PepsiCo adopts innovative strategy to preserve faculty

Facing the exit of more than dozen of senior management to mid-level positions in past six months, Pepsi-Co has started a ‘location-free’ roles strategy in an attempt to maintain its faculty and offer some of its employees the opportunities to handle and organize global functions without leaving India.

Nearly 10 per cent of the positions in Gurgaon head office will be location-free, where employees can operate from anywhere in the country.

“While the employees will be part of their respective functional groups in India, they will report to their sector/global heads who may be based in Dubai, New York or other cluster headquarters. These employees won’t report to the India leadership”, the company official said.

“This is to take advantage of technology and to help retain talent and take care of career aspiration of talent who may not necessarily want to move location. These roles will not be for customer-facing functions such as manufacturing and sales, but for functions such as human resources, R&D, IT and finance,” a company spokesperson said.

“Local talent has consistently taken more global roles and responsibilities from time to time, including in new emerging areas of digital and other shared services. These roles are — in a lot of cases — becoming location-free with the advancements of technology,” company VP-HR Suchitra Rajendra said.

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