A clear view on employee budget at Bridgestone with SAC Workforce Planning

For an international organization like Bridgestone, having real-time insight in employee costs is vital. But how to get a clear budget view? And what about forecasting and simulations? Here's how Bridgestone created a Workforce Planning tool with SAP Analytics Cloud that offers these insights and more.

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Getting clarity in complexity

As a global player with expanding activities, Bridgestone inevitably knows a certain complexity, not in the least when it comes to HR data. To illustrate, Bridgestone is the world’s largest tire and rubber company, based in 40 countries with over 100.000 employees. As a consequence, getting insights in the overall employee cost is crucial. However, for the HR department at Bridgestone EMIA this was no simple task.

For one, Bridgestone has several business ‘entities’: Sales, Manufacturing, R&D and Headquarters. As a consequence, there is different employee data based on type of entity. E.g. a person working in a manufacturing entity has a different contract than someone in HQ.

On top of that, Bridgestone’s entities are located in different countries, each with their own employment legislation. And finally, every country’s HR department had its own way of gathering, saving and reporting employee data.

Chloe Ostyn

“Every entity at Bridgestone had its own way of working, gathering data in Excel sheets and using separate definitions for HR and financial data. Because of that regional diversity, it was practically impossible to create an accurate report of the actual wage costs based on parameters such as type of contract or employee profile. “

Chloé Ostyn - HR Controller EMIA at Bridgestone

To conclude, Bridgestone wanted a solution that would combine all of this data to get clear, fast reporting and forecasting on workforce budget without extra manual workload. Time to introduce a Workforce Planning tool!

Workforce Planning: insights in present and future

The Workforce Planning tool at Bridgestone combines HR and Finance data in one single source of truth. Where HR and Finance previously had to find a way to manually consolidate their data, both departments can now get relevant insights using only one tool.

What’s more, the tool:

  • shows data in real-time;
  • offers the possibility to create accurate reporting;
  • allows forecasting and simulation options.
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Immediate impact

The benefits are noticeable immediately. According to Chloé, the tool already provides valuable insights, quickly and without adding to the HR workload.

“In Belgium, we had to calculate the impact of wage indexation on our budget recently. With the SAC tool this took us about 20 minutes. Previously, this calculation would have meant over half a day’s work for our team. “

Chloé Ostyn

Why Workforce Planning with SAP Analytics Cloud?

The choice to develop the workforce planning tool using SAP Analytics Cloud was a logical one for Bridgestone. The organization already had a SAC planning tool for the Finance department, so looking for a SAP solution for the new tool made sense.

SAP Analytics Cloud was the perfect fit for a tool like this because it:

  • supports basic processes;
  • provides easy insights;
  • offers fast reporting possibilities.

Watch the interview for Studio HR with Flexso consultant Koen Vanderwegen and Chloé Ostyn, HR Controller EMIA at Bridgestone below.

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Koen Vanderwegen

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