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Student Intern: Ariba Global Deployment Star Program

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Ariba Global Deployment Star Program/Internship


About Us:

This is an opportunity for students to join the SAP Ariba Team in Japan to support our customers and colleagues on solution implementation. We are looking for candidates who are interested in learning more about Sourcing and Procurement within the Business-to-Business (B2B) area, while building an understanding of the Ariba software solutions. You do not need to have a technical background, but the aptitude to learn and apply Ariba solution knowledge will be a key point.


Our three teams (Operational Procurement, Strategic Sourcing, and Catalog Advisory) all support customers in the early phases of the implementation project to showcase system functionality to the customer, and also capture the customer’s business needs. Using the customer’s requirements each team configures and tests the solution while working with the customer, and other internal stakeholders to meet business timelines.


Our teams:

Catalog Advisory – This team focuses on supporting our customers and our Operational Procurement team to help customers implement a successful Catalog solution which users will be able to procure from. This is relevant to the following solutions: SAP Ariba Catalogs, SAP Ariba Buying & Invoicing, and the SAP Business Network. The team supports internal teams and customers on getting the most out of the solution by supporting catalog content discussions and training, about loading item content into the solution.


Operational Procurement – This team focuses on supporting customers with the implementation of our procurement solutions, such as: Ariba Buying & Invoicing, Ariba Catalogs, Guided Buying, and Spot Buy. They work during the implementation phase to understand the customers business and solution needs to configure the system to achieve the business outcomes.


Strategic Sourcing – This team focuses on supporting customers with the implementation of solutions such as: SAP Ariba Contracts, SAP Ariba Sourcing, and SAP Ariba Supplier Lifecycle and Performance. They work during the implementation phases to ensure the customer’s solution for managing online RFI/RFP and tenders is correctly setup to achieve the business outcomes.


If you are interested in learning more about any of the teams above, while also developing your skillset, this may be the right opportunity for you. As an intern you will have the opportunity to observe, shadow, real customer projects, and work on assigned projects to develop your skills and gain insight into how each of our teams work individually, and together. These projects will allow you improve your project manager skills, presentation skills, business communication, and understanding of the SAP Ariba organization, while delivering outcomes.


What kind of environment do we work in:

Candidates will need to be comfortable working in a multi-national and multi-cultural company, our AGD team is spread across the Asia Pacific & Japan region with team members located in different countries with different backgrounds. With this we all speak English as a common language across the team, and then local languages within our respective countries. This is a great opportunity for those looking to improve different language skills.



Candidates will be exposed to different teams and business settings, often working remotely or from the office, in some cases there may be an opportunity to travel to the customer’s location. With leaders and managers also located outside of Japan, buddies/mentors will be assigned to delegate work, and also support your development.


English requirement due to the global environment

As the teams are all diverse, we use English on a daily basis, this to communicate with our internal colleagues and peers. Candidates must be able to read, write, and listen in English. Communication from the business and leadership team is often in English. Training materials and study guides are also in English. When working with local colleagues then communication in English or native languages is acceptable.


What will you do:

Candidates will rotate between at least 2-3 teams, while also understanding more about our other internal stakeholders, our teams and employees are located across many different countries within the Asia-Pacific & Japan region, which means you also have the ability to network and communicate with a very diverse team.


Participants will be involved in a range of activities with specific outcomes, these include but are not limited to the following;


•        Create and review presentations and team documentation.

•        Lead small initiatives and present outcomes to leaders.

•        Shadow project calls with customers.

•        Attend training sessions and team meetings.

•        Perform ad-hoc requests from leaders and seniors within the team.

•        Self-study product and solution training, with mentors for review.

•        Information sessions hosted by other teams.

•        Support basic testing and troubleshooting activities.


What kind of people we are looking for:

Requirements regarding study and focus on soft skills

With the skillset being flexible and broad for these roles candidates from a range of different backgrounds and study areas are welcome to apply. Students currently studying; business administration, computer science, procurement and logistics, and languages all have equal opportunity, provided the individual has the ability to learn the SAP Ariba solutions and apply the knowledge and theory to achieve business outcomes.


Candidates should have some of the following soft skills.

  • Clear communication skills, written and spoken both in Japanese and English business level.
  • Ability to present to an audience in person and remotely.
  • High attention to detail.
  • Understanding of MS Office (MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint).
  • Understanding of cXML is an advantage but not a requirement.
  • Punctual and adheres to deadlines.
  • Work independently and part of a team to achieve outcomes.


STAR Program Schedule: November 2021-Feb, 2023

  • Only those who pass an assessment in Rotation1 (around February, 2022) and accept pre-offer to join SAP as full time employee in April 2023, will be allowed to move on the following rotations.
  • Working hours: 20 hours per week at a maximum
  • Students: those graduation on 2023, 1st year students taking up Bachelor’s degree or Masters


Successful participants may be offered full time employment upon the completion of their study, if you are interested in applying please do so.





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EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability:

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their age, race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, age, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, et al), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, protected veteran status, or disability.

Successful candidates might be required to undergo a background verification with an external vendor.

 Requisition ID:302422 | Work Area: Administration | Expected Travel: 0 - 10% | Career Status: Vocational | Employment Type: Regular Part Time  | Additional Locations: 

Student Intern: Ariba Global Deployment Star Program

Facility:  302422
Posted Date:  Sep 15, 2021
Work Area:  Administration
Career Status:  Vocational
Employment Type:  Regular Part Time
Expected Travel:  0 - 10%

Chiyoda City, Tokyo, JP, 100-0004

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