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Programmer Analyst III (ABAP)

At Hilmar Cheese Company we improve lives around the world. Committed to innovation and sustainability, Hilmar Cheese Company, and our division, Hilmar Ingredients, serves customers in more than 50 countries. State-of-the art production facilities in California and Texas convert an abundance of high-quality milk into a variety of nutritious cheeses, whey protein and lactose.

A Typical Day

The Programmer III (ABAP) works under minimal supervision and is responsible for all facets of the application programming lifecycle management for software solutions in a process manufacturing environment. Also, the Programmer III will lead medium to large-sized projects and collaborate with other member of the IS department on the analysis, design, troubleshooting, problem resolution, maintenance, and documentation of software systems and programs.

Job Responsibilities

  • Design and develop programs using ABAP based on requirements provided by business and SAP functional teams. Diagnose and resolve programming defects in production.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of SAP Netweaver platform, ABAP, FIORI and HANA
  • Design and execute test plans collaboratively with other SAP analysts to ensure that business requirements and functional specifications are implemented properly and meet business objectives.
  • Communicate SAP technology capabilities/possibilities to SAP Analysts
  • Support Managerial and Operational reports using Business Intelligence tools.
  • Maintain interfaces between systems where applicable.
  • Create, organize, and maintain critical technical and functional documentation for related business processes, including technical specifications, test plans, and training materials.
  • Design coding standards. Understands and executes peer review process to meet quality standards.
  • Ensures that all applications deliver a consistent high level of quality by minimizing program bugs and inefficiencies through standardized testing procedures
  • Leads functional and technical specifications reviews, and application code reviews
  • Coordinates efforts across all I.S. groups and ensures full communication of project-related work to these groups.
  • Provides technical support for all applications as necessary, both during and after project completion
  • Reviews requirements and develops software development cost estimates and associated timeline.
  • Provides oversight of other junior IS team members and contractors.
  • Assumes technical project leadership role within the project team when designated.

What You Will Need

  • Bachelor's in computer science or related field plus 5 years related experience OR Master’s degree plus 1 year related experience.
  • In-depth technical knowledge in at least another programming language such as Java, Web tools, R, PHP
  • Experience in advanced debugging techniques to identify and resolve issues quickly
  • Experience with SAP or other third party mobility applications
  • Experience developing, testing and maintaining all of the RICEFW objects and data dictionary
  • Experience with complex functionality including but not limited to Catch Weight Management
  • Ability to communicate effectively with non-technical staff and with members of interdisciplinary team
  • Ability to learn, comprehend, and use, various methods, procedures, and techniques used in developing and writing computer programs.
  • Strong trouble-shooting, analytical, and critical thinking skills and the ability to translate higher level knowledge to others
  • Ability to effectively manages multiple priorities
  • Ability to understand complex business processes, rules, and demonstrate business acumen, and is subject matter expert
  • Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

What Will Put You Ahead

  • Bachelor's in computer science or related field plus 7 years related experience OR Master's degree plus 2 years related experience.
  • Experience with SAP S/4 HANA
  • Dairy Industry experience
  • Experience with JAVA stack
  • Experience with PI and Dell Boomi.  

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be required to:

  • Stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle or feel and reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl and talk or hear.
  • Sit, Stand and / or walk almost the entire workday.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to the following: 

  • Exposure to dust, fumes, smoke, gases, or other irritating substances.
  • Exposure to solvents or chemicals.
  • Exposure to slippery walking surfaces: water.
  • Exposure to marked changes in temperature and humidity depending on time of year.

Food safety is a companywide responsibility and each employee must know their role in the manufacture and distribution of safe, wholesome, and high quality products.


This description is a general statement and does not include other duties as assigned

Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer/EEO. We participate in E-Verify.

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