Alejandro Hernández
Grupo Accses
Yisel Varela
Yisel Varela
Grupo Accses

New HR Model Awaits New Operators

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 09:14

Grupo Accses has capitalized on a gap in the market with the creation of its innovative business model Access to Energy, which focuses on the Mexican energy sector and enables the rendering of smart multidisciplinary solutions. After having carried out an analysis of the available data on the hydrocarbons market and discovering that small- to mid-size companies in the upstream energy sector need professionals who support their business development in the oil chain, Access to Energy services the complex needs of foreign small to mid-sized entities and entrepreneurs who are planning or currently running their energy ventures in Mexico, and is supported by several strategic alliances.

Although the company’s focus is on human resources, it also advises clients on tax matters, finance, bookkeeping, and accounting services. In fact, Access to Energy offers a diversified service for installing operations in Mexico. Some of the services offered include risk studies to advise companies with reference to the office locations, the type of international employees that will be relocated, and the activities they will be carrying out, as well as security measures to make employees as comfortable as possible. Yisel Varela, Grupo Accses’ CEO, believes that the advice offered by the company is essential to daily operations and recruitment budgets. “All of our alliances are aimed at HR solutions, because we believe the most important asset of a company is the human capital,” she declares. Training, recruitment, employee services, and relocation solutions represent a large expense for companies, and within Grupo Accses’ relocation services, strategic allies are used to provide integrated real estate solutions. Clients are offered a formal solution that allows them to focus on their core business, rather than operating concerns.

The biggest demand the company sees in the hydrocarbons sector is for certified operative staff. The main challenge when training Mexican employees is teaching them how to comply with the processes of international companies, but according to Alejandro Hernández, President of Grupo Accses, the company is working to foster a multicultural  environment in the hydrocarbons industry. “We are encouraging companies to enter the country by informing them of the various local opportunities, for instance, by visiting various energy forums in Mexico and abroad,” he shares. “We target several chambers of commerce and the company is also working with investors who are not yet aware of the possibilities or who are unsure about setting up their office in the country.”

In terms of sourcing employees, Access to Energy follows a complex process with stringent criteria including interviews, psychometric assessments, work-related values, and aptitude tests. The company is also creating an important database of all the workers in the energy industry, using virtual interviews and psychometric assessments, to be able to offer clients the most qualified employees. Therefore, as soon as a company begins to look for human capital, Access to Energy can offer a choice of potential new recruits in a less time-consuming way. “The virtual interviews are a huge advantage because companies can get a feel for the candidate before an interview,” says Varela. With close to 1,000 people registered on the platform, Access to Energy has expanded its reach with an online university with courses to train candidates and identify key qualities before the interview stage.

Both Varela and Hernández believe that recruitment with the new Energy Reform is far from an easy task, but it does present significant opportunities. “We must not lose sight of the fact that the Energy Reform is a considerable challenge and a new venture in our country,” Varela warns. “The limitation for companies arises because the Energy Reform dictates up to 35% of national content in some cases. Here is where we can help, training and certifying Mexican workers in the areas that these companies need.” After Round One, Varela predicts a new trend toward recruitment of staff through outsourcing, and as oil prices rise, she believes that companies will be more comfortable with permanent contracting. Hernández alludes toward a new environment that could be conducive to alliances and JVs. “Access to Energy hopes to create international alliances to be able to participate in the development of projects between national and international companies for this year,” he declares. “After the results of Round One are announced, we will make another push to make ourselves known outside of Mexico and begin to help with the HR and security needs of incoming companies.”