In July 2020, Penn State deployed its new, state-of-the art Financial Management System, SIMBA, based on SAP's S/4 HANA suite of applications. As the institution completes the deployment of the new system, a permanent maintenance organization will be established. The Enterprise Project Management Office (EPMO) is seeking a highly motivated individual to provide leadership for the new SIMBA Sustainment Office. This office will provide technical and functional support for SIMBA. Responsibilities include: efficient operation of all the SIMBA modules, including finance, budget, reporting, procurement; planning for system improvements; working with the appropriate governance committees and Penn State IT on setting strategic direction, priorities, and needs; ensuring business operations support is well-organized, accurate, and on time; providing administrative supervision of staff; and selecting and overseeing the work of appropriate consulting services. This position will report to the Senior Director for Enterprise Projects.
Initially, this position will be charged to create the SIMBA Sustainment Office in consultation with the senior director, project sponsors, executive sponsors, and Penn State IT leadership. The successful candidate must have the ability to recognize fiscal realities and potential changes in the University landscape due to the COVID pandemic. Additionally, Penn State plans to transition EPMO, including the new SIMBA Sustainment Office, from Finance & Business to Penn State IT on July 1, 2021. This position will work collaboratively with the senior director, the directors of the LionPATH Development and Maintenance Office, the WorkLion Maintenance Office, and EPMO administrative leadership on facilitating a successful transition to Penn State IT.
Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus eight years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A Master's degree and experience working in higher education, student administrative systems, and management experience with increasing levels of responsibility is preferred.
The successful candidate must be able to operate on a strategic level and demonstrate appropriate awareness of the requirements and motivations of administration, customers, and vendors. The successful candidate will be able to manage multiple priorities and stakeholders' needs; bring diverse audiences together to meet common goals; exhibit a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion; have demonstrated ability to successfully organize and lead large complex projects; and demonstrate ability to influence and lead skilled functional/technical teams. This position requires the capacity to originate change, impact results, and foster a continuous quality improvement environment, as well as the ability to effectively work with faculty and staff at all levels of the organization. Effective communication skills are essential to success in this role. As a member of the leadership team of EPMO, the successful candidate will be joining a team of individuals who have the ambition to help Penn State succeed. Workforce diversity, cultural inclusiveness, and employment equity are deeply rooted in Penn State's historic mission. Just as we are committed to a diverse educational environment, we are also committed to a diverse working community. As a community, we endeavor to be a mixture of cultural backgrounds, life experiences, and individual perspectives, that add variety and vitality to the workplace. The University believes that we can learn from each other's differences and break down the barriers that separate us. Penn State is a place where everyone can be themselves, together.