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Purpose and Objectives
The Business Architect is a key customer facing role within the Swiss Presales organization. The broad scope of deliverables includes long-term account and deal support as well as Business Development and Industry Leadership. It is therefore essential to have a deep knowledge of the Pharma Industry. Having a sound knowledge of the SAP Portfolio in the specific industries as well as being up to date with latest industry/solution trends is key. As a Business Architect for Pharma you will develop your assigned enterprise accounts together with your sales counterparts. You will identify business needs and design solutions to address these. You need to be a seasoned deal qualifier judging the likelihood of sales success vs. costs and are prioritizing together with Sales and Presales Management. You need to be strong in deal strategy and competitive positioning and able to build trusted relationships with the customer as well as with your colleagues in the virtual account team and the SAP ecosystem. Handling pressure and managing multiple engagements simultaneously is a key asset. When it comes to larger opportunities it will be your task to articulate a compelling value proposition and define the business value.
Expectations and Tasks
- Understand customer and industry specific situation
- Research account and industry maps
- Understand SAP solutions in the context of customer needs
- Present SAP solutions and processes from an industry end-to-end view and apply business process best practices
- Guide customer in defining and implementing a transformation roadmap towards a common goal
- Take a leadership role as Business Architect in engaging with key customers in Discrete or Process Industries
- Knowledge in the trading industry is a plus
- Portray a trusted-advisory role at important key accounts
- Engage with C-level stakeholders in understanding business requirements, current business demand and propose new solutions and applications that provide enhanced value from a customer perspective
- Design a business architecture that meets customer needs and is supported by multi-solution approaches
- Challenge the customer with new ideas and drive innovation topics
- Leverage and orchestrate SAP Organization and Partners to provide solutions
- As key member of the Account Team, define and execute the account strategy based on business needs and incremental solution opportunities
- Act as deal captain for customer engagements and plan deal execution (activities, presales skills, win themes and expected outcomes)
- Ensure right opportunity qualification together with the account team
- Support the staffing and lead the required experts within Presales and other SAP organizations (Technical Architects, Industry Value Engineers, SAP partners etc.)
- Monitor impact of Presales Specialist, ensuring consistency of win themes and overall messaging in customer interactions/demos
- Brings along 10 to 15 years of Process Industries / project management / solution consulting experience and has proven his/her project experience in multiple SAP customer projects/engagements.
- Excellent understanding of industry business processes in manufacturing, Chemicals, Pharma, Life Science, Trading, Commodity.
- Experience in sales and sales processes is a plus.
- Business fluency in English and German is a must, French is an asset.
Education and Qualification / Skills and Competencies
- Graduate / Post-Graduate degrees in Management, IT or Engineering areas.
- Cross-solution knowledge is preferred.
- Possesses deep industry or cross solution expertise and is proactively engaged in the related market trends.
- Adept at handling project communications, capable of having C-level interactions and engaging with senior management stakeholders, managing expectations and proposing value-based offerings.
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SAP is committed to the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity and to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical and/or mental disabilities.
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