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SAP Solutions Architect (Finance/Procurement) 

Non-Union Position
Applications Support Group 2; Portland, Oregon (US-OR)  

Hybrid schedule available for Oregon & Washington residents. 
Regular FT 
Posting # 4655  


About Us:


At NW Natural, we offer more than rewarding career opportunities and a vibrant, inclusive work culture. We invite you to join us in providing safe and reliable utility services and renewable energy to better the lives of the communities we serve. Our vision is to be the leader in service excellence, innovation and environmental stewardship for our customers, while building on our strengths as a trusted energy provider and environmental leader for our industry.  


In addition to environmental stewardship, We’re also deeply committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at NW Natural. Our DEI Council started 21 years ago, and today we continue to foster a culture where all employees can experience a sense of belonging, shared purpose and possibility.

The Role:


Are you passionate about cutting-edge technology and eager to be at the forefront of SAP solutions? Look no further! At NW Natural, we’ve just completed an exciting technology transformation project where we successfully deployed SAP S/4HANA and various SAP cloud solutions. As an SAP Solution Architect here, you’ll have a unique opportunity to: 



Dive into the heart of SAP’s offerings – from S/4HANA to SAP Cloud Platform – and explore their untapped potential. Your ideas will shape the next generation of enterprise solutions. 



Engage with cross-functional teams, including developers, business analysts, and executives. Your ability to communicate complex concepts will be crucial as you present your vision for SAP’s evolution. 



Architect robust, scalable solutions that seamlessly integrate with existing systems. Your technical prowess will be put to the test as you create elegant designs that stand the test of time. 



Be the driving force behind SAP initiatives. Your leadership will guide projects from inception to implementation, ensuring alignment with business objectives. 


IT&S Cultural Pillars 

Our Core Values are in everything we do, we expect everyone to embody the Information Technology & Services department’s four cultural pillars…
Accountability & Integrity 
We hold ourselves to a high standard and follow through on our commitments.  Our transparency, and ability to deliver on our promises make us a trusted and respected business partner.

Customer Focus 
We understand our customers’ needs and advocate for them.  Our relationship with our customers ensures the technical needs of the business are met.

Growth & Learning 
We embrace new technology and skills to better meet the company’s needs.  Our passion for new technology keeps us ahead of future opportunities for the business.

We relate with inclusion, kindness, curiosity, and humility.  Respect for differences leads to innovation and collaboration.

Day to Day:



Solution Design: 

  • Manage architecture analysis, research, design and development of new functionality and integration with key applications and services under SAP ecosystems. 
  • Designing end-to-end solutions that leverage SAP software to meet business objectives. This involves understanding business requirements, translating them into technical solutions, and ensuring alignment with industry best practices. 
  • Customizing and configuring SAP software to align with requirements. This may involve defining custom business processes, configuring system settings, and developing custom extensions or integrations. 


Cross-Domain Expertise: 

  • T-skilled resource with breadth across extensive SAP offerings (mile wide, inch deep) while also possessing a deep understanding in key modules including: 
  • Plant Maintenance (PM), Financial Accounting (FI), Controlling (CO) and Materials Management (MM). 
  • Understand end-to-end business processes and how SAP configurations impact each domain. 
  • Provide holistic solutions that span multiple functional areas with an understanding of how outputs of one process act as inputs to the next.   


Architectural Excellence: 

  • Developing scalable and flexible architectures for SAP solutions. This requires deep understanding of SAP architecture principles and configuration options. 
  • Lead configuration efforts, ensuring optimal system setup. 
  • Collaborate with functional teams to translate business requirements into SAP configurations. 
  • Ability to document and present solution designs to various parties: executives, steering committees, governance teams as well as direct contributors. 


Collaboration and Knowledge Base: 

  • Work well with others – listening to needs and concerns, discussing pros and cons of options, cross checking your design with others where it moves outside of your deep skill areas, cross checking how your design will work in concert with other parts of the overall solution, and communicating your design to many different audiences. 
  • Work closely with broader support teams to bridge the gap between business needs and technical solutions. 
  • Provide guidance, troubleshoot issues, and share best practices. 
  • Monitor the work of the team and ensure standards are adhered to in accordance with best practices and desired use of the system. 


Strategic Guidance and Maturity: 

  • Participate in product roadmap and product strategy definition. 
  • Assess the current state of SAP systems and recommend improvements for continued maturity. 
  • Act as a mentor and coach to broader team by sharing solution and technical/functional expertise. 


Service/Project Support: 

  • Provide senior level support for ongoing SAP projects and production support efforts, mitigating risks and addressing challenges. 
  • Help and review with the creation of training, product, and solution documentation. 
  • Ensure customer satisfaction through quality work and effective communication throughout projects. 
  • Hold self and others accountable to the committed deadlines and ensure successful deliverables. 

Come on your first day with:



  • BS Degree in computer science or engineering or higher with 6 – 12 years of experience 
  • 6+ years’ work experience in SAP consulting, support, systems integration, or architect role 
  • Expert in configuration and enablement of business processes via SPRO and SFW5 
  • Proven track record of successful implementations and support across diverse functional areas. 
  • Exposure to both on-premises and cloud-based SAP environments. 


Skills and Traits: 

  • Deep understanding of SAP configuration principles. 
  • Excellent communication skills to collaborate with stakeholders at all levels. 
  • Ability to balance technical feasibility with business needs. 
  • Highly motivated to stay “current” with SAP solutions, trends, and industry news. 
  • Exposure to compliance regulations like FERC and SOX is a plus. 
  • Expertise in doing solution demos and presentations. 
  • Possess a good understanding of SAP best practices. 
  • Must have extensive expertise in SAP modules such as Finance, MM, PM 


Additional expertise desired in: 

  • Treasury, REFX, PS, EWM, Group Reporting, EC-PCA, SAC 
  • SAP sister solutions; Ariba, Fieldglass, Concur and SuccessFactors 
  • Some technical experience in development objects and integrations is desired. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of SAP BTP (Business Technology Platform)  
  • Must be an expert in analyzing, creating system specifications, and developing tests and implementing business solutions utilizing SAP technologies. 
  • Experience with SAP security concepts and authorization checks 
  • Able to report both verbally and in writing to executive level. 


Certifications (Preferred): 

  • SAP Certified Application Architect or equivalent. 
  • Additional certifications in specific SAP modules (e.g., FI, SD, HR) are advantageous. 

What we offer:

Health & Wellness –

  • Rich health insurance benefits with competitive employer contribution
  • Free access to an online wellness resources platform 


Work Life Balance -

  • Up to 23 Vacation Days 
  • 80 Hours of Sick Time 
  • 10 paid holidays and 3 floating holidays
  • Flexible work arrangements 
  • 3 weeks paid parental leave
  • Green Team / Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council / Safety Team / Women’s Network and many other Employee Resource Groups
  • 1500 sq foot exercise facility and secure bike room  


Financial -

  • Meaningful annual incentive bonus opportunity in addition to base salary
  • Competitive 401K company contribution and match 
  • 15% discount on NW Natural stock through Employee Stock Purchase Program
  • Up to $5250 a year in tuition reimbursement  
  • Wellness incentive program  


Discounts -

  • 20% off natural gas service 
  • Up to 30% discount at NW Natural Appliance Center
  • TriMet Pass for all HQ employees
  • Generous discounts with Verizon & AT&T Wireless  


Base salary range: $128,200.00 - $189,600.00 per year, depending on qualifications

Annual Target Incentive: Grade 24, 12.0% target
Targets are calculated using eligible earnings during plan year participation. Payout, if earned, is based on company and individual performance for each plan year and may range from 0% – 200% of target. Targets are subject to change in subsequent plan years. Must be employed by September 30 in order to receive any prorated payout.    


Application Process: To be considered for this position, submit a complete electronic application including cover letter and resume via our website.


Deadline: 3/26/24


Disclosure: We are a drug free workplace and we comply with Federal Drug Free Workplace Act and Department of Transportation regulations. 


All applications must be submitted through NW Natural’s Electronic Application System. Resumes submitted via email, fax or mail will not be accepted in lieu of an electronic application.


NW Natural is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We welcome and embrace our candidates’ diversity and take affirmative action to employ and advance individuals without discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, pregnancy (including childbirth or related medical conditions), national origin, marital status, genetic information, and all other legally protected characteristics. We forbid discrimination and harassment in the workplace based on any protected status or characteristic. A criminal history is not an automatic bar to employment with NW Natural. Instead, we make individualized assessments regarding qualifications and backgrounds. NW Natural is also committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, individuals with sincerely held religious beliefs, and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation as part of the application process, please contact us at or  (971) 979-6341.


NW Natural does not accept unsolicited submissions or assistance from search firms for posted positions. Resumes submitted by search firms working under a valid and current written contract with NW Natural valid written Statement of Work in place for this position from NW Natural HR/Employment will be deemed the sole property of NW Natural. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by NW Natural as a result of the referral or through other means.

Nearest Major Market: Portland Oregon

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