Kemira's Unified HR Framework with SAP SuccessFactors

Understand how Kemira harmonized its global HR processes with SAP SuccessFactors, creating a cohesive HR infrastructure that aligns with its business needs.

Kemira is a global leader in sustainable chemical solutions for water-intensive industries. Headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, Kemira offers water quality and quantity management, thereby improving customers’ energy, water, and raw material efficiency. The company operates in over 100 countries and employs approximately 5,000 people.


Kemira splits its HR function into two teams: global HR and regional HR. The global HR team is responsible for developing global processes and policies in cooperation with regional HR. Processes for reward, talent development, recruitment, and other global Human Capital Management (HCM) processes are managed by the global HR team. Regional and local HR is responsible for implementing these processes, including data management, in their respective regions.

Kemira has been working with SuccessFactors Employee Profile and Goal & Performance Management modules since 2012, and was keen to implement the remaining parts of the SuccessFactors Talent Suite.


Kemira conducted an RFP process and Effective People was chosen as the implementation partner. Effective People implemented the SuccessFactors Learning, SuccessFactors Recruiting,SuccessFactors Compensation, and SuccessFactors Talent Management modules.

Besides being responsible for the module implementation, Effective People was also asked to optimize and improve processes from the already implemented modules across the SuccessFactors platform. Since SuccessFactors was already known to the organization, there was minimal change-related impact on the organization.


By leveraging Effective People’s long-standing expertise in global rollouts, Kemira was able to successfully implement the SuccessFactors modules in scope while optimizing current processes. The project was successfully implemented on time and on budget, and has been an important accelerator in helping Kemira to achieve the key project benefits:

  • Unified end-to-end HR processes based on best practices

  • Improved efficiency and clarity

  • Access to and re-use of information and knowledge sharing

  • Measuring and developing HR processes

  • Compliance with local and global regulations, management systems, etc.

“Effective People helped Kemira establish a seamless integration between the already implemented processes and the new processes and modules (Compensation, Talent Management, Recruiting and Learning), establishing a true global HCM solution, to support the future business needs of Kemira.”
Paula Salonen | Kemira's Head of Business Service Center, EMEA and VP, HR, EMEA

About Effective People

Effective People has completed more than 1200 SAP SuccessFactors projects in more than 100 countries worldwide throughout the past 19 years. Our 250 consultants are covering all major industries and provide continued operational support and maintenance for more than 150 companies. We are an SAP Gold Partner, and we have been awarded Expert status in SAPs new competency framework. Entering the SAP Hall of Fame, we received the Partner Excellence Award in 2020 and 2021. Working together with our customers, we have won 13 Quality Awards in four years. Contact us if you need guidance on how to get the most out of your SuccessFactors solution.

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