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Ariba Solution Architect

Date: Aug 14, 2019

Location: Dublin 24, D, IE, Dublin 24

Company: Glanbia

Glanbia Business Services (GBS) 

Ariba Solution Architect


At Glanbia Business Services (GBS), the Global IT and Finance Shared Services division of Glanbia plc. we currently have an opportunity for an experienced SAP Ariba professional to join our team in the role of Ariba Solution Architect. This is a permanent position, based in Citywest, Dublin 24 and will report to the GBS Ariba Solution Owner.



Glanbia have recently implemented the SAP Ariba cloud-based procurement solution integrated to our back-end SAP ERP system, and are working through a global deployment and continuous improvement programme.

The SAP Ariba solution scope as currently implemented includes:

  • eSourcing and Contract management for direct (i.e. stocked) materials
  • Purchase to Order (P2O) PO and Invoice automation for indirect (i.e. non-stocked) materials and services
  • Catalogue management for non-stock items and services purchased on P2O 
  • Supplier Information and Performance Management (SIPM) for direct materials
  • Supplier enablement via Ariba Network for invoice automation
  • Standard SAP Ariba integration between SAP Ariba and core SAP transaction system


Key Deliverables of the role:

  • Ownership of the Glanbia IT systems solution and capabilities for the Ariba platform, providing leadership on solution roadmaps, capabilities and deployment strategies
  • Recommend best practice processes and solutions, based on knowledge of current and emerging capabilities in the SAP Ariba solution area.
  • Working closely with Ariba to define Ariba systems strategy including maximisation of Best Practice Centre services, and ensuring clarity on relevant roadmap items – co-orginating consulting engagements where required.
  • Evaluate business requirements, and, working with the business and technical teams, propose SAP Ariba functional design solutions, and co-ordinate technical implementation
  • Work with Group and Business Unit Purchasing managers to champion and implement best-practice SAP Ariba Sourcing Vendor management and P2P processes, and to promote the optimum utilisation of the Ariba platform in line with Glanbia’s procurement strategy
  • Benefits Realisation – working in collaboration with Group Purchasing and Shared Services teams to refine and drive relevant actions
  • Provide Subject Matter Expert role at  periodic Glanbia internal Ariba Power User Forum meetings to review optional functionalities, agree deployment plans, and to facilitate and drive share learnings across the Glanbia Power User community
  • Coordinating training and up-skilling of the internal Glanbia IT team on the Ariba Solution platform – including definition of training plans and co-ordination of required training activities



  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in Business / Computer sciences or equivalent


Skills & experience

  • Minimum 5 year’s deep practical solution and implementation experience in the SAP Ariba solution platform together with:  
  • Significant demonstrable experience of lead solution designer role in Ariba implementation projects.
  • Proven track record of end-to-end P2P solution design in an SAP ERP environment, including knowledge of end-to-end flows between SAP ERP and Ariba and the detail of best-practice integration design.
  • Proven Ariba and e-procurement solutioning skills, successfully mapping business requirements to high performing systems and process solutions.
  • In-depth understanding of procurement processes, accounts payable and general finance/business best practices and interdependencies and how to realise these through the Ariba platform.
  • Demonstrable complex problem solving skills and attention to detail
  • History of participating in Ariba P2P process improvement by identifying opportunities, proposing solutions and driving change



  • Excellent influencing, communication and organisational skills
  • A self-starter with track record of innovatively setting the agenda in order to achieve given top-line objectives
  • Ability to display a high degree of professionalism in dealing with managers and senior stakeholders
  • Technically and commercially focused, high levels of enthusiasm and energy
  • A team player who has the ability to motivate others, making it fun while getting the job done
  • Enjoys working in a fast-paced, innovative environment where the focus is on continuous improvement and the challenge to make it better