Holder of an MBA, certified in Project Management and accounting (foundation), an ISTQB Certified Tester (foundation). A versatile and enthusiastic ICT systems professional combining a solid technical background with extensive experience in programming, configuring, testing and supporting SAP systems. Capable of understanding business processes and business requirements and translating them into effective solutions and systems that both align with business needs and deliver real benefits. Currently working as a SAP test analyst but previously as a SAP functional consultant. SAP skills include hands on configuration and support in the areas of MM, SD, CRM, P2P and O2C but with FICO functional skills that include hands on configuration and support of New GL, AP, AR, AA, PS and related CO areas (e.g. CCA, PCA (New GL), Internal Orders, etc.) and FSCM (including dispute cases, promise to pay, collections work lists, credit management and cash and liquidity management and the touch points in FICO of other SAP modules such as HCM. Skilled in AR and AP data migration requirements. Good knowledge of payment program configuration and banking processes such as electronic bank statements. Fully conversant with the processes of testing and test management and experienced in the use of HPQC especially for the extraction of management reports both via SQL Queries using the embedded VBA tool and the use of the QC API for VB. Key Skills and Attributes: • Business focussed with strong attention to detail, able to work to deadlines. • Able to understand technical issues and collaborate with colleagues in other disciplines. • A sound understanding of financial and accounting concepts. • A sound understanding of testing concepts. • Good cross module knowledge of SAP. • Excellent knowledge of HP QC. Proven Competencies: • SAP FICO with New GL • Credit, Collections and Dispute management (FSCM) • SAP AR & AP processes including data migration • House banks and Electronic Bank Statements • Payment program • Asset Accounting including Legacy data transfer • Project Systems including budgeting • Cash Journals • Customer Dunning & Statements • P2P & OTC processes • Sales & Distribution (SD) • Materials Management (MM) • Customer Relations Management (CRM) • LSMW script development • Query writing via SQ01 • ITESFOFT scanned vendor invoices into SAP • HPQC reporting via SQL queries using embedded VBA and HPQC API extracts via VBA. • Test script authoring and execution in HPQC.
Working on the Lloyds register (LR) STEP-UP project, migrating from their legacy JDE system to SAP SuccessFactors and SAP BusinessByDesign. The role involves working closely with the Test manager and functional team leads to support the creation and execution of test scripts, producing custom reports for monitoring and managing test execution and defect management. Involved in all aspects of ALM (QC) administration including maintaining user properties, project entities and lists and training users in the use of ALM. Working with LR SAP partners and business users and ensure that the quality of scripts is appropriate and supporting unit, SIT and User acceptance testing.
Initially working as part of the BAU team to test CR’s and perform regression testing. I worked closely with the test manager to identify risks from configuration changes that may have cross work-stream impacts especially where they impact on the BAU environment. Using this analysis to inform the scope of testing to be planned in the available time using a risk based approach. Attending daily progress meeting to ensure that test execution was on track and defects were being progressed. Most recently I moved to the Engine Manufacturing Centre (EMC) team to support the engine build processes including Production Planning (PP) and Extended Warehouse management (EWM) processes and interfaces to the manufacturing Execution (ME) systems. The processes ranged from the creation of scheduled Sales Orders through to creating outbound deliveries and processing stock movements in the warehouse including vehicle despatch and subsequent posting of finance documents in SAP. Key Achievements: I played a key role in supporting the BAU test manager in planning, preparing and executing regression tests. I developed a number of HP QC SQL extracts that were automatically formatted in Excel using embedded VBA code. Initially used by the regression work stream teams to report on daily test execution progress they were extended to other work streams to monitor other, non-regression testing progress including a daily analysis of test execution by tester.
Working as part of the EPSON Pan-European SAP standardisation program to establish common business processes across EPSON’s European operations. Working closely with the functional consultants I was involved in the design, build and execution of test scripts. Key SAP modules were SD - especially for inter euro material movements and checking complex VAT rules, CRM – upgrade project to CRM 7.3 Dunning & credit management (Sales Order management and the use of credit horizon), CONCUR travel expenses and vendor down payments (for Print shop operations). Key Achievements: I spent time in Amsterdam and Paris working with the local SMEs helping to plan, resource and support the business during UAT execution. I developed a number Quality Centre (QCv11.52) SQL extracts and by using the embedded VBA features that QC supports, was able to provide the key business users with formatted progress reports in EXCEL in near real-time. This was a real benefit when handing off scenarios between the various functions in a timely and efficient way during E2E testing.
The JLR Turbo project is part of a programme to replace or integrate the existing JLR systems with SAP. Key to the success of the programme is the testing function. The testing role demands a good understanding of the SAP Finance, OTC and P2P areas including MM, WM & SD as well as understanding the functional specifications at JRL to enable the development of tests scripts of high quality to meet the required testing standards and the subsequent execution, recording of results and defect management. Key Achievements: Good attention to detail and awareness of SAP functionality has resulted in good rates of defect discovery. Working closely with the functional consultants and development teams, have built a relationship of trust and mutual respect for each other’s roles that has mitigated the risks associated with the identification of defects. As part of continuous professional development passed ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level exam.
Irish Rail separation of accounts project. The project required the splitting of the existing SAP company code into 5 new company codes to comply with the requirements of the EU Directive to allow open access to railway infrastructure. The role was specifically to migrate transactional data for the AR and AP modules and configure banking processes in the new organisational structure. Working with Sogeti/Cap Gemini developers both in Ireland and offshore (India), prepared functional specifications for the migration programs and took responsibility for testing and subsequently executing these programs and confirming with the business that the migrated data was fit for purpose in the new company codes structure. Key Achievements: Identified data issues and defined migration mappings and rules, oversaw the build of tools and defined the migration processes. Recommended and then implemented a process to simplify cross company payments and direct debit collection processes in the new company code structure, using the concept of a paying company code.
OCS migrated from SAGELINE 500 to SAP ECC 6.0 in January 2009. A member of the team tasked with this project and specifically involved in data migration, configuration and subsequently supporting all areas of SAP FICO including: AP, AR, AA, FSCM, and NEW GL and the related modules CRM, PS, SD, MM and HCM (PY, OM). Key Achievements: Fixed Assets: Configured Fixed Assets including loading of legacy assets following new company acquisitions. Project Lead - FSCM: Credit, Collections management & Dispute Case processing: Designed and implemented the SAP collections management system including collection groups, design of collection strategies and generation of collection work lists from AR. Configured SAP dispute case records system and linked dispute cases to dunning blocks and payment blocks (for Direct Debit collection). Trained key users how to use these systems. Project Lead - Credit Card Payments: Working with a credit card payments processing supplier, developed a prototype system for the proof of concept of online payments via credit card using SQ01 query and an LSMW project. Once the prototype proved the value of the system worked with in-house ABAP developers to develop a program to deliver this functionality. Project Lead - Mass Upload of Vendor Invoices & Cash Journals: specified and co-ordinated the build of a tool to upload files of vendor invoices and cash journals into SAP from data files provided by an external system. Bank Configuration and Electronic Bank Statements. Responsible for configuring house banks and the upload of electronic bank statements in MT940 format and working with banking provider to map bank transactions to the appropriate posting rules in SAP. Payments Program: Configured the vendor (and customer direct debit) payments system in SAP and in addition amended the BACS output file to include the business partner number in the reference field of the transaction record - required for analysing rejected customer direct debits.
Managing a team supporting all aspects of the SAGE systems, working with other team leads to ensure the best quality service to users. Key Achievements: Responsible for SAGE configuration, upgrades and support. Use of MS SQL May 2006 onwards: heavily involved in the SAP system implementation at OCS including Identifying and mapping data for the migration from SAGE to SAP and test script writing and execution in HPQC.
Working for the ICT director as a key member of the team that formed the central ICT function. This function was responsible for all aspect of ICT at locations across the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Key Achievements: Establishing the server and network infrastructures and working with suppliers on the design and implementation of those systems. Rolling out the centralised SAGE system systems across all Group companies Data migration from legacy systems to SAGE.
Centuryan Security. IT Manager Smarts Group. IT Manager Hillier Parker, May & Rowden. Programmer, Systems Analyst. Gordon & Gotch, London: Programmer, Systems Analyst. Foseco, Staffordshire: Programmer.