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VP, Head of Product Security for SAP Procurement

Company: SAP
Location: Palo Alto
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Requisition ID: 286317
Work Area: Software-Design and Development
Expected Travel: 0 - 50%
Career Status: Management
Employment Type: Regular Full Time
Career Level: T5PM

Hiring Manager:Gregor Tielsch

Recruiter Name: Tom Wadlington


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. Thats why we engineer solutions to fuel innovation, foster equality and spread opportunity for our employees and customers across borders and cultures.
SAP values the entrepreneurial spirit, fostering creativity and building lasting relationships with our employees. We know that a diverse and inclusive workforce keeps us competitive and provides opportunities for all. We believe that together we can transform industries, grow economics, lift up societies and sustain our environment. Because its the best-run businesses that make the world run better and improve peoples lives.

VP, Head of Product Security for SAP Procurement


LOCATION: we hire globally, preferred in our development labs Palo Alto (USA), Walldorf (Germany) or Bangalore (India)


Are you passionate about raising the bar on enterprise application security?

Do you find collaborating with developers to jointly solve hard problems fulfilling?

If so, we’d love to meet you!

SAP Procurement Product Team, we strive to provide the world’s leading cloud-based spend management solution, unifiying SAP Procurement Portfolio across SAP S/4HANA, SAP Ariba Apps & Network and SAP Fieldglass.

As the Head of Application Security within the SAP Procurement Product Team, reporting into the SAP Procurement Product CTO, you will lead the effort to secure the world’s #1 cloud procurement platform.  You and your team of security architects will set the direction and coordinate efforts across the SAP Procurement applications and platform on all security topics. You will also closely coordinate with your peers in the other SAP cloud businesses and the central security team to help develop the overall strategy.

SAP is looking for a Head of Application Security to lead key efforts on the SAP Procurement OnDemand platform, its software stack, and the underlying infrastructure. You should have a passion for security principles, architecture, have strong software development experience using java-based technologies and components, have knowledge of web servers and secure infrastructure, and have the ability to understand complex legacy systems and adapt them to modern technologies and principles.  You will have ownership of solution designs, implementations, testing, and delivery with high quality.



  • Provide strategic guidance, oversight, and leadership to all product security activities at SAP Procurement including building, operating, and maintaining the product cybersecurity program
  • Define product architecture from a security perspective together with implementation team(s), drive alignment of architecture concepts and ensures documentation in architecture concept document(s).
  • Contribute to the aligned and consistent architecture strategy and/or target architecture of product line, product family, or a specific cross-product architecture subject (e.g. user interface strategy, platform strategy).
  • Evaluates architecture and security risks and estimates effort for business case or backlog item, prepares management decisions on these topics
  • Translates business and product requirements into technical requirements, models and software architecture
  • Collaborates with applications development teams and architects to promote the adoption of the Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) and integration of it in the Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) to raise security awareness in application development and implementation.
  • Identifies opportunities for reuse of architecture concepts or software parts and cross-team synergies
  • Supports and advices product owner by ensuring technical and architectural feasibility, readiness, and compliance
  • Coaches and advises implementation team(s) on all aspects of security
  • Proposes improvements and innovations for implementing a product but also in development processes and methodologies



  • Masters Degree in Computer Science or a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science with 15+ years professional experience in Software Development
  • 5+ Years professional experience is development and engineering of security services
  • Strong understanding and experience with Secure SDLC and DevSecOps or security automation
  • Experience with full software development lifecycle, likes to champion secure-SDLC, comfortable working with SAST/DAST/SCA tools and committed to “shift left” strategy.
  • Experience with full software development lifecycle, likes to champion secure-SDLC, comfortable working with SAST/DAST/SCA tools and committed to “shift left” strategy.
  • Experience securing infrastructure in public cloud (e.g. AWS, Azure, Google Cloud) and cloud security/governance tools.
  • Practical experience with creating a secure design process and DevSecOps-based CI/CD pipeline
  • Extensive Experience with Governance and Compliance for PCI, NIST and FedRAMP
  • Expert in Java software development
  • Ability to work in an agile development environment and capable of working effectively in cross-cultural global teams
  • Excellent writing, communication, and presentation skills
  • Strong analytical skills, results-oriented, customer-oriented attitude, good strategic and conceptual thinking skills
  • Ability to present complex information in a clear and appealing manner
  • Experience in cloud-based SaaS applications
  • Experience with 3rd party security tools such as Vault, Consul, and Cloud HSMs is a plus.


To harness the power of innovation, SAP invests in the development of its diverse employees. We aspire to leverage the qualities and appreciate the unique competencies that each person brings to the company.

SAP is committed to the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity and to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical and/or mental disabilities. If you are interested in applying for employment with SAP and are in need of accommodation or special assistance to navigate our website or to complete your application, please send an e-mail with your request to Recruiting Operations Team (Americas: or, APJ:, EMEA: Requests for reasonable accommodation will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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.

Additional Locations :Virtual - USA

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