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Software-Design and Development

Product Manager (f/m/d) to drive innovative and emerging topics at SAP Innovation Center Network

Requisition ID: 268373
Work Area: Software-Design and Development
Location: Potsdam
Expected Travel: 0 - 20%
Career Status: Professional
Employment Type: Part-Time or Regular Full-Time


SAP started in 1972 as a team of five colleagues with a desire to do something new. Together, they changed enterprise software and reinvented how business was done. Today, as a market leader in enterprise application software, we remain true to our roots. That’s why we engineer solutions to fuel innovation, foster equality and spread opportunity for our employees and customers across borders and cultures.

SAP values the entrepreneurial spirit, fostering creativity and building lasting relationships with our employees. We know that a diverse and inclusive workforce keeps us competitive and provides opportunities for all. We believe that together we can transform industries, grow economics, lift up societies and sustain our environment. Because it’s the best-run businesses that make the world run better and improve people’s lives.

Summary & Role Information

As the Product Manager at the SAP Innovation Center Network, you will:

  • Be responsible for the scope, desirability, and delivery of proof of concepts (POC) and products at their incubation phase to prove their further investment decision
  • Analyze technology trends and customer needs/requirements to identify growth opportunities for SAP
  • Proactively engage and provide input for early and late stage product strategy discussions.
  • Drive idea positioning, product vision and its roadmap. 
  • Constantly evaluate competitive products on basis of publicly available information to ensure their product is on-par or competitive in the current market
  • Ensure solution/product value proposition 
  • Prioritize and describe POC/product backlog which reflects customer and user needs.
  • Enriches backlog and ensures that the scrum team and other relevant stakeholders have a comprehensive understanding
  • Drive projects together with the SAP products and Industry Business Solutions in incubating new Industry/LoB solutions and new markets and support Strategic Deals and Customer co-innovation. Nurture and support deals to develop lighthouse customers or first customer references for new
  • Recruit co-innovation customers
  • Contribute to the creation of product-related non-coded assets (such as rollout and knowledge transfer material)
  • Engage with and support academic and start-up ecosystem collaborations and partnerships

 Role Requirements

  • 3+ years of work experience steering the direction of a product or major initiative in the context of enterprise software
  • Experience in program planning and/or evaluating business development opportunities in new/emerging markets.
  • Strong desire to be part of an early-stage team launching a new product to market
  • At least 3 years of work experience on technology-focused projects/products
  • Ability to effectively and constructively lead change by managing stakeholders
  • First-hand experience with user research methods and product analytics 
  • Ability to build strong relationships within and outside of SAP
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English (German also a plus)
  • Affinity to understand the implications of new technologies. Good business sense and demonstrated achievement in customer-facing projects
  • Education background in Business and Computer Science related studies or equivalent would be a plus
  • Start-up experience or background is a plus

About the team

The mission of the SAP Innovation Center Network (ICN) is to contextualize and pioneer emerging technologies that will be foundational for the future success of SAP and of our customers. We are a diverse, global team and collaborate across roles, functions, and locations, enabling every colleague to contribute and investigate new ideas. We identify and contextualize emerging technologies to define their value for business and society. With around 200 development, business, and design experts worldwide, the ICN is geared up to make an impact. As innovation requires courage, curiosity, and patience, we live up to a culture of trial and continuous learning. This paves our way to success:  We create tangible business value with revenue-generating solutions for our customers and large-scale adoption of cutting-edge technology at SAP.
Our team in Potsdam explores new ways of working with technology to free up people’s creativity and ingenuity by reducing their repetitive tasks, bringing contextual information at the right place and at the right time, and enabling time for the high-value activities that have a real business impact. We work on articulating and prototyping visions of enterprise software beyond the current roadmaps, investigating the most important jobs-to-be-done in the enterprise, and run projects to take us closer to fully autonomous enterprise software all of it in the context of finance.
The team cultivates an entrepreneurial spirit by encouraging risk-taking, transparently sharing successes, failures, and learnings, practicing continuous improvement, promoting psychological safety, and engaging in brainstorming sessions, design thinking workshops, and any other ideation methods or activities that foster creativity.


Success is what you make it. At SAP, we help you make it your own.

A career at SAP can open many doors for you. If you’re searching for a company that’s dedicated to your ideas and individual growth, recognizes you for your unique contributions, fills you with a strong sense of purpose, and provides a fun, flexible and inclusive work environment – apply now.

To harness the power of innovation, SAP invests in the development of its diverse employees. We aspire to leverage the qualities and appreciate the unique competencies that each person brings to the company.

SAP is committed to the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity and to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical and/or mental disabilities. If you are in need of accommodation or special assistance to navigate our website or to complete your application, please send an e-mail with your request to Recruiting Operations Team (Americas: Careers.NorthAmerica@sap.com or Careers.LatinAmerica@sap.com, APJ: Careers.APJ@sap.com, EMEA: Careers@sap.com).

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Product Manager (f/m/d) to drive innovative and emerging topics at SAP Innovation Center Network

Facility:  268373
Posted Date:  Oct 16, 2021
Work Area:  Software-Design and Development
Career Status:  Professional
Employment Type:  Regular Full Time
Expected Travel:  0 - 20%

Potsdam, DE, 14469

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