Recruiting for SAP challenges in the oil gas and energy market

With the focus in the oil and gas markets across the world of becoming more efficient and easier for customers to deal with, many organizations are planning on getting more short-term return on investment from their SAP implementation projects.  Many of these may began longer than 18 months ago and some organizations are leveraging this investment with the addition of modules and the growing trend of mobilizing the applications for use in the field.

Petroplan is a specialist global recruitment business in the energy sector and as well as helping organizations hiring engineering specialists, it is heavily involved in attracting and recruiting IT and SAP consultants for this sector. We thought we’d share some of our insights on the challenges and opportunities for both the candidates and employers who are interested in SAP careers today.

Despite a downturn there are still SAP opportunities in oil, gas and energy companies

Josh Lee, a senior recruitment consultant at Petroplan who focuses solely on SAP positions for this market at Petroplan provides here just some of his candidate insights whether applying for business, functional, developer of basis consultant roles.

  1. Employers in this sector are keen to retrieve ROI on their SAP investment now meaning they are more focussed than ever on cost efficiencies; being able to demonstrate an ability to deliver real results under time pressure will impress.
  2. Many organizations are exploring how to leverage their current SAP utility; so being able to prove a curiosity and personal interest in IT as well as beyond your module experience and skills within the SAP environment is an advantage.
  3. Working in the energy sector is different to industries such as manufacturing and services. Existing experience in the sector is beneficial but equally an enthusiasm for problem solving and new assignments, could make an out-of-industry expert a good fit
  4. Developing a professional network in the SAP community is a great way to build your personal brand in your ‘module specific’ discipline. Not only will you find yourself recommended but when you land a new role you’ll have a ready-made support route for those difficult early weeks in post.
  5. Consider the pros and cons of working for a large consultancy vs working in-house. In the current climate it can be tempting to take a consultancy role but be sure that travel and changing teams is the right work context for you.

The same basic job requirements apply in the energy sector
Employers in the energy sector are no different to the 9 out 0f 10 Fortune 500s who need SAP expertise. To achieve the desired remuneration candidates need to demonstrate:

  • Extensive SAP (module specific) knowledge
  • Good domain knowledge
  • Great communication and presentation skills
  • An ability to work in flexible teams

The war for talent is still on

For the hiring managers and recruitment teams finding the best talent in this discipline is still challenging. The practitioners who have remained in-house during the downturn particularly in the Houston oil capital are in-demand. With job insecurity a constant backdrop many professionals have tried the consultancy route.

To entice a smart SAP professional to a new role, especially those with mobile experience, the organization’s reputation both in the discipline and as an employer of choice become really important.

Recruiting experts like Petroplan can ascertain a candidate’s motivations and perceptions as candidates are often more likely to be candid with a third party. Remuneration is important but as with all highly skilled professionals their perception of the nature of the work, its impact on their career growth and the stability of the team and its place in the organization are all decision-forming factors.

To find out more about SAP talent in Houston contact us [email protected] or call +1 832 779 4610




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