, system design, product selection, applications support and/or maintenance and configuration within the SAP FI Tax module for VAT, GST, SST and withholding tax.
  • Solid understanding of the end-to-end General Accounting process, including the following SAP aspects:

    • Sales and Use Tax
    • VAT Tax
    • GST Tax
    • SST Tax
    • Withholding Tax
    • General Ledger
  • Familiarity and solid understanding of third party tax solutions, such as Vertex and OneSource, and their integrations with SAP.
  • Gathering requirements, creating functional specification documentation, problem solving for the SAP General Accounting Applications module and interaction with internal or external users.
 
skills: Skills/Competencies:

  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Solid technical knowledge and ability to express complex technical concepts in terms understandable to the business
  • Ability to translate business requirements into functional specifications and system designs
  • Good understanding of the integration points across various SAP modules
  • Strong analytical skills for creating optimal solutions for the business
  • Ability to work effectively while multitasking in a stressful environment
  • With a keen attention to detail, ability to work independently and prioritize workload as appropriate
  • Strong teamwork skills and ability to develop working relationships
  • Ability to interface effectively with people up to Senior Management level
  • Proven ability to work within multiple projects, achieving objectives in a timely manner
  • Experience with SAP Fixed Assets is a plus
  • Written and spoken Spanish is a plus

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