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2406020 - Unable to add Parent Position on Manage Data - SCM


When navigating on the SAP SuccessFactors Manage Data attribute, the MDF Parent position code cannot be added during the editing of the position, as no results are found in the drop down on the current screen.


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Reproducing the Issue

  1. Go to "Manage data" in the Admin Center;
  2. Search for "Position_A";
  3. Make correction of this position;
  4. Try to add "Position_B" as a Parent Postion (Higher Level Position) of "Position A";
  5. The "Position_B" is not found in the list. 


  • This may occurs because the effective date of the "Position_B" (Parent Position) is after the effective date of the Position_A (Child Position).
  • As the system understand that the parent position did not exist at the time that the record of the child positions was created, it will not allow you to add it as a parent position of this child position.
  • This will also affect the MDF Position export file, where the parentPosition code will be empty.


  • The parent positions should have the effectiveStartDate before the effectiveStartDate of the child position.
  • You can prevent this by having a common effectiveStartDate for all position objects (For example: 12/31/1990).


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