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Solvay: Optimizing global workforce management

  • Industry: Specialty chemicals
  • Employees: 24,289
  • Headquarters: Brussels, Belgium

Solvay – an international chemical company employing 30.000 employees in more than 56 countries – decided to fully revisit their global processes and to build a Global Hire-to-Retire Business Services organization. NGA’s global payroll outsourcing services managed on a single HR platform provided Solvay with a greater HR process optimization and improved HR service delivery efficiencies.

In 2011, Solvay – employing 30.000 employees in more than 56 countries across the globe – decided to reorganize its various business departments. The primary purposes of these changes were to take the group closer to its customers, be more agile and be better equipped to seize opportunities and realize its growth ambitions.

About Solvay™ Solvay
is an international chemical company, founded in Belgium in 1863. Their products serve diversified markets worldwide, from consumer goods to energy, with one main aim – to improve quality of life and customer performance.

Headquarters: Brussels, Belgium
Industry: Chemicals
2013 Net Sales: € 9.94 billion
Population: 29.400+ employees
Presence: 56+ countries

Challenges and Objectives
Solvay fully revisited their global processes and built a Global Business Services organization around the main company processes, among which the Hire-to-Retire process. The main goals of the Hire-to-Retire Business Service are:

  • To support Solvay’s 30.000 employees and 10.000 retirees across the globe
  • To efficiently manage all HR related matters such as workforce administration, payroll and talent management

Taking into account the global presence and innovative mindset of the Solvay Group, this is a very complex and challenging activity which demands services of the highest quality.

The services provided by the Hire-to-Retire Business Service needed to be more efficient than ever before. Therefore, Solvay decided to move towards a global HR solution, based on a single technology, standardized processes and harmonized tools & procedures at the global level. Automation of both the HR processes and the underlying HR technology was equally important in this context. Solvay’s HR provider needed to have the capacity to manage 40.000 employees and retirees across the globe.