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SAP ERP, Finance Manager

Houston, TX
March 08, 2018

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Michael A. Ahlers

*** **** **** **.

Langhorne, PA 19047

Cell: 267-***-**** Home: 281-***-****


Leveraging analytical skills and keen attention to detail

to develop and deliver top-quality business solutions and functional specifications.

Accomplished Business / Process Analyst-Functional Accounting Systems professional with extensive experience in continuous process improvements and finance modules; driving implementation of system projects and solutions on time and under budget; providing functional support through SDLC. Known for collaborating effectively with business stakeholders, developing strategic working relationships to bring solutions to customers. Identifies and understands clients’ needs, recognizing and resolving potential disconnects. Recognized for coordinating deployment activities and leading cross-functional teams through FLC implementations. Providing scalable solutions for complex requirements.

Areas of Expertise Include:


Financial Planning Analysis

Product Costing and Manufacturing

SAP FI/CO Configuration

Master Data Management

Inventory and SD Management

M&A Valuation

Quality Assurance & Release Management

Change Management

Global ERP Implementations

Writing Functional Specs, LSMW, SAP Query

SAP Project Systems



Sr. Applications Engineer

IT Support for Finance/Supply Chain and Operational Support for SAP Project Systems.

Responsible for global financial master data during successful SAP ERP consolidation and alignment with Corporate standards

IT Partner with Supply Chain in reducing global spend over $200M for 2016

Major contributor to coordination of PCOE (Projects Center of Excellence), centralization of creation and maintenance of all global project work

Maintain GE Revenue Recognition Policy for all new projects


SAP Finance Business Analyst

Perform functional configuration and financial system design work for US manufacturing and service locations. Support process improvement initiatives for Finance team.

Collaborate with ERP enhancement package (EHP6) upgrade by performing unit and regression testing.

Local project support for current SAP implementation for new division requiring configuration, data migration, reporting, scenario development, testing, and training

Designing, building, testing and deploying SAP FICO technical solutions

Implementing new CS module for product line addition

Implemented design of new tax solution add-on “One-Source”

Configuration with SAP ECC 6.0 for following modules GL, AP, AR, Tax, TRM, PCA, CCA, and PS

CHESAPEAKE ENERGY, Oklahoma City, OK 2013 –2013

Senior Business Analyst

Gather document requirements for existing and new business application initiatives; perform Gap Analysis, write business requirements and functional specification documents. Accountable for data gathering and design and daily support of SAP FI/CO modules.

Leverage existing systems and resources building governance and working teams, leading to “Get-Ready” projects for full SAP ECC 6.0 implementation.

Ensure proper conversion to SAP by identifying and cleaning up legacy data.

Lead discussions on project scope and blueprint for FI/CO modules, reviewing areas for best practices, reducing non-productive activities, and shortening lead time.

Prepare training documentation and workflow diagrams, resulting in increased awareness for change management process.

Communicate with end-user groups as Change Management Leader; aligning requirements with business strategy.

BHP BILLITON INC., Houston, TX 2010 – 2013

Senior Financial System Analyst

Accountable for Financial Systems support and ECC 6.0 upgrade and enhancements from several SAP and Non-SAP environments to single system with consistent processes.

Decreased open-issue backlog by 30%, and ensured quicker resolution by focusing on Master Data and Governance, travel management, AP, and supply chain; provided tactical support of end-users in transition through post go-live events, including incident management, UAT, and change requests with full documentation and gap analysis.

Represented business unit defining requirements and business cases for technology developments, improving quality and retaining business alignment.

Served as focal point for incident review and escalation, if necessary, facilitated user reviews and monitoring of critical issues, improving customer satisfaction and process acceptance

Processed focused with SAP ECC 6.0 and AP, AR, HR, MM modules

BAKER HUGHES INC., Houston, TX 2000 – 2010

Finance Manager-Business Analyst (BHDF) NA Land 2007 – 2010

Managed US Land Operations financial operations, within strict internal and external compliance guidelines, including reporting, planning, budgeting activities, and marketing support.

Performed yearly costing runs and maintained inventory valuation by performing costing updates and analysis.

Provided Hyperion (HFM) Reporting support and served as trainer, which resulted in quicker implementation and system development.

Cut AFE time from inception to approval by 50% by assisting with development and implementation of new asset management system in SAP by building direct-user entry portal.

Developed Sales & Market Analysis for North America along with global M&A valuations.

Heavy SME using SAP ECC 6.0 and Hyperion/Oracle Consolidation system.

Senior Business Process Analyst (INTEQ) 2000 – 2007

Served as Division Lead for over 10 SAP Financial FLC implementations in Germany, Italy, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, and UAE, including planning, risk assessment, training, documenting, data migration, and UAT and end-user post go-live support. Provided Financial System implementation support for Australia, China, Thailand, Malaysia, and several Middle-East locations under strict SOX and compliance guidelines.

Facilitated and managed timely resolution of issues by accessing and mitigating risk-related issues prior to implementation, which helped team maintain focus on core implementation tasks.

Provided business process and SAP expertise and guidance on complex projects and process improvements, resulting in better communication between business and IT departments.

Used experience with all FI/CO modules and many integration points, including MM and SD in SAP implementations, which eliminated or shortened development meetings

Implementation focused for SAP 4.7 and ECC 6.0 with GL, AP, AR, AA, PCA, CCA, PA modules.



Senior Reporting Accountant


Training Coordinator

Cost Accounting Manager

BAKER HUGHES INC., Oklahoma City, OK

Plant Accountant


MS, Accounting (with Honors), Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City, OK

BS, Finance and Management (Dean’s List), University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

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