Job Description

DRG Professional Services has partnered with the leading integrated mining and chemical company and are looking for a IT Applications Architect located in Hamilton, Mississippi.

Job Title and Grade IT Applications Architect - Production Planner & Quality Management Business Analyzer

Primary Location Hamilton, MS

Qualification Bachelor’s Degree and/or Master’s degree or equivalent experience is required

Area: IT

Reporting to: Director of Non-Finance Global ERP Infrastructure Services

Years of related prior experience: Minimum 5 years of hands on configuration experience in SAP PP module and a minimum of 5 years of hands on configuration experience in SAP QM module are a must.


We are committed to our people, our customers, and our communities. With a broad global reach and deep local roots, we embrace and celebrate the unique character and culture of every place we call home. From the west coast of Australia to the east coast of the U.S., from Europe to South Africa, and from mines to research and development labs, we bring the same passion to work in every location, everywhere, every day.

Ours is a culture of perseverance. We are never satisfied, and we never settle. We are constantly looking into the future, and always looking out for each other. We are a global team with a singular vision—working as one, growing as one, succeeding as one.

Work should be rewarding. Great people do great things when they are inspired, challenged, and respected. Every person in every position has the power to make an impact. We encourage open communication, ongoing collaboration, and sustainable innovation. These things continue to propel us forward. We invite you to come and learn more. We hope that you will choose to become part of our diverse, driven, and dynamic family.

Reporting to the Director ERP Applications, this is a key role within the global IT organization with responsibility for Production Planning & Quality Management business value stream. The role will bring the expertise in analyzing both evolutionary and transformational improvement opportunities within the realm of Production and Quality, i.e. production process. With a strong vision and an aggressive growth path, this company has significant opportunities for improvement from a business process perspective.


The Architect, Production Planner will work as a partner with the business users to understand their requirements and identify business process improvement opportunities and architect solutions (including business processes, business change and technology solution components). He/she will act as a thought leader and a change agent driving consensus across this functional domain. The main responsibilities of the position are covered below:

  • Business relationship manager to local plants to define business requirements, identify gaps and partner with PP Global Applications Delivery Team to determine the appropriate system configurations.
  • Onboard new functionality by executing projects from end-to-end, by participating in activities ranging from requirements gathering, gap analysis, process documentation, data cleansing, test planning and execution, training documentation and support.
  • Prepare summary level presentations and facilitate future state system design and process workshops to obtain user acceptance.
  • Perform and/or oversee; configuration of SAP applications, creation of positive/negative unit test scripts, and execution of unit tests.
  • Create and/or support creation of integration/user acceptance test scenarios and scripts as well as facilitate and provide direct support for user testing.
  • Create and/or support creation of cutover plan and scripts as well as facilitate and provide direct support for production migration and go-live stabilization.
  • Provide status updates on assigned work to management and, when required, act as a project manager on small to medium-sized projects.
  • Perform in cross-functional team environments where strong interpersonal communication skills are essential. In certain situations, teams may be geographically diverse or involve other partners.
  • Assume primary responsibility for the successful implementation under hard and fast deadlines.


  • Extensive experience of engaging with stakeholders throughout the organization and externally is required.
  • Excellent listening, interpersonal, written and oral communication skills is required.
  • Deep technical expertise (Architect level) with a minimum of 5 years of hands-on configuration experience in SAP PP module and a minimum of 5 years of hands-on configuration experience in SAP QM module are a must.
  • Experience managing processes, process improvement, production planning, controls, instrumentation and dealing with complex chemicals and mining processes
  • SAP reporting experience covering SAP BOBJ and BW is highly desired.
  • Experience working in a global organization with focus on driving standardization across the organization is highly desired.
  • Excellent analytical and creative problem-solving skills required. Exposure to lean six sigma techniques would be desirable.
  • Prior experience working with offshore support would be necessary.
  • Experience in leading technical teams and Project Management is a must. Highly self-motivated with a can-do attitude.
  • Strong customer service orientation.
  • Strong relationship building and influencing skills. Should be able to mediate opposing viewpoints.
  • Production Planning:
    • Sales and Operations Planning
    • Planning strategies like Make to Stock, Make to Order, make to order with Variant configuration, Planning with Planning material
    • Long Term Planning with SOP to analyze the annual plans from SOP with relevance to capacity planning and procurement
    • Demand Management and Material Requirement Planning (MRP)
    • Product Costing based on Production master data like Bill of Materials, Routings and Procurement master data like Purchase info records and Overhead calculations
    • Discrete Production and Repetitive Manufacturing with Serial number management.
    • Variant configuration for Bill of Materials and Characteristics for Sales
    • Production interfaces with legacy Production systems
    • Bill of Materials, Work Centers, Routings, Production Versions, Classes, Characteristics etc.
    • Maintenance order costing and integration with MRP for Purchasing
    • Procurement of Services and using Service entry sheets
    • Structuring the technical objects like Functional locations and equipment to derive maximum benefits of reporting from analysis perspective
  • Quality Management:
    • QM Master data setup for capturing quality testing information using Physical sample method
    • Batch classification linked inspection lots to capture all the additional information required by the business
    • Experience managing processes, process improvement, production planning, controls, instrumentation and dealing with complex chemicals and mining processes
    • Business knowledge and process design skills
    • Good familiarity with business processes relating to mining / chemicals.
  • Work well in a fast-paced team environment.
  • SAP certification is preferred.
  • Bachelor’s Degree and/or a Master’s degree or equivalent is required.

Primary Location

  • Hamilton, MS


  • 10% - 15% travel expected

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