The Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software market was valued globally at $45 billion in 2022 and is expected to reach over $70 billion by 2030. This growth is fuelled by a surge in demand for cloud capability allowing greater flexibility for users working remotely as well as increased capability and demand for enhanced BI / reporting functions as businesses in all sectors embrace the data age.
These integrated software systems streamline business processes, enhance operational efficiency, and provide valuable insights for decision-making. As the demand for ERP implementation and management continues to grow, so do the career opportunities for finance and IT professionals in the UK and Ireland. Throughout Q2 Artemis Human Capital has seen a significant increase in ERP implementation, migration and upgrade projects across our client portfolio which has resulted in a number of new job opportunities that sit across both the finance and technology spheres.
ERP systems are one of those areas that require knowledge and expertise in technology and accounting so – as specialists in both these areas – it puts Artemis Human Capital in an excellent position to advise clients on which skills, experience and backgrounds they should pursue to ensure projects are delivered as effectively as possible.
Here are examples of some of the job areas and candidate networks that we have been working across over the last few months within the ERP space.
ERP Implementation Specialists
ERP implementation is a complex undertaking that requires the expertise of professionals who understand both finance and technology. Finance professionals with a solid understanding of business processes and accounting principles can transition into ERP implementation roles by developing skills in systems configuration, data migration, and project management. IT professionals with knowledge of ERP software, database management, and coding languages can specialise in implementing and customising ERP solutions. ERP implementation specialists play a crucial role in ensuring successful system deployment, training users, and supporting post-implementation activities.
This type of role would typically see consultants provide strategic advice to organisations seeking to optimise their ERP systems. These professionals help companies select the right ERP software, align business processes with the system, and ensure smooth integration across departments. Finance professionals with a deep understanding of financial reporting, compliance, and regulatory requirements can become ERP consultants, leveraging their expertise to help clients maximise the value of their ERP investments. IT professionals with strong analytical skills, problem-solving abilities, and a thorough knowledge of ERP systems can also excel in ERP consulting roles.
ERP Project Managers
ERP project managers are responsible for overseeing the entire lifecycle of ERP implementation projects. They coordinate with stakeholders, manage project timelines, allocate resources, and ensure that project objectives are achieved within budget. Finance professionals with project management experience and knowledge of ERP systems can take on these leadership roles. Similarly, IT professionals with a background in project management and a deep understanding of ERP technologies can leverage their skills to drive successful ERP implementations.
ERP Support and Maintenance Specialists
Once ERP systems are implemented, they require ongoing support and maintenance. Finance and IT professionals can find career opportunities as ERP support specialists or administrators, responsible for resolving user issues, maintaining system stability, and implementing system upgrades. These roles require a strong understanding of the ERP software, excellent troubleshooting skills, and the ability to communicate effectively with end-users.
ERP Data Analysts
ERP systems generate vast amounts of data, and organisations need professionals who can analyse this data to derive meaningful insights. Finance professionals with a knack for data analysis can specialise in ERP data analytics, extracting valuable information to support decision-making processes, identify trends, and improve business performance. IT professionals with expertise in data analysis, data mining, and visualisation tools can also pursue careers as ERP data analysts, combining their technical skills with financial acumen.
As ERP technologies continue to shape the business landscape in the UK and Ireland, we have seen growing local demand for finance and IT professionals with ERP expertise. Whether you are a finance professional looking to enhance your technical skills or an IT professional aiming to deepen your understanding of business processes, ERP technologies offer a compelling avenue for career growth and development.
If a career move within the ERP space is something you might be thinking about, or you are a business struggling to define a role within your ERP / reporting ecosystem then Artemis Human Capital can help. Our consultants work across accountancy / finance and technology and can provide impartial and comprehensive advice based on real-time information from the clients we are working with and the roles we have recently filled.
Please reach out to Paul Wright (Technology) or Stephen Cunningham (Senior Finance) We would be delighted to hear from you.