Workday HR Functional Lead
1h ago

BDO LLP is an accountancy and business advisory firm, we provide integrated advice and solutions to help businesses navigate a changing world.

Our clients are Britain’s economic engine ambitious, entrepreneurially-spirited and high growth businesses that fuel the economy.

We share our clients’ ambitions and their entrepreneurial mind-set. We have the right combination of global reach, integrity and expertise to help them succeed.

BDO LLP operates in 17 locations across the UK, employing 5,000 people offering tax, audit and assurance, and a range of advisory services.

BDO LLP has revenues of £590m and is the UK member firm of the BDO International network. The BDO global network provides business advisory services in 162 countries, with 80,000 people working out of 1,500 offices worldwide.

It has revenues of $9bn.


BDO are currently undertaking a major technology and business transformation programme including the implementation of Workday for HR, Finance, PSA and Payroll.

This will replace the current PeopleSoft solution and a number of satellite applications. The programme delivery commenced in May 2019 and is phased over approximately 2 years.

Alongside the programme, BDO are building a new support model and team to manage the ongoing support and change activity beyond the programme.

The new support structure will also cover other BDO systems being implemented such as Microsoft Dynamics and a new risk on boarding system called Intapp.

These application are part of a wider technology and business change initiative called Switch.

The anticipated duration of the phase 1 delivery will be 12 months (from May 2019). The programme will then deliver phase 2 (scheduled October 2020) and phase 3 (scheduled Q3 2021).

Core HCM Learning

Core Compensation PSA (customer accounts / project / billing / time tracking)

Advanced Compensation Time recording

Recruiting Phase 3

Talent / Performance Adaptive Insights


FDM / Financial Accounting

Financial Reporting

Banking and Settlement

The Workday Functional lead will be required to work as part of the support and change team for Workday whilst also being embedded into the HR team to provide support and leadership on all functional change and configuration within Workday and related systems.


  • Serve as a strong consultative partner to HR, supporting HCM in Workday and related systems
  • Input to Workday roadmap
  • Review, sign-off and implementation plan for all workday releases
  • Work closely with business leads, SMEs and senior managers in understanding, documenting and interpreting requirements into system solution
  • Translate new requirements and functionality to testing and training teams and provide support to testing activities including business acceptance
  • Keep up to date with trends and impacts and be active in the Workday community and beyond raise and vote on brainstorms
  • Translate requirements, functionality and business knowledge to Workday and third party support teams to enable greater understanding
  • Review system configuration, master data values, business process and security change plans prepared by Workday HR Systems Manager including schedule, auditing and testing and approve within the Switch governance model
  • Facilitate sign off from systems owners and key stakeholders in system and configuration changes
  • Support the Workday Manager in day to day activities
  • Support and manage the Workday System Administrators providing functional and business knowledge and process details where required
  • Provide support to other systems connected to the Workday ecosystem including Ascend (invoice scanning and OCR), DocuSign (digital signatures)
  • Requirements

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills to interact with HR, Finance and IT clients at all levels of the business
  • Ability to accurately collect information in order to understand and assess the clients’ needs and situation
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment and handle multiple projects
  • Experience and understanding of HR operations and experience in employee data management and HR business processes
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills to interact with HR and IT clients
  • Ability to prioritise workload and provide timely follow-up and resolution
  • Previous experience of working in similar lead role with Workday or similar system experience
  • Have completed HCM Fundamentals Training
  • Experience of using ServiceNow or similar service management software
  • Knowledge and experience of cross functional working on both HR and finance processes an advantage
  • Experience of working within a professional services organisation an advantage
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