ACARA SOLUTIONS IS HIRING FOR AN ACCOUNTING MANAGER IN MINNEAPOLIS This role is a member of the Finance Optimization Program Management Office (PMO), which is responsible leading the Finance Transformation Program to drive enterprise excellence. As a member of the PMO, this role will help deliver on Finances objectives by collaborating with business, region and functional finance teams to define, support and deliver new technologies, work streams and service models to enable improved effectiveness and efficiency. The Value Stream Project Manager will work on challenging initiatives that are among Finance’s top priorities, will have exposure at senior levels of the organization, and will have significant impact upon Finance achieving its future-state vision. They will also have a chance to build business relationships and develop influence management skills while driving change across a global, matrixed organization. Interested applicants should have a drive for continuous improvement and passion to be a change agent. This position reports to a Value Stream Senior Program Manager. A Day in the Life: Project Management Develop and execute project plans, including schedules, budgets, resources, and anticipated benefits. Define project resource requirements and partner with the Value Stream Leader to distribute work amongst the team. Schedule, prepare and facilitate working team operating mechanisms, ensuring that SMEs and other team members are productively engaged in the process. Maintain oversight of project risks and mitigation plans to ensure business and project objectives are met. Escalate project challenges and risked, as needed, to ensure high quality and timely completion. Provide routine project status communications to senior leadership. Global Process Harmonization & Standardization Work with the Value Stream Leader, in collaboration with subject matter experts and functional specialists, to design and implement the Value Stream Conceptual Design in alignment with the guiding principles of the Finance Optimization Program. The Project Manager will lead various project work streams to achieve process harmonization and standardization objectives, as defined in the conceptual design. The scope of these activities may include: process mapping, gap identification, developing prototypes for key future state deliverables, and identifying/ establishing documentation to support knowledge transfer. Stakeholder Alignment Establish and maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders across various groups, businesses, geographies functions. Work with Communications and change management resources to build stakeholder maps, identify change impacts and to engage the broader organization to socialize and build support for project recommendations. Collaboration on Inflight Initiatives Partner closely with group, regional and functional finance teams to understand and prioritize inflight initiatives. Understand priorities, interdependencies and timelines to ensure activities and projects are appropriately sequenced. Stay abreast of local project status and coordinate support from the PMO, as needed. Continuous Improvement Play a leadership role to drive continuous improvement and streamline and standardize processes. Constructively challenge the status quo to champion new ideas and ideate future possibilities. Imagine new possibilities and creative solutions that drive improved effectiveness and efficiency. Domain Expertise Leverage broad accounting and finance knowledge, understanding of internal control principles and knowledge of Key Corporate Policies to ensure compliance with legal, business accounting, and ethical standards. How Work Gets Done The Value Stream Project Manager works with the Value Stream Leader to mobilize a team of subject matter experts and functional specialists representing Groups & Regions to design and implement the global value stream. Travel Requirement: 20-30%
Required Skills / Qualifications:
Bachelor's Degree AND 5 years of professional experience,
Or Master's Degree AND 3 years professional experience
Preferred Skills / Qualifications:
Lean Six Sigma and/or project management certification preferred
- Value Stream Domain Expertise
- Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree with emphasis in Finance or Accounting
- MBA or CPA
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