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SAP SuccessFactors Succession Planning

Easily identify, develop, and retain top talent throughout your organization.

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For organizations to excel in today’s highly competitive global marketplace, succession management is imperative.
In fact, organizations that build up intellectual capital by continuously cultivating the next generation of employees can experience a distinct business advantage.

SuccessFactors Succession Planning helps HR professionals identify and develop the talent needed to improve organizational strength and 
achieve today’s business goals, while providing visibility and planning for future growth.

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Know your talent and objectively assess their potential

  • Uncover hidden talent through an enterprise-wide talent search that uses comprehensive search criteria
  • Identify employee competency and skill levels by using assessment tools
  • Use a configurable nine-box grid matrix to identify top (and bottom) performers
  • Objectively assess employee performance vs. potential with drag-and-drop calibration
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Optimize organizational alignment and ensure leadership continuity

  • Use skills and competency libraries to align your workforce with critical business needs
  • Define career paths that align employee career aspirations with your organization’s business requirements
  • Assess the risk and impact of loss, and gain visibility into your bench strength
  • Instantly nominate successors to key positions throughout the company
  • Close talent gaps and build bench strength with development plans and learning activities (through SAP SuccessFactors Learning)
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Uncover workforce insights and provide talent visibility for HR, managers, and executives

  • See talent depth across the organization with an interactive Succession Org Chart
  • Use side-by-side comparisons of configurable talent cards to find the best succession candidates
  • Enable HR managers to support strategic talent review conversations with managers and executives (through SAP SuccessFactors Presentations)
  • Use advanced permission controls to protect sensitive data while supporting access for multiple roles

Engage and motivate employees with meaningful development plans and career opportunities

  • Engage employees to explore career paths, connect with others in desired roles, and identify and address gaps to prepare for future roles by using the Career Worksheet
  • Empower employees to create and manage goals for personal development
  • Enhance career path development opportunities by innovative mentoring programs
  • Accelerate learning through targeted development plans
  • Promote user adoption and engagement with the elegant, easy-to-use interface
  • Explore “good fit” job role recommendations to find positions that match employees’ skills and interests by using the Suggested Roles capability on the career worksheet
  • Use talent pools to develop high-potential talent
SuccessFactors Succession Career Worksheet
SuccessFactors Succession Management Analytics

Enable strategic succession management to drive better business outcomes

  • Leverage workforce planning insights to analyze talent supply and demand
  • Reduce organizational risk by proactively addressing talent gaps with succession plans
  • Understand the domino effect of enacted succession plans by viewing the succession lineage chart
  • Define career paths to address critical workforce gaps before they occur
  • Measure the effectiveness of succession plans and the impact they have on business outcomes (through SAP SuccessFactors Workforce Analytics)


With SAP SuccessFactors Succession & Development, you can create strategic succession processes that reach deep into the organization, align with business needs, and drive better business outcomes.

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