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Attracting and developing talent

NICOLAS BOUTS

Executive Vice President Human Resources


WHAT ARE SERVIER’S BIGGEST HR CHALLENGES?

Given the changing face of our industry in terms of professions, we want all Group employees to have the means to succeed, to adapt, to take on responsibilities and to grow. At Servier, behavioral competencies like teamwork, adaptability, and respect are just as important as technical skills. We need to be able not only to recognize these soft skills but also to develop them in order to strengthen ourselves as a whole. The search for talent is another important challenge, particularly in oncology, biotechnology, digital, and project management. Skills in these areas are in high demand in our sector.

 

IN THIS CONTEXT, HOW DO YOU ATTRACT TALENT?

At Servier, we are fortunate to work in a meaningful profession. Our Vocation, our Values, our clear Vision, our governance by a non-profit Foundation, guide each of us. These are strong levers of attractiveness and engagement, especially for the younger generations. Our quest to set an example and our increased efforts in communication and transparency have also contributed to stronger employee engagement. Another appealing factor is the proximity of our HR teams around the world to the teams in the field. We adapt our training to the needs of each individual. This contributes to the development of employees’ skills and gives them a solid foundation for understanding and grasping the major strategic challenges that our Group and the pharmaceutical sector are facing.

 

HOW DOES YOUR STRATEGY FOR AND WITH THE PATIENT FIT INTO YOUR HR APPROACH?

We have an essential role in implementing this culture for and with the patient within the Group. Our profession serves patient needs. This Vocation must be the driving force for every employee. We are very vigilant at the time of recruitment, but also during an employee’s integration and career development. We ensure that the patient is at the heart of each individual’s actions every day. We do this by providing adapted HR services and training.