“Our relationship with TRS goes right back to its origins, assisting with the creation of a platform for matching displaced employees in advanced manufacturing and engineering companies to vacancies within the sector. That platform evolved and in 2014, when Rolls-Royce was downsizing its global workforce by 2,600, TRS developed a bespoke version to track and coordinate the redeployment of these employees across growth sectors of our business.
We looked at other off-the-shelf options but saw that the TRS solution was much more cost-effective and flexible, plus it could cope with the complexity of our organisation. It’s an incredibly useful tool to track and control redeployment. We achieved our reduction without compulsory redundancies and the TRS platform has played a huge part in that. I’d say it’s saved us tens of millions of pounds in potential redundancy costs.
We’ve now developed a new, even more powerful portal to help manage restructuring in Rolls-Royce and we manage a global population of 9,500 through the system. It gives us the ability to filter and search by parameters such as grade, location and job, we can use it to advertise positions, and we can control access and set permissions by employee. The power of the system is enormous and it takes a massive amount of pain out of our corporate administration. Both portals have been very well-received in Rolls-Royce. They’re efficient, intuitive and very easy to use.
TRS are extremely accommodating, working with us to find a solution to whatever we’re trying to achieve. The other attraction is that they’re working across different sectors and sharing best practices; they’re constantly looking for better ways of doing things. TRS is much more than a jobs platform and has the opportunity to really strengthen industry as a whole through employee retention and redeployment.”