Sneak peek into Job Profile Builder

Job Profile Builder is a platform component, it encompasses Job Families, Roles, Competencies and Job Codes. In my experience existing customers can upgrade to JPB for increased capability and new customers can leverage this across talent management modules. In this blog I wish to explain the significance of JPB for organisational growth and its relationship to other modules.
Job Profile Builder is a flexible and intuitive tool for recording elements of a job shared across Recruitment, Performance Management and Learning Management System. It allows customers to identify right skills, experiences, competencies and behaviors required for each role within the organisation.
Job Profile Builder is a replacement for legacy Job Families, Roles & Competencies framework. It expands beyond to allow customers to build complete Job Profiles with multiple content types.
Job Profile Builder from SAP
Job Profile Builder from SAP

Job Profile Builder in Employee Profile

Employee profile is what I would call an online resume summary as it provides a snapshot of employee skills, education, certificates and licences etc on a single screen. With JPB employee skills can be stored in a portlet and searched by Single, Multiple Skill and use “Find Someone Like” functionality to ensure the best fit possible. This functionality allows employees, managers and the organisation to tap talent easily.
In addition, position descriptions stored in JPB can be accessed through employee profile as seen in the image below:
Job Profile Builder in Employee Profile
Also SuccessFactors comes with an out-of-the-box, ready to use Job Profile library. This is industry verified content with 13K+ skills in 250+ pre-defined Job Families, each with 4-7 Job Roles with skills pre-mapped and each with 5 levels of proficiency.

Job Profile Builder in Recruitment

In Recruitment, we’ve seen that customers can store job descriptions, skills, qualifications, required experience, education, certifications, competencies and behaviours for every position in the organisation. JPB helps in identifying suitable candidates and uses Job Profile builder data for promotions, career advancement and development opportunities among employees.

Job Profile Builder in Performance Management

Competencies and associated behaviours stored in JPB can be integrated into Performance Review, in the competency section. PM forms competencies, writing assistant descriptors and behaviours come from JPB.
Job Profile Builder in Performance Management

Job Profile Builder in Succession

Planners, Managers and employees can search skills from the company directory, allowing them to search and find people with particular skillsets for requirements. Position profiles allow users to manage profiles by position instead of only by role as skills, competencies etc.

Job Profile Builder in Career Development

In Career Worksheet, users can view development skills and job profiles.

Why is JPB valuable to organisations?


  • Centralised management of job descriptions, competencies and standardised job descriptions for all the positons in the organisations.
  • Job Requisitions can be pre filled based on description, competencies, skills and interview questions etc.
  • JPB allows employees to view their skills and assess their need for training and development. Managers can assess and have an inventory of those same skills.
  • Addresses the threat of underqualified staff while developing the skills the organisation requires.
  • Allows visibility into a talent pool so it can be better mobilized to capitalise on growth opportunities.
  • Provides consistent job references for nuanced headcount planning and thoughtful workforce planning.

Talk to us at KALTech about JPB – we can assist you to migrate or implement JPB so you too can experience the KALTech difference.
SuccessFactors Consultant

This entry was posted on September 20th, 2016.

SuccessFactors LMS iContent Configuration

SuccessFactors LMS
While studying for my SuccessFactors Learning Management Systems (LMS) certification, I often came across the term ‘iContent’. Throughout the course I got the distinct feeling that iContent was a complex creation of the ‘SAP gods’ and was sent as a blessing to SuccessFactors LMS users and consultants alike.
The role of iContent with SFSF LMS
The screen above is SAP’s official explanation around the term iContent

Here’s a screen from SAP and the official text around iContent:
‘iContent is intended to uniquely solve some of the toughest e-learning issues you may face, including storage, maintenance and assured delivery. With Content-as-a-Service (CaaS), we handle the storage, infrastructure, bandwidth and delivery, management, security and updates. You as the customer gets an easy, efficient user experience. I’m generally one to shy away from jargon. So I wasn’t surprised when (true to nature) I went back to my reference study notes and found that I had defined iContent simply and possibly naively as ‘25gigs of free SFTP storage space’. Although I’ve found that definition to work for me, please don’t quote me on that.
This blog is my attempt to demystify iContent for you using some research that I carried out on a recent LMS implementation. Listed here are the 4 process steps required.
Step 1: Getting SAP to provide you with an iContent location
At times I felt that this was the most difficult step of the process. For some reason, SAP hadn’t provided/set up a deployment location when the customer instance was set up. So we had to raise an incident on the SAP launchpad to get this going. This took us close to 2 weeks with updates shuttling between SAP and KALTech Group.
Step 2: Creating your own deployment location
Think of a deployment location as a folder on iContent. I’d suggest setting up a short folder structure to logically group content at a high level. Use the provided path and create your own deployment location. ‘LMS Admin ➜ Content ➜ Deployment Location ➜ Add New’.
Note: SAP or the implementation partner needs to provide some of these settings.
LMS configuration settings example
Step 3: Import content into your Deployment location
Let’s assume that you have your SCORM content readily zipped in a file to be uploaded. Use the steps under ‘Content ➜ Tools ➜ Import Content’ to import the content into the folder path that was set up in step 2.
Import content in LMS
Note: Once the content has been successfully uploaded, log into your allocated iContent server with the credentials provided by SAP to validate the successful upload.
Step 4: iContent validation and Launch
Use the path ‘Content ➜ Content Objects ➜ Search’, to find and validate the settings for your content object. To test your settings you can now go ahead and assign the content object to an item and subsequently to a user.

An additional tip here is to use the job aids/admin guides on community hub to get a better understanding of the steps illustrated above.
Hopefully this information gives you a better understanding of iContent with SuccessFactors LMS. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact KALTech for all of your SuccessFactors solutions.
SuccessFactors Consultant

This entry was posted on September 7th, 2016.