"SumTotal solutions enable our overall HR strategy to closely link employee performance with the organization's objectives. This further enhances our credibility with investors by demonstrating that we deliver on our plans, driving shareholder value."

Head of Remunerations, Global HR Systems, and Business Processes
reduction in administrative time spent on the appraisal process


GKN (LON: GKN) is a leading global supplier to the world’s automotive and aerospace manufacturers. The company provides technology-based, highly engineered products to virtually all of the world’s major producers of automotive vehicles, military and civil aircraft, and aircraft engines. A globally dispersed workforce and disconnected processes for performance goals meant the company’s learning and development efforts were inefficient. The HR strategy in place did not link employee goals to the company’s objectives. GKN needed to streamline and connect strategic human resource processes.


GKN implemented SumTotal's Talent Development suite applications to enable the company to align all employee activity with business objectives, streamline the global rewards process, and identify and retain top performers. GKN deployed SumTotal in ten different languages to get a global view of its workforce.


In addition to reducing administrative time on the appraisal process by 15%, GKN is benefitting from the ability to:

  • Measure performance and development across the organization
  • Use workforce analytics to make better decisions
  • Align employee activity with business objectives

GKN is a global engineering business that designs, manufactures and services systems and components for original equipment manufacturers around the world. GKN operates four divisions: GKN Aerospace, GKN Driveline, GKN Powder Metallurgy and GKN Land Systems. Approximately 56,100 people work in GKN companies and joint ventures in more than 30 countries. Their strong global presence creates a platform from which they can access fast-growing markets, positioning them well to serve their customers.