NewPage set out to create a new Human Resources function and selected Alsbridge to assist them to define and implement an HR sourcing strategy and the accompanying HRIS requirements. Alsbridge recommended that NewPage outsource the majority of the administrative HR processes currently performed by the parent company and retain strategic HR functions at the NewPage headquarters. The entire process was conducted in near record time and resulted in a multi-year agreement with Accenture to provide payroll, benefits administration, and recruiting and learning systems.
Dallas, TX (PRWEB) November 8, 2005 — Alsbridge, the global Outsourcing, Shared Services, and Offshoring advisory firm, announced today the successful completion of an HR outsourcing deal between its client, NewPage Corporation, and Accenture. NewPage, headquartered in Dayton, Ohio and a leading producer of coated paper in North America, was recently formed when the Papers Group of MeadWestvaco was divested in May 2005. As such, NewPage set out to create a new Human Resources function and selected Alsbridge to assist them to define and implement an HR sourcing strategy and the accompanying HRIS requirements.
Alsbridge helped assess the current state of human resource management staffing, processes and systems at NewPage. The assessment included a comprehensive review of the parent company’s existing HR service offerings, which enabled a thorough understanding of the client’s HR requirements. Based on the assessment, Alsbridge recommended that NewPage outsource the majority of the administrative HR processes currently performed by the parent company, retain strategic HR functions at the NewPage headquarters, and leverage existing HR resources in its five integrated pulp and paper manufacturing facilities.
Once the strategy was set, Alsbridge assisted NewPage to accelerate its implementation. The NewPage Leadership team with the support of senior Alsbridge consultants short-listed the capable HR outsourcing service providers, developed and issued the RFPs, and assisted the service providers in submitting adequate responses. Alsbridge consultants assisted NewPage to evaluate the responses and select the ‘best fit’ outsourcing partner to provide a large number of their HR functions. Alsbridge joined in the contract negotiations, which resulted in favorable SLAs and contract terms with the chosen provider. The entire process was conducted in near record time and resulted in a multi-year agreement with Accenture to provide payroll, benefits administration, and recruiting and learning systems.
Praising the effort, Chuck Aardema, SVP of HR for NewPage, stated, “Alsbridge’s support was instrumental in helping to identify our requirements and in facilitating the selection of the most qualified provider. With their help, we were able to meet a very aggressive timeline to implementation.”
Alsbridge CEO, Ben Trowbridge, stated, “The Human Resources function is an integral part of any new company just starting out. We were delighted to help NewPage set out on the right foot with a dedicated and capable partner to provide their people with top-notch HR services.”
Alsbridge (www.Alsbridge.com) is the premier global Outsourcing, Shared Services, and Offshore advisory firm with a staff of over 60 advisors and headquarters in Dallas, TX and London, UK. Our advisors average over 15 years experience specializing in Outsourcing and Shared Services transactions, and have served as managing partners and senior executives at leading firms such as Ernst & Young, Capgemini, EDS, Accenture, PwC and KPMG. We provide clients with unmatched experience and in-depth industry knowledge in reducing costs, improving service levels, and maximizing shareholder value through the use of on and offshore Outsourcing and Shared Services.
About NewPage Corporation
NewPage Corporation, headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, is a leading U.S. producer of coated papers in North America. With more than 6,300 employees, the company operates five integrated pulp and paper manufacturing mills located in Chillicothe, Ohio; Escanaba, Michigan; Luke, Maryland; Rumford, Maine; and Wickliffe, Kentucky. These mills have a combined annual capacity of approximately 2.5 million tons of coated and carbonless paper. For additional information, please visit the company’s website at www.newpagecorp.com.