KHW and Tauron set up Shared Service Centers

Katowicki Holding Węglowy S.A. (KHW) and Tauron Polska Energia S.A., two Katowice-based companies, presented today its plans concerning Shared Service Centers. Both centers will be located in Katowice. The presentations were given during the “Katowice – Clean, Green and Talent-Driven SSC/BPO/ITO Hub in Central Europe” conference.

The SSC of KHW will be located on Karolinki St. in the former pithead building of the “Murcki-Staszic” coal mine. Renovation works are being conducted at present. The center will cover 8000 sq. meters where 450 employees will work in the area of accounting, human resources, salary processing, archives, IT management, logistics, real estate management. “The company already started an internal labour recruitment process, we address the employment offer only to present workers. The first unit of the SSC connected with the accounting starts its operation on 1st of October. Then we will launch following units progressively” – said Aleksandra Stańczyk, Director of the SSC of KHW. “We decided to open the Center to reduce costs and increase quality and transparency of company’s proceedings” – she added.

Katowicki Holding Węglowy S.A. was established on 29th of June 1993 in Katowice, by merging 11 (former) state-owner coal companies. At present, the holding operates four coal mines (KWK Mysłowice-Wesoła, KWK Murcki-Staszic, KWK Wieczorek, KWK Wujek) that produce coal for electricity and heat generation. The company also involves in the organization and preparation of PONE documentation, delivery and installation of boilers, delivery of coal fuels and collection of ash. KHW hires about 19000 employees.

As one of the European leading manufacturers of the steam coal, produces around 13 million tons per year of high quality coal (18% of total coal production and around 21% of the steam coal production in Poland).

As it is in case of KHW, Tauron also points similar reasons for establishing a Shared Service Center. “We would like to optimise costs and organizational structure which is being restructured now” – said Andrzej Kolat, Director of Development Strategy Department at Tauron.

Tauron Polska Energia S.A. is the mother company in the Tauron Group and holds, directly or indirectly, shares in more than 90 companies. To improve the effectiveness of its corporate structure in 2009 Tauron Group launched the next stage of its organizational restructuring programme. One of goals of these actions is to consolidate some of the company’s units and activities, and to create the Shared Service Center in the area of IT and accounting. The SSC of the accounting operation will be spread over three units located in Katowice, Kraków and Wrocław. Each unit will service the local market within the three locations. Creation of the SCC is in progress at present.

Tauron Group is the largest distributor and one of the top two suppliers of electricity in Poland. It is also the second largest holding company in Poland in terms of installed capacity and net electricity generation. The Group’s area of operations covers almost 20% of Poland’s territory and its assets are worth approximately PLN 14 billion (as of 30 June 2010). The company holds assets in all elements of the energy sector’s value chain – from hard coal mining to generation, distribution and trading of electricity and heat.