What Is a SAP Project Manager?
SAP stands for Systems, Applications, and Products in Data Processing. SAP is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) software that allows users to run their business processes, including accounting, sales, production, human resources and finance, in a unified environment. This integrated flow prevents redundant data entry and encourages efficient use of resources. The SAP project manager uses this software to make sure that large and small scale projects are implemented efficiently, on time, and within budget. It is becoming more important for workers to converge with technology, information, design, and development teams, making the SAP project manager responsible for relaying information between these individuals.
|Educational Requirements||Bachelor's degree|
|Job Skills||Project management, familiarity with SAP software and other business management applications, written and verbal communication skills, interpersonal skills, organizational skills|
|Median Salary (April 2019)*||$109,803|
|Job Outlook (2016-2026)**||12% (for all computer and information systems managers)|
Sources: *Payscale.com; **U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
A bachelor's degree in computer information systems, management information systems, project management, or a related field is typically required for this position. Some employers may prefer an advanced degree. Additional certification for project management will usually be required, as well.
An SAP project manager will not only need to be experienced with SAP software but business management applications from other vendors. This well-rounded knowledge will most likely come from work experience or school courses. Experience in all aspects of project management will be required for this position, which helps to develop written and verbal communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills. SAP project managers also prepare requests for proposals, oversee team workload, and manage project budget.
SAP software includes Human Capital Management, Production Planning, Materials Management, Project System, Sales and Distribution, Plant Maintenance, Financial Accounting, Quality Management, and Controlling.
Career Outlook and Salary
SAP is one of the largest enterprise resource planning (ERP) companies in the world, spanning across many different industries, including retail, banking, universities, and hospitals. According to a 2018 SAP corporate fact sheet, it's estimated that 77% of all global business transactions work with an SAP system. An SAP project manager will stay in demand as businesses continue to expand the technology used in business management. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment of computer and information systems managers is projected to grow 12% from 2016 to 2026, which is faster than the average for all occupations. Payscale.com reports that the median salary for SAP project managers in April 2019 was $109,803, making this a profitable career, as well.
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