Premarajan Makkal Kesavan
SAP HCM/SuccessFactors Certified Principal Consultant
OVERVIEW: SAP HCM / SuccessFactors Functional Lead with extensive experience in managing and delivering SAP (HCM) implementations in the areas of payroll (US, Canada and India), time management, personnel administration, organization management, benefits, employee and manager self services, integration of third party payroll, integrating SAP (HCM) with success factors, finance / controlling, project systems, customer relationship management, supplier relationship management and sales. These implementations were in the Automobile (manufacturing), Oil and Gas, Energy, Electronics, Engineering Procurement & Construction industries, Media / Entertainment, Business Services, Commerce & Consumer durables industries and Industrial automation spread across India, US, Canada, Latin America (Brazil), Europe (Russia), China, Africa (Equatorial Guinea) and Australia. 21 years of overall experience,which involves 11 years of leadership / project management experience. Have taken up various leadership roles including Assistant Manager (SAP HR and Payroll), Team Lead (SAP HCM), Project Manager (SAP HCM), On-site Coordinator (SAP HCM) and Delivery Manager (SAP HCM).
Experienced in leading and managing SAP HR implementations in multiple countries.
Experienced in implementing employee central payroll integrated with workForce Software (WFS), employee central (EC), benefits and finance (S/4HANA). Also managed and guided the migration plans for 2 Success Factors projects.
Involved in 12 full cycle SAP implementations, complemented by 2 major support projects and 1 ECC 6.0 upgrade project.
Experienced and trained in “Project Management and Quality management” concepts with strong emphasis on timely project execution, collaboration, people management, business transformation and organizational change management.
Experienced in the project management and implementation of positive time management (including integration with third party Kronos application /WFS) and payroll (US and Canada).
Experienced in the project management and implementation of union payrolls for US and Canada.
Experienced in handling integration of SAP HCM modules with Finance / Project Systems, both in distributed and non-distributed environments.
Experienced in managing and implementing unique country requirements (Eg. Personnel Orders for Russia and ordinance 1510 requirements for Brazil).
Experienced in managing and leading the onsite / offshore support model.
Project Management and functional expertise well augmented by excellent analytical, problem solving, communication, interpersonal skills with ability to interact with individuals at all levels.
Leading, Project Management / Quality Management: Experienced in leading teams (upto 18 team members), implementing Total Quality Management (TQM) principles and adopting the project management concepts.
Functional HR : Experienced primarily in manpower planning (both for blue collar and white collar employees), organization restructuring and performance management.
ERPs- SAP R/3 4.7 and ECC 6.0 : Payroll (US, Canada, India), exposure to Payroll (China), Time Management with CA-TS, Benefits, Personnel Administration, Organization Mgmt., ESS / MSS, Personnel Development and Training & Events Mgmt.
Success Factors: EC payroll and its integrations with EC, WFS and Finance
TOOLS: MS Office Suite (Including MS- Project), familiar with the IBM Rational Tools; Familiar with Upgrade / incident mgmt. tools like Clone & Test, Panaya,Remedy etc.
PetroPlan USA Sep 2019 – Till date
TechnipFMC, Houston, TX ( USA) Sep 2019 – Jan-2020
SAP HCM / SuccessFactors Lead Consultant
SAP HR implementation for Equatorial Guinea (Africa)
oDesign / configuration of concurrent employment set up for the Inpat / Assignee employees.
oFiori based employee and manager self service set up including the concurrent time entry for project (labor) and payroll purposes.
Time Evalution implementation for Australia along with the re-implementation of absence quota accruals.
oDesign / configuration of time schema / rules for generating overtime and time quotas using time evalution
oDesign of third party integration with Payroll provider for HR master data and time evaluation results.
Co-ordination from HR interfaces perspective during the SAP Process Integration (PI) to SAP Process Orchestration (PO) migration project.
AspireHR Jul 2018 – Oct-2018
Par Pacific, Houston, TX ( USA) Jul 2018 – Oct-2018
SAP SuccessFactors Lead Consultant (EC Payroll)
Managing the client expectations and change management involved in the implementation of Employee Central Payroll along with integration with Employee Central (EC), WorkForce Software (WFS), Benefits and S/4HANA(Finance), by ensuring 100% adherence to legal requirements.
EC payroll configuration (configuration workbook) management for earnings, deductions (Including priorities and arrears), Taxes (along with integration with BSI), payroll posting and mapping required for point to point (PTP) Integration with EC.
Co-ordination with ADP for integrations required primarily for managing the employee payments, Tax remittance and remittance of garnishments.
Co-ordination with the Time Management / WFS team for establishing the standard integration between WFS and EC payroll.
Co-ordination and implementation of the mapping required for payroll posting, cost center integration and bank data integration along with finance team.
Co-ordination and implementation of integration between EC payroll and benefits
Provide on-going communications to customers, managers as needed.
WIPRO Jul 2014 – May-2018
Rockwell Automation, Milwaukee, WI ( USA) / Sao Paulo, Brazil Feb 16 – Mar-18
SAP HCM (Functional) Lead / Project Manager (Rockwell Automation Global Rollout Project)
Managing the client expectations and change management involved in the implementation of Positive Time Management (along with Kronos) and third party payroll integration for Brazil, by ensuring 100% adherence to the legal requirements.
Led the rollout of the CRM integration with HR for field services engineers for Latin American countries.
Led the implementation of legal reporting (Eg. Ordinance 1510) for Brazil.
Leading the SAP blueprint preparation with the local business team for solution design.
Co-ordinating the discussion between core business and local country business for solution implementation, testing, risk Management, issue resolution and change management.
Leading and managing the cross functional teams (functional HR, technical HR, security and organization change management teams) based in India and Latin America (Brazil).
Co-ordination with business to finalize the cut-over plan, go-live and hyper care support phase.
Provide on-going communications to customers, managers as needed.
Co-ordination with Wipro’s HR-competency in finalizing the migration plans for “Success Factors”, with the objective of implementing the “Succession Planning” and “Performance / Goals Management”.
Co-ordination with Wipro’s SAP-compenency in stabilizing the US payroll production support transition from IBM for a major Pharmaceutical company.
Pitney Bowes, Shelton, CT ( USA) July 2014 – Feb, 2016
SAP HCM Functional Lead / Project Manager (HR Impact Remediation Project)
Project management of HR Impact Remediation project.
Managing the client expectations and change management involved with implementation of the New GL integration for US and Canada payrolls with liabilities distributed according to expenses.
Leading and managing the HR to SRM integration, with the overall objective of automating and streamlining the “Internal procurement” processes.
Leading and managing the efforts to align the HR company codes with finance (including integrations required during new acquisitions).
Co-ordination with Accenture and internal teams for implementing “Sales reporting” in “HANA”, by leveraging the integration with SAP - HR master data / organization structure through SLT (SAP Landscape Transformation) replication.
Co-ordination with Wipro’s HR-competency in finalizing the migration plans for “Cloud based HCM applications”, with the objective of enhancing “mobility” and “Social” experiences.
IBM Jul 2009 – Jul 2014
Walt Disney, Bangalore (India) / Burbank ( USA) May 2012 –Jul 2014
SAP HCM Functional Lead / Delivery Manager (Walt Disney Project)
Delivery management for SAP (HCM) team involving 18 team members spread across US, India and Phillipines.
Team lead for Time Management team (involving onsite and offshore).
Lead and managed the IBM-teams involved in Shanghai Disney land implementation, Lucasfilm integration and FMLA project.
Leading and managing the implementation of enhancements and process Improvements in Time Management and Payroll.
Increasing the participation of the Global delivery (GD) team in the engagement, especially for business processes involving Payroll (USA) and Time Management.
IBM (Global HRMS Project), Bangalore (India) / Moscow (Russia) / Beijing (China) Nov 2009 –April-2012
SAP HCM Project Lead (Global HRMS Project)
Team Lead for the design (blueprinting) and implementation of Time Management along with integration of personnel orders for IBM-Russia.
oThe key processes for IBM-Russia included “Pre-Approval” processes for overtime and stand-by involving ESS/ MSS functionalities along with complex time evaluation requirements.
oAdditional responsibility included project planning and business process mapping.
Team Lead / coordinator for Keep In Sync. Activity from the release / SAP functional team perspective. Keep In Sync. is a critical activity because release and production support environments were separate (both landscape and organization structure wise).
Testing team lead for the Time Management team for SAP (HCM) implementation for China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
Design and implementation of complex time evaluation rules for China, Taiwan and Hong Kong in line with the IBM’s Global HRMS template.
Integration of Time Management rules for China, Taiwan and Hong Kong along with the payroll processing using SAP.
Eureka Forbes, Mumbai / Pune (India) Jul 2009 – Oct 2009
SAP HCM Project Lead
Team Lead for ICM (incentive computation). The team involved members from HR/Payroll, BIW, CRM and ABAP.
SAP (HCM) Consultant
Fujitsu Consulting (Now Fujitsu America) Aug 2006 - Mar 2009
Tyco Thermal Controls, Houston (USA)/ Edmonton (CA) and Shanghai (China) Aug 2006 – Jan 2009
Project Lead (SAP HCM and PS Implementation)
Successful blueprinting and implementation of the modules Personnel Administration, Organization Management, Time Management, and CATS (along with Payroll and Project Systems integration) for operations in US and Canada.
Successful design and implementation of union payrolls for both US and Canada (around 50 unions).
Successful design and implementation of “work taxation” on hourly basis for US field employees (union and non union).
Led a team of 11 members for the successful, “US Payroll & Benefits Go live” and “year end activites for both US and Canada”.
Change management and training for US payroll cut over from ADP to SAP along with benefits integration with Workscape and Fidelity.
Design, implementation and support of the Time, Payroll (US and Canada) schema and personnel calculation rules in SAP, especially around union payroll and employer cost distribution.
Providing leadership of onsite / offshore support model for both US and Canadian SAP (HR & Payroll) implementations.
Providing leadership and support for Integrating “Org Plus”, with SAP Organization Management module for generating user friendly “Organization Charts”.
Successful planning and completion of ECC 6.0 upgrade for Tyco Thermal Controls from the HCM perspective. This includes
oSPAU listing analysis and required corrections
oUnit testing and Integration testing for all SAP HCM modules applicable for US, Canada and China operations of Tyco Thermal Controls.
oCut over, Go live and support.
Successful planning and implementation of HR/CATS for Tyco Thermal Control’s China Business unit.
Successful planning and implementation of “Activity Allocation” method of project costing methodology for Tyco Thermal Control’s China business unit.
Leadership and support in the evaluation of the various, “Field time collection systems”.
Larsen & Toubro (L&T) Infotech Feb 2003 - Jul 2006
Chevron Corporation, San Ramon, CA, USA September 2005 - July 2006
Business Analyst Pay/Time (Unocal Integration Project)
Worked as a Business Analyst for the pay/ time team and as a L&T Infotech Coordinator.
Worked in a 19 member master data and pay/time team.
Led a sub-team of 5 members for integration of Unocal master data, time, and pay systems into Chevron SAP HR system.
Participated in the overall design of the migration strategy for Unocal HR master data.
Designed the migration strategy for Unocal time management system, work schedules, quota, attendance/ absence types, and internal cost allocation systems.
Responsible for configuration, schema, and PCR changes for incorporating new work schedules, quota, and attendance/ absence types along with integration of Payroll.
Chevron Corporation, San Ramon, CA, USA June 2004 - August 2005
Business Analyst (Pay/Time) / Onsite Co-ordinator (HCM)
Worked as a senior SAP HR Consultant and L&T Infotech Coordinator in a team of 15 onsite and offshore members.
Responsible for successful transitioning of business process knowledge from Chevron and providing production support after stabilization.
Acted as an onsite coordinator and ensured that the transition of the business process knowledge from Chevron to L&T InfoTech is running smoothly and in a timely manner.
Provided 100 % adherence to the production support requirements in CATS/ Time Management area along with integration of gross Payroll.
Led the process improvement initiatives at Chevron from the HCM perspective.
Instrumental in business process change for internal cost allocation process at Chevron by involving offshore (India) resources.
Worked on process improvements in the areas of time quotas and work schedules that involved modification of time schema and personnel calculation rules for changing the existing design.
Associated closely with Chevron’s endeavour for rationalization of HR business process across the various countries and locations.
Bently Nevada (a subsidiary of GE), Mumbai, India January 2004 - May 2004
Senior SAP HR Consultant (Entity Split Project)
Worked as a Senior SAP HR Consultant in a team of 12 onsite and offshore members for all the modules.
Extended HR functionalities and set up CATS, new overtime rules for the new sales company.
Extended the HR functionalities that involved Personnel Administration, Organization Management, and Time Management modules for the new sales company.
Made changes to the time schema and rules for incorporating new overtime rules.
Set up CATS Time Entry and configured overtime rules for contractual employees.
Saudi Cable Company (SCC), Mumbai, India October 2003 - December 2003
Project Leader SAP (HCM)
Worked as a Senior SAP HR Consultant in a team of 5 members.
Developed an upgrade plan for SAP HR from 3.1I to 4.6C.
Understood the basic configuration details and custom developments for SAP HR and Payroll modules.
Developed an upgrade plan highlighting the new functionality changes as required and possible.
Wellborn Cabinet, Inc., Ashland, AL, USA September 2003 - September 2003
Senior SAP HR Consultant
Worked as a Senior SAP HR Consultant in a team of 12 member (Involving all modules of SAP).
Responsible for Personnel Administration related configuration involving personnel actions, dynamic actions, qualifications, and Adhoc Reports.
Design and Implementation support for Organisation Management module.
Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T), Mumbai, India February 2003 - August 2003
Senior SAP HR Consultant
Worked as a Senior SAP HR Consultant in a team of 6 members.
Carried out prototyping for the SAP HR modules such as Personnel Administration, Organization Management, Personnel Development (appraisals and competency mapping) and Payroll/ Leave Administration.
Provided resolution of Employee Self Service and Time Management issues for L&T’s SAP HR and Payroll Implementation.
Developed proposals (both commercial and technical).
Tata Motors Feb 1997 - Jan 2003
Tata Motors, Jamshedpur/ Mumbai, India September 2001 - January 2003
SAP HR Consultant / HR Team Lead
Worked as a SAP HR Consultant and HR Coordinator in a team of 10 members for the implementation of HR and Payroll.
Acted as a Key Member of the design team for SAP HR and Payroll implementation for Tata Motors.
Coordinated the rationalization of HR and Payroll practices across 4 major locations of Tata Motors.
Participated actively in the designing of shared services team for Tata Motors in the area HR master data and Payroll processes.
Successfully designed and implemented Personnel Administration, Organization Management modules for all four locations of Tata Motors.
Successfully designed and implemented the pay grade structure for Tata Motors.
Carried out prototyping for the modules such as Recruitment, Training and Events Management, and Personnel Development (appraisals and competency mapping).
Led the change management and communication for SAP HR and Payroll implementation across Tata Motors.
Tata Motors, Jamshedpur, India October 1999 - August 2001
Assistant Manager (Human Resources)
Coordinated a team of 10 members involved in manpower planning and Performance management.
Responsible for management development and manpower planning for white collar employees.
Coordinated de-integration of axle and transmission units.
Coordinated organization restructuring.
Tata Motors, Jamshedpur, India May 1998 - September 1999
Senior Officer (Project Topgear)
Worked as a Change Manager for Gear Factory.
Worked in a team of 25 members (involving all functional areas).
Implemented Center of Excellence (CX) concept in Tata Motors.
Acted as a Key Member of the design team (involving Tata Motors and Andersen Consulting) for organization restructuring at Tata Motors.
Responsible for organization restructuring, through the formation of Center of Excellence (similar to business unit) in the gear box area for Tata Motors.
Responsible for the communication of the change management principles.
Tata Motors, Jamshedpur, India February 1997 - April 1998
Senior Officer (Productivity Services)
Worked as a Senior Officer for the Productivity Services division.
Worked in a team of 6 members.
Improved productivity for blue collar employees through regular work study.
Led the efforts in manpower planning of blue collar employees and their supervisors.
Designed cellular layout for organization restructuring and manpower optimization.
Utilized the graph theory concept for designing the cellular layout in the gear box, crown wheel / pinion areas of Tata Motors.
Post Graduation in Industrial Engineering and Management, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, India, 1997.
BTech in Mechanical Engineering, Calicut University, India, 1994.
Certified SAP HR and Payroll Consultant, Sapient College.
Macroscope Certified by Fujitsu Consulting.
SuccessFactors : Associate Certified in Employee Central (EC) and Full / Core Hybrid Cloud Integrations.