ERP Cutover Lead

The ERP Cutover Lead will be responsible for planning and managing execution of all ERP end to end project activities concerning transitioning the business from the old system and process to using the new technology solution following a new common process across all impacted sites and business functions.

  • Coordinate the activities of multiple departments, work threads, and/or physical sites around each go-live preparation, ramp down, cutover, and ramp up activities in a methodical and consistent model. It will include integrating all IT, data, and business activities across all impacted work threads and end users to prepare the organization for final go-live
  • The Cutover Lead will oversee the creation and ongoing execution of the Cutover Preparation/Readiness Plan, Business Ramp-Down, System and Physical Blackout and Cutover, and Controlled Business Start Up and System Stabilization plans
  • Gather all requirements for end-to-end cutover activities, integration and creation of a central master plan, coordinating the execution of rehearsals and all preparation activities, and management of the cutover execution, reporting to project leadership and business sponsors
  • Analyze of the cutover activities, risk management, failure modes analysis, and contingency planning
  • Ensure that data migration, IT release, and business cutover activities are identified, sequences, and integrated
  • Ensure that business ramp down and ramp plans are created and aligned
  • Develop cutover governance framework
  • Develop solution stabilization, support, and business ramp up framework
  • Develop a detailed Integrated Cutover Plan, manage rehearsals, and execution
  • Coordinate and manage go-live readiness work by all impacted work threads, reporting to project leadership
  • Develop benchmarks, metrics and measures for go-live readiness
  • Coordinate the milestones, priorities, and risks concerning Cutover within all phases of the program lifecycle
  • Manage and report on the project schedule, including updating of the project plan

Skills & Experience
  • Understanding of end-to-end ERP functionality Plan/Source/Make/Quality/Sales Order Management/Inventory and Warehouse Management/Distribution/Finance
  • Understanding of supply chain operations and relevant supply chain KPIs
  • Experience in leadership roles as part of global complex enterprise software implementations operating in highly matrixed shared service environments
  • Expertise in managing workshops, facilitating groups, and leading stakeholders through planning exercises
  • Expertise in communicating technical subject matter in a variety of modes and formats, with skill at creating visualizations and other methods of translating complex information into easily digestible chunks in order to align various stakeholders from the shop floor to the C-Suite
  • Experience managing data conversions and/or experience managing IT cutover, code promotion, or software release and/or experience managing physical site, equipment, and/or product transition from legacy to new process
  • Experience in developing and managing go-live readiness assessments, stage-gate reviews, and go/no-go decision process preferred
  • Executive polish and ability to report out to senior executives
  • Minimum of five years demonstrated and successful project and systems implementation experience in leadership positions applying project management body of knowledge principles (initiating, planning, executing, monitoring, controlling, finalizing)
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills, with professional communication using a variety of mediums and methods to assure user comprehension