Barrick – HR and Payroll Centralisation

Discover how the Birchman Group helped Barrick bring across the finish line an already selected systems implementation 

The Challenge

Following a significant organisational change, the Birchman team was asked to review the HR and payroll business case to ensure it was still fit for purpose and would still help with the following challenges:

  • Data integrity and consistency – Multiple source locations and variable quality
  • Lack of integrated reporting or KPIs – no visibility of real time data
  • Manual processing and operational inefficiencies – spreadsheets and multiple systems
  • Payroll – errors, poor absence management and skill misalignment to jobs
  • Governance practices – no harmonised approach, non-strategic partners and risk of sunk costs
  • Compliance – data integrity and control increasing audit risks

The Solution and Our Approach

Birchman worked closely with the senior leadership team to ensure the right partners were selected with the ability to be agile and pragmatic to deliver projects to meet a new HR target operating model by:

  • Securing executive sponsorship by aligning business cases to strategy
  • Scoping and phasing projects focused in returning value quickly
  • Business lead implementation with clear areas of responsibility and ownership
  • Skilled super users and subject matter expect community to increase adoption
  • Repeatable methodologies to deliver the model globally


Within a 1.5 years’ timeline, Birchman delivered implementation across 3 regions resulting in:

  • Simplified, standardised, consistent HR system landscape
  • Single platform to support and sustain
  • Global economies of scale, supporting global HR initiatives
  • Reduced HR administration and time executing HR processes
  • Reduced time to hire and onboard, increased employee retention
  • In time handling of terminations, absences, and other transactions
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