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What is the Job Market for SAP EHS in India

Dear Group,

I am new to this forum and I have been thinking for the past few months to do SAP EHS for my career growth.

I have a Masters degree in Environmental Engineering and I have 2 years of work experience.

1. Considering my profile can you give your honest opinion weather this would be the right time for to do the training in SAP EHS?

2. I was told by one of the training institutes, based in Chennai, that currently there is no SAP Certification Exam for EHS, is this true?

3. What is the present Job Scenario for SAP EHS freshers in India?

I am planning to do this SAP for my Career growth (in terms of Money) and for better work environment. As I said that I am doing this for Career growth, I dont mind working for less salary in the beginning as long as there is a good future for SAP EHS.

Any kind of inputs and suggestions will work for me to take a decision in this field.

Thanks

Vinay

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    Mar 01, 2013 at 03:36 PM

    Hi Vinay,

    You are very much qualified to work with SAP EHS, education and experience wise.

    For your Questions

    No. 1 - there is no right time to learn the new(or) good things.

    No. 2 - Yes, that is true. there is no certification exam for EHS like other modules (SD, MM & PP etc.,)

    No. 3 - It's typical question to answer. You can question yourself for this.

    further in detailed - check the job sites, how frequent and No. of jobs in SAP EHS area. and also the experience required for the profile. If their expectations are freshers, that is well and good - you will be fit for those positions.

    from recruitment point of view in India in-general, considers -

    1. the freshers from college campus,

    2. experienced in particular technology

    3. and the others like domain specialists, who have domain experience with SAP certifications (no project exposure)

    Compare to other modules, SAP EHS not being considering for lateral entries (domain specialists), as there is no certification program. same time no such demand like other general modules.

    Good thing is SAP EHS skill being built-up Inside the organizations, with the freshers and other module people who ever interested to learn and work with. (purely based on demand forecast)

    especially the plant maintenance, production planning, sales and distribution, material management stream people have knowledge towards manufacturing and compliance. they are eligible and confident enough to deal with SAP EHS. Same time the technical people like ABAPers also switching their career towards SAP EHS as a techno- functional consultants after dealing in this environment for couple of years.

    Regards

    kamal

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    • Former Member Christoph Bergemann

      Hi Christoph!

      What are the sustainability components of SAP? So far I have only seen the EHS module in India.

      Sind Sie Deutscher?

      Ich habe Nachhaltigkeit studiert in TU Muenchen, Freising. Aber ich hab keine idee uber SAP nachhaltigkeit component in Indien.

      Gruss dich!

      Ravee

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    May 10, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Hi vinay !

    I am also a beginner for SAP-EHS. similarly i am also having masters in Environmental Science & Technology. Hope your two years of work exp is in EHS domain. In general it is very common for Env.Engg to imagine whatever they hear as environment (as that in "SAP Environment Health & Safety) is related to what they have studied. Ofcourse you can relate a few things you have studied / known with sap's solution for EHS/Sustainability and understand how sap is providing / streamlining their solution for EHS / Sustainability measures. It il be better if you have domain EHS experience to start with.

    Regarding training, please don't attend local training courses (either e-learning / class room). there are no persons available in chennai to really teach sap-ehs(though they take class for huge amount of money). Best way to learn sap-ehs is by exploring sap help portal & scn forum / raising your query over here(if your present employer is having IDES, then it will be very much useful for you to get trained yourself).

    I don't know much about the job market for sap-ehs. but for the last one and a half years there are lot of openings coming up in India(you can search it in job portal and see the stats). But CMMI level 5 companies need atleast 1 yr exp guy and salary package will be very attractive(I guess salary is not a constraint to start with..)

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    Jul 30, 2013 at 04:43 PM

    Hi Group,

    Like Vinay,I too am planning to get trained & try to make an entry in SAP EHS module as I have 3+ years of domain experience(that covers REACh regulation,MSDS labelling,chemical compliances,GHG protocol- Carbon Management, GRI - Sustainability Reporting, China REACh, Product Carbon Footprinting, Industrial Safety, Energy Management, Waste Management and few other related compliances & regulations).

    Currently I am working:

    • for a Cleantech Consulting Startup
    • along with a software mnc is working in the development of sustainability enterprise software.
    • involved in the requirement sharing, beta testing, implementation & configuration.

    I hold an engineering degree in Chemical & later a post gradution in Energy Mangement & Climate Change.

    I see a lot of similarity in the job description of a sap consultant and my current job profile.This reason has enticed me in taking up SAP EHS module as it's very closely related to my domain experience.

    Now my question to all of you :

    • there is training available from SAP India but that is absurdly costly when compared to un-autorized training centres.
    • will there be a lot of difference from the quality of training point of view among authorized & un-authorized centres?
    • if i undertake a training from a un-autorized training center and learn the implementation will it help me to make an entry into SAP Consulting ?
    • is it worth to do a SAP EHS module only or are there more demands for the upcoming ones like SuPM,EHSM or any other related modules which I am not aware of ?
    • SAP EHS doesn't have any certification till now(as far as my seraching goes and also informed by SAP India). Also in some companies, they often post the job opening for SAP EHS Consultant under "niche skills". Again to the contrary, I see so many job openings which require SAP EHS Consulatant with an experience ranging from 2-10 years.So I am bit confused about the availability of SAP EHS consultant- rather demand v/s supply in SAP EHS

    It will be of great help if somebody could kindly clarify my doubts.

    Regards,

    Sourav.

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    • Dear Sourav

      SAP EHS (and Sustainibility solutions as well) are really "niche skills" if you prepare inquiries regarding job opportunities. In most cases big companies will make the deal only if they can support SAP MM, SD, PP skills (functional and technical skills) and then EHS skills. EHS is introduced in most cases "late" in a project.

      But there are a lot of such job opportunities. I did not execute a recent research: most of the opportunities require only a "short" relation to the job (something like 6 to 12 months). And you can get these only ! if you have enough experience. Especially later on you need "project management skills" (based on your personal know how etc.)

      Your career depends a little bit on "focusing" regarding something (start small, grow stepwise (in your skills etc.)). I would suggest not to start with the "full" EHS "program"; Therefore: what are the recent challenges:

      if you prepare an inquire in this FORUM actually "Component Extension" solution is "en vogue". Therefore I have the feeling: without know how regarding this new solution you might not get the "right" job. Here the same is true like with many othe topics: trainings in India are rarely available. But SAP does have a trend to prepare electronic learning sessions. If you go deeper in this FORUM you will identify that some basic SAP EHS classic stuff need to be known by you in any case (e.g. Dangerous Goods Management, Set up of MSDS, MSDS distribution etc.). Many EHS career starts therefore e.g. in "support" area.

      Regarding job opportunities on general level (and therefore trying to provide some answers to Sylvias demand/question as well).

      You can differentiate your career options in:

      - IT part

      - business part (e.g. product safety community etc.)

      In the area of EHS both types their is enough work to be done (because of legal and regulatory reasons like REACh etc.)

      So general "hint": try to start, stay at least 3 years on a job position to learn what you then need to go on and then check (if applicable) for other job opportunities. The reason for this hint is quite simple: if in your CV you can list only short periods of e.g. project assignments: this can indicate that you did not have had enuogh chance to learn all topics; therefore for CV: anything below 6 months is not really worth to mention it (only as a very small list); at least 9 months of assignment ot a project is a "good" number to explain on more detail level what you have done.

      Anything what you hve mentioned as your personal background is a good starting point to look for opportunities either in IT career (as consultant or first in support area) or in the arra of business part.

      C.B.

      PS: may be check: http://scn.sap.com/docs/DOC-41109

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    Dec 09, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Hello,

    I am also interested in the job market for SAP-EHS, except in the USA. What sort of experience do you need? What entry-level positions are available? I'm still a student so I'm just exploring my options.

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