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Training and development
Talent management, training and internal mobility are permanent fixtures within Tarkett’s organization and constitute an integral part of our corporate culture.
Annual performance and development appraisals are conducted at all levels of the organization. They allow employees to get feedback on their performance against annual targets, to assess their skills based on common standards for the whole Group and to define a personal development plan.
These interviews form the basis of annual talent reviews, which enable us to better prepare each individual’s evolution and anticipate organizational changes. In 2011, the Group conducted nearly 2000 talent reviews.
In addition to annual interviews, Human Resources teams also conduct personal development interviews with staff members to prepare their job evolution.
The Group’s training policy is elaborated based on individual development plans, but also on Tarkett’s strategic orientations, on transversal initiatives such as WCM, or on job function evolutions.
Beyond individual training, which constitutes the bulk of training efforts conducted by Tarkett, the Group has implemented over recent years the following transversal programs:
- More than 700 managers were trained in “Manager @ Tarkett” to improve their managerial skills
- Over 600 people increased their project management skills via the “Project Management @ Tarkett” program
- Employees are further trained in product knowledge through the Tarkett Academy. Since 2010, these programs have been enriched by a distance learning "e-campus Program"
Internal mobility: a cornerstone of Tarkett’s people development program
Internal mobility creates new opportunities for our people, allows us to plan for organic growth and helps us to ensure that our organization has the right talents at the right time in the right position. In addition to matching the company’s talent needs, competencies and skills, our structured approach to internal mobility helps Tarkett to build a strong international and culturally diverse culture.
Recognizing the contributions of our employees to Tarkett’s success and promoting entrepreneurial efforts is another key element of our philosophy. The annual Tarkett Awards recognize special projects from across the world that have had an impact on our business, customer relationships or brand image.
The seven categories correspond to the group’s strategy: Customer, Cost, Cash, Commitment to the Environment, Commitment to People, Creativity, and the President’s Trophy.
Job types @ Tarkett
Marketing & Communications: Marketing and communication teams promote our products among prescribers, specifiers, distributors, end users and consumers. The role of marketing is to define and implement the company’s product strategy by proposing innovative and customized solutions to the needs of our multiple target audiences. The marketing and communication function at Tarkett offers a wide spectrum of different communication tools geared towards many different B2B and B2C market segments.
Manufacturing operations: All along the value chain, all Tarkett teams, from purchasing, supply chain, quality, engineering, maintenance and manufacturing, ensure together that Tarkett products delivered to customers are at the highest level of world class standards and at the right time. Operations and Manufacturing promote safe and environmental friendly processes and constantly innovate on equipment so that Tarkett products are fully in line with customers’ expectations while taking care of people.
Finance: Like Tarkett as a whole, the Finance organization of Tarkett is aligned and decentralized, with lean corporate headquarters. Finance teams are co-pilots of the business management at every level of the organization. Our teams aim to be “Best in class” in their functions. We deploy standardized tools to increase their efficiency and promote a fact-based, business oriented mindset among all Finance associates. Through its variety of businesses and locations, Tarkett offers a variety of international career opportunities to people working in Finance.
Sales: The main mission of Tarkett’s sales department consists of identifying and proposing optimally integrated flooring and sports surface solutions for our customers. Sales managers at Tarkett work with one of the largest product lines in the flooring industry and are able to propose tailor-made and cost efficient solutions to a wide target audience including architects, building owners, building managers, specifiers, installers, wholesalers as well as buyers of large "Do-It-Yourself" stores.
Research & Innovation: Tarkett Research & Development teams work in collaboration with Marketing to develop either new products or products with improved performances. They are located close to Tarkett plants to provide technical support and contribute to process improvement. At Group level Tarkett Research & Innovation teams run prospective researches on market needs and emerging technologies generating new and innovative product or process concepts. Other activities include technology scouting, external partnerships, technology watch and intellectual property management.
Logistics: Our Supply Chain is organized around 3 main functions, with the ultimate objective to answer the needs and meet the expectations of our customers. Customer Service teams manage the orders and requests from all customers, and ensure a continuous follow-up. The Planning teams are responsible for organizing and planning the various steps of Supply Chain, from demand forecasts to stocks. Finally, the logistics teams are in charge of warehousing and transportation to optimize deliveries to customers.
Purchasing: The central Purchasing team has a responsibility for the strategic raw materials (PVC, plasticizers, etc) and some outsourced finished goods in order to develop long-term supply and industrial partnerships which are vital to the company. Local teams (at division and site levels) are responsible for a large base of services, materials and products. Their mission is to build strong relationships with suppliers, conduct tenders and organize supplies.
Legal: The legal teams partner with the various business teams in order to insure identified legal aspects of the Tarkett Group are secured or controlled. The teams will give advice and coordinate various areas including: contract review and negotiation, litigation strategy and supervision, intellectual property portfolio management, corporate governance and competition and anti-corruption compliance. The insurable risks are covered through insurance policy implementation and risk prevention programs. Legal teams identify legal risks and find business-oriented solutions and action plans to address issues and to protect company value.