Sr. Specialist, Contract Operations

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With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S.publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to 15 million people in 46 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to help make sure we keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit amwater.comand follow American Water on Twitter, Facebookand LinkedIn.

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Primary Role

The Sr. Specialist, Contract Operations will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Contract Operations team. This position ensures the proper posting of certain system interfaces, processes and takes corrective actions. This includes the timely and accurate exception reporting of contract enrollments for customer accounts. This position will monitor operational and metric reporting for all aspects of the customer enrollment. This position requires a strong attention to detail with experience in financial transactions, ensuring adherence to all proper best practices on contract enrollment processes while providing an excellent customer experience. This role will directly support the department supervisor, assuming supervisory tasks when required.

Key Accountabilities

• Provide strong analysis of data, proactively communicating proposed risks and solutions while considering customer experience
• Analyze and interpret root cause of contract enrollment issues
• Develop and maintain current knowledge of lockbox processing and trends
• Monitor the operational and metric reporting to increase productivity, increase efficiency and provide timely and accurate enrollment and cancellation processing
• Responsible for the exception reporting process and anomalies involving customer enrollment and cancellation data
• Ensure enrollment and cancellation processes performed in compliance with defined processes and controls
• Perform the timely and complete reconciliation of systems and reports
• Communicate across departments in a timely manner, participate in providing feedback/updates to the Contact Center Training department, and work with IT to improve operational efficiencies
• Functional SME of Oracle Contract modules, Exela Lockbox operations and supporting applications for enrollment processing
• Participate in reviewing requirements, data mining, and testing to ensure optimal solutions by collaborating with core teams challenging the status-quo to effectively solution to ensure limited risk to the business
• Provide strong communication across the Contract Operations team through performance and active participation to identify and enhance operational processes
• Work cross functionality to align processes as one HOS
• Complete and/or update Exception Reporting and Lockbox processes are detail documented in templated Standard Operating Procedure format for consistency, accuracy, and integrity

• Participate in providing use cases and accurate feedback to capture clear and measurable metrics or Service Level Agreements to ensure Contract Operations tasks and transactions are completed timely, accurately, and consistently
• Responsible for taking proactive approach in daily tasks and responsibilities
• And/or other duties as assigned by manager to support the business

Knowledge/Skills

• Key contributor in testing, training and documentation relating to systematic and operational procedures
• Key contributor or equivalent experience specifically relating to Lockbox contract enrollments and exception reporting
• Exposure to credit/debit card and ACH payment processing
• Strong time management skills to ensure deadlines are met without compromising on quality of work performed
• Strong analytical skills and initiative to seek understanding of existing operational and systematic processes to improve and enhance overall productivity and customer experience
• Well organized with strong attention to detail, effective written and verbal communication skills
• Excellent relationship building and strong customer service orientation
• Self-starter, creative problem solver, persuasive, thorough, and strong team player
• Ability to work independently (with minimum supervision), multi-task and have a collaborative work style with a strong desire to work in a dynamic, fast paced environment that requires flexibility and ability to manage multiple priorities

• Actively participate in training and documentation to ensure peers are cross trained in duties as backup in respect to best practice, controls, and segregation of duties

• Strong Excel skills and proficiency in Word, Visio, and PowerPoint
• Dynamics CRM, Dynamics AX, SAP, AWD, Noetix Reporting, Oracle, ETS, CCPP, PNC, and Agent Desktop a plus

Experience/Education

  • Associates degree in Business, Finance, Accounting, or related program is preferred or equivalent experience
  • • 4+ years background of processing daily operational tasks and reporting
    • 4+ years of experience in contract enrollment and cancellation processing
    • 4+ years progressive experience in Contract Operations, Customer Service, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable or Billing
    • Performance of internal controls specific to a transactional functional area such as contract enrollment and cancellations
    • Data analysis, problem identification and resolution
    • Collaboration with cross functional departments
    • Multi-tasking multiple initiatives and meeting deadlines that comply with business initiatives while maintaining the existing customer experience
    • Identification and implementation of process improvements


Travel Requirements

• 0 - 5%. The incumbent may be required to travel. Trips may require air travel and/or overnight stay away from home for one or more nights.

Work Environment

  • Office


Competencies

Champions safety

Collaborates

Cultivates innovation

Customer obsessed

Drives Results

Nimble learning

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