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Date: Feb 2, 2019

Location: Boston, MA, US, 02110

Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Job Requisition ID: 14854

Additional Locations: St. Charles, IL

Overall Responsibility:

The Master Data Specialist acts as a Master Data expert for the Centralized Master Data Team in either Material or Customer. The Master Data Specialist possesses an understanding and knowledge of SAP Master Data and their impact on the business units.  This position understands the relationship between products, customers and other integrated functions within SAP and works with key divisional users to identify new requirements for Master Data and implement such requirements. The Master Data Specialist possess the ability to create and maintain aspects of Master Data Records including, but not limited to, Customers, Materials, Bills of Material and Manufacturing Specifications. 

Primary Accountabilities:

  • Creates and maintains Materials/Bills of Materials/Customers for the business units based on information provided by the business unit, verifying that the appropriate information is supplied for input into SAP
    • Understands each Business unit’s process and can make recommendation or provide support to other team members as needed
    • Creates materials/customers, and Bill of Materials in SAP based on information provided by the division
    • Reviews the information for completeness and accuracy based on the business requirement/process
    • Accurately reflects the appropriate product or customer information in the Master Data Record
    • Performs MASS update functions on the Master Data Record based on business requirements
    • Offers guidance and support to team members in determining appropriate actions to be taken by the team or business units
  • Uses Winshuttle or other automated functionality when appropriate
  • Applies knowledge and understanding of divisional requirements appropriately in SAP
    • Understands the Impacts of Master Data throughout the organization
    • Raises issues and risks to appropriate team members relating to Master Data and impacts in other areas of the business
    • Works with business units and appropriate team members to resolve Master Data issues in an efficient and timely manner
  • Assists in testing change requests affecting master data
  • Generates existing reports as required via SAP R/3 and Business Warehouse
  • Reviews the Master Data Record created/updated for completeness and accuracy based on the business requirement/process and initial request
  • Assists in documentation of process internal to Master Data Organization as well as assist with documentation of inputs/outputs to Master Data Organization
    • Assist in creating templates to be used for data requests
  • Assist in creating process documentation for process and make recommendation for improvements
  • Other duties as assigned

Skills & Competencies:

  • Possess ability to create and maintain aspects of Master Data Records including, but not limited to, Customers, Materials, Bills of Material and Manufacturing Specifications
  • Establishes an excellent working relationship with the business units
  • Understands the expected service level commitments for the business unit and their requirement to meet and/or exceed the divisional expectation
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Analytical problem solving and computer skills
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel and Word skills
  • Microsoft Access, PowerPoint, Outlook skills preferred

Education & Experience:

  • HS Diploma/GED equivalent required
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred
  • 3-5 years’ experience in publishing, inventory planning, manufacturing or SAP Master Data preferred

Physical Requirements:

  • Might be in a stationary position for a considerable time (sitting and/or standing)
  • The person in this position needs to move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.
  • Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer
  • Must be able to collaborate with colleagues via face to face, conference calls, and online meetings


Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (NASDAQ:HMHC) is a global learning company dedicated to changing people’s lives by fostering passionate, curious learners. As a leading provider of pre-K–12 education content, services, and cutting-edge technology solutions across a variety of media, HMH enables learning in a changing landscape. HMH is uniquely positioned to create engaging and effective educational content and experiences from early childhood to beyond the classroom.  HMH serves more than 50 million students in over 150 countries worldwide, while its award-winning children's books, novels, non-fiction, and reference titles are enjoyed by readers throughout the world.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is an equal employment opportunity employer and participates in E-Verify. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status.

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