SAP Program Manager - Global Roll-Out - North America

Job Locations US-WI-Beloit
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Company Overview

Want a job you can feel good about? Leading to better encompasses everything we do at Kerry, it's how we've become the world's leading taste and nutrition company. Whether it's building sustainable solutions for consumers or building benefits and opportunities for employees, the main thread of the Kerry fabric is #LeadingToBetter. With focus on a sustainable future, a career with Kerry is something you can feel good about.


Leading to better.

Through sensory science and technology, Kerry develops and manufactures food and beverage solutions for popular brands throughout the world. In fact, you've most likely experienced Kerry in the food or beverages you've consumed in the past few days!


Leading to better, together. 

Together, we shape how the world views food and beverage.  Leading to better, together means we do this in a culture that nurtures agility, speed, quality and safety and we do this through:

  • Celebrating curiosity that leads to action
  • Empowering our people
  • Promoting diverse thinking
  • Investing in innovation
  • Acting on sustainability
  • Embracing our differences

Kerry is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Kerry will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditional upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen.

Description and Responsibilities

We have an opportunity for an experienced SAP Program Manager to join our Global SAP Implementation Program (Kerryconnect). We are currently managing parallel releases of a global template which require a high level of project management discipline, senior business stakeholder management, ERP systems knowledge and an appreciation of change management. The deployment has been completed in EMEA, APMEA and is in progress in LATAM. We are now resourcing for the North American deployment into approximately 40 manufacturing sites with their associated distribution centers, offices, R&D and commercial centers covering an estimated 8000 users. The role will be based in Beloit, Wisconsin, our North American Headquarters. The implementation team will be a mix of experienced Kerryconnect SAP resources, NA IT and business subject matter experts as well as an SI partner. Your role is to lead this team in conjunction with the SI Partner Lead. The program is expected to begin Sept 1, 2018 and be completed by mid-2021. Prior to that you will become familiar with our Global Template and ways of working by getting involved in on-going Releases. Based on our experience to date a successful SAP Program Manager will be highly sought after for senior roles either in IT or the business, in NA or other Regions post deployment.



  • Responsible for Program planning, coordination and on-time delivery within budget using the Kerry Delivery Methodology. The NA Program will be broken into 2 or 3 staggered releases with the sites spread across 6 go-live dates.
  • Be the point of escalation for the senior business stakeholders including Executive Management in relation to all concerns that they may have, eg. resourcing the program, managing impacts of the change in their business, avoiding service issues during cut-over, etc.
  • Gain an understanding of our business and act as a coach to the business leadership seconded to the Program with regard to managing the work and the transition
  • Work on advance activities for a release, eg. resource planning, SI partner selection, long lead-time design challenges, etc.
  • Ensure that the principal of the Global Template is adhered to and that processes are in place to allow the business leaders to fully understand and accept the solution
  • Define and manage risks, interdependencies and conflicts across parallel release projects
  • Manage the relationship with the IT functional and technical leadership based in our Global Competence Centre in Ireland such that the appropriate levels of skills and leadership are assigned throughout the Program.
  • Ensure timely and comprehensive communication processes in place to all stakeholders on progress, risks, etc.
  • You will report to the Group CIO and be accountable to the Kerryconnect Steering Committee (business C-Suite level) for Program delivery


Job Requirements:

  • Bachelors Degree
  • An experienced IT/PM professional with at least 7 years’ post-graduate experience of large scale, greenfield, multi-site SAP deployments with a minimum of 2 years at a leadership level.
  • Strong SAP knowledge
  • Skilled project manager
  • The ability to work effectively and problem solve with all levels of management
  • Extremely organized, structured, analytical, and efficient
  • Excellent presentation, oral, and written communication skills
  • Strong leadership, excellent interpersonal skills and effective negotiation skills
  • Ability to manage a large team to tight deadlines during pressurized and complex cutovers.
  • Willing to travel


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