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Summary Sr Director Workday Platform Strategy & Operations M.3
Responsible for leading the development and implementation of the Workday Platform strategy and roadmap for NRECA's implementation of Workday HCM and Finance systems and other Finance and HCM software as a service systems (SaaS) that integrate with Workday such as ADP (payroll), Palette (Accounts Payable OCR and workflow) and Chrome River (Board of Directors Expense Reports). The Director will be responsible for leading NRECA's Workday Ownership Workgroup (WOW) team, which is comprised of managers from HR, Finance and IT who are stakeholders and product owners of Workday. The Director will also hold regular meetings with the Workday Executive Steering Committee (SteerCo) and provide the SteerCo with expert advice regarding Workday strategy and keep the SteerCo informed about the status of ongoing projects and initiatives as well as the production status of the Workday Platform. The Director will also be responsible for leading and managing the Finance Workday Operations Team of three professional staff dedicated to supporting the Workday Platform within Finance.
This position provides strategic leadership, organizational vision and day-to-day operational oversight of all aspects of the Workday HCM and Finance systems. This position must build strong and productive relationships with cross-functional partners, leverage strengths within the association to achieve best possible results and become a trusted business and technology adviser.
This position reports directly to the Senior VP of Finance and will also meet on a regular basis with the Senior VP of Human Resources who is the other project sponsor of the Workday Platform.
Purpose and Mission
Leadership - Leads the Workday Finance Operations unit within Finance. Sets clear expectations, goals and objectives; provides timely feedback; coaches and manages the professional development of the team. Demonstrates NRECA's Management Performance Standards: Shape the Future, Optimize Resources, Enable Achievement, Inspire the Team, Build Relationships and Invest in Employees to create a constructive work environment and engage employees in our mission.
Executive Steering Committee - Provides expert advice to the Project Sponsors and Executive Steering Committee regarding the development and implementation of the Workday Platform strategy and roadmap. Manages these relationships by: * Collaborates with senior leadership to define the Portfolio and Roadmap including working with business owners to strategize options and develop strong, well-articulated business cases. * Providing regular communication on the health, status, risks & issues of the Workday platform and other Finance and HR SaaS systems. * Partnering with the business to ensure the program meets business objectives. * Partnering with the business to obtain resources, make decisions and prioritize tasks to best meet the program timeline. * Resolving conflicts and/or priority discrepancies. o Resolution of low and medium risks & issues in the program that can be handled internally o Reporting and potential escalation of high risks & issues in the program * Collaborates with leadership to establish and implement relevant metrics for monitoring and reporting Workday HCM and Finance Platform performance pertaining to active projects, roadmap status, production support, etc.
Workday Ownership Workgroup (WOW) - Leads the WOW team and provides the team with expert advice and regular communications on the health, status, risks and issues with the Workday Platform including other integrated Finance and HR SaaS systems. Partners and collaborates with the members of the WOW team and their staff to strategize options and develop strong, well-articulated business cases. Collaborates with the WOW team and their staff to ensure the successful fulfillment and execution of the WOW team's responsibilities.
The WOW team is responsible for the following activities: * Developing the Workday roadmap * Prioritizing new enhancements including the development of reports and dashboards * Developing and overseeing Workday change management protocol * Overseeing the standardization and publication of business processes, procedures and practices across program and project teams * Monitoring and reviewing Workday security access * Resolving or further escalating project and program risks & issues * Overseeing cross-functional projects * Overseeing the bi-annual Workday upgrades * Overseeing end user training * Overseeing Workday Change Management communication activities. . Workday Platform Management - Provides strategic leadership, organizational vision and day-to-day operational oversight of all aspects the Workday HCM and Finance Platform and all the HR and Finance SaaS systems that integrate with Workday.
* Directs, manages, and provides leadership for the Workday Finance Operations Team. Monitors departmental work requests, allocates staff resources, sets direction, inspires innovation, fosters competency development, cross-training and ensures that staff skills keep pace with NRECA needs. Ensures team members develop and maintain technical knowledge in specialized areas, remaining up to date on current trends and best practices * Oversees the Workday production tenant and responds to production issues by assigning appropriate resources to participate in resolution activities. Performs root cause analysis on problems, implementing corrective actions that achieve operational effectiveness. * Manages the relationship with NRECA vendor partners that support the Workday Platform (e.g. Workday, ADP, Palette) including the oversight of release management and implementation processes. Participate in Workday Community/user forums. * Partners with Finance and HR leadership and Workday Functional Administrators in developing effective business cases for systems improvements and/or alternative new systems, clearly articulating non-financial and financial benefits and cost. Facilitates prioritization of strategic initiatives and planning from initiation to a successful completion, within budget, on time and meeting requirements and expectations. * Responsible for the proper security and disposal of any confidential information that he or she may possess in the course of performing this position's job duties, as well as ensuring staff compliance with security protocols in accordance with NRECA's Personnel and Administrative Policy and HIPAA Privacy and Security Policies and Procedures Manuals. * Ensures compliance with regulatory requirements for securing and protecting data (i.e. HIPPA, Sarbanes Oxley, etc.). Supports Business Continuity and IT disaster plans and testing * Direct Reports to this Position: 3
Requirements and Qualifications
* BS/BA in Business Administration, Management Science, Computer Science or related field. * Industry certification in at least one field (Project Management, Business Analyst, Business Process Management). * One or more Workday certifications (Workday Pro or Workday Implementer) * At least 15 years of experience implementing or managing ERP systems, * 3 or more years of practical experience implementing and managing an integrated Workday HCM and Finance platform. * Prefer experience leading at least one integrated Workday HCM and Finance deployment project. * A strong background in Accounting and Finance business processes preferred (e.g. Procure to Pay, Order to Cash, Record to Report).
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required (as demonstrated by prior work experience) * Ability to be an innovative thinker with proven track record and high degree of problem solving and decision-making ability. * Ability to manage competing deadlines and multiple projects at various stages of development using effective organization skills and attention to detail. * Ability to lead people and foster collaborative skills and consensus building while operating in a fast-moving environment. * Ability to lead highly visible multidisciplinary project/program teams or initiatives and provide leadership as the authority in a specialized field. * Ability to define issues, establish facts and draw valid conclusions and apply to work environment. * Interpersonal skills, service orientation and ability to work in a team environment. * Ability to be persuasive, negotiate, and collaborate with individuals at all levels inside and outside of the organization. * Ability to understand and discuss issues and developments related to product design, development and deployment. * Ability to listen and interpret the stakeholder needs, de-escalate difficult customer interactions, while at the same time researching the issue and applying broad business and technical knowledge to meet the customer's satisfaction. * Ability to apply risk management and contingency planning skills required for maintenance functions and activities. * Ability to communicate, both verbally and in writing, with employees and/or vendors in a clear and precise manner. * Ability to use Microsoft Office tools (Excel, Word, Outlook, Power Point) in the day-to-day essential duties of the job. * Ability to provide service excellence by building relationships, being resourceful, responsive and respectful. * Ability to operate various office equipment such as personal computer, copier, printer, fax machine or other job-related equipment.
Essential Physical Requirements * The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; visual inspection involving small defects, small parts, and/or operation of machines (including inspection); using measurement devices; and/or assembly or fabrication parts at distances close to the eyes. * Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for sedentary work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for light work. Disclaimer Statement: The preceding job description has been written to reflect management's assignment of essential functions.