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2091605 - Common Terms Used In the JDM/JPB Process


This article provides information on the most common terms used in Job Description Manager (JDM 1.0) and Job Profile Builder (JPB or JDM 2.0).


  • SAP SuccessFactors Job Description Manager (JDM 1.0)
  • SAP SuccessFactors Job Profile Builder (JPB or JDM 2.0)



A basic ability an employee must have to perform their role within the organization successfully.

Competency Library

The area in SuccessFactors where competencies are stored and maintained.

Competency Mapping

The process of associating specific competencies with job roles, to ensure that every employee in that role is evaluated on the same criteria during the performance review process.

Job Family Expert (JFE)

This person is defined in Admin tools > Families and Roles > Create New Family or Edit Existing Family > From where you can enter Family Name as well as Job Family Expert (Path for JDM 1.0).

NOTE: the role "F" in JDM, should not be confused with the role "F" used in Performance & Goal Management, which in this area of the application means "Form Reviewer".

Job Description or Performance Profile

A summary of the key features of a job, including specifics such as essential functions, educational requirements, minimum work experience, work environment, etc.

Job Family

A group of jobs involving work of a similar broad nature or functional area of responsibility, but most likely with different skill sets - such as Clinical, Administration, Operations, etc. or you can parse Job Families down another level such as: Nursing, Pharmacy, Radiology, etc.

Job Role

A means of identifying roles within an organization that share common skill sets (e.g. A Medical Assistant, Nurse's Aide, and Patient Care Assistant, may all share a common role under the Clinical Job Family.)


In the SuccessFactors JDM/JPB module, skills are the content used to build the components and details of the Job Description such as Job Responsibilities, Educational Requirements, Work Environment, etc.

Skill Library

The area in SuccessFactors where skills (job description content) are stored and maintained.

Employee Job Data

The components of a Job Description and Job Role that are associated with an employee.


The originator role (O) is the person (such as "E", "EM", "EH" etc) that has permission to create a first version and is the one to trigger the origination of the first version. For example, if privilege for creating the first version is granted for the roles "E", "EH", "EM", and the first person to click the Performance Profile for a user is "EH", then, "EH" automatically becomes, by definition, the originator (role="O").

Performance Profile

The combination of Job Description and Job Competencies that are build within the JDM/JPB tool, to create overall profile for the employee.


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