The Job Profile Builder is a platform which is featured in the SAP SuccessFactors HCM suite that provides an instinctive and flexible way to identify all the elements of a job and also share them with your users. It is meant to be a substitution for the legacy Job Description Manager so that a user may use this tool to control changes and update the job profiles. The use of Job Profile Builder (JPB) also invalidates the need for the legacy Families & Roles because JPB provides more compact features that allows customer to build a complete job profile with multiple types of content and elements.
Job Profile Builder can be accessed from various parts of the SAP SuccessFactors HCM suite. JPB also uses the Roles and Families construct. In addition, there are some modules, such as Career, and Recruiting Development Planning, Employee Profile and Succession that are more tightly integrated with JPB and are used more.
One major decision that needs to be made for the implementation of SAP SuccessFactors, is whether to use the legacy Family and Roles or Job Profile Builder.
There are many pros and cons on the use of both of these components. Thus the decision will vary for each client, but generally legacy Family and Roles suits more to a client who only wants to maintain basic job definition information and would not have the resources available to setup and maintain Job Profile Builder. On the contrary, clients with a well-defined job description who have both the resource & data available can use JPB and derive more value out of it.