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2322663 - Automatic Removal of Succession Nomination for Incumbents


Is it possible to automatically remove nominations when the nominated user becomes the incumbent for a position?

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  • SAP SuccessFactors Succession Management
  • SAP SuccessFactors Legacy Position Model


  • If an employee, who was nominated as a successor to a position, actually becomes the incumbent, the system automatically removes that employee from the successor list for this position.
  • This enhancement automates the process of identifying successors who become incumbents and then removing them from the successor list.
  • By selecting this option, you can optimize your succession process and relieve your talent planners of the manual steps otherwise required.

To activate this enhancement:

  1. Go to Admin Center > Succession > Nominations Set Up.
  2. Enable the option: “Automatically remove nominated successor if that user becomes incumbent.”
  3. Save.


  • With this option activated, when the successor becomes the incumbent for a position, his name is removed from the list of name successors and the change will appear as a “Succeed” change type in the Nomination History.
  • However it will still show the Position information in Adhoc report. Let's say the User already Succeeded the position and he/she still appear as nominee in adhoc reports.
  • Please include column/filter "Nomination status" to trace whether the nominee has Succeeded or not.

Note 1:  After b1611 release,this option is available for both MDF Position & Legacy Positions Nomination Method.

Note 2: This feature is not retro-active, so any nominations that have been placed as successors prior to enabling this feature will not automatically be removed.

Note 3: If using MDF position-based nomination method in your instance and Employee Central is enabled for position management, then automatic removal of successors is not supported.


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