Hiring the Leaders for tomorrow
We’ve always been very proud of the idea that we are a Technology Supplier, with no dependency on any other external organization working miles away. From the inception of the organization we were among the first few, who were trying to convert metal to plastic in automotive and later bringing LED tail-lamps and digital clusters to India.
However, in 2015 the technology-centric market began to change rapidly, with our customers expecting higher standards of performance. Mobility macro trends like the desire to be smarter, cleaner and more connected gave rise to transitions like BSVI and the EV, which at present are well-defined concepts but were in the emerging stages of planning then.
Historically, the brand equity that Varroc enjoyed in the job market was that of a leading tier-1 supplier with great manufacturing capability and a nascent engineering capability. We needed to deliver a product that met increased customer-requirements and emerging market needs, with focused improvements in our engineering and quality management systems, to deliver the new level of reliability expected by our customers. To achieve all of the above, we needed a team that was hungry, agile and extremely result-oriented to be able to compete in a market needed for transformation.
In 2016, our Future Ready Program was co-created by the Business Heads and the HR Head to build capable teams internally by investing early in young talent, and honing them according to the skill-sets and behaviours required by the organization.
The Future Ready Programme encourages young-talent early in their careers to realize their potential by accelerating their career growth as they work to ace their current roles, and it also gives them the freedom to choose the areas in which they want to grow.
During the same time, we also created the Competency Framework for Varroc, called ‘Albus’. This framework defines skill-sets and behaviours that the organization values. The parameters on which the GETs are evaluated are based on the foundation ‘Albus’ lays, which enables GETs (Graduate Engineering Trainees) into agents of change who embody Albus through their actions.
The Journey for the Future Ready Programme candidate spans across 4-5 years, and has three components each lasting for around a year or two. Post their onboarding, Business-HRs map the GETs with respective projects in different functions in R&D and in Operations, focusing on research and improvement. The projects are designed to bring forth GET interactions with multiple stakeholders and build competencies like result orientation, interpersonal effectiveness, project management and ownership. Post this they are moved into feeder roles and IDP (Individual Development Plan) are designed to enable the GETs move into their respective Aspirational Roles within the organisation.
The GET programme has been one of the most impactful HR initiatives, that we have driven in the last 5 years.
We aspired to win our choicest businesses and we were able to, we played a significant role in the Indian market by transitioning to BSVI, and we now play an even larger role in India transitioning to EVs, and the GETs are really at the vanguard of this movement for Varroc.
Today, GETs lead the Manufacturing-Shop Floors that drive at least a 700 to 800 crore revenue for us. When it comes to the significantly complex product lines like that of the traction motor and controller, the lines are designed by a GET, the control algorithm that determines how the motor operates are defined by a GET, GET’s work across product lines achieving patents in various complex fields of engineering.
Today, GETs comprise almost 1/6th of the workforce of one business unit (comprising members who have been a part of the GET programme). But, what gives us most joy is that the program has really helped, Varroc transition into a learning organization.
Today, leadership is engaged with the idea that we teach and build our own talent.
Hiring the Leaders for tomorrow
We’ve always been very proud of the idea that we are a Technology Supplier, with no dependency on any other external organization working miles away. From the inception of the organization we were among the first few, who were trying to convert metal to plastic in automotive and later bringing LED tail-lamps and digital clusters to India.Reach us