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Finance Systems Business Architect

Dana Corp
United States, Ohio, Maumee
May 30, 2023

Dana is a global leader in the supply of highly engineered driveline, sealing, and thermal-management technologies that improve the efficiency and performance of vehicles with both conventional and alternative-energy powertrains. Serving three primary markets - passenger vehicle, commercial truck, and off-highway equipment - Dana provides the world's original-equipment manufacturers and the aftermarket with local product and service support through a network of nearly 100 engineering, manufacturing, and distribution facilities.

Job Purpose

The Finance Systems Business Architect will work with IT Finance Systems and the Business partners to review, develop, document and promote architectural artifacts, strategy and design. They will also understand the corporate business imperatives and IT strategy to be able to determine how corporate standard processes and systems should be adopted and deployed within the Finance function areas.

  • Document / confirm requirements, design integration patterns and work with IT Systems and Business partners to implement designed solution.
  • Identify and recommend ideas to improve the Corporate Finance functions through a comprehensive understanding of operations, challenges, and external environment factors.
  • Work in partnership with the other IT functions to ensure compliance, sustainability, and architectural fit.
  • Responsible for facilitating clear understanding of all current business processes, goals, and drivers and analyzing and designing new business processes and functionality.
  • Provide guidance for systems design and integrations
  • Identifying and defining detailed product requirements and use cases. Will work closely with internal teams to assess current system capabilities and identify high-level customer requirements. Assist in translating requirements and use cases into test conditions and expected results for product, performance, and user acceptance testing. Participate in customer implementation projects to ensure successful integration of new product features and functionality.
  • Provide expertise in the implementation of business plans and the achievement of Corporate Finance objectives. As such, they will work as a liaison among the business stakeholders and IT in order to understand the structure, policies, and operations of the organization, supplier, and customer, and to provide solutions that enable the organization to achieve its goals.
  • Understand the corporate business imperatives and IT strategy to be able to determine how corporate standard processes and systems should be adopted and deployed.
  • Collaborate PMO and Enterprise Architecture to facilitate program and project execution, taking an active role in all activities affecting the support area.
  • Work with SAP Finance team to assist with the execution of the end-to-end business process.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

Business Requirements

  • Analyze, design and document business processes.
  • Assist with the build and execution of design to support existing, new or improved business processes.
  • Develop product requirements using SDLC deliverables based on input gathered from a variety of sources including analysis results and feedback from the user community

Business Relationships

  • Works as a partner to the Finance team to provide guidance on business process improvement through use of relevant information technology.
  • Gains an in-depth understanding of Finance group's strategies, initiatives, opportunities, and risks.
  • Develops a comprehensive perspective of the global environment (customers, suppliers, and competitors).
  • Uses information from other markets and industries to identify process and solutions for improvement.

IT Strategy and Process Capability Development

  • Applies knowledge business process design concepts and principles to improve existing processes to achieve measurable organizational goals.
  • Analyze the business capability requirements of the Finance applications and work to improve and align their usage with the business requirements.
  • Assumes ownership of the Finance applications and works with the business partners to provide a strategic roadmap and ensure strong integrations.
  • Performs frequent application rationalization activities to optimize the landscape. (Retire, Replace, Extend application usage)
  • Maintains a relationship with the Finance application vendors to understand future product lifecycle.
  • Understands Corporate and Finance business imperatives (key aspects of the corporate business strategy)
  • Determines opportunities for business improvement through the use of information technology, develop business case including cost/benefit analysis, and sells these opportunities to both the business team and corporate business/IT leadership.
  • Develop test conditions and expected results based on the application requirements
  • Review project deliverables for completeness and quality, and compliance with established project standards

Education and Skills


Bachelor's Degree, or regional equivalent education required, preferably in a related discipline, such as Information Systems, Finance, Engineering, Computer Science or Business or 8+ years related professional experience. Additional related certifications are a plus. Masters a plus.


7-10years of experience with Financial systems, business process improvement or business analyst work; manufacturing industries (automotive, aerospace, etc.). Experience with variety of business processes and working through process change methodologies, i.e. Re-engineering, Six Sigma, etc. Familiarity with SAP, ERP or Accounting/Financial Systems or web based application development and technologies. Experience with software development lifecycle processes. Previous business function, process analysis, and visualization skills. Previous consulting experience (internal or external) highly preferred.

Language Skills

  • English (fluency in reading, writing and speaking)
  • Multi-lingual would be a plus


  • None required
  • CBAP, Six Sigma, APICS, or regional equivalents are a plus.
  • CPA or related certifications are a plus.
  • COBIT and TOGAF are a plus

Additional skills

  • Ability to use BPMN and BPA to document and optimize business process flows
  • Business financial skills; knows how to use and interpret metrics such as NPV, ROI, and IRR; knows how to develop and interpret IT investment business cases (understands inputs and outputs)
  • SAP FICO experience in production support and/or project life cycle a plus
  • Solid understanding of COBIT and TOGAF methodologies.
  • Strong business acumen
  • Strong technology acumen; familiar with key concepts around data, applications and infrastructure
  • Strong process design skills; knows how to apply process analysis and design tools and techniques
  • Project management skills; ability to multi-task and keep all projects on schedule
  • Stakeholder management skills; excellent relationships with business stakeholders
  • People management skills; good relationships with team members
  • Excellent presentation skills; good written and verbal skills
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills; attention to detail

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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