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JOB TITLE Senior Financial Analyst - Finance Systems
REFERENCE RG SFA FS
DATE POSTED 28/09/2010
INDUSTRY Financial Services
DISCIPLINE Analysts
LOCATION Middle East - Qatar
ROLE DESCRIPTION

Job Purpose:

Provide business process and financial systems expertise for the continuous review and improvement of the integrated RasGas financial systems. Execute issue management, business process analysis and systems development activity for the Finance Group in the context of the overall RasGas systems management process. Provide support, training and expert advice to the users of the Financial systems.

Key Result Areas:

        Effective integrated financial processes and systems.

        Financial systems development

        The quality of support and advice provided to users of the Financial systems.

Activities:

        Monitor the performance and effectiveness of the integrated financial systems.

        Coordinate the management of Financial systems issues.

        Undertake complex issue investigation and resolution.

        Oversee the maintenance of user access to the Financial systems, ensuring that controls are effectively applied.

        Review and control the maintenance of Financial systems masterdata.

        Contribute to the increased utilisation of the financial systemís capabilities by participating in business process reviews and by providing recommendations for adapting and expanding the systems to address new or changed business requirements and to better address existing requirements.

        Coordinate and control changes to the financial systems, ensuring close integration of the financial systems with other RasGas systems.

        Participate in business requirements analysis activities.

        Participate in the development of leading practice business process solutions for the Financial systems.

        Define testing approaches for system changes and lead user testing efforts.

        Coordinate the documentation of changes to business processes and system functional design.

        Review and develop internal systems controls.

        Provide detailed analysis, reports and presentations on financial systems activity for use by senior RasGas management and external parties.

        Develop and improve section processes, procedures, systems and working practices to improve the timely and efficient delivery of the Financial Systems section.

        Coordinate and actively participate in the provision of business process and systems training for all Financial systems users.

        Provide a high quality support and advisory service to the Finance Group.

        Act as a source of expertise to the Finance Group, other company departments and third parties, on any aspect of financial systems processes or procedures.

Operating Environment, Framework and Boundaries:

        Works within clearly defined policies and procedures, participating in their further development in an environment where the business complexity, controls environment and procedures are still evolving.

        Provides advice, guidance and reporting capability in a complex, dynamic and multicultural environment. 

Communications and Working Relationships:

Internal

        Daily communication with the Head of Financial Systems.

        Close working contact with Finance Staff to provide system support and advice.

        Occasional meetings and presentations to the Finance Group management team.

        Regular meetings with the Master Users (SAP BAs & TAs) group to discuss system issues and improvements.

        Regular contact with counterparts in other Groups to discuss systems issues.

External

        Periodic interaction with auditors to discuss impact of change to financial systems.

Problem Solving/Complexity:

        The challenges in this position lie in having a thorough understanding of the SAP system and its potential for development to meet the evolving needs of the Company.

        A thorough understanding of Company operations is required in order to judge current and future system needs and solutions.

        Tackling and troubleshooting problems in this area requires the advanced application of conceptual and analytical thinking, together with sound business analysis skills.

        The implementation of system changes within acceptable timeframes also requires well developed project, people management and problem solving capabilities.

Decision Making Authority and Responsibility:

        Decision making in this position is generally limited to the resolution of system issues and related matters.

        Position also establishes and approves procedures covering the positionís area of responsibility.

        Procedures with implications beyond this are established at a higher level, but with recommendations expected from this position.

        Acts as Head of Financial Systems delegate when required.

Knowledge Skills and Experience:

        Undergraduate degree, preferably in a business or commercial discipline, from an internationally-recognised tertiary institution.

        Membership of an appropriate professional accountancy body desirable.

        Minimum of 7 yearsí experience working in management accounting, business analytical and/or financial roles within large, diverse organisations.

        Within that, a minimum of 3 yearsí experience using and developing ERP systems in the Finance function, preferably in the oil and gas sector. SAP experience preferred.

        Exceptional investigative and analytical skills.

        Highly developed problem solving skills.

        Proactive, self-starter.

        Excellent verbal and written English communication skills.

        Good presentational skills.

        Proficiency with Microsoft Office particularly spreadsheets.

        Experience in coaching/training of staff across a culturally-diverse organisation desirable.

CONSULTANT Warren Gibson

 

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