As Columbia Sportswear’s (CSC) Business Process Analyst (BPA) you will represent Finance and Accounting (F&A) through process and system related projects within CSC. You will collaborate and operate cross-functionally to impact the long-range objectives of system enablement projects and initiatives. You’ll be responsible for understanding and documenting both current and future state F&A operations (business processes). Key to your success will be the development of strong stakeholder partnerships. These partnerships will facilitate an understanding of F&A business needs and requirements, and the ability to translate these to Global Information Systems (GIS) to enable the design, testing and implementation of system/technical solutions.
Be a visible business advocate, representing and influencing business requirements and interests across the Finance and Accounting functions.
Lead and participate in cross functional interview sessions to gather and elicit information from functional managers and their staff on F&A processes and opportunities for improvement.
Identify and document business process flows, functional and reporting requirements, as well as risks and controls in a clear manner that is comprehensible to the developers/project teams.
Lead cross-functional sessions to present and validate proposed solutions and business process changes with functional managers.
Collect data to identify root cause of problems; propose and enable functional and technical solutions.
Perform gap analysis to evaluate scope and impact of current and future models.
Collaborate with enterprise architects to ensure designs and solutions are compliant with the overall architecture.
Work with the Project management team to insure project deliverables are identified and implemented for the F&A functional areas.
Drive cross functional teams to develop, test and implement functional and/or technical solutions to achieve the desired end state.
Lead a project team on minor projects within Finance and Accounting functional areas.
Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Business, or equivalent experience
8+ years of professional experience and strong competency with the various tools, systems, or procedures required to accomplish the job.
2-3 years of experience in ERP Project implementation (including testing, cutover, validation and production support) desired
Strong knowledge of principles, concepts, and theories within Accounting/Finance and the ability to train & develop other team members on this knowledge.
Demonstrable skill in organizing, leading and conducting individual and cross functional group interviews to gather information about current business process and to translate and articulate the information captured in the interviews into process models.
Work comfortably with IT as solutions are developed (i.e. interfaces, trouble-shooting, understanding some system challenges).
Ability to work at a detailed level (validating converted data, etc.) as well as at a higher level (creating & delivering training materials, organizing and leading meetings).
Intermediate to advanced level experience using Microsoft Excel, MS PowerPoint, and Visio programs.
Strong collaboration, leadership and guidance required to work toward agreements with cross-functional business areas.