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Alexandre T. Analis
Holder of a degree in applied economic sciences from the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL), Thierry Vanbever began his career at Digital Equipment (1988-1994). He went on to work with Sun Macrosystems (1994-1997) and Compaq Computer (1997-2004) before taking over the general management of EMC2 (2004-2008). He joined SD Worx Luxembourg in 2008 as General Manager.
Commerce International: How was the company SD Worx Luxembourg born?
Thierry Vanbever: SD Worx Luxembourg was founded in 2003 as a joint venture between the group SD Worx, established in Belgium, and Fiduciaire Générale du Luxembourg (FGL). Since 2008, SD Worx has been the sole stakeholder. We are physically present in five European countries: Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Germany and France. In all, we cover 27 European countries via a conglomerate of partners baptised the Pairoll Service Alliance. SD Worx Luxembourg employs 50 persons and last year achieved a turnover of 4 million euros.
C.I.: What are the main activities of SD Worx Luxembourg?
T.V.: Originally we specialised primarily in outsourcing salary services and legal advice. Then, our activity extended to include human resources in a broad sense: tax law, employment law, consultancy, expatriate management, training, aid with settling in... It's important to point out that we have expertise in specific collective conventions. In 2009, that is, in the midst of the economic crisis, we launched Alicia, an innovative software for managing salaries and human resources. We developed it specifically for Luxembourg and so it conforms with the legal requirements of the Grand Duchy. The ability of our department dedicated to software creation (HR Automation) to innovate enables us to benefit from significant growth rates despite a somewhat morose market.
C.I.: Who are your clients?
T.V.: We have around 800 clients who call upon us to manage salaries, and 300 clients who use other human resources-related services. We cover all sectors of activity, in particular insurance and distribution. Our clients are businesses ranging from 1 to 2,000 employees, so we are capable of supporting VSEs as well as multinationals. In the latter category, we can cite AXA, Delhaize, Deloitte, IBM, ISS, Logica… We are the European number three for human resources and we also work a great deal with trust companies.
C.I.: What type of training do you offer?
T.V.: Training is a major element of the activity of SD Worx Luxembourg. Our centre at Capellen provides 50 days of training every year and none of our trainers are merely trainers, they all work in the field. We offer training in employment law, human resources, employee mobility... Our rates vary greatly as we offer training sessions lasting 2 hours or else half-days (available for under 1,000 euros in all cases).
C.I.: How does SD Worx stand out from the competition?
T.V.: We really swim against the market current as we are generalists, and are proud of our status as "the Swiss knife of human resources"! We take great care to analyse client needs and infrastructures so that clients don't need to key in data twice. In addition, our team is made up of highly diverse profiles and includes ten nationalities. This allows us to remain open and to constantly question ourselves in order to innovate so as to remain effective and flexible.
More detailed information is available on the following web site: www.sdworx.com
Source: SD Worx – July 2012