Vinci constructs ‘common HR language’ with Oracle Cloud

The French construction giant is pulling better, more consistent insights from its HR data thanks to Oracle’s cloud-based applications.

We need to give managers tools that allow them to make the right choice using the [Oracle Cloud HCM] people review module.

Cecile KavakdjianDirector of Digital Transformation HR, Vinci

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Business challenges

Founded in 1899, Vinci is one of the largest construction, engineering, and industrial companies, employing more than 195,000 people worldwide.

Amid an aggressive global expansion under CEO Xavier Huillard, the company’s HR organization needed to help managers identify qualified internal candidates for a range of projects and job openings in different countries. Problem was, managers had to tap into “every piece of payroll software ever invented” to try to find that information, says Cecile Kavakdjian, who led Vinci’s subsequent HR digital transformation program.

Why Vinci chose Oracle

Vinci selected Oracle Cloud HCM as the foundation of that program, called Project Vitalis, enabling the company to standardize on common HR data definitions and processes across all of its business units and country operations. Vinci was drawn to the superior user experience provided by Oracle Cloud HCM, as well as the ability to seamlessly extend the application with chatbots, guided learning, and other advanced features.


Having a “common HR language” across all of its operations worldwide allows Vinci HR and business managers to glean better, more consistent insights from that data. That helps them discover internal people whose skills and experience might make them good fits for open positions—valuable for the company amid its international expansion, and an avenue for its people to advance their careers.

Before deploying Oracle Cloud HCM, managers typically saw profiles of people only in their respective groups. Now, using the application’s people review module, they can share appraisals and performance reviews, which “greatly facilitates mobility for employees,” says Project Vitalis leader Kavakdjian.

Kavakdjian is increasing communications and training as the platform becomes available to more managers, which is leading to increased satisfaction and a lessening of initial user skepticism about the technology. In fact, a key takeaway was that Project Vitalis was a much-needed change management project, not just an IT project.

Published:May 21, 2020