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Jen McDonald

Partner - Deloitte Australia

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Keeping up with change

Jen McDonald understands what SAP customers are going through—because she has been an SAP customer herself. In her previous four-year role as Deloitte Africa CFO Jen helped her Deloitte firm transform its business with SAP solutions. The project touched on Deloitte operations in 17 countries and changed how the business handled core Enterprise Resource Planning, Human Resources and Customer Relationship Management processes.

Now—as former leader for Deloitte’s SAP alliance in Africa, having just transitioned to Deloitte Australia to lead cloud and SAP projects—Jen brings real-world experience to help other SAP customers navigate their own journeys. Jen’s lived experience means she can share lessons that she herself learned the hard way—helping others anticipate and get ahead of transformation challenges. The experience has also given her a unique perspective into the type of value organisations can unlock with SAP solutions.

And that equation for value is always changing, according to Jen. Each new SAP update or feature enhancement offers clients an opportunity to stay at the forefront of business innovation—a point that she constantly reiterates for Deloitte clients. “We make sure that organisations are not left behind on old, outdated technologies,” she says. “As the world changes, as business changes and as technology changes, they're able to keep pace with what’s happening in their space.”

Part of that approach depends on bringing diverse teams to clients’ challenges—to unlock greater value through diverse ideas, different perspectives and more dynamic teams. In Jen’s 17 years with Deloitte, she has seen that diversity grow. Jen has seen a growth in the number of women leading and supporting SAP projects and believes that Deloitte has helped enable that new environment—supporting Jen and other women as they develop their own careers paths, balance work with their personal lives and find ample opportunity for growth and learning. Her advice to today’s young professionals and future professionals (including her two daughters): Put SAP work high on your list when pondering paths to pursue.