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Senior Business Architect - Financial Accounting Advisory Services

Location:  Toronto
Other locations:  Primary Location Only
Salary: Competitive
Date:  Nov 30, 2022

Job description

Requisition ID:  817641

At EY, you’ll have the chance to build a career as unique as you are, with the global scale, support, inclusive culture and technology to become the best version of you. And we’re counting on your unique voice and perspective to help EY become even better, too. Join us and build an exceptional experience for yourself, and a better working world for all.


From small businesses to some of the world’s best-known brands, our clients count on reliable financial statements, information, and processes to inform their ongoing strategies. More than ever, business is about interpreting and reacting to complex data — and they look to us for advice and services they can trust every time. You’ll use your professional skills and experience to make it happen, handling complex audit procedures across a broad range of industries and responsibilities. You won’t find an assurance culture like this anywhere else, so whether you’re looking for a long-term, or are interested in progressing on to other areas, this is a great place to be.

The opportunity


As a Senior Business Architect, you will be a professional member of our Financial Accounting Advisory Services (FAAS) team. Our FAAS Finance Optimization group operates principally through 5 main pillars: Finance Strategy, Finance Operational Efficiency, Finance Systems, Enterprise Performance Management and Strategic Cost Management. We understand the evolving role of the CFO and the Finance function, and work with our clients to automate and streamline efficiency, control, and compliance functions, while simultaneously improving the value Finance provides to the organization. Together with our substantial investments in technology, knowledge, and learning resources available to our advisory professionals, you will be part of the team that delivers fit for purpose financial optimization advisory services to our clients and their stakeholders.
Your key responsibilities

The Senior Business Architect will apply advanced process analysis skills, deep and expert knowledge of Microsoft Dynamics Finance & Operations (F&O) capabilities, and an understanding of client requirements gathered using strong business and technical consulting skills to design and implement proven solutions that address client business challenges. The Senior Business Architect must possess deep knowledge of multiple Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations Solution areas, specifically in the areas of Finance, Procurement and Supply Chain. The successful candidate will be skilled at communicating and demonstrating the value of Dynamics solutions to our clients with the goal of delivering solution designs to deliver business value.


Skills and attributes for success

  • Assist in identifying and creatively solving complex client problems, envisioning, and enabling critical processes, and fundamentally helping the client to achieve their objectives leveraging Dynamics 365 F&O.
  • Act as a client discovery lead: learn the most important client challenges and needs and uncover those problems that are unspoken, and ultimately define a proposed solution that will enable them to achieve their goals.
  • Provide expert overview & deep-dive product demonstrations and position the unique value of Microsoft Dynamics FO and related platforms to address client requirements.
  • Utilize a deep knowledge of financial processes and best practices to advise and guide the client during pre-implementation consulting engagements such as Requirements Gathering, Fit Gap Assessments, Design and Configuration.
  • Align with stakeholders to convert business requirements into capabilities, features, user stories, and acceptance criteria.
  • Provide thought leadership on automation and process improvement ideas.
  • Identify and analyze risks and issues for the program or project portfolio in conjunction with project managers


To qualify for the role, you must have

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business, Accounting, Computer Science/Information Technology, Engineering (Computer/Telecommunication), Commerce or equivalent 
  • 10+ years designing and delivering ERP solutions (particularly finance modules) including experience in analyzing business processes & guiding clients through software selection and discovery processes
  • 5+ years Microsoft D365 F&O (formerly Dynamics AX) development experience demonstrating an ability to enhance and implement Dynamics 365 F&O for clients based on their business requirements across the full cycle of implementation
  • Deep understanding of emerging Microsoft technologies including; Azure Cloud Platform, Power Bi, PowerApps, Flow, Azure Data lake, DevOps, RSAT
  • ITIL operational awareness and understanding
  • Working experience with Azure DevOps is highly desirable
  • Familiarity with Finance process design and leading practices 
  • Proven record of delivering business value by leveraging technology and an ability to communicate strategic technical concepts at an executive level and be a trusted voice at the decision-making table.
  • Experience managing projects using Waterfall, Agile (Scrum) and hybrid methodology approaches
  • Experience managing relationships with Software vendors / system implementors 
  • Experience managing diverse / multi-jurisdictional project teams
  • Strong analytical, problem solving and negotiation skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to communicate across all levels of an organisation. Ability to effectively communicate to different audiences including internal and external stakeholders and peers clearly and concisely in written, oral and various presentation formats and situations
  • Demonstrated expertise in D365 Finance & Supply Chain Management.
  • Microsoft Dynamics D365 Functional Certifications highly desirable including:
    • MB-310: Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance Functional Consultant
    • MB-300: Microsoft Dynamics 365: Core Finance and Operations
    • Dynamics 365 Finance Functional Consultant Associate
    • Microsoft Dynamics 365: Finance and Operations Apps Solution Architect
    • Dynamics 365: Finance and Operations Apps Developer Associate
    • Power Platform Solution Architect

Ideally, you’ll also have

  • Ability to multi-task and manage multiple projects at once
  • Familiarity with Lean Six Sigma or similar process optimization methodologies would be an asset
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification would be an asset


What we look for

We’re interested in strong team players who support their colleagues in reaching their goals while also considering their own workload and development. If you have the confidence to speak up and influence a team that affects big businesses worldwide, this role is for you.


What we offer
At EY, our Total Rewards package supports our commitment to creating a leading people culture - built on high-performance teaming - where everyone can achieve their potential and contribute to building a better working world for our people, our clients and our communities. It's one of the many reasons we repeatedly win awards for being a great place to work.


We offer a competitive compensation package where you’ll be rewarded based on your performance and recognized for the value you bring to our business. In addition, our Total Rewards package allows you decide which benefits are right for you and which ones help you create a solid foundation for your future. Our Total Rewards package includes a comprehensive medical, prescription drug and dental coverage, a defined contribution pension plan, a great vacation policy plus firm paid days that allow you to enjoy longer long weekends throughout the year, statutory holidays and paid personal days (based on province of residence), and a range of exciting programs and benefits designed to support your physical, financial and social well-being. Plus, we offer:

  • Support and coaching from some of the most engaging colleagues around
  • Opportunities to develop new skills and progress your career
  • The freedom and flexibility to handle your role in a way that’s right for you

Diversity and Inclusion at EY

Diversity and inclusiveness are at the heart of who we are and how we work. We’re committed to fostering an environment where differences are valued, policies and practices are equitable, and our people feel a sense of belonging. From our actions to combat systemic racism and our advocacy for the LGBT+ community to our innovative Neurodiversity Centre of Excellence and Accessibility initiatives, we welcome and embrace the diverse experiences, abilities, backgrounds and perspectives that make our people unique and help guide us. Because when people feel free to be their authentic selves at work, they bring their best and are empowered to build a better working world.


EY Way of Work and your health and safety

EY Way of Work recognizes flexibility in the way we collaborate, innovate and deliver with the ability to work in-person and remotely. To support a healthy and safe in-person working environment, EY has implemented various layers of health and safety controls while working in the office or at client or other locations. A critical component of EY’s workplace safety program includes our COVID-19 vaccination policy which requires all personnel to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless an accommodation based on a reason protected by human rights legislation is provided. 


If you can demonstrate that you meet the criteria above, please contact us as soon as possible.


The exceptional EY experience. It’s yours to build. 


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