Exciting projects, insights into corporate processes from various industries and passion for always finding the appropriate customer solution make the profession as an SAP consultant a varied and challenging job. The following job profile provides you with all relevant information on what you may expect from SAP consulting.
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What are the typical tasks of an SAP Consultant?
As a certified SAP consultant, you accompany the digital transformation of companies and support them in implementing and using ERP software. Your task area includes the optimization of internal and system-specific processes aiming at a holistic increase of corporate efficiency. This may concern the initial implementation of an SAP system or diverse SAP modules or the replacement of obsolete process landscapes by an advanced SAP system landscape. Workshops with customers take place at the beginning of a project. It is your task to determine the individual corporate processes and the customer requirements with regard to the new software. You derive activity measures for the digital mapping of business processes. Once the process-related and strategic goals have been clearly set, the SAP system will be implemented. During this project phase, you as an SAP consultant coordinate the system-specific implementation and the corresponding Customizing. You also make customer-specific adjustments together with SAP developers. In addition, you train the employees that are expected to use the new ERP system in the future. The go-live of the system completes the project. However, even after the end of the project will support activities be part of your task area, particularly in your function as SAP inhouse consultant. You adjust SAP software, develop it further, support the users in case of technical problems or coordinate the respective solutions within the corporate group. The task area of an SAP consultant is multifaceted and the SAP world changes more and more rapidly, which brings about new challenges for consultants. Therefore, it is very important for you as an SAP consultant to undertake continuous professional development and recertification in order to be up-to-date.
What is expected from you as an SAP Consultant?
Not all roads lead to Rome but also to SAP consulting. There is nothing like a universal career path for the profession as an SAP consultant. University education is a good basis for an SAP consulting job. Classical study subjects of SAP consultants are business studies, industrial engineering, logistics, business informatics or computer science. In addition to that, you need specific training courses and certificates. According to your career level, you have already acquired them before starting your career at FIS or you will acquire them at FIS.
As an SAP consultant, you have profound expertise in the SAP modules you support. Consequently, you can make Customizing settings independently according to the specifications and requirements of the customers. It is also important to be familiar with business processes of individual business areas, such as production, purchasing, human resources or logistics, in order to provide customers with the best possible consulting service concerning their IT strategy.
Since consulting activities require continuous customer contact, your communicative and social skills are very important. Along with appropriate handling and openness, you as an SAP consultant have to assist your customers in hectic project phases and solve problems that may arise in a quiet and targeted manner. Excellent communication skills help you do this and facilitate the explanation of procedures as well as the successful presentation of results.
SAP Consultant vs. SAP Inhouse Consultant These are the differences
At FIS, you have the choice of either working as an SAP consultant in (new) customer projects at the customer’s site or assisting our Support team as an SAP inhouse consultant. Should your personal life situation change one day, you will have the possibility of changing career paths given the appropriate preparation. The most important differences are as follows:
As an SAP consultant, you accompany demanding implementation projects of SAP and FIS solutions at our customers’ premises. During the project phase, you closely cooperate with our customers’ employees. Every week, you therefore work two or three working days on average at the customers’ premises. The rest of the time, you work at the FIS premises or from home (if agreed upon). As an SAP consultant, you are frequently on the move and become acquainted with many people and new places.
One of your main tasks is the assistance of our existing customers via phone, e-mail or ticket system after the implementation of SAP/FIS software. In addition, you make adjustments and optimizations, provide customer consulting services concerning enhancements or make release upgrades. Most of the time you will work in our Grafenrheinfeld headquarters or in one of our branch offices in Offenbach or Leonberg. Occasionally, you travel to see customers for coordination purposes or software tests. Fixed service hours guarantee a high degree of availability to our customers. This is why you coordinate your working times with your colleagues to make sure the office is staffed. You can easily integrate your family life and leisure time activities into the regulated weekly schedule you have as an inhouse consultant.
Your career at FIS Entry and development opportunities
Depending on how much work experience you already have, you can join us at different career levels. After your graduation, you can start at FIS as a trainee or junior consultant and advance to a senior consultant. You then have the opportunity to choose between a specialist or management career path.
As a junior SAP (inhouse) consultant, you support your team in the implementation of SAP software in various projects. It is important for you to get familiar with the products and tools of SAP and FIS and our quality management. You assume responsibility of smaller work packages and partial project services. Should you have questions, you can contact your mentor or experienced colleagues.
As an SAP (inhouse) consultant, you work within the SAP application and FIS products in national or international projects with varied tasks. You impress us with excellent qualifications and specialized knowledge of one or several SAP modules. With your experience of at least 1.5 years in SAP consulting, you may be appointed as a subproject manager. You as an experienced colleague will assist junior (inhouse) consultants with their initial job training in your function as mentor. Moreover, you play an active role in the sales process by organizing acquisition workshops or creating quotation costings together with the project manager.
Experience of at least 5 years in SAP consulting activities enables you to work as a senior SAP (inhouse) consultant in different functions, such as subproject manager or responsible project team member. You are responsible for the result and its timely implementation as well as for the controlling of external resources. You impress us with excellent qualifications and specialized knowledge of several SAP modules. You know current industry requirements and make proposals as to how to map them in the customer system. You are familiar with important FIS products and their respective application and you know the dependencies of neighboring applications. Your experience helps you coach junior (inhouse) consultants and (inhouse) consultants and you support their technical development through the corresponding knowledge transfer. In addition, you organize acquisition workshops for potential customers on site and create quotation costings together with the project manager.
Why would you work as an SAP Consultant at FIS?
Especially in the context of digital transformation, the optimization and digitization of business processes is not only an ever faster moving trend, but necessary for companies to keep pace. The SAP consultant therefore not only contributes to the success of an SAP project, but also lays a decisive foundation stone for the future success of the company. The profession of an SAP consultant is promising and full of opportunities since in times of increasing digitization, SAP consultants are sought after by companies in all industries. Moreover, the task area is varied and multifaceted. The job is suitable for different person types due to the variety of travel activities, task focuses and specializations in different SAP modules. You can decide yourself whether you want to travel a lot in your function as SAP consultant or prefer a structured daily routine when working as an inhouse consultant.
Our mission is to make other companies more modern, economic and competitive every day with our software solutions. That is why we as an IT specialist and SAP expert manage implementation projects and develop our own SAP optimizations. In this way, we facilitate the daily work of our customers and consequently accompany them as a long-term partner into the digital future. We also want to be a reliable and long-term partner for our employees because we know that they are the most important success factor of our company. As a medium-sized company, we pursue a policy of “short ways and open doors”, promote creative thinking and share the happiness over successes.
We make you happy FIS Benefits
You get a performance-based remuneration for a long-term employment.
As an employee who travels a lot, you can use the company car model.
Further training is essential. This is why you can expect regular internal and external training courses and weekly inhouse foreign language courses.
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What our employees say about their work as an SAP Consultant at FIS
In SAP consulting, I am constantly facing exciting tasks and new challenges frequently requiring quick rethinking and responses. However, this is no problem thanks to the solution development within our team. Generally, our team concept and solidarity are major issues at FIS and are lived through all hierarchy levels. I really like my colleagues’ willingness to help that goes beyond departmental borders and our pleasant working atmosphere.
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* The aforementioned corporate roles, such as consultant or employees, are not gender-specific and apply for all male/female/diverse consultants and employees.