Hardis Group has unveiled a vast recruitment plan, in France and worldwide, to support its ambitious growth plans as it sets its sights on exceeding €150 million in revenue for 2022.
- Of the 340 vacancies planned group-wide for 2022, 150 will be based in Grenoble.
- Some 140 new hires will join Reflex Logistics Solutions, the group’s business unit specializing in developing and integrating logistics execution software, which is investing heavily in R&D.
- Hardis Group will also continue expanding its teams outside France.
- Employees will benefit from individual skills development support, along with training offered through the Hardis Group Academy program.
Grenoble, February 8, 2022 – Hardis Group, a consulting firm, digital services company and independent software vendor, has unveiled its 2022 recruitment plan as it seeks to enhance its employee skills development programs, and to promote diversity, gender balance, and inclusion in digital technology-focused roles. As part of its plans to achieve average annual growth in excess of 10% between now and 2025, Hardis Group will welcome 340 new hires in 2022. It will also pursue further expansion of its workforce in the coming years, both in France and worldwide, in a move that opens up promising career development opportunities within the group.
Global expansion built on strong roots in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region
Hardis Group is a major contributor to economic growth and digital development in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, employing 650 people at its headquarters in Grenoble and a further 240 in Lyon out of a total workforce of 1,200. The company is one of the top three independent software vendors in the region, as well as ranking among the leading European vendors of warehouse management software (WMS).
Hardis Group achieved revenue of €130 million in 2021, up 9% on the previous year (provisional figures), and expects to pass the €150 million mark in 2022. To support its strategy and development, the group is planning to hire 340 new employees by the end of 2022, with 150 vacancies based in Grenoble, 70 in Lyon, 55 in Paris, 15 in Nantes, 10 in Lille, and 10 in Bordeaux. Some 140 employees will join the group’s logistics execution software unit, including many working in R&D roles.
The group will also add 30 people to its teams outside France – in the Netherlands, Spain, and Poland. “By 2025, our aim is to open a new subsidiary each year on average,” said Yvan Coutaz, Managing Director of Hardis Group. “We’re actively looking to add foreign talent to our teams in France and across our subsidiaries. Our workforce already counts members from more than 30 countries.”
Hardis Group’s business units are actively seeking development engineers, IT project managers, business consultants (in logistics, retail, industry, and insurance), solution consultants (in Salesforce, Talend, UiPath, and Workplace from Meta), public cloud experts (especially Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure), and cybersecurity specialists.
To support the group’s growth, around 15 new hires will join the corporate IT and cybersecurity teams.
A unique workforce with diverse backgrounds: the cornerstone of HR policy
Hardis Group has long pursued an active employee training policy as a way to upskill and retain its workforce and offer internal career development opportunities. “In 2021, some 70% of our people received training amounting to close to 22,000 hours in total, with 215 employees obtaining recognized qualifications,” said Marie-Agnès Brochier, Hardis Group HR Director. Employees received 3.5 hours of training on average through the Hardis Group Academy program, in both in-person and distance-learning formats.
As part of its proactive CSR policy, Hardis Group is committed to building a more diverse workforce, promoting gender balance, and widening inclusion – including for people with disabilities and the long-term unemployed – in digital technology-focused roles. “In 2022, we will continue working to promote diversity and inclusion for people with disabilities across our workforce, to strengthen the role of women in tech roles (women make up 30% of our Executive Committee, and we score 88/100 on the gender equality index), to support people back into work, and to champion less conventional backgrounds through our partnership with organizations such as coding school 42 Lyon Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes,” added Coutaz. “We are also investing heavily in our premises in order to adapt to new ways of working and to create a workplace that fosters employee well-being and quality of life.”
Partnerships with schools and universities: developing tomorrow’s skills, today
Hardis Group is also working with engineering schools and university IT faculties. For instance, it has forged partnerships with Grenoble École de Management, the MIAGE program at Université Grenoble Alpes, INSA Lyon, IMT Atlantique and, more recently, coding school 42 Lyon Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.
As part of these partnerships, Hardis Group delivers instruction through practical case studies. “On the specialized Master’s in Big Data, a dual-award program offered by Grenoble École de Management and Grenoble INP – Ensimag, students are currently working on a real-life logistics case study involving an artificial intelligence algorithm,” added Brochier.
These partnerships also allow Hardis Group to identify and onboard talented young prospects on internships or on work/study contracts, enabling them to gain new skills while they study. “We’ve been awarded the HappyIndex®Trainees and HappyIndex®Trainees Alternance labels for 2022, with scores of 8.52/10 and 8.44/10 respectively,” said Brochier. “In the assessment questionnaire, 96% of our interns and work/study trainees said they would recommend Hardis Group to someone considering an internship or work/study placement.”