IBM SAP S/4HANA Architect in St Louis, Missouri

Job Description

IBM Global Business Services (GBS) is a team of business, strategy and technology consultants enabling enterprises to make smarter decisions and providing unparalleled client and consumer experiences in cognitive, data analytics, cloud technology and mobile app development. With global reach, outcome-focused methodologies and deep industry expertise, IBM GBS empowers clients to digitally reinvent their business and get the competitive edge in the cognitive era in over 170 countries.

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What You’ll Do:

You will be a go-to thought leader for SAP S/4HANA Architecture. You will be advising corporate executives (CIO and CTO’s) and our internal client teams how IBM GBS will provide the services and technology to get them to S/4HANA.

You will help craft and deliver answers to client questions like “what are my different options for migrating to HANA?” and “what are the best architecture to support my ERP landscape supporting S/4HANA?”

Responsibilities and Skills Needed:

As the S/4HANA Enterprise Architect you must have the knowledge of S/4HANA, Suite on HANA and HANA database as a foundation including the usages/implementation of Fiori Apps and HANA Live. You will lead the S/4HANA adoption discussions with the customer clearly demonstrating the business benefits of S/4HANA, Suite on HANA and HANA database and overall process of implementation, migration, Near Zero Downtime (NzDT) method, and upgrade including sizing, architecture, configuration, management, and day-to-day operation of the S/4HANA environment. You will possess specific HANA knowledge including High Availability, Disaster Recovery, Backup/Recovery, Security related to the HANA platform. You are expected to have knowledge of the S/4HANA roadmap, differences between releases, and new innovations that are with each release. It will be your responsibility to understand the new cloud offerings from SAP. As a prerequisite, you will have experience with Enterprise Architecture with SAP solutions prior to S/4HANA with focus on Business Suite Products (ECC, SCM, CRM, SRM) and SAP NetWeaver Products (BW, Enterprise Portal, PI and Solution Manager) and be familiar with solutioning an upgrade and migration project including migration to S/4HANA and Suite on HANA.

You will support sales at key accounts by leading the scoping, solutioning, and program planning around architecture and technology aspects of S/4HANA. You will support delivery teams as a subject matter expert (SME) for ongoing S/4 programs, and help kickoff and plan new ones.

You must be a great storyteller. This will be required to support sales and go-to-market activities for SAP S/4 HANA deals, which will include writing and shaping proposals and presenting at Orals.

We bring our global industrial-strength Application Management capabilities, modernized for a cloud world, together with our world-class cloud and mobile-powered Enterprise Application and Systems Integration skills. The integration of DevOps Innovation Services and Agile practices, along with IBM Design Thinking and a world of talent, enables us to deliver continuous innovation with speed, quality, and at the cost point required to keep clients at the top of their game.


Health Insurance. Paid time off. Corporate Holidays. Sick leave. Family planning. Financial Guidance. Competitive 401K. Training and Learning. We continue to expand our benefits and programs, offering some of the best support, guidance and coverage for a diverse employee population.




Our goal is to be essential to the world, which starts with our people. Company wide we kicked off an internal talent strategy program called Go Organic. At our core, we are committed to believing and investing in our workforce through:

  • Skill development: helping our employees grow their foundational skills

  • Finding the dream job at IBM: navigating our company with the potential for many careers by channeling an employee’s strengths and career aspirations

  • Diversity of people: Diversity of thought driving collective innovation

In 2015, Go Organic filled approximately 50% of our open positions with internal talent that were promoted into the role.


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Required Technical and Professional Expertise

  • At least 7 years of experience in Basis and Architecture with minimum of 3 end-to-end cycle SAP ERP implementations from project preparation through go-live.

  • At least 2 cycles of end-to-end cycle upgrade experience.

  • At least 2 years of experience with Unicode Migration.

  • At least 2 years of experience with Platform/Database migration, and 1 year with S/4HANA, or Suite on HANA using Database Migration Option (DMO).

  • At least 2 years of experience in High Availability and Disaster Recovery.

Preferred Tech and Prof Experience

  • At least 8 years of experience in Basis DB Administration, and Architecture.

  • At least 4 years of experience with Enterprise Architecture designing solutions including SAP ECC, SCM, BW, CRM, SRM, PI, Enterprise Portal, and Netweaver stack with 3 rd Party Solutions.

  • At least 4 end-to-end cycle SAP ERP implementations from project preparation through go-live.

  • At least 3 end-to-end cycle upgrade experience with SAP ECC and at least 2 Unicode migrations.

  • At least 1 year of experience in S/4HANA, or Suite on HANA migration using DMO/NzDT.

  • At least 4 years of experience with Enterprise HANA, and SLT set-up / Operation.

  • At least 2 years of Platform migration experience with underlying OS and DB changes.

  • At least 2 years of experience in High Availability and Disaster Recovery with HANA database.

EO Statement

IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.