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Manager, Material Masters (SAP)

Manager, Material Masters (SAP)
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STEMCELL Technologies

not disclosed
British Columbia
Date Posted
22/03/2018 - 10:45
Closing Date
22/04/2018 - 10:45
Job Description

STEMCELL Technologies Inc. is a privately-owned biotechnology company based in Vancouver that helps power leading-edge life science research around the world. Scientists performing stem cell, immunology, cancer, regenerative medicine and cellular therapy research are among those who rely on our cell culture media, cell separation products, instruments, ancillary reagents and contract assay services. We create novel, useful, standardized products of unfailing quality and deliver them to more than 70 countries via our many regional offices plus distribution centres in Vancouver, Seattle, Grenoble and Singapore.  Driven by our love of science and our passion for quality, we see ourselves simply as “Scientists Helping Scientists” – standing by our customers to provide outstanding products, technical support and training.  We have over 1000 science-oriented employees globally, including 250 PhDs/MScs, with most others holding a BSc or engineering degree.  STEMCELL is proud to be the largest Biotechnology employer in Canada.

Job Description Summary

Master Data is the core data that enables the ability to process sales orders through procurement of raw materials, manufacturing of product, and shipment to customers. Therefore, timeliness, accuracy, integrity and adherence to global data standards are of utmost importance in creating and maintaining material master data. The Manager, Material Masters is responsible for managing material master data entry processes and procedures across business units and driving the delivery of data associated with new product introductions and product changes. The successful incumbent will play an integral role in the successful implementation of new ERP system (SAP) for managing master data while maintaining operational efficiency in the existing system until its retirement.

Responsibilities include documentation of data processes, enforcing data governance, and working with business units to establish data rules and workflow. The Manager, Material Masters will work closely with other groups to standardize, streamline and improve the materials creation process and implement changes effectively; promote good data governance; and help build a collective, shared vision for focused, consistent and ongoing data quality initiatives.This includes developing practices to define, monitor and measure data against business expectations. 

This position requires deep understanding of the enterprise data model (SAP is a must) as business processes are developed or modified. It also requires a close working relationship with business stakeholders and the IT team to develop appropriate metrics and reports, and to improve efficiency and financial control across the business. The end goal is to efficiently and effectively maintain the health of critical master data assets.

Education & Qualifications: 
  • Bachelor's degree in Finance, Information Systems, Computer Science, Business, or related field(s)
  • 5+ years experience and demonstrated skills in data quality management, data analysis, and process improvement
  • 5+ years of experience using an ERP system (SAP master data acumen required)
  • Strong leadership skills and at least 3+ years of experience supervising others
  • Strong analytical skills researching issues and analyzing data anomalies for root cause; ability to apply critical thinking to complex problems
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and also as an effective member of a team
  • Experience communicating with all staff levels up to and including executive levels of management
  • Excellent customer service skills including being courteous, responsive, accurate and competent.
  • A positive, engaging disposition with high personal integrity, credibility, and energy
  • Must understand the importance and benefits of good data quality and champion results across functions
  • Knowledge of Quality standards such as IS013485 and cGMP is desired
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office / Google Productivity Suites is required with advanced MS Excel and Access skills (ability to create spreadsheets, charts and pivot tables and using functions such as sum,if; ability to generate reasonably complex queries across multiple data tables and using aggregate functions)
Duties & Responsibilities: 
  • Provide leadership, management, and support to teams pertaining to master data management in PLM and ERP systems
  • Directly support, coach and train the resources needed to create and/or modify material master data
  • Lead all aspects of change management and training related to the rollout of the new ERP and ongoing activities of the master data governance program
  • Provide input and support to the business when new product configurations or new processes are contemplated to assure that the master data management processes can accommodate the evolving needs within the existing PLM / ERP environments
  • Develop policies for master data lifecycle management in global operations
  • Define, implement and monitor data governance standards, policies, and processes for Material Masters in relation to data governance
  • Develop and implement data governance metrics/KPIs that monitor and measure the effectiveness of master data governance
  • Drive a culture of data quality and contribute to enhanced operational efficiency by continually seeking ways of improving work processes
  • Work with data stewards and owners, including IT/IS, R&D, Quality, and Finance to develop processes supporting high quality master data
  • Manage the communication and decision-making between IT and the business for master data related initiatives
  • Establish annual performance goals and provide mentoring of direct reports, and ensures that all annual performance goals are aligned with corporate, departmental and team objectives
Other Information: 

This is an opportunity to work with highly motivated colleagues in a science-oriented, creative and dynamic environment. We offer a competitive salary, excellent benefits and significant career development opportunities. If you are interested in this challenging and rewarding position, please apply online at