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Merck Technical Expert, FP&A Platforms in Topeka, Kansas

Job Description

Our IT team operates as a business partner proposing ideas and innovative solutions that enable new organizational capabilities. We collaborate internationally to deliver the services and solutions that help everyone to be more productive and enable innovation.

The Technical Expert, FP&A Platforms is a key member of the product finance/IT team that is responsible for the development and execution of strategic initiatives and imperatives related to the financial planning and analysis workstream.

This role will service as the ‘go-to’ person for all Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) Platforms developers, product owners, business analysts, solution architects, system engineers, and other key stakeholder across and outside of Enterprise IT. The candidate will participate on multiple squads/workstreams/projects as appropriate. This role will also leverage the Scrum Agile Framework to continue to help our team transition to a Scrum approach to project management. Our Company largely uses SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation) for FP&A activities.

The Technical Expert, FP&A Platforms is empowered and responsible for:

  • Understanding how various Finance teams use Business Planning and Consolidation (BPC).

  • Understanding the financial planning, forecast, budgeting, and management reporting processes within our Company.

  • Utilizing Agile/Scrum principles for BPC development.

  • Designing and implementing sophisticated solutions in BPC to solve ambiguous tasks.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Engage in “Front End” and “Back End” Development of BPC (i.e. input forms, reports, data transformations, BADI’s, script logic, security, dimensions, data manager packages).

  • Leverage expertise in BPC functionality, capabilities, and use cases.

  • Help developers and business users in “thinking through” test cases for complex systematic changes.

  • Employ deep knowledge of planning, forecasting, budgeting, and management reporting across multiple finance teams.

  • Create and enforce development and documentation standards across the squads.

  • Evaluate external resources, and train internal resources on BPC.

  • Appraise other technical capabilities & integrations across the FP&A Platform.

  • Participate in roadmapping sessions with SAP and other vendors.

  • Understand complex data integrations using Business Warehouse (BW) and other technologies.

  • Work with business users to ease pain points and solve complex problems/requirements.

  • Develop unique/creative solutions to meet various business requirements as needed.

  • Understand business activities involved in FP&A processes.

Travel: 10%

Education Minimum Requirements:

  • Required: BA/BS or equivalent.

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Proficiency in MS Excel and other Office 365 tools.

  • 10+ years’ experience with BPC and Financial Planning & Analysis processes and activities.

  • Strong prioritization, collaboration, and communication skills.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Experience working in financial systems.

  • Experience working on Agile teams.

  • Visual Basic for Application (VBA).

Our Support Functions deliver services and make recommendations about ways to enhance our workplace and the culture of our organization. Our Support Functions include HR, Finance, Information Technology, Legal, Procurement, Administration, Facilities and Security.

Who we are …

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA in the United States and Canada and MSD everywhere else. For more than a century, we have been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world's most challenging diseases. Today, our company continues to be at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions and advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and animals around the world.

What we look for …

In a world of rapid innovation, we seek brave Inventors who want to make an Impact in all aspects of our business, enabling breakthroughs that will affect generations to come. We encourage you to bring your disruptive thinking, collaborative spirit and diverse perspective to our organization. Together we will continue Inventing For Life, Impacting Lives while Inspiring Your Career Growth .

Invent. Impact. Inspire.


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If you have been offered a separation benefits package, but have not yet reached your separation date and are offered a position within the salary and geographical parameters as set forth in the Summary Plan Description (SPD) of your separation package, then you are no longer eligible for your separation benefits package. To discuss in more detail, please contact your HRBP or Talent Acquisition Advisor.

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We are proud to be a company that embraces the value of bringing diverse, talented, and committed people together. The fastest way to breakthrough innovation is when diverse ideas come together in an inclusive environment. We encourage our colleagues to respectfully challenge one another’s thinking and approach problems collectively. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace.

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Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, NJ, USA, also known as Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., Kenilworth, NJ, USA, does not accept unsolicited assistance from search firms for employment opportunities. All CVs / resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at our company without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of our company. No fee will be paid in the event a candidate is hired by our company as a result of an agency referral where no pre-existing agreement is in place. Where agency agreements are in place, introductions are position specific. Please, no phone calls or emails.

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No relocation

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Flexible Work Arrangements:

Remote Work, Telecommuting, Work Week


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Requisition ID: R115684