Change Management in the transformation of Intersnack
Producing around 600,000 tons of snacks including potato chips, nuts and baked products, 33 national and international brands, the Intersnack Group is one of the leading manufacturers of savory snacks in Europe. The privately owned company with innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity, and teamwork at their core, generated a cross turnover of 2.5 billion euros in 2017. Headquartered in Cologne, Germany, Intersnack’s around 12,500 employees continuously ensure quality and taste of the savory snacks.
As a major manufacturer of savory snacks, the success of Intersnack is highly dependent on a well-constructed, precise and efficient supply chain, and intelligent solutions. With major investments planned for all Intersnack sites up to 2020, the organization had the ambition to optimize its way of working in order to increase employee engagement and operational excellence. In their change management process, decision making and autonomy was shifted to those closest to the line. Therefore, Intersnack was not looking to implement a one-time project but rather change the culture and leadership on a healthy long-term basis.
With the purpose to tackle this challenge, Intersnack, together with Kienbaum, implemented the Intersnack Working System (IWS). Initially, Kienbaum provided theoretical insights, which aimed to establish a common understanding of change management and leadership. With the following coaching and training sessions, Kienbaum helped to develop necessary skills in servant and situational leadership. Diverse techniques such as role plays, business cases and group discussions allowed participants of the Intersnack management to discover and practice strategies of effective communication and leadership interactively.
In our transformation to a high performance organization, Kienbaum is our partner in developing leadership and change management. The program is structured around building blocks of theory and coaching, including the flexibility for individual adjustment, in order to provide the right support for our heads. In addition, Kienbaum is a great sparring partner for assessing our culture and taking the right steps for implementation