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HR Early Talent Program

Are you ready to kick-start a meaningful career and foster your vision of a next generation HR? Join SAP!

Be yourself – an innovator and thought leader

What can you expect?







Experience 3 HR Teams

The 1 year program provides the opportunity for you to rotate in 3 HR functions, including an international assignment. Rotations could take place in the following HR areas:
  • Total Rewards
  • Service Delivery
  • Learning Organization
  • HR Business Partner
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Talent Acquisition

International Rotation

As part of a diverse global team, you will develop comprehensive knowledge of HR and SAP, as well as stretch your cultural experience.

  • Czech Republic (Prague)
  • USA (Newtown Square)
  • Germany (Walldorf)
  • Philippines (Manila)

(Rotation in other locations will depend on business needs.)

I truly believe, that as leaders it is our legacy to seed the company with great talent. And this is exactly what we do with our HR Early Talent program.
Bärbel Ostertag
SVP, Global Head of Total Rewards

What’s in it for you?

"SAP’s HR Early Talent Program strategically places you in three different teams to maximize your business potential and personal growth at the same time. There are endless opportunities to broaden your HR perspective and help you maximize your skills and strengths as you meet different people and see how they run."

Jude Parong
HR Early Talent Program 2017, Philippines

"SAP’s HR Early Talent Program is the perfect platform for my development and career trajectory. Through cross-functional and cross-regional network expansion, experiences in each of the three HR organizations, and countless stretch assignments, I feel fully prepared to take on a huge variety of roles upon completion of the program."

Max Rosen
HR Early Talent Program 2016, United States

"SAP HR Early Talent Program will take you to meet different people in the world, let you experience different HR roles in the company and help you find the key to your future career."

Sharon Zhou
HR Early Talent Program 2017, China


"The coaching and mentoring structure of SAP is so great, that I have learned a lot during my HR Early Talent journey. From having coaching sessions with your peers and colleagues who are specialists in different areas and topics in HR to being mentored by subject-matter experts and HR leaders for trends and amazing HR topics, the HR Early Talent program and its network of experts doesn’t bat an eye on you, on your profile, expertise and background – you just have to be open to learn and grow with the people you work with in the team."

Gio De Jesus
HR Early Talent Program 2018, Philippines


"Rotating across different roles, locations and cultures is one of the most impactful and exciting things to broaden your perspective. Thinking beyond silos allows you to learn about all facets of HR and critically reflect yourself."

Lennart Keil
HR Early Talent Program Alumni 2015, Germany

"Being part of the SAP family in the headquarters in Walldorf enables me to develop myself in various HR skills & competencies. Responsibility for assigned projects and learning comes first within the program and supported me in becoming an HR generalist. I would highly recommend the trainee program to ambitious and HR interested graduates, to start a journey you will never forget."

Maike Kunz
HR Early Talent Program 2017, Germany

"The program did not only extend my horizon in terms of network and HR .experience, it also positioned my skills and strengths strategically so I can be fully maximized in the current and future roles. There is a wealth of opportunity and learning that awaits HR Early Talents."

Luiza Ramiento
HR Early Talent Program 2016, Philippines

“What I loved about the program is the opportunity to join three teams and explore different roles within and beyond of HR. It was a year that allowed me to better understand what my strengths are and which path I want to follow after the program ends. Although the program's duration is one year, you will receive an unlimited contract from the beginning and will continue your journey at SAP.”   

Magdalena Gadermayr
HR Early Talent Program Alumni 2018, Germany

Frequently asked questions

1. What is the HR Early Talent Program?

The HR Early Talent Program is a full-time trainee program for fresh graduates or those with a maximum of 2 years professional work experience. Program participants rotate in 3 different HR functions, including one international assignment.

2. What is the program’s objective?

The objective of the program is to develop comprehensive knowledge of HR and SAP. Program graduates will be well-rounded and connected HR generalists with broad domestic and international experience.

3. How long is an international rotation?

The duration of an international rotation will be for three (3) months.

4. When does the program start?

The HR Early Talent Program starts every April and lasts until the end of March the following year.

5. What happens when the program is completed?

Depending on the strategic demands for each line of business in our global HR organization, a job in their home country is guaranteed for every HR Early Talent graduate.

6. How many HR Early Talents will be hired into the program?

Every year, we bring together 10-12 HR Early Talents from multiple locations worldwide.


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