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Principal Systems Engineer - SAP HCM

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Job Introduction

BBC Design + Engineering provides the foundations for broadcasting - we keep the BBC’s services on-air 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That means everything from transmission for TV and radio - enabling us to reach 97% of adults in the UK every week including the cameras, mixing desks, email and business systems for our world-class programme makers and staff.

It is this technology that connects our colleagues and our viewers to our content. To support the BBC, now and in the future, our priorities are to make sure we’re flexible, efficient and can take advantage of all the digital developments happening in broadcasting.

Our objectives are to:

·       Deliver agreed portfolio priorities to plan

·       Delivery on our major projects

·       Be a strategic partner with the rest of the BBC

·       Make real the Design + Engineering Operating model

·       Build the capability we need to deliver the Engineering Vision

This role sits within Business Systems in BBC Design + Engineering which sets the technology strategy and delivers and supports solutions to optimise running of all the BBC’s business critical functions including HR, Finance, Procurement, Legal and Workplace.

Role Responsibility

As a Principal Systems Engineer you will ensure that the overall performance of SAP HCM applications and supporting add-ons meets business requirements.

You will provide detailed system expertise, technical support and knowledge to both service delivery and business change functions ensuring dependencies and relationships between all associated systems are understood, maintained and can be communicated effectively to relevant stakeholders.

Are you the right candidate?

The ideal candidate will have in-depth knowledge of working in the following areas.

  • SAP HCM application (Including design / build and configurations, understanding ABAP)
    • Functionality covering modules like PA / OM / TM / CATS
  • Integrations using SAP PI onto internal and 3rd party systems
  • Data interrogation and reporting techniques via SAP standard, Epi-Use products and SAP BOBI (Lumira tools)
  • Experience of SAP Employee Self Service and Manager Self Service is required both on premise and cloud.  
  • A understanding of SAP’s cloud roadmap and Fiori applications relating to HCM.

You will need to have experience in managing a complex technical systems environment and working closely with stakeholders to ensure that HR applications meet business requirements.

You will be experienced in managing conflicting demands in situations of pressure where priorities are rapidly changing and will ideally have authoritative knowledge of current safety legislation, security policies and statutory requirements relevant to the role.

You can build relationships with internal and external clients – and the ability to learn 3rd party solutions, like Winshuttle and Docusign.

Knowledge of ITIL standards and the principles of change and release management and project delivery would be an advantage.

Package Description

Based: Birmingham or Salford

Salary Band D


  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and responsibilities, and to work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house training Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits - We offer a comprehensive salary package, a flexible 20-35 hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days holiday with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

We encourage flexible working, although it may not be possible for every role. There is no obligation to raise flexible working or part time requests at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. 

Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage. 

About the BBC

D+E offers a wide range of stretching, creative and impactful careers for talented people. We are the team that’s building the future of the BBC, whilst delivering TV, radio and online services to millions of people worldwide every day.

As well as being the people behind iPlayer and the News, Sports and Children’s services, we develop, support and maintain the systems and infrastructure that keeps the BBC on air and are responsible for the biggest British-run digital service in the world. In D+E, you’ll be working on unique challenges, hand in hand with the best creative minds in the UK and alongside one of the world's leading production and distribution companies (BBC Studios).

We offer challenging work but with the time to think and do things right. We uphold a 100 year history of invention and innovation in the BBC by welcoming and developing people of all backgrounds. 

Diversity matters at the BBC.  We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles.  The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from all individuals.  And we promote flexible working opportunities where operational needs allow.  

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here


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