HR Consulting

Clariant: Harmonizing HR

  • Industry:

    Specialty chemicals

  • Employees:


  • Headquarters:

    Muttenz, Switzerland

A world leader in specialty chemicals, the Clariant group wanted to harmonise the HR information systems of its numerous divisions and subsidiaries on 5 continents. However, this case study focuses on Clariant France and its 1,200 employees.


Following a series of mergers involving a number of companies, the Clariant group decided to integrate the SAP HR and Payment module for all its entities around the world.

In France, numerous companies make up Clariant and each had its own particular features. There were 5 industrial sites and as many payroll systems. Therefore it was decided that SAP HR would be the single system for all countries. In particular the focus was on HR, time management and payroll modules.

Challenges of this project were twofold:

  • The technical challenge

Meet the demand to have as many applications as possible in SAP. This facilitated reporting on the basis of a common group-wide database.

  • The human challenge

Centralize HR teams for a greater degree of transparency in payroll and administration systems.

The Scope

  • To have a database common to all Clariant sites and their entities around the world.
  • Facilitate information exchanges between the various entities, by sharing a single module.

The Project

Clariant in France invited companies to tender for the implementation of the time management, HR development and payroll management modules. Subsequently, they chose NGA Human Resources to carry out this project. A team of payroll and time management specialists worked together to discuss and validate each step of the project.

In addition, NGA Human Resources  had to identify the opportunities for harmonizing the different modules of all the establishments. Above all for payroll and time management, which were specific in nature. Above all our SAP expertise and project methodology by segmenting the tasks provided expert solutions. Moreover, these were based on the unique possibilities offered by SAP.

About Clariant

Clariant is a specialist chemical company. The company was formed in 1995 as a spin off from Sandoz. It has nearly 18,000 employees globally.

“We have built a relationship of trust with NGA Human Resources, with whom we have worked for more than 7 years. Throughout all the different projects that we have carried out together, we have been able to count on the HR expertise and the understanding of our needs offered by the NGA Human Resources experts.”

Christine Laval
Vice HR Manager, Clariant
The Objectives of This Project Were to
  • Harmonize the Payroll, HR Development and Time Management modules of the establishments in France.
  • Improve the productivity of the Human Resources departments at global level, as well as the reporting possibilities
The Evolution of the Project

At the launch of the project, Clariant consisted of 3 companies in France.

On 1 January 2006, the legal model of the group was modified, and the number of legal entities consequently increased to 7.

NGA Human Resources therefore carried out an audit in order to modify the parameterizations and to convert the legal entities data into site data.

In 2007, following the acquisition of the Masterbatches business from the CIBA Group by Clariant, NGA Human Resources integrated the 170 employees into the Clariant payroll system, all in the space of 2 months.

After the completion of this project, Clariant and NGA Human Resources discussed the best way of maintaining the system put in place. It was decided in March 2007 that NGA Human Resources would provide Clariant with Europe-wide evolutive and legal maintenance. The NGA OPS department of NGA Human Resources is now in charge of specific parameterizations, and constitutes the support service for the manager of the payroll module.

NGA Human Resources Switzerland, Great Britain, Germany and Spain, for their part, are responsible for the maintenance of the system put in place at local level. Clariant France continues to closely monitor developments in order to remain integrated within a European context.

Why NGA Human Resources?
  • Recognized for its international HR expertise
  • Recognized for its SAP HR specialization
  • Recommended by the publisher SAP
  • Trust developed over many years of partnership