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Silicon Valley Next Talent Program

Talent community

Are you interested in the 2022 program? Let us know and we will inform you as soon as we start hiring.  

Explore. Develop. Impact.

Launch and accelerate your career with SAP by diving into our 18-month, full-time rotational program: Silicon Valley Next Talent. This explorative and career accelerator for recent graduates has opportunities in software development, design, and data science.  

90 Talents in each program and 50% are female

Join a talented community of tech innovators and experience impactful, project-based work, tailored training, and networking opportunities with leaders across our global ecosystem. Do all this while you discover your passions through SAP’s array of teams, industries, and technologies across our three Bay Area offices.

Max Wessel
Chief Innovation Officer,
Executive Sponsor of Silicon Valley Next Talent Program

Silicon Valley Next Talent Program values your potential and will give you the freedom to explore many career paths while building your unique skillset and identifying the most impactful way for you to kickstart your career. If you aspire to contribute to the next generation of industry-leading software, collaborate among Silicon Valley’s top talent pool, and forge professional connections that will serve you for years to come, this is the right place and fit for you.

The three essential pillars of the program

Explore

  • Explore SAP rotating in: Commerce, Travel, Internet of Things (IoT), ECommerce, Supply Chain, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, Innovation, Startup Incubation, Human Capital Management Software – the options are endless
  • Join impactful teams and strategic projects
  • Get to know SAP products, technologies, and platforms
  • Gain invaluable experience to accelerate your career

Develop

  • Establish a solid foundation of knowledge, understanding, and experience through tailored learning and development, including 7-day onboarding on SAP technologies and products,  and professional and technical skills.
  • Experience ongoing learning spirits within between rotation trainings, designed to enhance skills needed at the moment in your career.
  • Profit from monthly meet-ups that are curated specifically for the program, such as Tech-Talks, Fireside Chats with executives, and knowledge-sharing lunches run by you!

Impact

  • Collaborate with peers and senior managers on strategic projects and challenges
  • Co-innovate based on best practices and technical skills acquired throughout rotations, and become the best versatile talent set to drive SAP's strategy of an intelligent, integrated enterprise
  • Immerse in an agile, global network of peer Silicon Valley Next Talent Program participants and over 100 alumnis, and leadership advocates.

What does it take to be successful in the Silicon Valley Next Talent Program?

 

Silicon Valley Next Talent Program's 5 key competencies

We are looking for dynamic people who crave innovation and seek opportunities to be both a teacher and a student. We are a space for those who connect the dots and understand the big picture, and then identify actionable tasks to achieve success. We need curious talent that is ready to build things that matter. We call them our 5 key competencies – come and explore them.

What participants say about their experience

Rainey
User Experience Designer​

Aside from all the tools and resources, Silicon Valley Next Talent Program has given me support in various ways, whether that be from my program peers, mentor, team buddy, or program buddy. I really value these relationships because knowing there are people I can lean on fosters a growth environment, for both parties involved, and helps me thrive.

Silicon Valley Next Talent Program, class of 2020
SAP Fiori

Stefan
Full Stack Engineer

For me Silicon Valley Next Talent Program was probably the best decision I made so far in my career. The program offered me the chance to explore SAP and discover it while also discovering what I am good at or what I like. The transition into a full time role felt natural as the team quickly accepted me as one of their own even while still in SVNT.​​I think everyone’s experience in SVNT will be good but in different ways. The only limit you will face in this program is how far you are willing to push it.

Silicon Valley Next Talent program, class of 2019
SAP Customer Innovation

 

Amr
Software Engineer

The program was beneficial in developing my soft skills, how to network with leaders, and has provided a great community for me to take part in. Silicon Valley Next Talent Program definitely helped me navigate the difficulty in first starting my career via mentors, leadership, and great peers.

Silicon Valley Next Talent program, class of 2019
SAP Customer Innovation

Tiffany
Product Designer

The Silicon Valley Next Talent program at SAP has been pivotal to the launch of my career as a UX Designer. The program not only provided me with a unique opportunity to explore different teams within SAP, but it also provided me the opportunity to connect with different leaders and create friendships with fellow participants! I feel confident with my career trajectory knowing that I have the support of all those involved in the Silicon Valley Next Talent Program.​​

Silicon Valley Next Talent program, class of 2020
SAP AppHaus

Anish
Data Scientist

Having left university with a plethora of theory, the Silicon Valley Next Talent Program allowed me to dive into different styles of roles within Data Science, allowing me to figure exactly what I wanted in my career. I worked as an individual through its rotational structure, providing me with the business acumen and insight through meetings and chats with key players in SAP vision to understand how to truly work in a large corporation and leave long-lasting impact that will span far past my own immediate contribution. The Silicon Valley Next Talent Program helped turn the mindset of “getting a job” into “building a career.

Silicon Valley Next Talent program, class of 2019
SAP.io BrilliantHire

Justin
Senior Mobile Engineer​

The Silicon Valley Next Talent program provides me the flexibility to work on a variety of things and touch different technologies. In every rotation, both my team and my manager were incredibly supportive. I was empowered to explore new ideas and create meaningful impact on my team. This is a rewarding journey where I can identify the focused area for my career and grow as a tech lead in the field.

Silicon Valley Next Talent program, class of 2019
SAP Fiori

Frequently asked questions

Who joins the program? Who should apply?
  • Silicon Valley Next Talent Program participants are graduates from community colleges, bootcamps, universities and graduate schools with experience and interest in software development and engineering, UX/UI design, and/or data science. Participants must graduate within 6 month of program start date.
  • You should apply if you meet the graduation date eligibility outlined in the job description and looking to start your career.
  • Participants come from diverse backgrounds as innovative thinkers and doers, sharing a passion for helping the world run better and improving people’s lives.  
When does the program start?
  • Silicon Valley Next Talent Program has three cohorts in fall, winter, and summer.
  • Specific start dates are defined in the job description.
  • Participants must start on the outlined start date with no exceptions.
How long is the program and each rotation?
  • Silicon Valley Next Talent Program is an 18-months program. Participants undergo rotations that are each six months in length.
  • Participants will be considered for roles throughout the duration of the program, and up to the end of the program. Participants may obtain a full-time engagement in a team before the end of the 18 months.
How do the rotations and rotation matching work?
  • In the first week, participants have informational interviews with possible teams.
  • The teams and participants provide feedback on their preferences.
  • Based on mutual feedback, all participants are matched to a team by the end of their first week.
  • Subsequent rotations also follow this process of interview, feedback, and matching.
What kind of teams are participants placed on?
  • Participants are matched with teams across SAP, including teams focused on cloud delivery, customer experience, travel, retail, IoT, AI, and more. Each team has a different focus and strategy. That is why we have this program – to help you find your perfect match!
  • As a participant, you could rotate into our start-up incubator and help build a product from the ground up, or with our fully developed retail and e-commerce solution working to enhance features, or even bring machine learning into the fold.  You can even work in our innovation teams deciding how and where SAP will grow and what technologies to include in the growth.
  • Each team’s culture is different, but overall SAP is an award-winning place to work with a sense of comradery. SAP supports each employee with  transportation, learning and development opportunities, and some best-in-class employee benefits in our industry. We recognize that different people have different needs, and our benefits extend beyond healthcare coverage and retirement plans, with a variety of options to help you juggle the demands of your career and life.  
Other than rotation work, what else does the program provide?
  • Beyond rotations, Silicon Next Talent Program provides formal training where participants learn about SAP’s history, business goals, and meet with their future managers.
  • Throughout  the program, there are Fireside Chats with influential members of SAP who give insight into their experience and line of business at SAP. We also provide Tech Talks on specific strategic topics, and learning sprints (such as "Investing 101", "Benefits", and "Imposter Syndrome").
  • There are strategic projects completed in groups which tackle design and business challenges to prepare participants with the SAP knowledge and skills to become SAP business-ready. Participants receive monthly performance reviews to encourage continuous learning and growth, while also supported by a three-layer mentorship model composed of: Silicon Valley Next Talent Program leads, rotation mentor and/or buddy, and Silicon Valley Next Talent Program mentor.
What type of mentorship is in this program?
  • As a participant, you will have monthly meetings with the lead for Silicon Valley Next Talent Program. The lead is your coach and manager throughout the program, and helps you develop soft and technical skills.
  • In addition, meetings with your rotation mentor and buddy establish a project timeline, and provide guidance on completing projects as well as allowing for day-to-day feedback. An assigned alum mentor helps you better understand SAP and Silicon Valley Next Talent Program, and shine in your rotations.
Does Silicon Valley Next Talent Program provide sponsorship and relocation?
  • Yes, Silicon Valley Next Talent Program provides sponsorship on a case-by-case basis. However, participants must have valid work authorization in the United States for the entirety of the program (18 months).
  • Silicon Valley Next Talent Program will consider providing relocation funding on a case-by-case basis.
What will the day-to-day schedule look like?
  • In general, participants will work on diverse teams, in which they will experience a balance of independent work, team collaboration, and strategic projects.
  • Participants are full members of their rotation teams and are expected to learn the product, build up expertise, and own a project. They also attend team meetings and offsite meetings if applicable.
Can I apply for more than one role?
  • You can only apply to one of the three disciplines.
  • We hire for specific cohorts based on graduation date and timelines.
What is the difference between Silicon Valley Next Talent Program and a regular hire or an internship?
  • Internships are for those still in college. Interns receive intern pay and benefits and stick to one team.
  • Participants of Silicon Valley Next Talent Program are full time, salaried employees who rotate through the business.
  • Regular hires enter indefinitely into a team. Experiences vary depending on the team and there is no guarantee of mentorship, tailored training, a network, or dedicated team of Silicon Valley Next Talent Program leads with laser-focus on helping you grow.
  • Overall, Silicon Valley Next Talent Program will accelerate your career by providing the guidance, mentorship, and opportunities to experience three professional opportunities in just one and half years.
What does it take to be successful in this program?

We are looking for people who are independent, who crave change, and who are constantly learning and self-teaching new things. People who are able to connect dots to understand the big picture and not only comprehend it, but translate it into actionable tasks. We need hungry, proactive, and curious talent that gets things done.

What office am I assigned to during the rotation program? 

​Silicon Valley Next Talent Program participants may be placed in any of the three office locations for rotations. We require Silicon Valley Next Talent Program participants the ability to rotate between those office locations on an as-needed basis.

Do I have to reside in the U.S. to participate in the program? If I don’t reside, where are my options?

Yes, Silicon Valley Next Talent Program participants are required to reside in the U.S. to participate in the program. For a full list of programs at SAP for recent graduates, please visit our website here.

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