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KMA Consultant Tara Marquis has teamed up with engineering firm Woodward & Curran in support of a project designed to improve efficiency, add capacity, and eliminate administrative burdens for W&C’s HR team.

Founded in 1979, W&C has grown into an 800-person, privately held, integrated engineering, science, and operations company serving clients nationwide. With their rapid growth in revenue, footprint, and employees, W&C’s supporting administrative technology just couldn’t keep pace.

“By 2011, we had amassed a variety of different systems that operated as their own islands. This created a huge administrative burden,” explains Rowena Holden, Project Manager, HRIS Implementation, for Woodard & Curran. “Our payroll system didn’t integrate with our HR system or our financial management system. So, we weren’t just doing double entry, but triple entry and quadruple entry.”

As a result, W&C committed to finding a solution. They created a task force with representatives from HR, finance, IT, and the Executive Team to research available options and vendors over a 30-month period. Tara was part of this team, bringing to it her expertise in areas such as federal and state compliance, employee relations, performance management, policy development, compensation, safety, and training.

Ultimately, W&C chose “Workday” as its new HR Informations System and “One Source Virtual” (OSV) for implemen­tation, premier support, and payroll and tax processing services. The new system integrates with W&C’s financial management system for seamless information exchange and eliminates administrative burden on HR personnel so they can spend their time working with employees and not performing paper-based tasks. On open enrollment alone, W&C’s HR team has seen its time reduced by 80 percent.

“This is a great example of how the KMA team members can support our clients,” says KMA president Kim Anania. “We pride ourselves on being able to deliver results by partnering with our clients in ways that align our know-how and experience with their business needs.”