As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world. UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a "Great College to Work For" for five consecutive years. The UW Finance Transformation Program (UWFT) is a $200M initiative to transform the University's financial systems and processes, including academic, administrative, and healthcare. The IT scope of UWFT includes replacement of legacy core financial systems with a SaaS solution (Workday) and rationalization of distributed financial systems, reporting, and integrations across hundreds of units. UWFT will fundamentally change the processes and tools that the University employs to track, spend, collect, manage, and report University finances in excess of $7B in annual revenues, resulting in more timely and actionable information for leadership. Among the UW's highest administrative priorities, this multi-year initiative is one of the largest finance system programs in Washington State and the outcome of the program will be highly visible at all levels of the University, the State, and nationally in higher education.The University of Washington's UWFT initiative has an outstanding opportunity for a Sr. Director of Systems Implementation.The primary responsibility of this position is to lead the transformation that is necessary for ultimate adoption of the new UW Financial system (Workday). This requires the ability to understand and champion the UW's business goals for finance and supply chain, lead and negotiate strategy across UWFT and its IT partners (primarily UW-Information Technology, UW Medicine IT Services, and UW Research), and lead execution of IT strategy for UWFT. This position will also be responsible for overseeing and coordinating the technical operations of the UWFT program team. This postion will lead cultural change for financial systems adoption, develop and coordinate technical transformation between IT units within the UW, and ensure that the UWFT IT Program is achieving key deliverables to support the UW's technical transformation.This position will report to the Assistant Vice President within the UWFT Program, with close collaborative relationships with UW IT units. The successful candidate will seek to understand the business needs of the institution, influence change in behavior to ensure adoption of the new financial system, collaborate with stakeholders across the UW to develop architecture requirements, act as a solution architect to drive systems transformation, and ensure the appropriate solutions are implemented within the UWFT program.This position will act as a mentor to other leaders within the UWFT program team, providing opportunities for ongoing growth and development. This position will be responsible for overseeing the development of a large program team, and will play a key role in positioning this team to drive substantive change for the UW enterprise.RESPONSIBILITIES:IT Transformation:Work with UWFT leadership and stakeholders to create strategies to drive adoption of Workday and related technologiesDevelop IT transformation strategy with external stakeholders and ensure that strategy is implemented within the UWFT programWork with IT leadership across academic, administrative, and healthcare functions to evaluate technical requirements, negotiate solutions and ensure adoption of systems transformationEnsure IT solutions are developed to comprehensively solve the business needs of the institution, with an eye toward lifecycle management, data management and analytics, access management, security, integrations and user experienceEnsure end-state application lifecycle management strategy is inclusive of existing Workday platform and existing UW-IT/UW Medicine resources to ensure efficiency and reduction of duplicated effortWorking with UWFT team and external IT groups, facilitate the development of an Information Delivery (Reporting) strategy across multiple stakeholder groups, data delivery mechanisms, and information "owners" so that the UW has an optimal, long-term solution to reporting and analyticsWork with IT units, UW Medicine and program technical leadership to develop remediation strategies and approach for a variety of complex side systems across the institutionEnterprise Solution Architecture:Leverage ERP implementation experience to drive the development of innovative solutions to meet the business needs of the UWUse Solution Architect principles to design highly effective solutions to satisfy business outcomes and requirementsNegotiate the best architectural solution among all possible to best solve existing business needsDefine, operationalize UWFT Cloud application development standards that will drive overall system stability, efficiency, build velocity, auditability, and traceability to business requirementsEstablish and lead collaborations, working groups, and/or architecture governance as needed to ensure swift needs identification and decision-makingTeam Management/Leadership:Oversee a large IT team responsible for the implementation of the UW's new financial system, and the remediation of the existing Workday platformAct as a manager of managers, coaching managers to lead their teams - build a large team of highly functional IT leaders and staff to execute enterprise changeParticipate in resource planning and team development to ensure proper skillsets are available to meet the program deliverablesCollaboration and Consulting:Ensure cross-team coordination, within the IT team, with the rest of the UWFT program, with consulting resources, and with partner IT organizationsAct as a key leader on the program team, working collaboratively with UWFT leadership to deliver financial transformationProvide direction and guidance to vendor approaches, ensuring solutions meet the needs of the program, and ensure the program is appropriately staffed by vendors/contractors where specific expertise is neededEnsure consulting resources are highly integrated and fully utilized as part of the teams this position overseesOther duties as assigned REQUIREMENTS:Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology, Business Administration, Finance, Accounting, Management, or related degreeMinimum nine years IT and architectural leadership experience, preferably in leading complex ERP transformationsERP and/or large administrative system implementation experienceDeep understanding of technical landscape around software conversions, integrations, reporting and large-scale implementationAbility to negotiate solutions across a diverse set of stakeholders with varying business needsEffective management under pressure, exercising independent judgment and decision making skills in resolving problemsContinuous eye towards transformational opportunities, both technical and functionalAwareness of self and impact on others with proven ability to influenceDemonstrated ability to effectively lead, supervise and delegate to staff in a deadline driven environmentAbility to manage and support program planning effortsProven leadership, organizational, decision-making, problem solving, analytical, and technical skillsProven ability to effectively participate in a leadership capacity with ability to work across program teams collaborativelyDemonstrated ability to effectively develop managers and lead as a manager of managersDemonstrated excellent written/oral communication skills, presentation skills, technical documentation skills, user liaison skills, and personal interaction abilities Resilient, agile and able to work in dynamic environment and under pressureExperience building large and diverse teams for enterprise transformationEquivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.DESIRED:Experience with the Workday product suiteMasters in Technology Management/Information SystemsExperience working in higher education, large research institution, or university healthcare environmentCONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:Application Process:The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select "Apply to this position". Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your "My Jobs" page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
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