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Silicon Valley Next Talent Program

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Explore. Develop. Impact.

Launch and accelerate your career by diving into the vast, innovative SAP world in our 18-month, full-time rotational program. This exploration and career accelerator for recent graduates has opportunities in development, design, and data science.  

30 Early Talents in each program

Join a talented community of tech innovators and experience impactful, project-based work, tailored training, and networking opportunities with executives. Do all this while you explore your passions through SAP’s array of teams, industries, and technologies across our four 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

Rotations

  • Explore SAP rotating by through: commerce, travel, Internet of Things (IoT), 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

Learning

  • Establish a solid foundation of knowledge, understanding, and experience through tailored learning and development. This includes two weeks' onboarding on SAP technology and products, and professional and technical skills.
  • Undertake ongoing learning sprints with week-long training periods in between each rotation. This is designed to enhance the skills you need when you need them.
  • Profit from monthly meet-ups that are curated specifically for the program. These include tech talks, fireside chats with executives, and knowledge-sharing lunches.

Co-Innovation

  • Collaborate with peers and senior managers on strategic projects and challenges
  • Co-innovate based on best practices and technical skills aquired throughout rotations, and become the best versatile talent to drive the SAP strategy of an intelligent, integrated enterprise
  • Immerse yourself in an agile network of peers and over 100 alumnis and program supporters

What participants say about their experience

Sanjana Reddy
Data Scientist, Class of 2017 of Silicon Valley Next Talent Program,
SAP Customer Experience, Innovation Center Network

Silicon Valley Next Talent Program is unique in that it provided me with an opportunity to explore the different career paths I had in mind after leaving college. The innovative and collaborative atmosphere is great for young minds that aspire to learn and contribute to the industry-leading software being developed every day. I am always encouraged to take on new projects that align with my own goals and interests, making it much easier to cultivate my career at SAP.

Justin Guo
Mobile Engineer, Class of 2018 of the Silcon Valley Next Talent Program, Innovation Center Network,
Global Design Engineering, SAP SuccessFactors

Silicon Valley Next Talent Program provides a collaborative platform where I can rotate with different product teams and learn from many talented engineers in a short time. This program also provides me a variety of networking opportunities to connect with crossfunctional teams and leaders. With these unique experiences and resources, I was inspired and driven to explore and work on the focused area for my career.

Frequently asked questions

Who joins the program? Who should apply?
  • Participants are graduates with experience and interest in development and engineering, user experience and user interface design, and data science, who have graduated less than a year before the start date.
  • Program starters need to have completely finished school by the January or July start date.
  • Participants come from diverse backgrounds as innovative thinkers and doers who share a passion for 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 lasts for 18 months. Participants undergo two to three rotations that each last six months.
  • Participants will be considered for roles throughout and at the end of the program and may obtain a full-time engagement in a team before the end of the 18 months.
How do the rotations 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. You could work with our fully developed, layered retail and e-commerce solution to enhance features or bring machine learning into the fold. Or, you could 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 of the best 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. There are also 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 bi-monthly performance reviews to encourage continuous learning and growth. This is supported by a three-layer mentorship concept: lead for the Silicon Valley Next Talent Program, rotation mentor or buddy, and mentor for the Silicon Valley Next Talent Program.
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 mentor 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?
  • Yes, you can apply to more than one role. You can choose to take as many virtual assessments as you like.
  • We are considering applicants for 2020 cohorts. You will be auto-sorted to the appropriate cohort depending on your graduation date.

January 2021 cohort: graduation date must be between May 2020 and January 2021

July 2021 cohort: graduation date must be between January 2021 and July 2021

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 a dedicated lead laser-focused on helping you grow.
  • Overall, Silicon Valley Next Talent Program will accelerate your career by providing the guidance, mentorship, and opportunities to experience three years of work 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.

Bay Area locations

At SAP in Palo Alto, our workspaces reflect our belief that adaptation and flexibility are the core principles of innovation. Work in an open and dynamic environment that feels like home and inspires you to do your best work. Find out more about our exciting office locations in the Bay Area, California.   

Development and technology

Design, build, and support technology innovations that turn the business world on its head. Join us in software development, IT, quality control, or user experience design – and make your mark on a product portfolio used by 98% of the world’s most valued brands. 

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We offer some of the best employee benefits in our industry. Your particular benefits package will depend on your position, location, and years with the company – but no matter what, it will be comprehensive and competitive. 

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