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IT Business Consultant/Sr IT Business Consultant (SAP Payroll/Timekeeping)

Date: Sep 17, 2022

Location: Topeka, KS, US, 76131

Company: BNSF

Apply early as this job may be removed or filled prior to the closing date, which is approximately seven (7) days after the posting date.


Job Location: Topeka
Other Potential Locations: Topeka, KS; Fort Worth, TX 
Anticipated Start Date: 09/01/2022
Number of Positions: 1 
Salary Range: $92,800 - $127,400



 Who we are and what we do

Do you want to be a part of something that really matters? Team BNSF includes professionals focused on safety and service that play a vital role in delivering the nation's freight.  Together, we help move goods and materials that sustain life and support local, national and global economies. Our rail network is one of the largest freight railroads, spanning 28 western states and serving three Canadian provinces.


What we believe

At BNSF, our Vision and Values drive who we are, not only in our words, but also our actions. BNSF is committed to our foundational values of equality and inclusion. As members of the BNSF community, our employees are entitled to:

  • be treated with dignity and respect.
  • have equal access to tools, resources, training and development opportunities.
  • have equal opportunity to achieve their full potential.


We model the way through our leadership, our BNSF Diversity Councils, our eclectic Business Resource Groups, our deep involvement and investment in the communities we serve and through training programs. Our actions create an inclusive, open and collaborative workplace that encourages diverse perspectives in all interactions.



This position will primarily be responsible for leading and supporting payroll module of the BNSF SAP application.

This position serves as a liaison with internal customers in Payroll, Tax, and Timekeeping departments. Base on the project and role, opportunities for this position include project lead, business consultant, solution designer and tester.

This position is expected to demonstrate success in the following key activities:

  • Develop a strong working relationship with business partners in order to facilitate effective, end-to-end solutions in Payroll and Timekeeping business areas.
  • Develop and configure payroll and timekeeping solutions using SAP tools; in addition to ABAP code review and analysis as needed.
  • Work directly with business partners to gather requirements for changes and effectively convey this information to the appropriate development resource or team, then manage the request throughout its development cycle while keeping the business partners updated.
  • Ensure customer satisfaction through timely and accurate issue resolution with regular status updates and ongoing communication.
  • Facilitate, determine and communicate appropriate scope and prioritization of projects while ensuring deliverables meet business needs and are functionally appropriate and technically sound and secure.
  • Create, maintain and review project documentation through Solution Manager, Charm and other tools.
  • Coordinate with other technical teams and/or vendors to develop appropriate application interfaces and ensure quality and efficiency through performance, integration, and regression testing.
  • Coordinate user acceptance testing.
  • Collaborate with TS peers at appropriate intervals.
  • Mentor junior team members.
  • Provide technical leadership and guide teams on standard methodologies for design and development.
  • Design and architect solutions to align with overall BNSF enterprise architecture and security.
  • Lead development of proof of concepts (POCs) to validate design and performance of the solution when appropriate.





  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in a technical/business field is required.
  • At least 5 years of experience with SAP Payroll
  • At least 3 years of experience in SAP Payroll year-end and tax processes
  • Possess knowledge of software development, technology and methodology concepts obtained through formal training, education, and/or work experience.
  • Possess excellent oral and written communication skills to help team develop functional specifications and other project documentation.
  • Possess good team building, conflict resolution and decision-making skills while readily adjusting to multiple demands and shifting priorities.
  • Show ability to manage and resolve complex business and/or technology issues.
  • Have proven ability to partner with customers to identify and implement technology solutions and business process best practices.
  • Experience with performance, integration, and regression testing.
  • Strong project management and facilitation skills.



  • Experience in SAP Timekeeping/Time Evaluation
  • Ability to maintain rules in SAP payroll and timekeeping schemas
  • General knowledge of SAP payroll and benefits configuration
  • Cross-functional knowledge in the following areas: Finance, General Ledger, Accounts Payable, Treasury, and Project Systems.



BNSF offers competitive benefit programs and services including, but not limited to 

  • Medical, Dental and Vision Coverage
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Railroad Retirement
  • Life Insurance
  • Incentive Compensation Plan (ICP)
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program


  •     Criminal history 
  •     Last 7 years of driving history
  •     Last 5 years of employment history to include military service
  •     Social Security number
  •     Education
  •     Medical evaluation
  •     Drug Screen
  •     Other elements as needed
BNSF is committed to a safe and drug free work place and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing. All new hires are required to undergo a hair drug test which detects the presence of illegal drugs for months prior to testing. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping BNSF safe and drug free.
Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC): Federal authority requires BNSF employees, whose work requires unescorted access to secure areas of port facilities, to obtain a TWIC. A TWIC is a condition of employment for such positions and requires candidates to those positions to submit to a TSA security assessment (to include, but not limited to, providing: biographic information; identity documents; fingerprints; digital photograph). More information is available at

COVID-19 Federal Vaccine Mandate


The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect all aspects of our lives. From the onset, BNSF’s goals have remained the same: keep our people safe and maintain our essential operations. While we maintained that the decision to be vaccinated for COVID-19 is a personal one, we also encouraged employees to consider the options and make the best decision for themselves and their families.


 Under President Biden’s COVID-19 Action Plan, BNSF is covered by the federal mandate requiring vaccination.  Effective December 8, 2021, BNSF has paused its implementation of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate given the dynamic legal proceedings.  The ultimate outcome of the federal contractor vaccine mandate is yet to be determined. It is still possible that the mandate, as it applies to BNSF, could be upheld in court in the near future.  If this happens, BNSF employees would be required to be vaccinated.


BNSF Railway is an Equal Opportunity Employer, all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status.

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Nearest Major Market: Fort Worth
Nearest Secondary Market: Dallas

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