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Auto Generate Career Path External Code


In this blog, the user will learn how to create system-generated external code for a career path in SAP SuccessFactors Career Development Planning.

Career Path:

The Career Path displays information about the expected path for a position or various positions.

HR managers and HR administrators can create multiple new career paths and associate them to a given role, as well as restrict employee access to the career paths displayed in the Career Worksheet based on criteria such as role, department, or division. The career paths created are instance wide.

However, many clients need system-generated external code while creating a career path as it’s confusing for the end user to enter a value in the external code field. To meet this requirement, I have found a solution which is explained below in detailed steps, so that if anyone has the same request by the client, they can also benefit from this and fulfill the client’s request.


Create Career Path Screen


Detailed Career Path Screen

Auto-Generated External Code Configuration Steps:

  • Create Sequence: Initially, we need to create a number sequence based on the client’s requirements.

Below are the steps to configure the approval workflow in SAP SuccessFactors:

Admin Center>Employee Files>Manage Data.


Manage Data Screen


Create Sequence Screen

  • Create Business Rule: Once the Sequence is created, the next step is to link this sequence to the business rule.

Below are the steps to create a business rule in SuccessFactors:

Admin Center>Company Settings>Configure Business Rules


Business Rule Screen


Business Rule

  • Assign Business Rule to Career Path Object: The final step is to assign the business rules to the Career Path object.

Below are the steps to assign a business rule to the Career Path object in SuccessFactors:

Home>Company Settings>Configure Object Definition>Select Career Path Object>Edit the object


Configure Object Definition Screen

Go to the “Initialize Rule” field and select the created business rule from the drop-down and hit the “Save” button.


Rule Mapping

Now, as we have completed all the configuration steps. Users can access the Career Path from the Home Navigation drop-down>Development>Career Path


Career Path Screen

Click on the “Create New Career Path” button to see the system-generated external code based on the above configuration.


Create New Career Path Screen

This workaround might keep the client happy since this has been a common ask to generate external code automatically.

Note: These same steps can be followed to auto-generate external code for the talent pool in Succession Planning.


SAP SuccessFactors Career Development Planning: Implementation and Administration.

Understanding SAP SuccessFactors Career Development Planning – SAP learning journey.


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      Author's profile photo rama rana
      rama rana

      Innovative solution Sachin! Thanks for this article!!

      Author's profile photo Sachin Pachauri
      Sachin Pachauri
      Blog Post Author

      Thank you rama rana 🙂

      Author's profile photo Salman Rauf
      Salman Rauf

      Thank you Sachin, this is helpful, keep up the good work

      Author's profile photo Sachin Pachauri
      Sachin Pachauri
      Blog Post Author

      Salman Rauf Thank you 🙂