Associate Director - SAP Basis

Lake County, IL, United States
Jan 06, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
About AbbVie
AbbVie's mission is to discover and deliver innovative medicines that solve serious health issues today and address the medical challenges of tomorrow. We strive to have a remarkable impact on people's lives across several key therapeutic areas: immunology, oncology, neuroscience, eye care, virology, women's health and gastroenterology, in addition to products and services across its Allergan Aesthetics portfolio. For more information about AbbVie, please visit us at . Follow @abbvie on Twitter , Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and LinkedIn .

The SAP S/4 Basis lead will play a key role in delivering IT strategies and Strategic projects

Position will be responsible to oversee the day to day basis administration of SAP Ecosystems applications (S/4,SRM,eWM,SOLMAN,GRC,BW, GTS Native HANA) including Partner systems such as Vertex, Native HANA, Paymetric, Esker, Brainware. This position is responsible for partnering with internal technical, process leads and vendors to provide guidance to project teams, driving effective issue management with and communication to key stakeholders, and delivering successful end results.

Key Responsibilities Include:
  • Experience in dealing with multiple projects and cross-functional teams, managing multiple tasks/assignments with staggered due dates and deadlines through effective time management skills
  • Must be a self-motivated and pro-active leader and possess a strong independent decision making, problem solving and analytical skills
  • Responsibilities for oversight of technical strategies relative to creation, implementation and expansion of SAP environments. Recommends new technologies (Cloud and such) based on our needs.
  • Anticipates and recommends technical solutions to business problems. Accountable for maintainability, reliability, and availability of systems solutions relative to business expectations.
  • Provides basis expertise in identifying issues and possible way of fixing the issues, Analyze performance issues, systems logs, Table sizing, HANA DB tuning. Experience working with service base APIs (e.g SOAP, Rest etc )
  • Proactive in setting up system parameters, system patch schedules, system sizing, storage management and Cyber security threats. Familiar with SAP GRC and Single Sign-on
  • Negotiate, secures, oversee and ensure that resources are available to meet the daily operational demands of the area.
  • Oversee and control department budgets, project capital/RCE expenditures & ROI: develop, monitor, and meet expense and recovery plans; continually look for opportunities for cost reductions and cost avoidance.
  • Establish and maintain high-quality relationships with all levels across the company and with external partners.
  • Manages 5 - 15 employees/contractors, direct/indirect at varying levels of the Project Management job family.
  • Direct Budget Resp: $500M - $4MM.

Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled


  • Bachelor's Degree preferably in software engineering, business, information systems, or a discipline closely related to the client area served.
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience including hands on SAP Basis administration and project implementation including upgrade plus 3-5 years supervisory experience.
  • Knowledge of applicable regulations and standards affecting Pharmaceutical Products (e.g. GMP), Life sciences and Validated deployment experience
  • Ability to resolve complex issues in high stress and high pressure situations.
  • Effective communication and influencing Senior Leaders in business and IT.
  • Ability to travel globally (5-10%)

Key AbbVie Competencies:
  • Builds strong relationships with peers and cross functionally with partners outside of team to enable higher performance.
  • Learns fast, grasps the 'essence' and can change course quickly where indicated.
  • Raises the bar and is never satisfied with the status quo.
  • Creates a learning environment, open to suggestions and experimentation for improvement.
  • Embraces the ideas of others, nurtures innovation and manages innovation to realty

Significant Work Activities
Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)
Yes, 10 % of the Time
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Equal Employment Opportunity
At AbbVie, we value bringing together individuals from diverse backgrounds to develop new and innovative solutions for patients. As an equal opportunity employer we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic.