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Controlling 2013 Speaker Profile: Eric Chinchilla, IT Director of Global Finance Strategy & Execution at Johnson & Johnson

Eric ChinchillaLearn more about Controlling 2013 speaker Eric Chinchilla, IT Director of Global Finance Strategy & Execution at Johnson & Johnson.

How did you get your start with SAP and SAP Controlling?

My first implementation was as an FI/CO lead for Neutrogena Corporation (J&J Subsidiary) in 2004, where we implemented 4.6c.

What is one of the most important trends that you see currently in SAP Controlling?

More interest in the value-added questions, instead of the jumping through hoops for the sake of the exercise. For example: product contribution margins versus product P&Ls.

In your opinion, why does SAP Controlling matter?

Controlling gives us plenty of opportunities to measure our operations with actionable data.  It is where we should be determining how to drive future actions and investments.

How do you stay on top of Controlling topics? What resources do you regularly use?

Personally, I’ve benefited from being in an internal consultant role that keeps me close to J&J SAP implementations and I take training in the latest SAP technological advances. 

What was your most important take away from Controlling 2012?  

The connection I made with another company’s controller, from which I was able to acquire a treasury related position paper that we leveraged for our current implementation.

Where is your favorite place to vacation and why?

Taos, New Mexico.  It has the desolate and isolated qualities I like with a healthy amount of western romanticism.

Is there anything else that you would like to share?

As we continue our ERP consolidation project, I intend to keep pressing J&J to take analytical versus minutiae positions and allow our personnel to drive the business. 

Eric will be presenting a case study at Controlling 2013 on How Johnson & Johnson leverages SAP CO-PA configuration to support diverse product types. Read more. 

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