Commercial Associate at SAP

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Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Feltham Central London and City
Review Date
Salary
£16,000 - £17,999
Roles
Information Technology

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8.9/10

The Role
9.8
Organisation
9.2

Socialising

7.2

The Role

Role Description

Assisting in booking all UKI revenue.
Liaising with senior management and customers to obtain legal signatures.
Assisting with commercial process improvements.
Developing and assisting in the commercial MAR process, to help process software terminations.
Liaising with teams in Prague and Dublin to ensure all Quarter End revenue is booked.
Assisting with the Audit process after quarter end.

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

It was an incredibly insightful placement year where I gained valuable experience both inside and out of my job role. I gained exposure to other parts of the business thanks to the support of my manager and managed to create a very useful network which will benefit me well in the future.

10/10

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2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

There was never a day where I didn’t feel part of the team. I was made to feel like a full time employee due to the responsibility I was given and the feedback I received from my manager and my team. I never felt like an ‘Intern’, as the work I provided actually created value in the company.

10/10

3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

I feel as if I am quite an independent person, and so I did not always reach out to my manager or supervisors for support, however when I did, they would do whatever they could to support me. This could include times I made a mistake, or times I needed guidance on how to approach a certain situation.

9/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

I had the perfect balance of work. At times my job role got incredibly busy due to the nature of my department, however I learnt to manage this. I would say it is important to understand the workload of your role before you start to ensure you know what you will be dealing with. I did not know myself the workload however if I did feel as if the workload was becoming too much I could reach out to colleagues to support me.

10/10

5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

Due to my placement being in the Commercial Department, I was given the responsibility of booking all revenue for deals within the UKI market unit. I also liaised with upper management and customers to support with contracting and assisted with commercial process improvements. I was given a lot of responsibility which is why I believe I grew so much over the placement year. If I wanted more responsibility, all I had to do was ask.

10/10

6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

Even coordinating your tasks and improving your timekeeping skills during placement year can help with your degree and future life. I found that this year has made me realise I can tackle any activity, whether it be issues arising at Quarter End, or revising for an exam. This year gave me the confidence, and resilience I need to succeed in both my exams and later life.

10/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The atmosphere of the office was always friendly. You end up knowing every second person you walk past, which makes it feel like home. It also gets incredibly busy when it comes to Quarter End, meaning there is a constant buzz around the office, providing motivation and an excitement which really helps with productivity and pure enjoyment of your job.

10/10

8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

The placement was overall very organised. From day 1 where we were all welcomed into the company, to our onboarding and to the further placement support we received. There could maybe have been some more smaller workshops for improving specific workplace skills (both hard and soft), however the ones provided were very helpful.

9/10

9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

My manager always gave me opportunities to develop myself by giving me tasks that would make me go above and beyond my job role. There were several sessions set up, such as presentation skills, which would help us develop certain skills. There could have been a few more specific sessions set up, but the ones provided were beneficial.

8/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
  • International Travel
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Staff Sales/Staff Shop
  • Working from home
10/10

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

The opportunities for future career prospects are expanding every year within SAP. With sales academy continuing, to more grad roles becoming available, the opportunities are growing and are vastly achievable. All it takes is hard work, a good network and motivation to be able to come back to SAP and I’m sure this will continue even more in the future.

9/10

Social

12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

The interns really became a family, and so the social side of things really worked out. Richmond and Clapham are very nearby, accessible by train and car, and is where many of the interns met up this year for socials. It really helped everyone to settle in and become a real part of SAP.

9/10

13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

Costs of living in London are always high, as it is the capital, however I lived in Kingston which was a beautiful part of London and was not too expensive. It was easy to get into work and was a sociable town. Socialising in London is expensive, but that is expected, you just need to find the cheaper places.

7/10

14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

The nightlife in Feltham itself is non-existant, however this is not the place to go out in. All the interns would go out in Richmond, Clapham or central London to find good nightlife, none of which are far from the office. I lived in Kingston and the nightlife there was also good.

5/10

15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

All you need to do is ask. There were plenty of opportunities to get involved with activities outside of work, such as charity work & volunteering, football clubs, networking and other beneficial activities. SAP fully supports anyone who wanted to take part in external activities and this really adds to the experience.

8/10

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