Key Considerations for Using Position Management in SuccessFactors Employee Central

  • by Mark S. Jackson, HCM Senior Manager, Accenture
  • July 15, 2013
Whether you are new to SAP ERP HCM position management or are an experienced user, your SuccessFactors Employee Central implementation requires careful analysis and planning up front regarding how the position management functionality in Employee Central is to be used. Many of these decisions have a strong impact downstream. Learn about the delivered functionality and leading practices and strategies for using position management on SuccessFactors Employee Central implementations to assist project teams in understanding the key design decisions that should be defined before the implementation begins.
Key Concept

The concept of position management is used in many ERP HCM platforms to tie an employee to a given position and have key position-related data default to an employee’s record. Position management in SuccessFactors Employee Central is a new functionality that gives users the ability to customize position management through configuration to meet their needs.

When a company is implementing SuccessFactors Employee Central, the design of the position management functionality is a strategic effort that entails a lot of design decisions. These include what fields to capture on the position, who will be responsible for maintaining position data within the company, the defaulting of position child fields based on which key parent fields are being updated, and what data will be synchronized from the employee’s position to the employee’s individual record (and vice versa).

It is very important for project team members to have a clear understanding of the delivered and customizable functionality for position management in SuccessFactors. This understanding enables them to meet a company’s specific requirements and to define requirements up front that set a baseline for the overall solution. I also describe some guiding principles to follow to help ensure the solution is well integrated.

Mark S. Jackson

Mark Jackson has been working with SAP ERP HCM for more than 12 years and specializes in SuccessFactors Employee Central and the SAP ERP HCM Personnel Administration and Organizational Management modules. He has had numerous experiences with implementing and leading SAP ERP HCM and SuccessFactors globally and is a subject-matter expert in defining global templates for SAP/SuccessFactors implementations.

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