Microsoft Dynamics AX – Dynamics 365 Sr. Manufacturing Consultant/Architect
Practice Area: Consulting Services
Location: North America — Southern California preferred
Job Type: Full-Time
Reports To: Arbela Industry Architect
Years of Experience: 4-10+ years
Arbela is looking to hire an experienced Microsoft Dynamics AX – Sr. Manufacturing Consultant/Architect with recent Dynamics 365 for Operations (Microsoft Dynamics AX) implementation experience to join and lead its large Microsoft Dynamics AX practice. As a member of the professional services team, you will be working closely and effectively with our customers and responsible for reviewing clients’ business process, providing solid analysis, assessing solutions and advising our customers on how to best meet their goals.
We are looking strong professionals with strong understanding and knowledge of Production execution (Production, T&L) and Planning (Master planning) areas in Microsoft Dynamics AX and next industries: Process and Discrete manufacturing, Just-In-time, Lean manufacturing, Planning and execution for Optics, Manufacturing and Industrial engineering, Fabrication, Heavy machinery and Aerospace
In order to qualify as a Functional Architect, a candidate should be an expert in mentioned areas, have a proven deep industry knowledge and ability to independently manage projects and deliver solutions directly to the customer. Right candidates should have recent experience implementing Dynamics 365, good understanding of Microsoft ALM stack (LCS, BPM, VSTS) and existing technologies (Azure, AX connectors, PowerApps).
- Participates in every aspect of the solution implementation from analyzing the customer’s business requirements to configuring and testing the Microsoft Dynamics application to meet the customer’s needs
- Collaborates with stakeholders throughout the organization to ensure a comprehensive set of requirements, aligned to business objectives, gaining full understanding of current business processes and identifying opportunities for improvements.
- Provides in-depth knowledge of the Microsoft Dynamics application and evaluates the customer’s business processes against the standard Microsoft Dynamics functionality.
- Responsible for following Arbela Agile Implementation methodology; understands the key activities and deliverables for the client engagement and internal projects, reuses all standard templates and project artifacts and improves quality of Arbela documentation assets.
- Fully utilizes Microsoft Technology and ALM stack (LCS, BPM, VSTS, Task guides, PowerApps, Office 365, etc).
- Provides ongoing input to the delivery practice through suggestions and implementations of practice improvements
- Responsible for documenting the business requirements which express what actions a solution must take and what outcome is expected.
- Responsible for configuring and customizing the Microsoft Dynamics application to achieve the customer’s business requirements.
- If modifications/customizations are required, either to processes or to the Microsoft Dynamics application, the Senior Functional Consultant facilitates the customer’s decision-making process and develops the functional design document that will drive the development process.
- Responsible for conducting acceptance testing and training customer resources to successfully use and maintain the Microsoft Dynamics application.
- Plans and oversees the execution of the CRPs and UATs in collaboration with the project manager and gathers early user feedback on the solution from key customer stakeholders. Validates that the solution will satisfy the customer’s requirements after a POC or UAT.
- Participates in providing structured support to Arbela customers, including support portal monitoring when required, troubleshooting support requests, proactively managing and governance assigned support cases according to SLA.
- Responsible for contributing valuable assets into Arbela Knowledge base, Implementation methodology toolbox and in marketing activities including blogging and sharing knowledge articles.
- Has deep industry experience and understands challenges and risks when implementing Microsoft Dynamics AX and Vertical applications.
In addition, a Functional Architect will be responsible for:
- Contributes to the scope management, risk management, meaning identification, evaluation and mitigation plan.
- Helps drive the work estimation to realize the implementation of the proposed solution.
- Supports the Implementation Team through the development and implementation phase of the project to handle solution oriented topics.
- Demonstrates strong qualitative analytic capabilities, particularly in relevant strategy formulation areas such as client, industry, and management issues/challenges.
- Demonstrates ability to plan and manage engagement work and allocate resources appropriately under time, quality and budget constraints.
- Contributes to company growth and revenue generation through identification and proactive pursuit of new revenue opportunities.
- Works collaboratively with practice leadership team to grow, develop and enhance solution best practices, tools and methods, and intellectual property.
- Mentors the team of functional consultants, provides functional support and knowledge sharing.
- Senior level consulting experience in Microsoft Dynamics AX application with focus on business modeling and solutions implementation.
- Candidate should have at least 4+ years of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 implementation experience and have participated in a minimum of 3 complete life cycle implementations
- Candidate should also have experience in AX7 implementation, Business process modelling, utilizing main LCS tools
- Good understanding of existing Microsoft ALM stack and experience using it.
- Ability to use VSTS/TFS as a consulting task tracking tool
- Complete understanding and following Process-driven implementation approach
- Demonstrated ability to:
- Analyze and understand business problems.
- Apply high-level solution architecture and design (Functional and/or Technical)
- Analyze, understand, and dissect business processes and re-engineer with best practices
- Document and capture business requirements and processes properly
- Model data and processes.
- Conduct workshops and training sessions.
- Plan and carry out system and user acceptance testing.
- Provide customer focused support
- Familiar and experienced in:
- Core application functionality
- Application technology stack
- Implementation Methodology
- Deep Industry Knowledge and Best practices
- Working knowledge of process development and industry-specific best practices
- High degree of insight and analytical skill
- Ability to work independently, prioritize and solve problems proactively
- Creative problem solving and conflict resolution
- Excellent facilitation, discovery, analysis, and prototyping skills
- Team-oriented; willing to align work with team’s priorities and goals
- Creates high-quality deliverables
- Excellent communication, presentation, training, client relationship and analytical skills.
- Places emphasis on project value and client satisfaction
- Successful completion of applicable product certification exams.
Additional Preferred Skills & Considerations:
- Experience in solution architecture is highly desirable
- Good understanding and experience in implementation project and engagement management
- Experience in upgrading to the latest releases of Dynamics AX
- Experience in providing pre- and post-sales support for MS Dynamics AX is considered a plus
- Experience with other modules is also desirable
- Strong work ethic; Ability to work in non-structured work environment
- Excellent interpersonal, presentation and written communication skills
- Self-Starter with ability to handle multiple tasks and shifting priorities
- Solves complex problems with creative solutions
- Learns new concepts quickly and thoroughly
- Directly interacts with customers to resolve conflicts and issues with the goal of improving and maintaining positive relationships.
- Requires the ability to change the thinking of, or gain acceptance from others in sensitive situations without damage to the relationship.
- Demonstrated experience presenting and interfacing with C-level executives
- Demonstrate strong analytical and problem solving skills, particularly with regard to anticipating and solving problems or issues before they occur or become critical.
- Good time management, well-organized, consistently meets commitments and creates high level deliverables
- Ability to solve complex problems with little to no guidance
- Ability to work in a constantly changing environment with limited direction.
- A strong work ethic and ability to be a self-starter
- Service oriented and positive attitude.
Travel is an integral part of this position; candidates must be willing and able to travel. Travel will be approximately 50%