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Lead Development Architect for SAP Conversational AI Job

Requisition ID: 185776
Work Area: Software-Development Operations
Expected Travel: 0 - 10%
Career Status: Professional
Employment Type: Regular Full Time


SAP started in 1972 as a team of five colleagues with a desire to do something new. Together, they changed enterprise software and reinvented how business was done. Today, as a market leader in enterprise application software, we remain true to our roots. That’s why we engineer solutions to fuel innovation, foster equality and spread opportunity for our employees and customers across borders and cultures.
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Purpose and Objectives

SAPs New Ventures and Technology unit is a strategic development entity within SAP, combining software engineering excellence with thought leadership and entrepreneurial spirit. We pioneer game-changing solutions in close collaboration with startups, customers & partners in industry and research as well as with other SAP units. To ensure a successful go-to-market, we follow an end-to-end responsibility approach. By exploring unconventional ideas and developing inspiring proofs of concepts, we push the state-of-the-art in computer science and its applied fields to provide SAP with foresight into future trends.


As the Lead Development Architect for SAP Conversational AI, you will be responsible for the holistic technical solution architecture and infrastructure of our SAP Conversational AI platform available at Working in an agile environment, you act as functional leader to the development team by defining coding standards and reviewing designs and implementations. Your experience makes you a trusted advisor to the team and lets you easily communicate complex technical topics to senior and executive management. You can lead discussions with fellow architects to define infrastructure and integration tasks in the SAP ecosystem in the context of SAP Cloud Platform. You act as key stakeholder to the product team by using your ability to define solution proposals and provide effort estimations under moderate technical uncertainty, helping to plan the product roadmap and sprint scope. In addition, you work with the Release Manager to ensure a timely delivery of backlog items and the Lead Data Scientist to evaluate the feasibility and technology requirements to industrialize machine learning models.


Expectations and Tasks

  • Own the holistic SAP Conversational AI architecture, service infrastructure, and product quality with focus on maintainability, extensibility, resilience, and performance
  • Act as trusted technology advisor to Conversational AI and SAP executive management
  • Work closely with the lead data scientist to facilitate productization of advanced natural language understanding and machine learning models inside our platform
  • Support the product team with technical feasibility analysis, solution proposals, and ballpark effort estimations
  • Define and implement architectural / coding best practices and participate in software design and code reviews with the development team consisting of frontend-, backend-, full-stack, and ML engineers
  • Support customer workshops and RFX engagements with holistic architecture and solution integration expertise
  • Communicate with central architecture teams inside SAP for software design and integration tasks
  • Stay on top of technology trends and actively participate in the SAP Expert community to share knowledge


Education and Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) and 8+ years of relevant software development/architecture experience or Master's degree (or equivalent) and 6+ years of relevant experience
  • Experience with building microservice architectures for cloud solutions
  • Excellent skills in software analysis, design, development, automation testing, and continuous integration
  • Proven ability to work in an agile environment using SCRUM methodology
  • Ability to communicate to senior management, work under pressure, and effectively multitask
  • Excellent English communication skills


  • Track-record of implementing enterprise-grade applications in JavaScript, Python, or Ruby on Rails is a huge plus
  • Experience integrating cloud applications with SAP solutions such as S/4HANA, C/4HANA, SuccessFactors, Ariba, or Concur is a huge plus
  • Experience with Docker, Kubernetes and related tools is a huge plus
  • Experience with natural language understanding technologies and prior experience with building bots on is a plus
  • Experience with SAP Cloud Integration and deployments on SAP Cloud Platform is a plus

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EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability:
Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their age, race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status or disability.

Successful candidates might be required to undergo a background verification with an external vendor.
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Full time
Palo Alto, CA 94301, US