The global energy player Schneider Electric is resembling at more than doubling its campus hiring in India. Most of the hiring in India will be focused on technology and new-age talent required for digital transformation.
India will be a significant talent hub for Schneider Electric as the global major in energy management. Automation is contemplating generating hundreds of jobs in the country and hiring for global roles.
"India is becoming the hub for our international division and that creates a unique opportunity for us to create additional investments and additional jobs," said Ferran Raurich, senior vice president of human resources at Schneider Electric, who was in Mumbai earlier this month on the anniversary of the merger of Larsen & Toubro's electrical and automation business with Schneider's India operations.
"We are not talking about jobs that are located here because of cost strategies but jobs that are located here because of competencies and there is a clear talent transformation that we are driving here," Raurich told ET in an exclusive interaction. "Going ahead, we will be generating hundreds of jobs in India."
"We will be hiring for all kinds of profiles in India with a major focus on digital transformation including roles such as data analytics, data science, digital services, AI, among others," Raurich said. "We are also creating a global HR services hub and from here we provide HR services to all the countries and we are also expanding our R&D functions." Cyber security, R&D and innovation and internal IT is extensive investment areas for the company in India.
"We are more than doubling, even tripling the number of postgraduates we hire from universities," Raurich said. In India, Schneider Electric recruits about 150-200 from top campuses every year.
Raurich also emphasized the need for skilling to stay relevant amid the rapid disruptions caused by digitization and technology transformation. "Skilling will be a very crucial factor for employability going ahead. Digitalization is making a lot of people obsolete. Here we have a social responsibility to make sure that we work on the employability of people not only for themselves (employees) or ourselves (companies) but also for the society," he said.
"Despite automation and digitization Schneider will keep creating more roles and more jobs in India but certainly with a different profile and that is where reskilling becomes crucial," he added. "It is very important for people to understand the transformation."
On virtual and remote working options, Raurich declared it was essential to have an excess of small and face-to-face interactions. The number of physical meetings will come down compared with the pre-pandemic times. However, there are specific engagements and strategy planning that must happen face-to-face, he added.
"From a physical stress, energy and well-being point of view, the virtual channel is far more efficient…But the need for travel will vary based on the nature of the task at hand," said Raurich.