The South African SAP Shared Services Centre and IT Operations Centre are one of two specialist IT hubs for BMW Group.  It supports operations in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Asia/Pacific as well as Africa.  Being such a crucial cog in the BMW Global wheel, BMW South Africa plans to expand its IT operations to over 600 jobs by 2017.

With an impressive track record of over 130 viable projects that have been implemented internationally, the IT landscape is looking green. The mammoth 600 plus roles will be spread between two IT functions that serve the global BMW Group:

  1. SAP Shared Services Centre and
  2. IT Operations Centre.

Our South African IT specialists are at the top of their game. International project experience allows them to shape the mobility of the future, not just for BMW South Africa, but for the Group as a whole.  This shift forward, along with more than 130 global projects, has allowed the team to expand and reach their digitilisation goals.

Oliver Zipse recently visited the new BMW SAP Shared Services Centre in Menlyn. He commended the team of innovators for their impact on manufacturing strategies globally. “Our top priorities are reliable processes and high quality in production, and digital technologies can help us with that,” said Zipse.  He further added: “Digitalisation gives us new leeway and greater efficiency in some processes and this provides a sustainable benefit to our workforce.”

Digitalisation, however, is not limited to the production environment. Projects undertaken by the BMW SAP Shared Services Centre includes IT Solutions and Operations in Logistics, Production, Human Resources as well as Finance, Sales, After Sales and Distribution.


Apart from providing significant contributions internationally, the SAP Shared Services Centre has already created over 200 specialist jobs between 2014 and 2016 which will grow to 320 by 2017. The IT Operations currently employs 200 individuals and by 2017 will grow to 300 people.  Together they will support a growing number of critical IT systems and processes for BMW worldwide.  Both IT hubs provide employees with the opportunity to develop their skills and excel both locally and abroad.

The two IT hubs also empowers six graduates from disadvantages backgrounds with on-the-job experience. BMW South Africa employs graduates on a contract basis for the duration of the development programme.

Tim Abbott, Chief Executive Officer BMW Group South Africa, Sub-Sahara, says: “In our quest to influence the future of mobility, the skills and inventiveness of our people are what gives us the edge. The SAP Shared Service Centre and IT Operations Centre are excellent examples of this passion in action, supporting the BMW Group’s future digital technologies”.

Abbott concludes: “We will continue to prioritise opportunities for job creation and skills development at BMW South Africa into the future.”