Disclaimer: I'm not an expert on the UK SAP market, only the U.S. market. Back in the heyday of Baan and SAP, when Baan was still a big player, folks always wanted to know how easy it was to transfer from one to the other. After all, if you have implemented one of the major ERP packages, it stands to reason you would be able to implement another without too much re-training. However, hiring managers don't see it that way, and that's the rub. Baan still has a niche in the market, but few companies use Baan Financials - even in Baan's best days, where Baan experience was pretty sexy stuff, Baan's strength was always in manufacturing. Your ideal scenario would be to find a company using Baan Financials that is planning to convert to SAP Financials. You could be the Baan point of contact, and transition to SAP along with the company. That's your dream job - whether you can find it is another matter. If not, your next best option would be some type of permanent employee position in the financials area with a company that is running SAP, not Baan. You'd have to draw on your overall financial background, but that would be the next best thing. True, you might not get a lot of SAP exposure initially, but just being employed for a company running SAP would be a major next step for you. Then, you could start investing in SAP training courses. If you play your cards right, you'd be able to make that training come to life by looking over the shoulder of SAP users and consultants. I hope those scenarios are helpful and provide food for thought. The key to your success will be your level of determination and your willingness to do the legwork of studying up on the companies in your industry that utilize SAP. I wouldn't worry so much about travel at this juncture; I don't see your big break happening with a consulting firm anyway. Consulting firms have to hire senior SAP consultants right now, because their clients demand no less. It's the SAP users that have more flexibility on your level of experience, so that's where your opportunities to break in will likely be.
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