US SAP professionals driving oil field services’ SAP implementations


A Houston-based oil field service company employing over 2,000 staff globally planned an SAP S/4HANA implementation.


The organisation had an existing IT team, with the IT Director responsible for the SAP implementation and leading the hiring of the team for this mid-sized company. As with many SAP implementations, it is the quality of the SAP specialists that is directly responsible for success.

The roles identified where to support the associated modules utilised. These included an SAP Director, and leads in the following areas: SAP Plant Maintenance, SAP Production Planning, SAP Material Management, SAP FICO, SAP SD, SAP Master Data, SAP HR, SAP Business Intelligence, SAP ABAP (for the coding customisation) SAP BASIS and an SAP Training developer.

The oil and gas sector is in direct competition with other industries where SAP professionals are incumbent. Petroplan can transfer professionals from other industries, however, most clients as in this instance prefer candidates to have worked in the energy industry so they are familiar with the challenges. It helped in this case that the organisation had a great company culture, which our recruiters could use to illustrate the benefits of working on this project.

No matter how technical a role, recruiters at Petroplan screen candidates not just on the skill set but also on their likely cultural-fit. The work/life balance at this business was very evident, the way of working very open and transparent, plus the rewards for hard work were demonstrable.


Over the course of the year, Petroplan’s team staffed up this close-knit SAP team. With only one leaver, the implementation is now complete and the business is benefiting from the increased business intelligence it has access to and can use to transform its operations.

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