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Sr. Dir, Global Financial Systems

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Date: Jun 15, 2019

Location: Hoffman Estates, IL, US, 60169

Company: CDK

Job Description

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Drive global technology


With more than $2 billion in revenues, CDK Global is a leading global provider of integrated information technology and digital marketing solutions to the automotive retail and adjacent industries. Focused on enabling end-to-end automotive commerce, CDK provides solutions to dealers in more than 100 countries around the world, serving approximately 28,000 retail locations and most automotive manufacturers.   CDK Global solutions automate and integrate critical processes from pre-sale targeted advertising to the sale, financing, insurance, parts supply, repair and maintenance of vehicles, with an increasing focus on utilizing data analytics and predictive intelligence.   


We’re large enough to make a difference but small enough for your voice to be heard. This means that we are an organization where every person matters. You can make an impact on the success of our business and that of our customers regardless of what career you decide to pursue.


From data scientists to sales and client service experts, we’re hiring to support your growth and ours - Green light your career.  

Position Summary


The Sr. Dir, Global Financial Systems leads CDK’s global financial systems team and is a key member of the global Finance team.  This position is responsible for operations of all current financial reporting applications as well as strategic direction of this function going forward as the company enters a period of transformation including a ERP upgrade.  This role partners with the Finance User Community and collaborates with IT to evaluate, enhance and deliver world class financial reporting solutions.  This role establishes, drives and enforces the overall financial systems strategy and standards. 


Position Responsibilities & Essential functions


  • Defines and develops the global financial systems strategy
  • Leads a global team on the implementation of the new global financial systems
  • Identifies opportunities to link existing CDK technologies and systems to improve reporting and analyses
  • Partners with Finance and IT on financial systems strategy and executes on a global basis, including but not limited to Cognos/Tableau for operational reporting, Hyperion for financial reporting and Oracle/Navision for general ledger and Rev Pro for revenue accounting globally
  • Leads the development of proposal requests to external service providers
  • Evaluates and recommends service providers and technology platforms to achieve the strategy
  • Creates business concepts, redesign of processes and information systems as well as hands on project management and coordination of implementations as a business driver
  • Partners closely with the project management office to ensure projects are tested, S-Ox compliant and delivered on-time, with quality
  • Leverages best practices across the company to apply a uniform and consistent approach to future implementations
  • Evaluates and understands risks of business processes and impacts of systems changes and identifies areas for optimization and risk mitigation ensuring a strong control environment
  • Manages global projects effectively while interfacing with teams that use or manage the various systems
  • Able to solicit feedback from various teams and successfully implement
  • Performs research; delivers proposals and ROI analysis on systems solutions
  • Manages and maintains systems while ensuring both S-Ox compliance and technical escalations occur according to SLA’s and partner to improve uptime and processes, if and when necessary
  • Recruit and develops CDK’s global financial systems talent


Qualifications & Job Requirements

  • BS or graduate degree in MIS or Accounting / Finance
  • Prior oversight and experience with large financial systems implementations
  • Minimum 10 years of experience supporting and implementing various enterprise applications including but not limited to Cognos, Tableau, Oracle, Navision ERP, and Hyperion EPM
  • At least 3 years of successfully leading a global team
  • Knowledge of information system’s architectures and technology management practices
  • Excellent project management, leadership and mentoring abilities
  • Proven ability and willingness to remotely manage a global team in a shared services environment
  • Excellent problem solving and analytical skills
  • Comfortable working in a fast paced environment
  • Must be detail-oriented
  • Have control mindset, with prior experience as a S-Ox control owner
  • Be proactive, take ownership of deliverables and meet deadlines
  • Ability to maintain established technology relationships finance, I/T and operations
  • Ability to effectively mitigate risks through identification of problems / issues, develop and evaluate options and implement solutions
  • In-depth understanding of financial planning and forecasting processes are an inherent part of the job (ideally practical training in controlling and finance area)
  • Ability to identify and articulate quality standards and processes to technology teams and other business leaders
  • Ability to communicate effectively with senior management
  • Ability to work with teams and independently
  • Strong written/verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrate composure in stressful situations
  • Proven track record of improving process and effectiveness
  • Ability to negotiate and influence senior leaders


CDK Global knows you have passions outside of work.  You have family, friends, sporting events, and lots of things going on.   That’s why we offer a comprehensive benefits package to not only take care of you but your family as well.   All of our benefits are effective the first day of employment including 401K matching, paid time off to re-energize, donate your time to volunteer in your community, and tuition reimbursement to name a few.

At CDK, we pride ourselves on having a diverse workforce. We value and celebrate the uniqueness of individuals and the different perspectives they provide. We offer equal opportunity employment regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability status, age, marital status, or protected veteran status.  

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