23 February 2022 13:21:47 IST

Kamal Karanth is CoFounder of Xpheno, a specialist staffing company he has been building since 2017. Before turning an entrepreneur, Kamal worked as MD of Kelly Services and as Director APAC for Randstad, where he built teams that grew and created extraordinary results. Today, his team members are making an impact as leaders across the talent acquisition, HR, and staffing domains. A movie buff and cricket enthusiast, Kamal is a believer in relationships and has been writing monthly columns for The Hindu BusinessLine since 2016. LinkedIn ranked him among the top voices of India in 2020 for his consistent influencing blogs and vlogs around workplace dynamics. He is a talent specialist in RPO, IT staffing, and executive search.

What jobs to look for as an MBA with SAP FICO certification?

I am in my final year of MBA in HR and finance. I’m pursuing SAP-FICO as a value-add for my career. After completing SAP-FICO, how do I find the right job as a fresher, and where do I need to look? -  Swetha Virumandi

You’ve made some smart academic choices there, Swetha! The combination of an MBA in HR and finance topped by exposure to a core SAP module like FICO will put you ahead in the race. SAP-FICO skill-sets are well in demand at organisations in software services, consulting companies, and ERP-focussed solution providers. So, trust the SAP-FICO programme you are on will fetch you a formal certification to tag to your profile. 

Software services and consulting enterprises have mid-to-large ERP deployments running across domains, and FICO is a logical inclusion in most of them. FICO is a near-standard inclusion in ERP deployments at FMCG, retail, manufacturing, steel, oil and gas, automotive, insurance, plant maintenance, PSU, commodities, and financial service companies. 

Sectors to look out for

With large-scale digital transformations underway, MBAs with SAP certifications are in demand due to the techno-functional capability they bring. A finance MBA with SAP-FICO is a specialist skill-set. This skill set is in high demand now and will remain so as SAP further advances the module coverages. As a fresher, your agility to move across HR, finance, and SAP functions will be a key assessment during interviews. In addition, your functional fluency and openness to operate on all three functions will open more doors for you. 

The annual salary packages for MBA (HR/finance) with SAP-FICO (certification) range from ₹5.5 lakh to ₹11 lakh. The pay packages vary depending on the institution pedigree and channels (on- and off-campus) through which companies are hiring. 

The best spots to map for jobs as a fresher would be in companies in software services or consulting (Indian/Global), Big 4 consulting, FMCG, automotive, infrastructure, oil and gas, trade and logistics, and manufacturing and processing industries.