Life at SAP in the Nordics – interview with Tanya Becheva
Working in a global organization provides me with the opportunity to speak to colleagues from around the world about their Life at SAP. My name is Heather Walker. I recently had the pleasure of speaking to a group of women from the Nordics who are working at different stages of their careers and finding out what drives them. One of the women was Tanya Becheva who started with SAP in 2017.
“I’m Bulgarian and grew up in South Africa. I knew of SAP when I was growing up as my best friend’s parents both worked for SAP South Africa. I now work for SAP Denmark as a Senior Specialist for the Nordics & Baltics working on strategic regional projects to enable cross-industry digital transformation. Basically, this means I work on a whole bunch of really innovative and often challenging projects with a great group of really dedicated people.”
So, what made Tanya want to join SAP?
“To be honest, I’ve only heard great things about SAP. SAP is a tech giant with a mission to make the world run better, improve people’s lives and drive meaningful impact globally through exponential technology – how could anyone not want to be part of that?!
SAP is a great place to work and grow professionally no matter which direction you choose to take. I’ve worked for some great companies over the years but SAP is unique in the sense that I feel like I have a voice here, and I want to use that voice for something greater than myself.
Here the management empower us to pursue purpose in our careers while simultaneously giving us the trust, freedom and flexibility to balance our schedules, our health, our home lives, to determine our development strategies or simply giving us opportunities to explore new areas of interest. We enjoy an abundance of workplace perks such as an award winning in-house restaurant, an onsite gym, a masseuse, wellness initiatives, and of course home-office which I really appreciate since I live quite far away.”
Tanya lives with her husband and dog in a town 130km from Copenhagen so the flexibility working for SAP offers means she can work from home, enjoy the outdoors and travel.
I also asked Tanya how she defines success:
“Success to me is finding purpose and meaning in the things that I undertake and do. Without those two aspects, I am wasting my time. I am fortunate enough to have really supportive managers who listen to my ideas and want to see me progress – plus I have countless global, regional and local initiatives that I can pick from to enable my development at SAP. Ultimately, success at SAP remains in your hands. You find your place, your niche, map it out and work towards that goal – I am still in execution mode so hopefully in 2-3 years’ time, I would have reached my current goals and then onto new challenges, new opportunities, new ways in which I can use my skills to add value at SAP. You can never stop aiming to be better than you were yesterday.
Recently, I initiated a diversity & inclusion network in our region – of course, this is generally a hot topic with no shortage of opinions. I was nervous at first as to how my colleagues would respond to the initiative but not long after the launch, we received loads of feedback and many offered to volunteer their time to help progress & drive the network. This just goes to show that SAP is full of open-minded individuals who all want to break down negative stereotypes and silos”.
If, like Tanya you are looking for a role with purpose and SAP’s culture appeals to you, then you can search our opportunities in the Nordics here.