SAP Principal Project Manager Job in Virtual - Germany, Germany

Requisition ID: 123473

Work Area: Consulting and Professional Services

Location: Virtual - Germany

Expected Travel: 0 - 50%

Career Status: Professional

Employment Type: Regular Full Time


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The Principal Project Manager is responsible for the overall management of a project throughout its lifecycle. The Principal Project Manager has the qualifications and business acumen to manage large scale, high risk, strategic projects that span organizational boundaries including multiple business units and service partners/vendors. They provide leadership to cross-functional teams responsible for delivering defined project outputs to time, budget and project quality criteria. Principal Project Manager also ensures adherence to project management methodology best practices, provides project manager mentoring, performs Project Management Reviews and reinforces the enterprise knowledge management through the communication of lessons learned and best practices development.

The Principal Project Manager assists during the Bid Phase of the customer engagement by providing input into the proposal especially in the area of delivery model (e.g. SAP Delivery management model for delivery of particular customer project – like assemble-to-order, industrialized or design-based), project structure, organization, scoping, estimation and risk assessment.

The Principal Project Manager has ability to manage complex projects or smaller programs that require coordination of work between various parties like third party sub-contractors, SAP Custom Development, SAP Global Consulting Delivery, SLO, Cloud Delivery (incl. HEC), CoE and SAP Support organization.


Opportunity Management

  • Define appropriate delivery model for customer project as a composition of pre-defined services, on-site and/or remote delivery

  • Scope and estimate the engagement

  • Determine required resources for the project

  • Assess, document and communicate risks for the engagement

  • Position SAP Activate as delivery methodology


  • Conduct the project planning activities SAP Cross-LoB and manage the execution of large scale, high risk, or strategic projects according to plan (Opportunity Management, Initiating to Closing…)

  • Evaluate complex situations accurately and identify viable solutions that create successful outcome for the customer.

  • Manage relationship with project stakeholders, including internal and external clients, keeping stakeholders informed of progress and issues in order to manage expectations on all project requirements and deliverables.

  • Manage and communicate a clear vision of the project’s objectives, and motivate the project team to achieve them; create a project environment that enables peak performance by team members.

  • Ensure proper use of methodology, tools and procedures

  • Ensures proper governance is in place to best meet project objectives

  • Balance the trade-off of the triple- constraint (time, cost and scope) to realize the expected business value.

  • Experience in delivering SAP primed Fixed Price Projects (FPP) or Time and Material (T&M) engagements.

  • Evaluates strategic options and alternatives for delivering or offering services in a more efficient or cost effective manner.

  • Builds customer relationships with the clear expectation to deliver follow-on business or identify opportunities within an account. Deals with difficult issues at the customer and finds win-win solutions for both Customer and SAP.

  • Proactively identify changes in work scope and ensure appropriate planning measures are taken with internal and external stakeholders to reassess and amend the scope of work requirements, budget and timeline.

  • Manage the financial aspects of the project: budgeting and estimate to actual variance.

  • Analyze risk, establish contingency plans ad identify trigger events and responsibilities for initiating mitigating action.

  • Communicate and/or escalate project issues early to account management and delivery management. Drive de-escalation management on behalf of the project with SAP and customer stakeholders.

  • Determine what constitutes successful closure for all parties. Gain acceptance and sign-off by all parties when prior to project closure.

  • Plan and execute formal Quality Gate process following the Q-Gate approach in SAP Activate methodology.

  • Proactively manage project stakeholder satisfaction to position and secure customer reference and success story.


  • Experience in the industry the customer belongs to (core processes and trends of the industry) is a plus

  • Excellent understanding of SAP solutions and of the consulting business processes and functions.

  • Highly developed business acumen.

  • Liaison and consultative skills: negotiating skills within a context of high political sensitivity and conflicting interests.

  • Strong writing, mentoring, decision making, communication, and meeting facilitation skills; ability to utilize a combination of formal authority and persuasion skill sets.

  • Ability to train and mentor project managers or teams in project management methodologies.

  • Knowledge of the strategic and operational issues of project management.

  • A clear vision of what determines a successful project for the customer and for the enterprise.

  • Knowledge of and competency in project management processes including planning tasks, resource allocation, risk management, time management, financial management, HR management, quality management, monitoring and reporting, documenting and record keeping.

  • Adaptability and flexibility to manage deadline pressure, ambiguity and change.

  • Strong leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills; the ability to work well with people from different disciplines with varying degrees of technical experience; competence in clear concise and tactful communication with senior executive management, clients, peers and team members

  • Some international implementation experience required

Functional Experience

  • 5 – 7 years of project management experience in large scale, high risk, or strategic projects.

  • 3 – 5 years of supervisory or coaching experience in teambuilding and leading teams.

  • Demonstrated experience leading cross functional teams within a formalized methodology.

  • Demonstrated expertise in creating and maintaining project deliverables such as, project charter, project management plan, status reports, project timesheets, communications plan, budget and schedule.

  • Demonstrated experience in managing issues, scope and quality while bring projects to successful completion within the cost and time requirements.

Management and Leadership Experience

  • Management experience in managing medium size teams

  • Management experience of medium to large size and multilayered teams is desirable

  • Management of remote resources (global delivery or distributed organization)

  • P&L of LoB in medium to large organization is desirable

  • Experience in managing project P&L in cross-LoB delivery of SAP engagement

  • Cultural awareness and experience working across different cultures and nationalities

  • Strong leadership and people management skills are desirable

  • Leading in matrix organization and without formal authority a plus

  • English: Fluent


  • Required university degree, preferably in commerce, engineering, information technologies or equivalent training and job experience or MBA an asset


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