Premier Foods places people management in the cloud with SAP’s SuccessFactors

Premier Foods will use the SuccessFactors HCM Suite including Employee Central and Learning solutions to simplify and bring consistency to its HR processes.

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Premier Foods is putting its human capital management (HCM) in the cloud with SAP’s SuccessFactors.

With around 4,000 employees operating from over 17 sites across the UK, the UK’s largest branded food producer owns brands including Mr Kipling, Bisto, Ambrosia, Sharwood’s and Loyd Grossman.

The firm made sales worth £849.8 million in 2013, it claims on its website, delivering a trading profit of £138.9 million.

Premier Foods will use the SuccessFactors HCM Suite including Employee Central and Learning solutions to simplify and bring consistency to its HR processes. It hopes the deployment will increase engagement among its ranks.

Another well-known European food manufacturer, Danone, recently invested in SuccessFactors.

The 100,000-strong firm known for Activia, Volvic, Evian, Shape, Actimel and Badoit brands is deploying Employee Central, Recruiting, Performance and Compensation and the SAP Cloud for Travel and Expense system.

SuccessFactors was bought by SAP at the end of 2011. At that time its founder Lars Dalgaard took a seat in SAP’s newly formed Cloud Business Unit. Two years later Dalgaard stepped down, replaced by another SAP purchase’s chief executive – Bob Calderoni of Ariba networks.

SAP’s cloud-first strategy will see 2,200 jobs cut this year – three percent of its global workforce. The vendor said that employees will be offered retirement packages and new roles will be created to align with its cloud business values.

It unveiled the new generation of its ERP S/4 Hana– a SaaS model running on database Hana that promises to eliminate 40 percent of SAP IT load by removing satellite systems - early this year. 

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