Build your career in SAP

Different Career paths in SAP:

In this article I would like to educate you on the different career paths available within SAP. If you are new to SAP or planning to enter the SAP marketplace, this article is going to throw light on various aspects of roles and responsibilities available in SAP. In each section, I have tried to break down the categories and tried to give the characteristics of each area respectively.

 

SAP Consulting:

 

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Functional Consultant 
Also known as: Functional Analyst / Business Analyst /Configuration specialist
  • If you have functional/domain experience in different business processes you can be trained to become a SAP Functional consultant.

For example-1 : To become a SAP FI/Finance Consultant you need the following:

  • Financial & Management Accounting knowledge
  • Familiar with the business processes
  • Passion in providing solutions and supporting the business
  • Configuration, researching and testing skills

Example-2: To become a SAP SD/CRM Consultant you need the following:

  • Sales, Marketing, Service, Customer relations, Call center, Retail, etc. knowledge
  • Familiar with the business processes
  • Passion in providing solutions and supporting the business
  • Configuration, researching and testing skills

Example-3: To become a SAP HR Consultant you need the following:

  • Human resource management /Payroll /Admin /Recruitment knowledge
  • Familiar with the business processes
  • Passion in providing solutions and supporting the business
  • Configuration, researching and testing skills
  (Financial, Controlling, Human Resources, Sales & Marketing, Service,
Materials Management, Production Planning, etc.)
  • Preferred Educational Background: Business undergraduate or MBA degrees. Additional certifications like (CPA, CPIM, ACCA, etc.) are also helpful.
  • Job duties: Conduct workshops, Gather requirements, present options, assist in the decision making process, then translate business decisions into SAP configuration. Functional specialists also write functional specifications and design rationales.
  • Required skills: Good social skills, strong written and oral skills, good with public speaking, strong knowledge of functional processes.
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Technical Consultant (Development)

 

  • Also known as: Developer, ABAPer, Programmer, “tools” consultant, Netweaver /Java developer
  • Use programming to fill gaps in the business process. Create Workflow, Reports, Interfaces, Conversions, Enhancements, and Forms (WRICEF)
  • Background: Business undergraduate or computer science undergraduate, programming classes or experience required.
  • Job duties: Translate functional specifications into technical specifications. Translate technical specifications into code.
  • Required skills: strong analytical skills, programming experience
  • Note: Conversion is a huge part of implementations and typically the conversion function does continue to some degree post go-live. Often conversion is large enough to be considered separately from the rest of development during implementations.
  • Technical (Basis)
    • Also known as: Basis, Netweaver System Administrator, SAP Admin
    • Administer SAP systems: installation, infrastructure design, backup & recovery, high availability, networking, etc
    • Background: undergraduate degree. Operating System and/or Database certifications helpful
    • Job duties: Gather technical requirements, present options, assist in the decision making process, then translate technical business decisions into SAP infrastructure.
    • Required skills: Strong written and oral skills, strong analytical/troubleshooting skills, ability to work under pressure
  • Technical (Security)
    • Also known as: Security, Information Assurance specialist
    • Design security, create and administer users
    • Background: undergraduate degree. Experience with OS/DB user administration helpful.
    • Job duties: Gather security requirements, design segregation of duties strategy, then translate security decisions into SAP security configuration.
Required skills: good communication skills (to interview Users/Employees and determine requirements), strong written and oral skills.
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Project Management

  • Also known as: Project Manager, Project Lead, Program Manager, Team Lead
  • Manage scope, cost, schedule, risk, quality, resources, and communications.
  • Background: business undergraduate and/or MBA degrees. Often start as Functional. PMI or other Project Management certification helpful.
  • Job duties: Manage scope, cost, schedule, risk, quality, resources, and communications.Basically, attend a ridiculous number of meetings and do whatever it takes to keep the project moving forward on schedule and on budget at the required quality.
  • Required skills: Excellent social and negotiation skills, strong written and oral skills, good with public speaking, strong knowledge of project management theory and practice

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Testing

  • Also known as: SAP Testers, Quality Control
  • Test the processes either in an automated or manual fashion. Report the results to project management. Coordinate issue resolution with necessary configurers, developers, etc
  • Background: undergraduate
  • Job duties: Organize testing, conduct testing, report test results, follow up on test resolution.

Required skills: Strong written and oral skills, strong detail orientation

There are many more roles and positions that can be discussed, but this should be suffice to get a basic understanding of how things work on the other side. However if you wish to know more feel free to contact me and i shall get back to you at the earliest. You can write to me [email protected]