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SAP Academy for Business Transformation

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Help SAP reinvent itself

The Office of the CEO (oCEO) drives SAP’s digital core development functions and product management, including SAP’s flagship product SAP S/4HANA and SAP Digital Supply Chain, and manages SAP’s rich, industry-specific portfolio. This board area is also responsible for making SAP an intelligent enterprise by focusing on business process simplification, global IT and cloud infrastructure, product and services quality, portfolio and investment strategy, and intelligent data and analytics. It aims to achieve value through digital innovation adoption to the benefit of both customers and employees.

3 Rotations, including two stays abroad and an unlimited contract

Our 12-month career program gives you comprehensive insights into the different areas of responsibility within the oCEOboard area. By joining the SAP Academy for Business Transformation, you will receive an unlimited employment contract, help to shape the future of SAP, and set the ideal basis for your future career.

Our program starts with a dedicated onboarding curriculum that prepares you for your future tasks. The onboarding weeks are followed by the first of the three rotational phases at your home location (Walldorf, Germany or Newtown Square, United States) and a study trip to an innovation hub. Your second rotation takes you to one of our SAP subsidiaries abroad (for example, Vancouver, Cananda, Newtown Square or Walldorf). With the third rotation phase back at your home location, you complete the program. After the successful completion of the program, you will join one of the teams in the Office of the CEO board area.

Interested in our program? Apply now! The application process has started for the location in Walldorf, Germany and will be open until September 30, 2020.

Cooperate across departments, competencies, and countries

Learn from our second cohort why they chose SAP Academy for Business Transformation.


What makes the working atmosphere at SAP and SAP Academy for Business Transformation so unique?  

Learn more about the cornerstones of SAP Academy for Business Transformation


The Office of the CEO is driving SAP’s transformation into an intelligent enterprise. During three rotational phases, you will gain insights into the different topics of oCEO and cooperate with other units. You will work primarily in the fields of process and governance, technology and platform, and innovation to support the teams in simplifying processes to support the overall strategy to become an intelligent enterprise. You will gain an understanding of the end-to-end processes of an international cloud-company and gain valuable intercultural experiences at one of our SAP locations abroad.

User centricity

Deepen your understanding of the needs, wishes, and requirements of our end users at SAP. Use the opportunity for a challenging job shadowing assignment in project-relevant business units of our internal customers.

Continuous learning

We provide you with the necessary tools, training, and all the help you need to develop yourself both professionally and personally. Benefit from our dedicated onboarding program, workshops, on-the-job and classroom training, a learning trip to an innovation hub, and the guidance of a mentor and buddy.

What do colleagues and participants say about the program?

Benjamin Blau
Head of SAP Transformation Office, SAP SE

The SAP Academy for Business Transformation is a great opportunity for graduates to contribute to the transformation of our overall business while kickstarting their career with us. Through our program SAP generates some of the best early talents and educates its future experts on transformation.

Thomas Saueressig
Board Member, SAP Product Engineering, SAP SE

We win talented graduates with the right innovation mindset and spirit thanks to the trainee program. Trainees get a holistic view of the different tasks and responsibilities within our board area and help SAP deliver the Intelligent Enterprise.


Tobias Hiob
Academy Graduate 2019/20, SAP SE

The program is an excellent start to your career and opens up plenty of opportunities. I got to see the company from various angles and build a valuable network. I never would have thought that I would become a product manager in California but here I am! I am thankful for the great connections and friends I made during the program and for a year nothing short of spectacular.

Jonathan von Rueden
Head of Exponential Analytics, SAP France

This first rotation exceeded all our expectations. The team learned a lot from our trainee! Bringing a very different way of thinking to the table helped us find much more creative algorithmic solutions with our trainee.

Hannah Sperling
Trainee 2018
As a new hire, the traineeship has allowed me to gain a thorough understanding of SAP’s organization, areas of technical expertise, as well as the various development opportunities available. I am especially grateful for all the amazing colleagues I got to meet along the way, many of whom have become friends and continue to support me on my journey at SAP.
Susanne Beckers
Trainee 2018

Being new at SAP, the three rotation phases in different teams are an amazing way to get to know many colleagues and their work in detail in just one year. Every phase is a new, exciting challenge: new topics, new learnings, and a new network. I enjoy this inspiring input to the fullest.

Ritika Singh
Trainee 2018

The trainee program is not only a great start to my career but also helps me in connecting the dots between different lines of business and processes. Working together with trainees from different cultures and educational backgrounds helped me to understand the different perspectives to approach a problem and see the bigger picture.

Maximilian Klass
Trainee 2018

Having the chance to gain deep insights into three different areas within just one year is a great way to start my professional career. The trainee program allows me to improve and expand my existing skillset, both technical and business-related. The multicultural workforce in Walldorf and especially the opportunity to work in a foreign country contributes immensely to my personal development and growth.

Are you ready for the next step?

How to apply for SAP Academy for Business Transformation


Invest some time and check whether SAP is the right employer for you. Read more about our strategy, business goals, software, and employees. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Glassdoor, and other social media.


Apply online using a PC or mobile device. Send us your letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, current university certificates, and certificates of internships and work experience. Make sure that your contact details are still correct.

The file types accepted for uploading documents are: Microsoft Word, PDF, HTML, PPT, XLS, CSV and image and text formats.

Start of the program is April 01. The application phase for the start in 2021 will be from August 17 to September 30, 2020 in Germany.


  • Master’s degree in business administration, engineering management, business informatics, or a related field (such as informatics or design)
  • Less than two years of working experience at the start of the program
  • Knowledge of cloud business and its impact on software companies and the associated transformation journey (IT architecture, business processes, and business models)
  • Passion for IT and interest in new IT trends like machine learning, for example
  • Insights into cloud business through at least one internship or working student job at a “cloud company”
  • International experience through at least one longer stay abroad
  • Experiences in project management and agile or scrum approaches
  • Fluency in English (proficiency in German is a plus)
  • Basic development skills are beneficial (for example, knowledge of Java, SAP UI5, and so on)
  • You question the status quo and are eager to find innovative ways to simplify processes and tools
  • You are creative and curious to learn
  • You see change as an opportunity for growth and can easily adapt to new working modes and different cultural environments
  • You have a strong, result-driven and ambitious attitude as well as a hands-on mentality
  • You are a good team player
  • To you, sharing knowledge and networking are major keys to success
  • You have a logical, analytical, process-oriented mindset
  • You enjoy dealing with complexity

Interested in our program?  

Selection process

If your application documents have convinced us, we will invite you to a telephone interview with the recruiter as a first step. If you convince us here, the next step is to participate in a one-day assessment center in November in Walldorf, Germany or in December in Newtown Square, United States. Here we can get to know you better and you have the opportunity to convince key stakeholders from various departments with your skills and experience. The selection process will be completed in December.


In total, 12 participants will be selected to join SAP Academy for Business Transformation. You have received a job offer? Congratulations! Welcome to SAP. Our recruiting department will work out the details with you. Do you have any further questions? We will be happy to answer them.


Most new employees at SAP want to get started right away – and we support them. During the first two weeks, you will benefit from an extensive onboarding program that will prepare you for your future challenges as an academy member. You will get to know teams from various department areas such as transformation, processes, and intelligent enterpriseand get a first impression of SAP's strategy and extensive product portfolio. In workshops, we introduce you to agile working methods such as design thinking, scrum approaches, and process management. A mentor from one of the teams in oCEO will accompany you throughout the entire program. Your buddy is available to answer all your questions about everyday work at SAP. Our program equips you with the skills, knowledge, and tools you need to get started in your work.

At-a-glance timeline for SAP Academy for Business Transformation

Following the onboarding phase, you will start with your first rotational phase, followed by the second and third rotational phase. The academy program ends in March with a graduation.

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