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Dynamics 365 Business Central – Solution Architect
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Microsoft Dynamics Project Manager
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We are looking for a Dynamics 365BC Solution Architect with experience in functional analysis into large-scale enterprise and SME Dynamics 365BC architecture with a hands-on approach in designing and leading the implementation of the products, working with both onshore and offshore development teams. The focus of this role will be on all presales activities around the Dynamics 365BC platform as well as methodology diagnostics and high-level solution architecting on client implementations. You will also contribute to proposal development and provide input in business development while mentoring junior and offshore staff.
This role is therefore kingpin to the KPMG MBS customer delivery of Microsoft Dynamics 365 BC. It is a dynamic and exciting opportunity to join a rapidly developing business area within the established and
market-leading global firm that is KPMG MBS.
The Solution Architect will lead the delivery of our Microsoft Dynamics 365BC solutions
Be a champion for both technical and functional solutions across the Microsoft platform, driving the option of new features and technology
Have an exceptional understanding of Dynamics 365 BC technical and functional capabilities along with knowledge of the current ISV’s.
Lead the design and development of sector specific templates to enhance the out of the box Dynamics 365BC functionality, giving KPMG a unique selling point and also a resalable asset where possible
Be responsible for ensuring our pre-sales engagements are delivered with the same rigour and
attention to detail as our client engagements
Define training needs within the team and coach other team members
Deliver all consultancy according to the KPMG Project Methodology, ensuring that all software applications are implemented successfully according to the project plan.
Meet and exceed customer expectations of business knowledge, skills and behaviour.
Identify business/project risk and mitigate or communicate as necessary.
Ensure progress updates are communicated to relevant parties both formally and informally.
Identify practice development activities and help in defining how these will be delivered
Carry out additional duties as may occur from time to time as instructed and agreed by Directors.
In all activities, ensure timely completion of internal processes and mandatory training.
Represent KPMG MBS in a professional and positive manner at all times.
Qualifications and Skills
Deep and broad knowledge of the capabilities of Dynamics 365BC, including appropriate certification where applicable. Must be able to show good knowledge of practices for Dynamics 365BC and our supporting ISV’s
A good understanding of Azure and cloud technologies and the supporting Power platform.
Broad knowledge of functional capabilities of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central for Operations
Broad understanding of software development lifecycle, development management, release management, data migrations, cut-over planning and early live support to support the technical teams.
Demonstrable knowledge of capabilities of the supporting software in the Microsoft stack (certification is a positive), including:
Azure SQL / SQL Server
Knowledge of best practices for working with offshore teams
Experience of all delivery methodologies
Experience and Background
Expertise in providing both out of the box and developed solutions in a Microsoft Dynamics 365BC
environment; Extensive experience as an ERP consultant
Ability to lead engagements and present to the C-Suite stakeholders.
Experience with Dynamics 365 in a Lead Design Consulting role
Experience of large scale ERP implementations as well as SME sized deliveries
Adept at Business Requirement Analysis with a focus on reducing development effort and simplifying delivery
Excellent presentation and demonstration skills
Business process mapping, modelling and documentation knowledge
Experience of mentoring junior and offshore staff
solutions are based on the Microsoft Dynamics range of products which enables us to deliver, powerful, adaptable Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) to our customers. Such systems are strategic IT solutions which integrate all the management information across an entire organisation into one single intuitive software application. They embrace all departments of a company from finance to manufacturing to customer
relationship management, HR and sales, in one single system.
The Project Manager runs projects of any size in an efficient and effectivemanner, and is responsible for their delivery within agreed timescales, budgetsand conformance to agreed requirements. This person is also responsible for the
efficient utilization of assigned staff and any associated third parties and for ensuring that all project activities conform to the company’s quality management standards and processes.
Plans and manages assigned projects, keeping customer and senior management informed about project
Compiles and agrees the project plan with the client.
Compiles and agrees with the client any Statements of Work in line with contractual arrangements with
Monitors progress against project plan and budget, correcting and / or escalating abnormal situations Maintains the Project Plan, in particular with forecast completion dates and impact analysis;
Tracks actual costs vs plan (using Microsoft project and our internal Dynamics AX time recording system);
Maintains awareness of all ongoing non-trivial problems towards their solution. Ensures that project objectives are met;
Monitors and controls all individuals allocated to the project ensuring that all project activities are carried out in accordance with the appropriate standards. This includes ensuring that activities are planned and executed in line with the KPMG Microsoft Business Solution project delivery methodology;
Manages any third parties that may be involved as sub-contractors within the project, as relevant, and ensures that any deliverables are produced on time, to required quality standards, and in line with agreed commercials; refers as needed to the Program Manager in case any escalations are required.
Ensures Risks and Issues are being correctly assessed and reported. Pro-actively predicts and mitigates
Ensures Decision and Action logs are being maintained from the key project governance meetings;
Ensures the Change Log is maintained and that Change Control is being effectively applied;
Applies solid configuration management principles in managing the overall Project Document library for
KPMG Microsoft Business Solution deliverables to be handed over to the client;
Maintains and publishes the project dashboard by obtaining the critical data either directly from
internal systems or from the relevant project resources:
Weekly Product Backlog Stats/ Burndown graph / Risks and issues stats / Defect and % complete stats /
Task Completion Stats / Change Log Stats
Prepares weekly reports for review by the KPMG Microsoft Business Solution Program Manager, prior to
distribution to the client;
Participates in client reporting sessions, including weekly progress review meetings
Tracks actual vs. budgeted costs and effort on a weekly basis;
Plans and monitors any validation activities with the customer to ensure that all requirements are met;
Plans and monitors any internal verification activities, including any reviews, walkthroughs and testing, and oversees the correction of non-conformities to ensure quality of all project deliverables;
Plans and monitors release and implementation activities (e.g. release and/or implementation plans, hand over/support documentation, etc.);
Works very closely with the Solution Architect on an ongoing basis in ensuring the overall quality of
deliverables prior to release to the client;
Receives, analyses and co-ordinates the implementation of project/system live changes requested
by the customer when applicable;
Addresses all project customer satisfaction issues, escalating feedback as necessary for further action;
Participates in KPMG Microsoft Business Solution resource management, utilisation and capacity planning
processes. Liaises with the Resource Manager and other Project Managers to ensure optimum utilisation of allocated resources in line with contracted commercial endeavours;
Contributes towards continuous refinement and improvement of our best practice project delivery methodology. Liaises with peers to provide assistance and convey lessons learnt as required, in order to promote and improve the overall program and project delivery capabilities of KPMG Microsoft Business Solution;
Tracks any sub contracts and work orders in consultation with the finance function;
Liaises with the purchasing department to in raising Purchase Orders to cover approved work orders;
An established Project Manager with a proven track record of delivery of software implementation projects. Full lifecycle implementation experience is required;
Experience managing third party sub-contractors, ideally including independent software vendors
Proven successful delivery of projects exceeding 750 man-days in services delivery effort;
Experience in managing teams of more than 10 staff;
Very strong Microsoft Office skills particularly with Microsoft Project, Excel and SharePoint;
Prince 2 Practitioner / certified APM professional preferred;
Experienced in Agile project management, ideally with direct experience and knowledge of tools
including Jira, VSTS, TFS, and of methodologies including Scrum and Kanban;
Ideally experience and specialism in ERP and / or CRM implementation projects, preferably
utilising the Microsoft stack;
Excellent time management skills with demonstrable experience of working under pressure to tight
deadlines and managing a high workload with conflicting priorities;
Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to influence and manage a range of relationships in
a complex environment;
Strong communication skills (verbal, written and listening): an ability to present information
concisely, to communicate in a manner applicable to all levels;
Able to produce high quality and professional presentations;
Excellent attention to detail and ability to ensure documents are consistent in language,
terminology and style;
Flexible approach to work with a focus on delivery to deadlines and high standards;
Ability to handle highly confidential information with tact and discretion;