Senior Director Financial Systems

  • Amsterdam, China
  • Employees can work remotely
  • Full-time

Company Description

Booking

Job Description

Established in 1996 in Amsterdam, Booking.com has grown from a small Dutch start-up to the third largest e-commerce company in the world. Booking.com is the largest business within Booking Holdings (NASDAQ: BKNG) and accounts for the vast majority of Booking Holdings’ total revenue. Booking Holdings is a leading Fortune 500 e-commerce conglomerate with a market cap of approximately $90 billion.

With a mission to make it easier for everyone to experience the world, Booking.com invests in digital technology that helps take the friction out of travel. Booking.com connects travellers with the world’s largest selection of incredible places to stay, including everything from apartments, vacation homes, and family-run B&Bs to 5-star luxury resorts and even tree houses. The Booking.com website and mobile apps are available in over 40 languages, offer more than +28 million total reported listings, and cover +140K destinations in +200 countries worldwide.

Within Booking.com, the Financial Systems team is responsible for delivering product and technology solutions for our Fintech organization and the Finance departments across the group. In the coming years the responsibilities of the team will increase as the scope changes from being the dedicated Booking.com Finance department IT team and pay-out enabler for Fintech services, to becoming the global enabler for Finance divisions and core Fintech services for the different Booking brands. With the advent of a compliant Booking Holdings Financial Services unit and the delivery of SAP S/4Hana as a core platform, the Financial Systems team will be providing products across multiple entities as the manager of a shared financial service. The team will also be at the forefront of the development of new innovative financial services for Booking customers and Partners. The current team size, including external consultants, is approx. 140, but will grow significantly in the coming years in order to meet the above mentioned expectations.

As Senior Director Financial Services you will:

  • Be the Technology (co)lead of the program for group S/4 implementation and overseeing the impact of extended platform initiatives on all Finance streams
  • Lead the solution and architecture for the group S/4 implementation that includes infrastructure, data migration, legacy remediation, security, and integration
  • Manage product scope to cover areas such as Billing, Tax, Finance Back office 
  • Steer the S/4 implementation by system integrator for Booking.com, Priceline, and BHI, and Central Finance for Agoda/Kayak/Opentable
  • Expand the scope of RPA solutions to other brands within Booking Holdings Inc.
  • Own the enterprise architecture for SAP Finance products and technology across our brands
  • Drive the smooth onboarding of Priceline, Booking Holdings Inc. into S/4 by collaborating with IT services and Security teams to design a common brand identity and access management architecture
  • Collaborate on long-term SOx control framework to ensure successful go-live and management of the S/4 instance
  • Collaborate on the future state Finance product and tech solutions for the group - Booking.com, Priceline, Booking Holdings Inc., and long-term strategy for integration of Agoda/Kayak/Opentable
  • Report to the Vice President Financial Systems

B. Responsible

People & Function Leadership

  • Lead, inspire and motivate your Engineering function through leading by example and defining what success looks like, giving ownership and providing clarity when necessary
  • Line manage Senior Managers as well as top technical talent, such as Principals
  • Communicate strategy in a compelling manner to multiple teams and relevant stakeholders
  • Foster inclusion by holding self and others accountable
  • Drive people centric initiatives that enable workforce diversity
  • Partner in and outside of our Business unit to lead and shape the people agenda across Booking.com
  • Create a learning environment by coaching, maintaining two-way feedback, helping people extract and share personal learnings, and supporting teams to constantly adapt
  • Foster the engineering culture; innovate, work as a team and celebrate success
  • Build a world class team through nurturing, attracting, and retaining tech talent from around the world
  • Empower your teams to do their best work at Booking.com
  • Be curious, learn, iterate and shape our culture

Technology, Craft & Delivery Leadership

  • Lead, influence and own delivery within your function including department goals
  • Partner with other functions and business units to deliver on our strategic agenda
  • Maintain focus on the end goal, minimise risk and remove roadblocks for our strategic agenda
  • Ensure clear and effective communication at all levels: proactively keep all stakeholders informed of what’s happening, upcoming changes, projects, issues and risks
  • Foster mastery in engineering craftsmanship across Booking.com including shaping ways of working
  • Own Technology-wide topics and help lead and grow the department
  • Embed Agile ways of working and values within the organisation
  • Identify problems and significantly improve, change or adapt existing methods and techniques drawing from personal experiences and feedback
  • Drive a DevOps culture

Technology, Architecture & Product Strategy

  • Shape, define and build new services, processes and operational plans in alignment with the needs of the business
  • Lead, take ownership and shape the technology strategic objectives and roadmaps
  • Be a strategic thought partner and influence stakeholders across the Booking.com and align the strategic direction of your function
  • Make decisions in complex and ambiguous situations, and guide others in their decision making by recognizing and challenging assumptions, introducing relevant data and multiple perspectives
  • Ensure that the Booking architecture principles and engineering practices are adhered to, and that there is direction and alignment for each product
  • Anticipate the need for changes based on context, and set renewed courses of action to engage teams and achieve goals, while striving to make the impact clear and understandable
  • Drive innovation in your function
  • Own the architecture across your function

B.Skilled

  • Master degree
  • 12+ years of relevant experience within preferably E-commerce sites or marketplace companies
  • Highly specialized knowledge of the financial field and its technological systems
  • Ability to manage C-level stakeholders across brands
  • Ability to cr