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Prysmian Group: SuccessFactors Core HR at the heart of global transformation

  • Industry: Energy
  • Employees: 30,000
  • Headquarters: Milan, Italy

Prysmian Group, a world leader in the production of high-technology cables and systems for energy and telecommunications, recognized the need to develop a new Human Capital Management strategy and supporting technological infrastructure, to manage the increased complexity and geographical span of its workforce following the company’s merger with Draka in 2011. The global implementation of SuccessFactors Employee Central is one of the main pillars of this new company-wide HR strategy

The need for change Following its successful merger with Draka in 2011, Prysmian Group needed to create a global governance to ensure that the increased complexity and geographical span of the significantly grown business was efficiently managed. In parallel to this, the Group wanted to transform its Human Capital management to:

  • Transition the HR function from a mere administrative role to true Business Partner and Change Agent functions, where people, not procedures, are the focus of the HR teams
  • Deploy uniformed, group-wide strategic HR processes that ensure complete visibility of the workforce so the best talent can be attracted, nurtured and retained, and individual employee objectives aligned with those of the business to drive its ongoing success To achieve the desired HR transformation, a new integrated HR infrastructure was needed.

The route for change starts from Core HR In 2012, Prysmian launched a multi-step HR program to build a standardized global HR process and system architecture to underpin the employee lifecycle from hire to retire. It was agreed that a standardized HR practice would guarantee that all employees benefit from HR best practice, irrespective of job function or location, and the business from a single view of the entire workforce, opening up huge opportunities for data analysis and the harvesting of business intelligence to be fed back into the business. The above program included, as a pivotal pillar, the implementation of a global Core HR system to centralize the management of employee master-data and organizational structure at the corporate level. SuccessFactors Employee Central was chosen as the best suited solution to solve the challenges due to the existing HR infrastructure, in particular inconsistency of HR data and manual HR processes.

About Prysmian Group
World leader in the industry of high technology cables and systems for energy and telecommunications, the Prysmian Group is a truly global company with subsidiaries in 50 countries, 89 plants, 17 R&D centres and over 19.000 employees. It recorded sales of nearly €7 billion in 2014.

Headquarters: Milan, Italy
Industry: High technology cables and systems manufacturer
Revenue: €6,8 billion in 2014
Employees: 19,000
Presence: 50 countries