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Manager Project

Jackson, Michigan, United States
January 18, 2017

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Mike Ballentine, PMP

Telephone: 517-***-****


LinkedIn Link: ballentine pmp/23/9a5/a52

Professional Profile

A motivated and dynamic professional with excellent experience of SAP implementations and project management, on a global scale. Possesses a first class understanding of all SAP methodologies and processes in addition to extensive technical abilities and management talents. Utilises exceptional analytical and research skills to keep abreast of the latest developments and define bespoken solutions to complex business needs. Able to work alone, with the organisation and time management required to meet demanding deadlines and objectives without compromising quality of service. With outstanding interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills and business experience is able to form positive internal and external relationships and integrate quickly into any environment. Enjoys being part of a productive team and thrives in challenging work environments. Managed over 16 end-to-end SAP Deployments. Holds both UK and USA Passports


On recently relocating to the US, is seeking a new and challenging career opportunity, one that will make best use of his extensive experience and skills in SAP and Program or Project Management, while enabling continued personal and professional development.

Key Word Search:

SAP; ERP; Project Manager; Program Manager; Director; BI/BW; Vendor Management; Large Scale Projects; Full Project Life-cycles; SDLC; EDI; Automotive; Manufacturing; Stakeholder Management; Excellent Communication skills

Career Summary

Consulting Experience: - Oct 2015 to Present

Major Corp Senior Program Manager (Contractor) Oct 2016 to Present

Project Manager for a major Automotive supplier ($9.0B); Major Corporation is an American auto parts company. The company is focused on providing wholesale used and refurbished auto parts via its subsidiaries across the United States and the world.

Leading the Initial Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) replacement phase which is to select an ERP system and vendor.

Conduct workshops and collaborate with Business community to gather AS-IS business process

flows and document ranked requirements.

Prepare Request for Information (RFI) and send to a long list of vendors; analyzed replies.

Prepare Request for Proposal (RFP) and sent to a short list of vendors; analyzed replies.

Coordinate with Senior Business and IT officers to define project scope, business case and value realization.

IT Director Global SAP Projects (Contractor) May 2016 to July 2016

IT Director for a major automotive supplier ($7.3B) which offers and distributes a broad portfolio of products through more than 20 of the world’s most recognized brands in the global automotive aftermarket, while also serving original equipment vehicle manufacturers with products including braking, chassis and windshield wiper applications.

Managing the global team of 20 Functional Analysts responsible for delivering SAP enhancements and deployments.

Managed departmental budgets of seven figures

Created 5 year strategy to consolidate multiple ERP systems and delivering efficiencies to the Business, improving the way the department operated to maximize output from fixed resources.

Recruited wisely to fill gaps in the skillsets

Associate Director of Projects for Cognizant (Contractor) Oct 2015 – Feb 2016

The Program Manager for a Cambridge, UK based Examination Board. The project to migrate the functionality of two Business units from their legacy EPS system to SAP. The project size was approximately $60M project over 4 years

Recruit and on board additional Cognizant personnel or external consultants as required.

Adhering rigorously to ASAP methodology and helping to educate the client’s staff in this methodology.

Project managing a team of 40 50 client/Cognizant on and off shore project team members.

Global ERP Procurement and SAP Project Manager, Dawn Foods, MI, US Feb 2011 to Aug 2015

Dawn Foods is a rapidly growing leader in the baking industry with a current turnover of $1.7billion annually, across 50 facilities in US, Europe, Canada and Latin America

Project Manager for a $50m Global SAP project to implement SAP core modules plus BI, BPC, APO, PLM, GRC, HCM/SuccessFactors as well as other non-SAP components

Leading implementation across 50 sites, to reach 4,400 users, working closely with implementation partner IBM and managing vendor relationships involved in the project

Managing the Global ERP Purchasing team which is responsible for all enhancements and production support to the SAP MM module as well as its integration to the FI AP module consisting of 3 direct reports plus specialist consultants.

Accountable for the planning, execution and progress monitoring of each phase of the project, leading a team of consultants, IT experts, 5 Project Managers and business users totaling 130 at any one time

Overseeing the deployment of 10 sites which are currently running SAP, monitoring ongoing results to be utilised in next phase of 15 US sites going live from early 2013

Providing feedback and input into performance appraisals, commendations, recommendations and corrective action plans as necessary

As required, through negotiation acquiring CapEx approvals and monitoring all spend against them, managing changes to the project through the formal approval process.

Established and manages the SAP Production Support group

At the time of leaving, the project was on plan, and to budget

SAP APPLICATIONS MANAGER, NGK Spark Plugs, Michigan, US 2009 – 2011

Overseeing a retrofit of SAP IS Auto and EDI implementation into SAP for OEM Automotive manufacturers business to business solution

Leading the Application Group in providing production support and development of SAP 6.0, BI 7.1 system for 500 users to ensure business needs for all users are met

Responsible for the project management of design and implementation of the global templates for SAP ECC 6.0, BI 7.1, EDI, PI, EP and Solution Manager over a 2-year period

Activities including sourcing all third party service partners, all project documentation, statistics, RICEF deliverables, testing and training plans, issue resolution and budget management

Accommodating Japanese requirements through establishment of break fix and development processes using Share Point documents, managing Share Point resource

Working closely with global teams to ensure project progress maintained in line with planning


Leading a number of projects providing global information technology solutions, including managing full life cycle of a project to implement BI 7.0 and develop SD reporting package for PEPCO

Developing a reporting strategy and upgrade plan for Scotts Miracle Gro following assessment of their existing BW system

Creating upgrade plans for Whirlpool (13TB BW), L’Oreal (BW 4.6), and gathering requirements for Tamko, SD reporting in BW, carrying out pre sales scopes of work, thought leadership and BI roadmaps

SAP PROJECT MANAGER, Pitney Bowes Inc, Connecticut, US 2005 – 2008

Managing a range of projects for this international company including Supplier Connect, allowing vendors to access the BW system to view progress of their invoice approvals and payment creation

Collecting data from web monitoring tool which outlined customer habits on website and imported into BW and 6 Sigma project to collect data from UPS website on returns, and update BW and MRP

Developing a inventory revaluation forecasting tool in BW to gauge effect of revaluation prior to implementing it in the CO module

Managing offshore development resources, and audited CMMI documentation to comply with Level 3 accreditation


South Carolina, US and St. Neots, UK

Overseeing changes to global template, project managing the development of Batch Management functionality and implementation of production data and statistics in the BW module

Carrying out duties on four full live cycle implementations in overseas subsidiaries, undertaking SOX compliance remediation work for security roles

Creating and implementing a reporting strategy for the supply chain based on reports from BW, providing frontline support for BW and supply chain end users

1987 2002 Worked in UK at various companies using SAP, details available if required

Education and Qualifications

PMP: Project Management Institute, US (2012)

Bachelors: Chartered Institute of Management Accounting (1997)

O Levels: 4 including Mathematics and English

Key I.T. Skills

Microsoft Office, specifically Project and Excel, SharePoint

Personal Details

First Aid: Qualified in First Aid

Driving Licence: Full/Clean

Interests and Activities

Currently include: Cricket, Fishing, Cinema, Freemasonry, Golf

References are available on request

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