Rendering of North Shore SAP facility. Image courtesy of SAP.

More jobs are coming to Pittsburgh thanks to SAP.

The German software company announced plans to bring 242 well-paying, full-time jobs to Pittsburgh for a new 122,274-square-foot facility on the North Side. The open positions will come over a period of three years and span a range of functions, including sales, marketing, administrative, customer support and software development.

The company will also add 150 jobs at its US headquarters in Newtown Square, Delaware County near Philadephia.

SAP develops software that helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. It currently services around 335,000 customers with brands such as Ariba and SuccessFactors, two cloud-based business management platforms.

The company has operated in Pennsylvania for nearly three decades and currently has 3,305 employees across the state. SAP has a strong presence in Allegheny County, with 579 employees in Pittsburgh who currently work at the K&L Gates Center in Downtown Pittsburgh.

“We’re a company that continues to be positioned for growth, and we’ve identified Pittsburgh as a strong market in which to invest to attract and retain the talent critical to support that growth,” says Steve Collins, head of media relations for SAP North America.

For their efforts, SAP received about $1.2 million in Job Creation Tax Credits and a $600,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant.

The new North Shore facility will serve as the headquarters for Ariba, and support staff from across SAP and SuccessFactors. The five-story building is expected to accommodate 780 employees. There are also plans to add an additional floor that would increase capacity to 1,000 employees.

Collins says there were a number of factors that led to building a new space on the North Shore.

“We were running out of room to grow in our current facility and wanted a location that would provide minimal disruption to our current employees,” says Colins. “In conducting studies of where our current employees live, we found the North Shore was the ideal location–a central spot uniquely located between Heinz Field, PNC Park and Stage AE that allows for many different commuting, dining and entertainment options for employees.”

Construction on the North Shore facility will begin this year and be completed by 2018, followed by a move-in planned for early 2019.

Amanda Waltz

Amanda Waltz is a freelance journalist and film critic whose work has appeared locally in numerous publications. She writes for The Film Stage and is the founder and editor of Steel Cinema, a blog dedicated...