BMW’s new SA hub fills 80 IT jobs

Motor vehicle manufacturer BMW has officially opened a BMW SAP Competence Hub in South Africa, drawing 80 IT professionals into its fold.

The company made the announcement on Thursday (6 February) in a press statement, noting that the hub will render IT services worldwide, along with similar structures in the USA and India.

The hub will be staffed with approximately 80 SAP software engineers, the company said, with a focus on global support relating to BMW Internal Business Processes such as production logistics, warehousing and production IT solutions.

According to Bodo Donauer, MD of BMW South Africa, the company has been exporting the BMW 3 Series Sedan to other parts of the world from South Africa since 1992.

However, cars have not been the country’s only BMW export – for the past six years BMW South Africa has been outsourcing its local IT expertise to other BMW production locations around the world.

“Unlike other markets in the world, South African SAP skills are unique in terms of how multi-skilled the resources are. For example, around 60% of all South African SAP configurators are also SAP software developers,” Donauer said.

“This is attributed to the South African market being mainly comprised of medium-sized companies, which forces the consultants to be multi-skilled to enhance their competitiveness. This local skills base provides the BMW Group access to a unique resource pool.”

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