Internationalisation, the key to building the future
Growth for Biesse's foreign branches is a matter of continuous development, assisted by a focus on people and cutting edge processes. Fabio La Cava, Group HR Director, outlined HR's strategy for achieving our new objectives.
How have the foreign branches grown and what does that growth mean for the Group?
"From 2014 to today, Biesse's foreign branches have grown from 1,100 people to a staff of roughly 1,600, with 45% growth over the past three years. On the one hand, such growth has meant that company processes had to be redesigned, especially those related to recruiting, on the other hand, it has created international career opportunities for our employees. The internationalisation of our business, which is now a consolidated process for the Biesse, has provided our staff with opportunities for growth, through integration and by being able to compare notes with others, and it has guaranteed that the know-how and competencies developed by Biesse are shared around the world".
A lot of experience and great enthusiasm: in recent years the Biesse has encouraged the search for young talent, especially on the international level. With what results? How will this strategy continue?
"Given the significant internationalisation of the Group, over the coming years recruiting will increasingly focus on young talent as well as established professionals, to prepare them for an international career in sales or service settings at our foreign branches. Biesse dedicates the best resources to these young people, a accompanies them as they grow and develop, both professionally and personally. Biesse offers talented young professionals who wish to pursue an international career the opportunity to increase their skills at one of Biesse's many overseas locations. The talented young hopefuls who get through the selection process are given a chance to spend 12 months working at the Group's headquarters in Italy, in order to acquire in-depth knowledge of the business and business processes, as well as go through technical training. Subsequently, trainees can gain work experience at one of the Group's international locations in Europe, Asia, North America and Australia".
How do you plan to sustain such growth?
"It has become crucial for the company that HR processes be managed uniformly and organically through our people and by using the best tools. That's why we initiated the "One Company HR" project, whose aim is to introduce a new management system to support the main HR processes. This project will produce advantages for the Human Resources department and will also allow every employee to have ready access to relevant information and to the material provided by the company. Most of all, however, it will enable collaboration between employees across the globe. We all need to be ready to change our approach to work, to ensure that it is up to date and suitable for achieving the objectives set for the future".