Approach and Services of Promerit AG:
Promerit supported the Wacker Chemie AG in all phases of the project, from the strategic realignment of Talent Management to the conception of processes and tools and their implementation within a new IT solution based on SAP.
Strategic focus of the new Talent Management programme
At the start of the project, the Promerit Management Consulting AG carried out interviews with management and HR domestically and abroad to identify the business challenges and expectations of a future Talent Management program at Wacker. On this basis the Talent Management objectives were defined, which determined the framework for future tools and Group-wide standards.
Designing processes & tools within Talent Management
Following this, the conceptual foundations were laid. Amongst other elements, this included developing a Group-wide competence model encompassing talent criteria, as well as an internationally standardised job architecture as the basis for planning staffing requirements and cross-functional development opportunities. In addition, processes and tools in performance management, Talent Management as well as strategic personnel requirement and succession planning were reengineered. Throughout the project it was ensured that the needs of the international units – particularly China and the US – were taken into account.
Business and technical implementation of the new Talent Management approach
After completing the conception phase, the new Talent Management programme was realised in two streams:
The new, cascaded talent and succession conferences were carried out throughout the Group for the first time, with support from Promerit Management Consulting. The cross-organisational function conferences turned out to be very successful.
In parallel, system implementation based on SAP was tackled with the support of the Promerit HR + IT Consulting. A Scrum-based, tri-phase approach was used to implement a central employee profile as well as succession planning and employee appraisal meetings. This project approach developed by Promerit HR + IT makes results visible quickly; the constant integration of each department during the implementation phase was also ensured. Technical gaps in the standard software were bridged with Promerit Templates: these allow users to define developmental goals and measures during an employee appraisal meeting, transfer them into the employee profile, then follow up and maintain them there all year round. For succession conferences, Wacker utilised a display developed by Promerit that gives rapid access to the information required for each succession situation.
Klaus Hofmann, Director of Central HR: “We have achieved our goal of creating a Group-wide practice which is being applied by managers and employees. Promerit has enabled us to establish a best-in-class Talent Management programme. In the end, the interplay between strategic/conceptual work and the realisation into processes and information systems was convincing for us.”