SAP Director

Job description

Pleased to meet you, we are Galapagos, a dynamic fast growing Biotech company with offices in Europe in Belgium (Mechelen), France (Romainville), the Netherlands (Leiden), Switzerland (Basel) and in US, Boston.


We’re in the business of changing lives.  In our quest to discover and develop life-improving medicines we go where no one has ever gone before.   In every challenge we face, we see new opportunities.  We want to challenge the impossible.  We need thought leaders and rapid thinkers, entrepreneurs in spirit and status quo-fighters.  Collaborative innovators and perseverant idealists. We need the best-in-class.  In other words, we need you : The ‘make-it-happeners’. 


We are looking for a Director SAP


Scope of the job


As a director SAP S4 Hana your will be responsible for guidance and oversight of the SAP implementation program and post-launch development in a GAMP validated system. 



Your role



  • Provide leadership in the important decisions to be taken regarding architecture: challenge the “as is” situation, create buy-in and bring the organisation as close as possible to best practices and standard way-of-working
  • Provide leadership, through strategic direction and active engagement, to align SAP strategy with corporate strategy requirements
  • Implement and lead business enhancing innovation and technology changes in SAP
  • Implement state-of-the-art governance rules to safeguard overall architecture on the long run
  • Lead a team of 3 business IT analysts & managers

Resource Management:

  • Oversee the planning and utilization of resources related to the implementation
  • Manage issues associated with resource allocation, financial management, communications, and organizational change management

Employee Development:

  • Foster a positive, engaging and challenging team-focused global work environment to ensure high productivity, employee engagement, and optimal performance
  • Ensure that the ERP implementation is aligned and completed according to our commitments, following standard processes and in a team-oriented way

Relationship Management:

  • Build and maintain active, collaborative relationships with all levels of leadership across key business stakeholders. Ensure high level partnering on strategic initiatives and business priorities
  • Identify and assess opportunities and risks at all times and reported it to the steerco


Who are you ?


You have a bachelor degree (IT, Economics…) or equivalent through experience.  You are an experienced, hands-on SAP expert, preferably SAP S4 Hana in a pharmaceutical environment.  You also have experience in GAMP and knowledge of regulatory frameworks (e.g. GxP, SOx).

You are a strong project manager with the ability to drive work to completion, managing large and complex projects. 

You have a high knowledge of integrating SAP with non-SAP systems.

You are able to facilitate resolutions of cross-team integrated topics.  You have a strong expertise in project delivery methods, tools and templates. 

You are a good communicator who is fluent in English (reading, writing and speaking)

You have the ability to find innovative ways to resolve problems, keeping a positive mind set and always looking at the bigger picture. 




What’s in it for you ?


You will be part of a fast growing and amazing company.  As ‘make-it-happener’ you will get all the support you need to make your job successful.  At Galapagos we aim to recruit the best people, who stand out among their peers, with integrity and excellent interpersonal and organizational skills. Our employees are the strength behind Galapagos, a highly motivated team, eager to maintain Galapagos’ leading position and achieve breakthroughs in pharmaceutical research. Galapagos offers a competitive remuneration package and a dynamic work environment.