Functional Team Lead - Symphony program

  • Symphony
  • Barcelona, Spain

Functional Team Lead - Symphony program

Job description

Location: Barcelona

Contract: Fixed-term, full-time

Duration: 12 months

Starting date: As soon as possible

Deadline for application: November 24th, 2019

Gross annual salary: € 44’405,32


Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, healthcare exclusion and natural disasters. MSF offers assistance to people based only on need and irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation.

MSF International is the legal entity that binds MSF’s 21 sections, 24 associations and other offices together (the Movement). Based in Geneva, MSF International provides coordination, information and support to the MSF Movement, as well as implements international projects and initiatives as requested. MSF International also provides administrative support to the MSF Access Campaign.


MSF is embarking on a global HRIS project of design, development and integration of HR systems and processes across 24 MSF recruitment offices.

In the preliminary phase of the project, a feasibility study was carried out, functional and technical requirements defined and a HRIS solution identified. The project is now in the implementation phase aiming at realizing the solution with SAP HR /HCM and deploying it in the MSF offices and is enlarging the project team to carry out this international project.

The SAP HR /HCM – Functional Lead will be leading the finalization of the global template of the tool while supporting the implementation of the tool and coordinating the activities of the team in relation with the roll out managers. This is a challenging position within a stimulating environment in a major international organization.


Inside the MSF International Office s/he will be a member of the Symphony Program Team.

S/he will be based in Barcelona and s/he will report to the Symphony Program Manager and will manage a team of 10 to 12 people.

S/he is a key member of the management team of the program and is expected to contribute to the overall management of the team and good functioning of the program organization.

S/he works closely with the IHR Symphony Project Lead. The IHR Symphony Project Lead is responsible for working with HR stakeholders to define policies and processes for inclusion in the Symphony tool and ensure ownership of decisions. The Functional Team Lead is responsible for ensuring the translation of these policies and processes into the tool and following up on these.

Guidance and support of the Functional Team is a key objective of the role.

Key responsibilities

  • People Management: Lead, support and motivate a team with diverse skills and backgrounds, recruit and evaluate team members under her/his responsibility.
  • Project management: Monitor progress of the functional stream, in close relationship with the Rollout Managers, manage risk and keep program management informed about progress and expected outcomes.
  • Involved in setting HR Functional strategic direction to establish near term goals for area of responsibility;
  • Has latitude in decision-making and interacts with senior management levels, which involves negotiating or influencing on significant matters;
  • S/he is responsible of all functional aspects of the global template including release, test activities and training materials;
  • Guide/supervise the team under his/her responsibility on all functional implications moving forward;
  • Monitor relationships with providers
  • In collaboration with the technical team, support the work on data migration and data management
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of a smooth handover of activities once in production of support and maintenance activities

The position may be called to evolve in the coming months in term of perimeter of responsibilities as well as in term of reporting line.


Qualifications and work experience

  • Experience with MSF in senior project and/or HR management roles essential
  • Experience in SAP HCM highly desirable
  • Strong people management skills. Experience in team management essential
  • Experience in international projects
  • Knowledge of SAP Global Employee solution highly desirable
  • Experience with global HR business processes and requirements,
  • Competent in all Microsoft office products
  • Strong written and verbal communication in English
  • Knowledge of the e-Rec module is an asset
  • Knowledge of TM (Time Management) and PY (Payroll) modules is an asset

Specific requirements

  • Genuine interest in understanding of, and commitment to the humanitarian principles and challenges of MSF.
  • Demonstrated teamwork collaboration in a professional setting with experience leading remote and high performance teams,
  • Stakeholder management skills
  • Quick adaptability to complex structures,
  • Problem-solving and decision-making capacity
  • Objective-oriented
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships and partnerships with key stakeholders at different levels of the organization and with Software providers,
  • Ability to manage stress and deal with challenging deadlines
  • Strong work ethic coupled with strong analytical and problem solving skills,
  • Willingness to travel (50%) to meet MSF needs.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

MSF is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.