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Client Challenge: Syngenta needed to attract and retain an extremely high caliber of talent to work on improving global food security
Solution: By partnering with Capgemini, Syngenta transformed its HR function through consolidating its processes into a single way of working, before implementing a set of cloud-based, digital platforms and tools to achieve a more responsive and satisfying HR experience
As a worldwide leader in the agriculture industry, Syngenta has made feeding a rising population its primary goal, and dedicated world-class science and innovative crop solutions to providing effective answers to the challenge of global food security. To achieve this ambitious objective, the organization needs to employ an extremely high caliber of talent. This means operating a highly effective and responsive HR function to overcome the challenges of identifying and retaining new and existing talent.
In 2012, Syngenta reviewed its HR processes and understood the opportunity to enhance its ability to support potential and existing employees by consolidating its services across regions. To ensure the success of the project, Syngenta required a transformation partner that would guide the creation and implementation of a unique solution to fit its needs.
Syngenta selected Capgemini as its partner based on the success of the organizations’ existing relationship, as well as Capgemini’s well established history of delivering effective global transformation solutions. Capgemini’s demonstrated understanding of HR transformation, digital technology, and the agriculture industry singled it out from other potential partners.
Syngenta and Capgemini started by conducting a thorough analysis of Syngenta’s HR processes to establish a shared understanding of the opportunities for improving performance and the challenges the solution needed to address. The study highlighted the need for Syngenta to standardize its processes and ways of working on a region-by-region basis.
During the period 2012–2015, the partners consolidated all HR processes into four global delivery centers, which included implementation of a service desk focused on Syngenta employees. This eliminated region-specific ways of working and introduced a single approach to all HR operations, resulting in an expansion of HR services to cover around 22,000 members of the Syngenta organization. At the same time, Syngenta was able to reduce the cost of operations by 30%, while expanding the ability of its HR function to provide effective services more rapidly.
This standardization and consolidation created the groundwork for the partners to further explore opportunities for improvements to Syngenta’s HR processes among other digital transformation projects.
In 2015, with the transition finalized and consolidation complete, Syngenta and Capgemini continued HR transformation to support business change, strengthen Syngenta’s talent pipeline, deliver HR excellence, and shape the organization’s culture and leadership. More specifically, the transition enabled the partners to evaluate HR services in ways that hadn’t been possible before – most notably by measuring customer satisfaction. This in turn made it possible to identify areas where services needed improvement, and so to set about creating the right customer experience for HR service users.
The partners embedded a “One HR” team mindset, working together as one team not just to respond to queries and complaints, but also to identify and deal with the real root cause of problems and reduce recurrences. This “One HR” mindset enabled the partners to combine resources such as analytics, customer service skills, HR excellence, automation, and robotics that led to a range of tangible improvements, including enhanced user satisfaction, reduced customer complaints, and faster and more effective ticket resolution.
In 2016, Syngenta and Capgemini implemented automation projects across quality checking, data entry, annual compensation, and record filing. As well as delivering financial savings – including $340,000 savings in compensation statement production alone – automation has improved the speed and reliability of processes, and reduced the scope for human error. This has had a major impact on service levels.
In 2016–2018, the partners planned, developed, and implemented their “HR Next Generation” project – a new operating model and technology for next-generation HR that reflects Syngenta’s commitment towards using technology to improve accuracy and efficiency, without removing the human element of customer satisfaction.
Going live in mid-2018, the HR Next Generation project focused on upgrading three of Syngenta’s core legacy HR technology platforms used to deliver an enhanced employee experience across 90 countries:
On top of these core technologies, the partners also modernized Syngenta’s entire HR landscape by implementing a range of digital tools that enabled the business to deliver more effective services to its existing and new employees. These tools included:
Building on the successful and impactful transformation of Syngenta’s global HR operations, the partners identified numerous opportunities for improved services, including the implementation of robotics and automation to enhance productivity and accuracy. To this end, in 2018, Syngenta and Capgemini agreed to extend their contract through to 2022 – cementing a successful and highly effective, 10-year partnership to deliver a best-in-class customer experience.
With this renewed agreement, Capgemini will extend its services to deliver its Digital Employee Operations solution to the agribusiness leader. As part of the contract remit, Capgemini’s experts across delivery centers in Nanhai, Krakow, Campinas, and Kolkata will work alongside Syngenta to continue transforming the full scope of its HR services in support of Syngenta’s 28,000 employees around the world. These functions include new hire onboarding, HR administration, payroll, compensation, learning services, performance management, talent management, and data analytics.
This extended collaboration will lead to cost savings, increased productivity, enhanced employee satisfaction, and an accelerated pace for the digitization of Syngenta’s global HR operations.
The three-phased transformation program and “One HR” team mindset has led to a positively transformed perception of HR operations and a range of tangible outcomes, including:
Together, Syngenta and Capgemini will continue to follow their “One HR” team mindset that combines both organizations as a single team to continuously exchange information and expertise. By combining Syngenta’s impressive drive for innovation with Capgemini’s knowledge of digital transformation and HR processes, the partners will continue to demonstrate their leadership abilities and commitment to a superior HR experience.
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