SAP Senior Product Specialist - Innovation Center Silicon Valley Job in Palo Alto, California

Requisition ID: 72481

Work Area: Software-Design and Development

Expected Travel: 0 - 20%

Career Status: Professional

Employment Type: Regular Full Time


As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP helps companies of all sizes and industries innovate through simplification. From the back office to the boardroom, warehouse to storefront, on premise to cloud, desktop to mobile device – SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and services enable customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably.

About Innovation Center Silicon Valley

The Innovation Center Silicon Valley (ICSV) explores unconventional ideas, enables revenue, and scales innovation by embracing the entrepreneurial spirit and driving customer engagements within and beyond SAP. We generate new intellectual property for SAP in a highly creative environment to incubate new ideas; demonstrate feasibility of new technologies; support board level initiatives; and extend the research topics from the Hasso Plattner Institute. We also work with our field organizations to identify high value business scenarios and enable revenue for strategic opportunities.

Product and Design Group at ICN-SV

This group acts as a liaison between all other disciplines at ICSV and offers its services in product management and UX design. As a small team, we like to stay as generalists with product owners and designers collaborating heavily with other team members.

As a Product Specialist, you are expect to have a techno-functional bent of mind, continuously learn about the new technologies that the team and SAP are working on, find business applications of these technologies, represent ICSV and SAP at various internal and external forums, and closely collaborate with different functions within ICSV. While you are expected to have general awareness of multiple industries, it is highly desirable that you have deep understanding of 1-2 key industries (e.g. telco, banking, retail, etc.) and be familiar with recent trends in them.


  • Be accountable for end to end execution of ICSV customer engagements from business (viability) perspective

  • Keep abreast with the emerging technological trends like Machine Learning /Artificial Intelligence, Augmented / Virtual Reality, Natural Language Processing, Computer Vision and Image Processing, Enterprise Bots, etc. and be keen to find business gateways for these technologies

  • Product Vision - Define the business case for ICSV customer engagements and have a longer term vision to evaluate, on a case by case basis, if there is potential for a customer engagement to be scale to a standard product

  • Backlog Management for customer engagements and, if applicable, scaled product

  • Foster a close network with various teams within SAP to ensure smooth operation of customer engagements and product development

  • Team Evangelist – Represent ICSV in various internal and external events, meetings with customers, forums, and webinars

  • Team Leadership – clearly articulate the product vision to the team and the management; motivate and inspire the team

  • Participate in scrum calls and lead sprint reviews to ensure compliance with backlog

  • Work with designers to create storyboards and mockups

  • Participate in / Facilitate / Co-facilitate Design Thinking workshops

  • Produce and socialize MRD and PRD

Key Skills:

  • College degree is required, MBA is a strong plus

  • 10 years of prior work experience

  • 5 years of prior work experience in management consulting and / or software product management

  • Familiarity with Design Thinking Methodology and Agile Development

  • Understanding of fundamentals of in-memory computing

  • Familiarity with basics of Data Science and its business applications

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are a must for this role as you are expected to influence people at various seniority levels including C-level executives within and outside of SAP




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.

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