Creating our India Procurement Hub
The Logistics and Manufacturing spend area in Asia Pacific was hugely complex and needed to be reimagined… Close to 5,000 vendor relationships needed to be maintained for Manufacturing and Equipment Services alone!
When Mondelez Asia Pacific started its transformation journey, Logistics & Manufacturing was identified as one of the spend areas that needed a complete turnaround. In Asia Pacific, we needed to consolidate our spend and create a hub in India. With the complexity & diversity involved in this transformation, a critical element was ensuring that we had the right people in the right roles to lead the changes. We also needed to ensure our stakeholders had visibility of the change and the road ahead. These two things were critical to maintaining best-in-class productivity throughout the changes, and continuing to build a talent pipeline for the future.
Communication throughout the transformation was essential to keep our teams engaged and positive about the changes; we held regular town halls to disseminate information and connect with our teams. We also made sure we regularly connected the Global, Regional and Country Procurement Operations teams. Collaboration was a key part of our transformation, we encouraged colleagues to present their work on larger platforms resulting in “Lift & Shift” and recognition of their efforts.
We were also keen to identify a key talent pool to enable us to develop our existing talent with the right career opportunities, complemented by a new local Entry Talent program. The India Entry Talent program offers internship opportunities to promising candidates from Indian MBA institutes who work on live business projects under expert guidance & mentorship. Interns then have the opportunity to join Mondelez International as Management trainees. These trainees experience a program with cross-functional stints that ready them for the leadership pipeline.
I am really proud to see the India Hub now fully established and working very successfully, offering fantastic opportunities for people to be based in India while building their careers on a global scale.