SAP Functional Analyst ARIBA

Posting Date: 12 February 2018

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire, GB, PO6 3EN

Company: Babcock

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Babcock is the UK's leading engineering support services organisation employing over 28,000 people across the world. Babcock offer a hugely diverse number of career options.




The Functional Analyst (SAP ARIBA Consultant) is newly created, crucial role in the SAP AMS (Application Management Services) organisation and is responsible for the analysis, design, configuration and support of the SAP ARIBA solution to meet the business needs of Babcock cross divisional back office processes.


Working closely with our customers to deliver, maintain and troubleshoot and enhance SAP functionality, the ARIBA specialist adds value to the AMS organisation through their knowledge of the SAP ARIBA Upstream and Downstream solution and knowledge of its integration with other SAP modules (Procurement/SRM/Finance).





  • Provides specialist level functional and configuration knowledge in supporting and designing SAP solutions in ARIBA
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience with Ariba Upstream: Sourcing Pro, Contract Pro, SIPM and Spend Analysis – Business and Administrative knowledge.
  • Technical experience of Ariba Downstream: Procurement Content (Catalogues) and Ariba Network.
  • Understanding of configuration dependencies and integration points between separate functional modules of SAP (Procurement/SRM/Finance).
  • Conducts or participates in user requirements gathering, blueprinting & documentation designs.
  • Ensure compliance to existing, and development of required data and reporting standards.  Ensure the integrity of the Procurement configuration of the Ariba SAP system globally. 
  • Support business implementations by sharing best practice configuration skills within Ariba.
  • Assist with responding to user requirements, problem resolution, develop designs, and process modeling for Ariba
  • Conduct configuration changes to accommodate change requests and prototype activities.
  • Demonstrate proof of concept and assist in training activities
  • Perform initial testing of problem fixes, change request, enhancements, and new functionality.
  • Raise and manage incidents and requests with Ariba support, ensuring resolution of issues.
  • Work with the Service Desk to facilitate incident & problem resolution.
  • Work with SAP to resolve software bugs.
  • Keep abreast of SAP Ariba releases, enhancements/new functionality and perform application research.
  • Participate in release upgrade or new functionality / enhancement assessments and make recommendations.
  • Perform break/fix analysis and recommend solutions for procurement related processes.
  • Excellent stakeholder management and engagement.
  • May be required to lead and coordinate the work of a small team.
  • Understands the business processes and how the application supports the processes.  Applies this knowledge to solve problems and deliver changes.
  • Understands and applies Babcock methodologies and procedures.


In addition, this role is application-facing and requires a detailed knowledge of the relevant modules of Ariba installed at Babcock, namely Sourcing, Contract Management, Supplier Information Performance Management and Ariba Procurement Content (APC) and Collaborative Commerce. Whilst the Upstream modules are live and the integration between Ariba APC and SRM/ECC has been completed and is in production, it will be necessary for the analyst to have excellent knowledge of:




  • Implementation of new project and event templates over all upstream modules - Sourcing, Contract, SIPM and Knowledge projects
  • Process design of Supplier Creation and Management, including Discovery suppliers
  • Design and maintenance of the Supplier Profile Questionnaires
  • Maintenance of the Sourcing and Clause Libraries, Classified access
  • Customizations design and management with Ariba Support
  • Reporting and Dashboard design
  • Administrative knowledge with:
    • Upstream user management
    • Legacy Contract Import
    • Mass project edits
    • Upstream master data management
    • Email templates
  • Suite integration and common elements between upstream and downstream




  • A working knowledge and understanding of OCI parameters
  • Experience of some of the SAP Tcodes to enable observation of integration activities in ECC and PI
  • Since APC cannot be loaded independently the analyst would need to understand, and have access to, SRM in both pre-prod and production environments.
  • APC configuration – creating and maintaining CIF catalogues, users, suppliers, catalogue views, data import and export, commodity code loads, acquisition and deployment of CIF imports and other related tasks.
  • Management of groups and users in conjunction with the business needs to ensure correct access to all users. This activity will grow in importance as successive business units migrate to SAP to ensure that the correct users see the correct catalogue.
  • Designing and executing test scripts for the generation of suitable purchase orders when testing cXML interfaces and the receipt of PO confirmations, shipping notifications and invoices. This requires the use of SRM and a working knowledge of the approvals workflow.
  • Utilising the Ariba Buyer Account to monitor inbound and outbound traffic.
  • Ensure correct notifications are maintained.
  • Manage the business rules surrounding the transmission and reception of inbound traffic.
  • Identify and resolve any network traffic errors.





  • A university degree or relevant experience in Procurement or Information Management.
  • 5 Years of hand-on SAP ARIBA configuration experience.
  • Integration Experience with Procurement, PS and HR.
  • Good understanding of Source to Pay processes as it interacts with ARIBA as per the standard SAP process model. 




  • Ability to be flexible and work analytically in a problem-solving environment.
  • Excellent communication (written and oral) and interpersonal skills.
  • Previous experience as a consultant or customer facing experiences (Internal or External).
  • Should be comfortable working in a team and independently.
  • Strong organizational, multi-tasking, and time-management skills.
  • Experience working in an environment where negotiation, influence, mediation and conflict management skills are required.
  • Desire to improve the current solution.
  • Focus on delivering customer service and quality solutions.




  • Experience or exposure to IT Governance.
  • Exposure to ITIL Framework.
  • Domain Expertise in Engineering & Construction will be a plus.





Portsmouth, Hampshire





SC Clearable

Dependant on the administrative privileges required for this role the job incumbent may have access to controlled technology and or information, such as, but not limited to, ITAR.


Application Information


Babcock offers a competitive salary and benefits package including 25 days holiday entitlement plus public holidays, money purchase pension scheme with life assurance, share ownership scheme and a broad range of career opportunities.




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