The main objective of the Product Owner – Plan to Manufacture is to be the guardian of all processes of the manufacturing and supply system in the ERP landscape of the Africa zone.
The Product Owner will work closely with the area procurement function to align P2M and system processes in the relevant ERP system per market in the Africa area.
The Product Owner is responsible for maintaining the integrity and stability of current P2M ERP solutions, as well as directing the P2M flow within the planned implementation of a new ERP system (SAP S4 HANA) in the Africa zone in 2022 and 2023.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to,
Own the end-to-end system process in the African ERP landscape – including existing and new ERPs
Define and deliver business and process requirements in collaboration with the business function and the ERP program delivery team:
Ensure the successful implementation of end-to-end processes taking into account business needs in accordance with the success factors of the steering committee;
Prioritizes tasks, mitigates risks in liaison with project management, area sales management and global sales management;
Has signing authority for project delivery in the process area for the Africa zone;
Is the change leader for the process area and identifies and coordinates business resources in the Africa zone;
Owns the product backlog for the process area – owns and prioritizes user stories and is the first point of contact for clarifications/escalations;
Is responsible for providing content for the development of global training materials;
Monitors completeness and accuracy of progress information, in accordance with requirements and acceptance criteria;
Responsible for training needs and other preparedness activities;
Is responsible for controlling the operation of the system and the results obtained (outputs) in terms of compliance with expected needs and quality standards.
The Product Owner will ensure that all governance, processes and controls are considered and integrated into each product backlog and will continue to ensure MICS/SOX compliance
Responsible for preparing the business for change supported by the change team,
Country leader and agents of change;
Responsible for ensuring that the specific activities required to prepare the business for change are executed according to plan in their functional area;
Leads the execution of project and change activities for their functional area to drive business engagement and readiness;
Coordinate business engagement and readiness activities in accordance with the agreed change management plan.
Requirements and skills
Leadership and technical skills – including logistics experience
Bachelor’s degree, diploma or technology-related qualification
Effective communication techniques – including verbal, written and interpersonal skills
Leadership, influencing and team building skills
Continuous improvement and problem solving skills
Deep understanding of Agile, DevOps and Lean process tools and techniques (certified scrum master and/or product owner preferred)
Ability to analyze complex problems to determine root causes and find innovative solutions
Demonstration of characteristics such as creativity and motivation
Ability to engage with and influence senior leaders and stakeholders
Entrepreneurial spirit with the ability to establish and maintain a departmental budget
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with all levels of an organization focused on creating value, removing roadblocks and waste, and increasing overall velocity
Strategic, executable and innovative thinking – demonstrated success in delivering complex projects quickly using an agile mindset
Experience in managing and executing agile projects, programs and portfolios
Demonstrated ability to effectively coach teams and lead peers.
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