Chrissy Newman

Business and Integration Architecture Manager, Workday

Arlington, Virginia

"I love helping clients who are new to Workday and watch their excitement over new solutions that are available."

How I put change in motion

As a Workday Business and Integration Architecture Manager at Accenture, I help large global clients implement Workday as their new cloud-based HR system. I specialize in leading teams to develop harmonized compensation structures and job catalog design.

I love helping clients who are new to Workday and watching their excitement over new solutions that are available. My role continuously evolves to meet the client’s needs and their expectations, which allows me to gather great experiences across various technical, functional as well as project management roles.

My most recent project was with a large global consumer goods company. I helped lead the restructure of their annual merit and stock compensation process, as well as developed their job catalog structure essentially from scratch. I was able to deliver a design that allowed the client to have a streamlined total rewards system that had previously been a very time-consuming, disharmonized process. The new job structure provided the company with a way to analyze their workforce data globally and identify new modeling capabilities for future growth across regions and workgroups.

Accenture has fully supported my endeavor to develop my Workday career path and interests. I started in a technical role and moved into the functional side when I expressed interest in growing and learning more about the system and working closer with clients.

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A day in my life

A typical day in my life starts by catching up on emails and preparing for meetings later in the day.

The rest of my mornings might include:

  • Check-in meeting with my client to review current and upcoming project deliverables.
  • Review project priorities and status and troubleshoot any issues.
  • Look ahead on my calendar by at least two weeks, so that I have clear eyes on what is coming and what preparation needs to be done.

My afternoon usually consists of:

  • Working sessions and meetings with my team and other work groups, focusing on design options and solutions to challenges we’re facing.
  • Closing my day by looking at my schedule to see what I can get ahead of.

When I’m not working, I’m very passionate about traveling to memorable places and experiencing unique local attractions and food. I take every possible opportunity to get outside and meet people to develop my network, both personal and professional.

“Clear communication skills and building trusted relationships with peers and clients are vital keys to be able to really drive success to the next level.”

My advice

While technical skills and Workday knowledge are obviously very important, I have found that developing clear communication skills and building trusted relationships with peers and clients are vital keys to be able to really drive success to the next level.

You can know everything there is about configuration and design, but without being able to effectively communicate why a client should choose a certain solution and having them trust in your ability and knowledge to develop that solution, you may not be successful.

By developing my personal brand and building my network, I’ve focused on growing these skills from my very first day as an analyst to my role now as a manager.

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