Indo-French Business Relations | | Economic Times of India
BENGALURU: French multinational company Alstom’s engineering centre in Bengaluru is gearing up to expand not only in terms of headcount but also in contribution to global operations. The centre, the company’s largest engineering hub globally, designs products and solutions for India as well as the rest of the world.
“We are going to ramp up the headcount for the Bengaluru centre by at least 700 this year,” Jean-Francois Beaudoin, senior vice president of AlstomBSE -0.50 % Asia Pacific, told ET. “Most of our growth in terms of headcount is coming from emerging regions, most particularly from the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, and India is one of the most promising transport markets in APAC.”
About 50% of the centre’s work is for international projects, which is expected to grow to 60% by the year-end, Beaudoin said.
The centre is engaged in designing and manufacturing for the Kochi Metro, Lucknow Metro and Chennai Metro, among other domestic projects. Nearly 3,000 of Alstom’s 4,300 workers in APAC region are based in India. Of these, 2,000 work in the engineering centre and the remaining are spread across the manufacturing facilities and support functions.
Alstom is looking to enhance diversity at the centre in line with its global objectives. Women make up 13% of the headcount at the centre, compared to 17% in the overall APAC region. The company is looking to increase this to 15-20% in India over the next two years, to move towards the global target of having 25% women in its workforce. “Our workforce must be representative of the population that uses our products, and we have regular conversations with employees to discuss improvements to spearhead diversity efforts,” Beaudoin said.
The company has introduced a childcare centre in the Bengaluru office along with flexibility in working hours. It will also be introducing part-time work options in the next six months to plug any leaks in the talent pipeline caused by women leaving the workforce for familial reasons.
The company is also looking to provide more opportunities for career growth and international mobility. Employees participate in the Future Management Programme, an APAC-specific leadership programme started last year.