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Maria's Story

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What excites me about my role is that I get to generate new ideas and can freely implement them later.

Maria Arkhipova 

 

I began my career at SAP in 2011 as a business development expert. At the beginning I was responsible for a large-scale localization project for SAP Business One.

In 2014, I moved to the position of an expert on SAP Financial Solutions around the time of the creation of S/4HANA from Simple Finance. I have participated in promoting S/4HANA from the very beginning!

In 2016, I was appointed as Head of the SAP Centre of Excellence for Platform and Technology and promoted solutions such as SAP HANA, SAP Cloud Platform and SAP Intelligent Robotic Process Automation. 

Then, in 2019, I became the Head of the Financial Services Industry Expertise Center. Later I was Head of the Cross-Industrial Presales organization and I am now responsible for retail, telco, Financial Services Industry and utilities.

During my career journey I constantly meet colleagues who believe in me, give me chances andtake time to support and mentor me. In turn, I try to meet their expectations.

How do you explain your role to your friends?

I would say I work in software sales for a famous international vendor who is known for its products and business process automation. But I am not a salesperson. I am an expert who supports the sales process; demonstrates the system; explains how it works and how it helps run businesses better. My work is very interesting and hard at the same time. It is very creative, and I constantly have to learn something new.

Colleagues involve me in the most challenging opportunities when they have difficulties and don’t know what to do next. This is a great honor and high responsibility.

Every day I try to start with establishing three major targets for the day which should help me to achieve main targets of the week. During the first part of the day I try to do creative research tasks which require the analysis of a lot of new information. For example, studying a new topic and preparing a presentation for a conference. Around 12 I try to take a short break for lunch. Then I have meetings with colleagues regarding different topics. Recently I have taken over the responsibility of four industrial architect teams focusing on retail, telco, utilities and financial services industry clients. That is why I am involved in opportunities from different industries and have to take care of business development, demand generation activities and people development.

What excites me about my role is that I get to generate new ideas and can freely implement them later.

When I was a child, I wanted to be a ballet dancer, but my first job was as a dispatcher for a company that serves river vessels in the port.

I was ultimately attracted to SAP because of the freedom of expression and to be surrounded by so many smart people. The high level of expectation people have at SAP forces you to grow and develop all the time. I am so proud to work here as I enjoy solving complex problems and communicating with smart people.

However, if money were no object I would go to Antarctica and around the world, stopping where I like for as long as I want, without worrying about time!

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