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Software-Design and Development

Head of Design, SAP.iO Venture Studio



Requisition ID: 291114
Work Area: Software-Design and Development
Expected Travel: 0 - 10%
Career Status: Management
Employment Type: 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.



SAP is looking for a Head of Design to join the SAP.iO Venture Studio - a group charged with building the new growth engines for SAP. We provide these employee-led businesses with the creative structure, patient capital, and mandate to enter the market. The Venture Studio is part of the New Ventures and Technologies group, an innovation unit tasked with future-proofing SAP.

You’ll champion the role of design within the Venture Studio, and help to coach the founders as they build user-centric products. We are looking for a strong leader who will advance design and user experience In SAP’s upcoming products, and We have a growing, globally distributed team of product designers, brand and communications designers, researchers, and copywriters.


  • Develop a “north star” for design among the individual venture teams
  • Foster and nurture a community of practice among the designers in the SAP.iO Venture Studio and in the larger SAP New Ventures & Technologies group
  • Surface risks and challenges in the design process, help resolve blockers
  • Provide direction and vision for evolving the role of research in the product development process
  • Socialize and evangelize design to the larger organization
  • Define and track KPIs to monitor the success of the design
  • Ensure the teams are optimally staffed, recruiting the best design talent
  • Keep up to date with the latest design trends and tools and make proposals about why SAP should invest in new tools and how we make them work for our teams’ ways of working


  • 10+ years of experience leading design within an organization; 5+ years in management
  • A proven track record of building great teams, providing vision, dealing with organizational challenges, and shipping great product
  • Experience with developing and driving long-term vision and strategy across product lines, brand, and marketing campaigns
  • Startup experience is preferred, as the environment is fast-paced and focused on releasing a product
  • A ‘big picture approach to helping establish, support, and engage teams, while still managing the details
  • Experience integrating user research with product design using both quantitative and qualitative data
  • Working with and optimizing the process for remote and global teams



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).

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

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Head of Design, SAP.iO Venture Studio

Facility:  291114
Posted Date:  Oct 8, 2021
Work Area:  Software-Design and Development
Career Status:  Management
Employment Type:  Regular Full Time
Expected Travel:  0 - 10%

San Francisco, CA, US, 94103

Nearest Major Market: San Francisco
Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland

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