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How Boehringer Ingelheim successfully delivered a Greenfield S/4HANA implementation across 100 countries


Boehringer Ingelheim




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The programme of work

Transformation type: Greenfield
Hires required: 30+
bluewaveSELECT solution: Deliver, Exclusive

The Stats

  • 30+ accurate hires made across all five continents
  • Quality candidate shortlists delivered within 24 hours
  • 1:1 CV-to-interview ratio

The challenge:

  • Boehringer Ingelheim is a global pharmaceutical company specialising in human pharmaceuticals, animal health and biopharmaceuticals.
  • They needed to implement a robust staffing strategy and quickly mobilise a multi-lingual, multi-country SAP team that could successfully design, build and roll out the programme’s global template on time and to budget.
  • They had reached a point where failure to secure the right SAP resources in diverse geographic locations via their existing suppliers had put programme delivery at risk.
  • They needed a supplier that could deliver a high volume of global SAP hires at pace, without sacrificing quality.
  • And all consultants had to have previous SAP GxP pharmaceutical experience, be fully compliant to work in each region and speak business level English, as well as local languages.

The solution

  • They chose to partner with bluewaveSELECT on an Exclusive basis.
  • Before sending any candidates through, bluewaveSELECT mapped out each local SAP community, meeting and assessing all potential candidates for their suitability.
  • bluewaveSELECT shared a shortlist of industry-recognised SAP experts for each role within 24 hours – all motivated to join the project and company, able to do the job, a track record in similar projects and a great cultural fit.

The Results

  • bluewaveSELECT enabled the successful delivery of the programme’s first 3 phases
    on time and to budget across the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, Greece, Singapore,
    Malaysia, China, India, Mexico and Canada.
  • They have placed more than 30 accurately matched SAP professionals across all phases and locations.
  • Due to bluewaveSELECT’s approach to sourcing candidates, Boehringer Ingelheim were able to sit back, relax and enjoy a hands-free journey – they weren’t expected to waste their time sifting through poor quality CVs.
  • They were quickly given the confidence that they had a capable global SAP recruitment partner for the long term – implicitly trusting bluewaveSELECT to deliver on their requirements whichever corner of the world they are in.
  • This enabled the programme team to focus less on hiring and more on their key deliverables.
  • Given the success of this global programme, bluewaveSELECT is now Boehringer Ingelheim’s number one supplier for SAP professionals on other SAP programmes.

PMO Delivery Lead, Boehringer Ingelheim

In this business it’s rare to find recruitment partners who are not running after you on a daily basis purely based on fast profit thinking. bluewave is one of the few agencies that focus on consistent high levels of delivery and quality of candidates. Also, the consultants who we work with staffed via bluewave are the only ones who I have never heard complaining about payments and contracts, so keep up the good reputation!

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