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SAP Manager, Enterprise Strategic Planning

Toronto, Canada

AtCN, we work together to move our company-and North America-forward. Be part ofour Information & Technology (I&T) team, a critical piece of the enginethat keeps us in motion. From enterprise architecture to operationaltechnology, our teams use the agile methodology to automate and digitize ourrailroad ensuring our operations run optimally and safely and our employees canfocus on value-added tasks. You will be able to develop your skills and careerin our close-knit, safety-focused culture working together as ONE TEAM. Thecareers we offer are meaningful because the work we do matters. Join us!

Job Summary

The Expert, Solution Design for SAP ePPM is responsible for producing technology solutions aligned with business objectives within that specific field of expertise and associated set of technology capabilities.

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The incumbent works with the Project Manager to create work breakdown structures, delivery timelines and effort estimates, and ensures alignment between the various functional and technical teams to successfully deliver ePPM solution components. The role leads workshops with various stakeholders, to understand user and business requirements, researching data, and technological capabilities. Furthermore, the incumbent translates information from consultation sessions into a technology blueprint or software design. The role will also take the lead in developing the roadmap within the domain(s) of expertise, make recommendations to ensure components relevant, protect CN's long-term interests through optimal design decision-making, and otherwise trigger introduction of new technology as well as containment or retirement of existing technology.

Main Responsibilities

Project Delivery

• Lead activities related to the delivery of technology solutions or software development: user stories gathering, fit/gap analysis, RICEFWs tracking, configuration, solution design, functional testing
• Provide domains expertise for delivery of projects
• Support Enterprise/Solution Architects, Solution/System Integrators, and other Solution Designers through domains expertise
• Work and align with the various functional and technical teams
• Ensure the best design decisions are made affecting the domains of expertise, keeping in mind CN's context and long-term objectives
• Ensure alignment of the schedule with the functional teams in line with domains of expertise
• Estimate efforts of work breakdown structure elements
• Define testing strategy and ensure execution
• Assist with defining and implementing security strategy
• Assist with change management strategy
• Assist in planning and supporting stabilization
• Assist in planning and executing transition-to-core

Software Design and Technology Blueprint

• Lead functional requirements gathering sessions with business stakeholders to understand needs
• Translate business requirements into functional specifications for domains of expertise
• Collaborate with tech teams to ensure functional specs align to technical capabilities
• Design interfaces, workflows, data flows from a functional standpoint
• Create functional documentation including business process flows, configuration guides, test scripts, etc.
• Lead medium complexity blueprint or participate in high complexity blueprint
• Ensure deliverables comply with CN guidelines and Information Security
• Support Enterprise and Solution Architect during their requirements phase
• Provide expertise on current capabilities to build the high-level architecture

Technology Roadmap

• Research market for innovation and emerging technologies aligned with business strategy and direction
• Maintain catalogue of existing capabilities within domains of expertise and provide advisory services to various technology owners
• Research ways to improve existing and new capabilities
• Continuously improve processes, configurations, and enhancements
• Provide leadership in the roadmap within the domains of expertise, make recommendations to ensure components relevant, and trigger introduction of new technology as well as containment or retirement of existing technology

Working Conditions

The role has standard working conditions in an office environment with a regular workweek from Monday to Friday. Due to the nature of the role, the incumbent must be able to meet tight deadlines, handle pressure and stress. The role requires minimal travel (up to 10%) within Canada and the United States (U.S.).



• 10+ years of overall work experience
• 5+ years demonstrating functional leadership in SAP ePPM projects
• 5+ years of hands-on experience designing and deploying SAP ePPM solutions
• Experience guiding full lifecycle implementations of SAP ePPM
• Experience designing and deploying other software and platforms related to Planning, Project Management, or FP&A would be an asset


• Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Business, or equivalent degree and experience
• SAP S/4HANA certifications
• Google Cloud Platform (GCP) certification

*Any designation for these above would be considered as an asset


• Inspires others with impactful communications and adapts to the audience through speech and writing
• Applies analytical thinking
• Innovates through problem-solving
• Knows the business and stays current with industry trends to elevate expertise and work
• Ability to explain functional concepts to both business and technical teams
• Demonstrates organizational abilities
• Collaborates with key internal stakeholders to enable higher productivity
• Works independently with little supervision

Technical Skills/Knowledge

• Expert knowledge of SAP ePPM modules and integration
• Strong knowledge in related business processes
• Knowledge of other modules and software commonly integrated with SAP ePPM
• Knowledge of Agile and Waterfall project methodologies
• Knowledge of software development, telecom, infrastructure, or Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) technologies
• Knowledge of I&T security principles
• Strong knowledge of systems engineering or development
• Great technical documentation skills
• Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills
Good prioritization and organisation skills
This position is posted as a grade LEVEL 7. Forinternal candidates, note that the grade level of the position may adjust basedon the employee's experience.
About CN

CN is a world-class transportationleader and trade-enabler. Essential to the economy, to the customers, and to thecommunities it serves, CN safely transports more than 300 million tons ofnatural resources, manufactured products, and finished goods throughout NorthAmerica every year. As the only railroad connecting Canada's Eastern andWestern coasts with the Southern tip of the U.S. through a 19,500 mile railnetwork, CN and its affiliates have been contributing to communityprosperity and sustainable trade since 1919. CN is committed to programssupporting social responsibility and environmental stewardship. At CN, we workas ONE TEAM, focused on safety, sustainability and our customers, providingoperational and supply chain excellence to deliver results.

At CN, we are dedicated to building North America's safest, most inclusive and sustainable railroad, which includes reflecting the communities in which we operate. Research shows that candidates from underrepresented groups often don't apply unless they feel they fit the job posting at 100%. Even if you don't see yourself in every job requirement listed in a posting, we still encourage you to apply. If you require an accommodation for the recruitment process (including alternate formats of materials, accessible meeting rooms or other accommodations), please reach out to our team at
As an equal employment opportunity employer, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, and other protected status as required by applicable law. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only candidates under consideration will be contacted. Please monitor your email on a regular basis, as communication is primarily made through email.

Client-provided location(s): Toronto, ON, Canada; Montreal, QC, Canada
Job ID: CN-11786
Employment Type: Other

Perks and Benefits

  • Health and Wellness

    • Health Insurance
    • Dental Insurance
    • Vision Insurance
    • Life Insurance
    • Short-Term Disability
    • Long-Term Disability
    • Fitness Subsidies
    • On-Site Gym
    • Mental Health Benefits
  • Parental Benefits

    • Family Support Resources
  • Work Flexibility

    • Flexible Work Hours
    • Remote Work Opportunities
    • Hybrid Work Opportunities
  • Office Life and Perks

    • On-Site Cafeteria
  • Vacation and Time Off

    • Paid Vacation
    • Paid Holidays
    • Personal/Sick Days
    • Sabbatical
    • Leave of Absence
    • Volunteer Time Off
  • Financial and Retirement

    • 401(K) With Company Matching
    • Pension
    • Stock Purchase Program
    • Performance Bonus
    • Relocation Assistance
    • Financial Counseling
  • Professional Development

    • Tuition Reimbursement
    • Promote From Within
    • Mentor Program
    • Access to Online Courses
    • Lunch and Learns
    • Leadership Training Program
    • Associate or Rotational Training Program
  • Diversity and Inclusion

    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program
    • Employee Resource Groups (ERG)

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