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After the German SAP job market has up until now gotten through the first (and hopefully last) brunt of the COVID epidemic without losing much of its stability, I have experienced a large number of questions from candidates interested in relocating to Germany on how to best go about this.

 

In order to help everyone interested in pursuing their SAP career here, I will give you some essential tips regarding the job market to maximize your chances and minimize disappointment.

To kick things off, I would like to give you an overview of the market as I currently experience it. At the moment, there are 3 main trends that dominate the demand side:

 

  1. Specialists for one module are more sought-after than generalists
  2. End-to-end knowledge trumps pure process-side or pure hands-on skills
  3. German knowledge is an absolute prerequisite

 

To give you a better overview, let’s look at each of those points in detail.

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Specialization

 

In general, especially larger companies prefer in-depth knowledge in one specific module to a wider range of modules. There are – as always in life – distinctions in this of course. For example, it is considered completely normal that candidates who are specialized in SD will have some knowledge in intersecting modules like MM.

 

 

The challenge is when a candidate has worked (or in many cases claims to have worked) in almost all modules. Whenever I talk to candidates who say that they cover FI/CO as well as SD/MM as well as WM/LE/EWM, this in most cases leaves only two options: Either they are developers who do not need very deep knowledge of the business unit side of things or they have only scratched the very surface of the individual modules.

 

 

As mentioned above, for developers, this rule does not apply as much as for business consultants. For them, it is more important to have solid knowledge in ABAP-OO, ideally Fiori / SAPUI5, and perhaps (in ascending order of relevance) SAPScript, Smartforms or SIFbA.

 

 

Of course, from time to time there will be positions popping up on the market where the company is looking for a consultant who can work in all the modules. Speaking from experience, these positions stem from two possible reasons: The company is looking for the „eierlegende Wollmilchsau“ and/or don’t know the SAP market. Mostly this is categorized by them only being willing to pay a salary that is below market standards. Or they are in fact not looking for a SAP consultant but rather either a developer or a key user.

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End-to-end project experience

 

Generally speaking, most SAP consultants specialize either on the process/project side of things with skills including project management, analysis, process design or on the hands-on part with a focus on customizing, support, and day-to-day business. As the German market has a lot of SME companies looking for potential employees, this clear distinction is often only possible with very large companies. With most SMEs the vacancies will consist of both process-based as well as hands-on work. If you can gather experience in all parts of the project life cycle, this will drastically raise your chances in finding more than 1-2 positions that might be a good fit for your next step.

 

This will in turn also have a very positive impact on the salary available to you.

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