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2957150 - Setting Up Visibility for Rated Skills - Error: Invalid subject user field externalCode - SuccessFactors Employee Profile


Setting up Rated Skills visibility role-based permissions using the Configure Object Definitions tool , getting the below error when configuring the field "RBP Subject User Field" to have the value "externalCode":

"Invalid subject user field externalCode of object definition RatedSkillMapping was found. The subject user field should come from an object definition that is not of from parent type."

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  • SAP SuccessFactors Employee Profile
  • SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central

Reproducing the Issue

  1. Go to Admin Center Configure Object Definitions;
  2. Go to Search Object Definition Rated Skills;
  3. Go to Take Action Make Correction;
  4. Go to the Security section towards end of the page:
    1. Go to the Secured field and select Yes;
    2. Go to the Permission Category field and select Manage Job & Skill Profile Visibility;
    3. Verify that RBP Subject User Field contains the words externalCode;

    4. The CREATE Respects Target Criteria is set to No.
  5. Select Save to finish.


Discrepancy in the topic of "Setting Up Visibility for Rated Skills" of the Job Profile Builder Implementation Guide.


*Temporary work around*

Leave blank the field "RBP Subject User Field" till the implementation guide is updated with a new version.

See Also

Implementation guide:

More details of the field "RBP Subject User Field:

  • Specify any user field in the current object definition. The value can then be used to create user-based permission groups in RBP.


SuccessFactors, Object Definition, Rated Skills, RatedSkillMapping, RBP Subject User Field, externalCode , KBA , LOD-SF-CJ-JPB , Job Profile Builder , LOD-SF-EC , Employee Central , Problem


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