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HP Spurs Wroc³aw Jobs Boom
June 25, 2008   
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Hewlett-Packard has created over 1,000 jobs in Wroc³aw-a city that welcomes foreign investment and is one of the largest, most dynamic and rapidly developing cities in Poland. On May 11, a meeting was held at the Wroc³aw City Hall to sum up the progress of foreign investments and HP's operations in Wroc³aw over the last three years. The meeting was attended by officials from public institutions, government authorities, academia and executives of the company. The main topics included foreign investment achievements to date, as well HP's future development plans in Wroc³aw.

HP Global Business Center in Wroc³aw was established on April 15, 2005. It is part of a global network of such centers; apart from Wroc³aw, there are similar centers in Romania, Spain, Mexico, Costa Rica, India and China. The Center in Wroc³aw provides a wide range of business services, from Finance and Accounting services to administration of HR, Payroll, Sales and Supply Chain processes. Their clients include HP in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), as well as other global corporations, such as Procter&Gamble and C&A.

The agreement signed three years ago between the Polish government and HP anticipated that the Wroc³aw Center would employ 1,000 people within five years. HP crossed this milestone after just three years and there are plans to expand the project further.

"The success of the HP Global Business Center has meant that Hewlett-Packard management is considering further possibilities of significant development of the company in this region, which will result in further jobs" said Jacek Levernes (pictured above), Managing Director of the HP Global Business Center in Wroc³aw.

The majority of employees of the Center are university graduates, and this is in many cases, their first job. HP offers its employees intensive training programs, the opportunity to work in an international environment & participate in a variety of projects, thus giving them interesting career development options.

The next step planned in the development of the company in Wroc³aw is a new investment project focusing on Transformation and Business Innovation, which will broaden the company's activities in providing advanced financial, marketing and analytical services for internal and external clients. An additional 800 jobs may be created in the Center. The range of the new services will go far beyond the company's current activities, with regard to the level of operational, business and technological solutions, as well as its geographic reach and importance of services provided.

The potential scope of services of the new project principally covers decision-making support, project management, provision of analysis of the current state of processes with regards to the possibility of improving their effectiveness and designing new services, as well as concept development. A decision is expected this summer.

This will enable HP to provide unique jobs and attractive career development paths.

"The possible broadening of advanced and international activities in these areas is a great opportunity for Wroc³aw, Lower Silesia and Poland, to provide new jobs, which up until now were only available abroad. This investment project will also strengthen HP's position as an IT leader in Poland," said Levernes.

Wroc³aw is competing for this project with other HP business centers such as those in Romania and India.
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