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2087940 - User Roles in SuccessFactors Recruiting and Talent Modules


This KB article provides information on role names commonly used in Recruiting and Talent Modules


  • SAP SuccessFactors Career Development Planning
  • SAP SuccessFactors Recruiting
  • SAP SuccessFactors Performance Management
  • SAP SuccessFactors Goal Management
  • SAP SuccessFactors 360 Multi-Rater

Reproducing the Issue



Roles By Module

Employee/Owner Relative Roles

"E" may be followed by any combination of "M", "D", and "H" with optional modifiers "+", "*", "?" to specify complex employee relative roles.

M = employee's manager
D = employee's direct report
H = employee's HR representative

On the below scenario, "X" is one of "M", "D", or "H", as defined above:

  • X? = X is optional (zero or one of X)
  • X* = zero or more of X
  • X+ = one or more of X

As an example, here are a few common roles:

EM = employee's manager
EX = employee's matrix manager
EA = employee's 2nd manager
ED = employee's direct report
EB = employee 2nd manager's direct report
EH = employee's HR rep
EM+ = employee's manager, manager's manager, etc...
ED+ = employee's direct and indirect reports
EMM = employee's manager's manager (only)
EMD = employee's manager's direct reports (coworkers) including the employee


  • Although using more than one modifier in a role name is supported, performance issues will occur with each modifier added.The time it takes to resolve a role is relative to it's length. As a dynamic software application these complex relationships and calculations are happening at extremely fast rates, but every variable increases complexity and time to resolve.
  • The modifiers can drastically increase the time to resolve an access right. For every page viewed the system has to evaluate who you are, then resolve the permissions set at the data model level + template/field level + admin tools + RBP, to determine what your role is allowed to see. Multiply that x number of users in system.

See Also


sf, success factors, bizx, biz x, administrative, domain, permission access to role employee, CDP, PMGM, PM, GM, RCM, MTR, reviews , KBA , sf bizx system/platform , sf bizx performance management , sf bizx compensation , LOD-SF-PM-ADM , Admin Center, RBP, Permissions and Settings , LOD-SF-CDP-ADM , Admin Tools, Permissions, Settings , LOD-SF-GM-ADM , Admin Tools, Settings, Permissions , LOD-SF-MTR-ADM , Admin Center, RBP, Permissions and Settings , LOD-SF-RCM-ADM , Admin Center, RBP, Permissions and Settings , How To


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