Cut Over Lead – Deployment

Sandton - As a Cut Over Lead, youll be responsible for the deployment of all new Microsoft Dynamics solutions in the organization. You will work closely with the Application Development team to develop and implement your cutover plans for our customers, based on recommendations from System Architects. Your role involves working across multiple teams in order to ensure a smooth transition of systems from on-premises to cloud. You may also have an ongoing support role where youre required to maintain customer environments and report back any issues or concerns that arise within them.QualificationsThis Project needs a strong, experienced, diligent, and focused Cutover Lead to ensure the success of this important initiative and drive completion of all cutover-related activities as per the approved project plan.We need to ensure that the cutover deliverables are driven hard in alignment with the overall project plan with clarity of what needs to be done by when and to what standard.Proven Track Record of similar type role on large scale ERP programsExtreme attention to detailAbility to focus and drive deadlinesPrevious MS D cutover experience will be an advantageVendor interaction and vendor activity tracking experienceExcellent communication skillsAbility to work remote and drive active participation and task completion in an online environmentAbility to work with diverse project teamsFlexibility on working hours roll-out and cutover phases necessitate some shift-type patterns at timesPossible travel when restrictions are liftedTenacity and resilience to push through and remain positively focussed when extreme challenges are experiencedAbility to be firm but approachable with a diverse team of all backgrounds and experts in their own function and lead activities with a positive mindsetStrong and experienced cutover lead required to ensure thorough planning, execution, and completion of all relevant cutovers during Project Horizon rollouts.RequirementsDevelops detailed cutover checklist, integrated and consolidated project plan incorporating all Cut-Over activities across Project Scope, including technical, data, and operations or business tasks with inputs on Business Activity and project teams, including potential Go-Live scenarios.Conduct Workshops on Cut-Over activities with all related project streams and business and collect appropriate cutover steps to be performed and works closely with the workgroups to document the integrated cutover plan for each applicationEnsures proper integration between different streams to form one integrated set of activities for a one integrated cutover planResponsible for detailed project management of the cutover and conversion deliverables to the new system/s, resolving discrepancies or process issues related to cutoverResponsible for ensuring successful planning and execution of integrated release cutover activities and associated system outagesPlans the resources, human and physical required for cut-over activities and coordinates requirements for Go Live staffing and overall logisticsDevelops the cutover command center logistics, communication and escalation plan, and command center documentation (policies, procedures, downtime processes)Provides Cutover status reporting to project leadership and key stakeholdersEnsures entry and exit criteria for each cutover are well articulated, documented, and agreed upon with all stakeholdersEnsures entry into and exit out of cutover stage gates and audit requirements are met including the final Go/No-Go meetings for each roll-outActs as the final point of escalation for all Cut-over issues, proactively bringing about appropriate interventions when the Cutover/s may be jeopardizedLeads integrated cutover activities for Pre-Go-Live, Go-Live, and Post Go-Live for 6 Cut-Over cycles:Mock Cut-Over 1 (Pilot)Mock Cut-Over 2 (Pilot)Cut-Over PilotMock Cut-Over 1 (SA)Mock Cut-Over 2 (SA)Cut-Over SADevelop, own, and lead a detailed operational/business preparation plan/s for the build-up to cutover and cutover for each business function, taking into consideration customers, vendors, employees, business peak times, downtime the business can handle, how catchup will work, etc.Leads integrated cutover activities for multiple countries simultaneously, remotely, post SA deploymentDevelops integrated Roll-Back Plan and Strategy and back out / contingency plans for Cutover/sRaise Risks and Issues and perform mitigating actions to minimize risk on Business Operations and Technical Cut-OverEnsure the security of the IT organizations data, applications, and infrastructure against accidental or unauthorized modification, destruction, or disclosureEnsure communication of the relevant components of the cutover plans including related dependencies with sub-streams, with all relevant stakeholders
Johannesburg, GT, ZA