curriculum vitae

Uğur Cem

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  • HR Manager(experienced in all aspects of “human capital management”)
  • Organizational Change & Innovation Manager (experienced in “strategic management”, “organizational performance management”, “large scale re-organizations and transformations”, “experience design”, “human-centric innovation / design thinking”, “agility / agile”, “scaled agility”, “lean management”) 
  • ex-IT Manager (experienced in managing large enterprise-wide system implementation initiatives, digital transformation, multinational project management, application life-cycle management, SAP)
  • Certified Coach, Team Coach and Facilitator (experienced in “individual and team level behavioral change”)
  • Scrum Product Owner and Scrum Master
  • Author of Human Centered Design Book
  • Blogger
  • Technology Geek
  • Amateur Skipper

Work Experience

HR – Group Manager

04/2019 – Present, Tofas (StellantisKoc Group JV), Bursa / İstanbul

Head of an agile department (consisting of 25 HR professionals) responsible for

  • managing all HRM (early talent engagement, recruitment/placement, integration, internal communication, target deployment, performance and competency management, development, assessment, retention, noncompliance, total rewards, payroll, employee relations, strategic HR partnership) for the white-collar workforce (~1700),
  • developing HR policies and new talent management methods for white collar and blue-collar work force (~7.000)
  • developing employee experience
  • organization (structure, culture, strategic competency) development, corporate innovation practices

Featured Projects:

  • “Agile Transformation Program”, which was piloted in a set of volunteer departments in 2020 and now being deployed to 1/3 of the company in order to develop organizational ambidexterity and agility.
  • “Best-Fit Talent (Success) Profiles” and “Internal Assessment Center Program” for selecting external talents, potentials and leaders.


Scaled Agility, Scrum, Corporate Innovation

    HR – Group Manager

    02/2017 – 04/2019, in 4 yrs & 7 mos in Tofas (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles – Koc Group JV), Bursa / İstanbul

    Managed following units:

    • HR Business Partnership (responsible for employee relations and first-to-last day HRM practices for ~1.800 white collars, supporting ~300 managers on all HR issues…etc)
    • Talent Management Methods (responsible for HR strategy, driving excellence and alignment in all talent management practices for the entire workforce summing up to ~8.000.)
    • Organization and Employee Experience Development (responsible for employee experience design, organizational change, job evaluation, organizational master data management…etc)
    • Compensation and Benefits (All rewarding and payroll for all workforce, which sums up to ~10.000)

    Featured Projects:

    • “Strategic HRBP Transformation”, which aimed to create an action-driven HRBP team capable of designing and delivering individual, team and inter-team level interventions in order to quickly handle a high variety of organizational issues raised by the management.
    • “Customized Talent Development Program”, which incorporates various behavioral development sub-programs such as coaching, developmental counseling, mentoring, reverse mentoring and team coaching. (The program received 1) EMCC 2019 Coaching Award, 2) Brandon Hall 2020 Bronze Award – Best Advance in Coaching and Mentoring, 3) Stevie for Great Employers 2018 Bronze Award – Workforce Development)
    • “Employee Experience Design Program” based on a custom-developed “Human Centered Design (HCD)” methodology, which blends “Design Thinking” and “Agile” approaches. (The program received Brandon Hall 2020 Gold Award – Best Approach to HCM Innovation)
    • “Human-centric Innovation Program”, which is designed to support company wide innovation programs


      Talent Management, Employee Relations, Coaching, Team Coaching, Developmental Counseling, Human Centered Design, Design Thinking, Human-Centric Innovation, Employee Experience Management

      IT – Manager (Project and Enterprise Application Portfolio)

      08/2009 – 09/2014, 5yrs & 3 mos in Tofas (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles – Koc Group JV), Bursa / İstanbul

      Within the scope of common functions and commercial domain:

      • Developed process and information systems strategies together with line business heads and created long and short term investment plans based on these strategies.
      • Designed ICT (Information & Communication Technology) initiatives; managed the portfolio of initiatives (from development of detailed functional and technical specifications to implementation phases of the solutions.) Most significant of these projects include SAP based implementations (FI, CO, IM, PS, MM, PP, PM, SEM, SD, HCM, BPC, Global Trade)
      • Managed life cycle of existing enterprise application portfolio.
      • Led a permanent (on-payroll) team of 4-8 analysts and project managers. Size of the project based temp (off-payroll) team varied significantly in line with the progress of the projects (10-150 FTE) Managed many multinational project teams.

       Featured Projects:

      • Commercial (sales, parts, services) systems renewal and Dealer Management System implementation (Budget: 4,5 M€) 2014 – Suspended
      • E-Transformation (e-invoice, e-ledger, Enterprise Content Management) (Budget: 700 K€) 2013
      • Financial Planning System, based on SAP BPC (Budget: 600 K€) 2012
      • HRIS, based on SAP HCM (Budget: 1.2 M€) 2011- 2013
      • ERP replacement, which includes SAP: FI, CO, IM, PS, MM, PP, PM, SEM, SD (Budget: 7 M€), 2010- 2011


      Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) Project Management, Project Portfolio Management, Program Management, SAP, Business Analysis, Application Life Cycle Management

      Business Excellence Project Development Manager

      2/2009 – 07/2009, 6 mos in Tofas (Fiat Auto – Koc Group JV), Bursa / İstanbul

      Led design and implementation of a lean management and organizational excellence program, which is called World Class Company (WCC), for entire value chain.


      Organizational Excellence, Lean Management

      HR – Manager (Organizational Development)

      8/2006 – 2/2009, 2 yrs & 8 mos in Tofas (Fiat Auto – Koc Group JV), Bursa / İstanbul

      Utilized OD practices to assess, diagnose, design, lead, and deliver solutions needed to enhance organizational effectiveness, build organizational capability and address various business issues of the company. Led a cultural transformation project (2007-2009) Coordinated enterprise wide strategy deployment and annual business planning processes. Designed and managed processes and systems for measuring and evaluating organizational and human resources performance based on Balanced Scorecard. Carried out workforce requirements planning, Managed job analysis and evaluation (grading) studies based on Hay Group methodology. Led a project for redesigning grading structure of the company (2008)


      Organizational Change Management, Organization Development, Strategic Planning and Deployment, Business Planning, Job Evaluation, Group Facilitation

      HR – Specialist (Organizational Development)

      7/2002 – 7/2006, 4 yrs in Tofas (Fiat Auto – Koc Group JV), Bursa / İstanbul

      Assisted function heads in identifying opportunities and performance gaps of their divisions and translating them into organization, process and human capital architecture. Led various re-organization and process re-engineering projects. The most comprehensive of these studies include a crash program for enterprise-wide organizational transformation (2006) and a project for formulating an organizational structure and process framework for carrying out new product development and maintenance studies (2003 – 2004) Led studies regarding redefinition of company’s process management framework and process KPIs (2005) Carried out workforce requirement analysis in order to support workforce planning of business divisions. Involved in installation and administration of various talent management systems (performance management, behavioral & technical competency management, potential management…etc).


      Organizational Design, Organizational Performance Management, Hoshin Kanri, Organizational Excellence Models, Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS)

      Speeches Delivered

      Trainings Delivered

      • Creative Problem Solving for Innovation (2019, 2020)
      • Human Centered Design (2017, 2018, 2019)
      • Job Evaluation (2015, 2019)
      • Facilitating Participative Decision Making (2011)
      • Performance Management by Objectives (2006, 2008, 2009)
      • Effective Performance Review Meetings (2008)
      • Corporate Culture and Change Management (2007)

      Trainings Received

      Recent Trainings

      Leadership / Coaching

      • Leadership: People, Teams and Organizations, 30 Nov 2020-4 Mar 2021, Columbia Business School
      • Team Coaching, 17-18 Jan 2020, Vedat Erol
      • Cognitive Intervention Tools for Coaching, 26-27 Jul 2019, Kuzey Academy
      • Assessment Center Design & Implementation, 23-25 Jul 2018 & 2-3 Aug 2018, Elemental Value
      • Team Coaching, 28 Mar – 3 Apr 2018, Erickson Coaching International / Denge Merkezi
      • Negotiation Mastery, 17 Oct – 15 Dec 2017, HBX Harvard Business School
      • Org. & Rel. Systems Coaching (ORSC) Fundamentals, 25-26 Aug 2017, CRR Global Turkey
      • Coaching Mastery ACTP , 22-25 Feb & 19-22 Apr & 20-23 Sep & 1-4 Nov 2017 & 7-10 Feb 2018, Erickson Coaching International / Denge Merkezi
      • Koç Group Executive Development Program, 29 May-2 Jun 2017 & 25-29 Sep 2017 & 26-30 Mar 2018, MCT

      Strategy / Organization Development / Change Management

      • ICP-TAL Agile People, 14-15 Jan 2020, Agile People
      • ICP-TAL Agile HR, 23-24 Sep 2019, Organize Agile
      • Leading Organizations & Change, 21 May – 28 Jun 2019, MIT Emeritus
      • Disruptive Strategy, 9 Feb – 23 Mar 2018, HBX Harvard Business School
      • Blue Ocean Strategy, 1-4 Jun 2015, INSEAD Paris
      Before 2015
      Leadership / Coaching

      • Psychology and Transactional Analysis, 11-12 Apr 2014, Koç University
      • Coaching Fundamentals, 23-24 Jan 2014, Adler
      • Situational Leadership, 19-20 Sep 2013, Koc University
      • Tofaş Leadership Development Program, 8-10 May 2013, Koc University
      • Personal Awareness, 18-20 Oct 2010, Ekser
      • GRID, 7-9 Jun 2010, Ekser
      • Tofaş Management Development Program, 9-11 Jul 2009, MCT
      • Business Manager Simulation, 9-11 Apr 2009, Ekser
      • Team Building & Development, 23-24 Jun 2008, Baltaş
      • Tofaş Management Development Program, 16-18 Mar 2007, Partner
      • Coaching Skills, 01-03 Feb 2007, Mare Fidelis

      Strategy / Organization Development / Change Management

      • Strategy and Leadership, 25 Oct-15 Dec 2013, Koc University
      • Learning to See (Lean Business Process Improvement), 20 Jan 2010, Lean Institute
      • Facilitation Skills & Techniques, 9-10 Oct 2008, Sabanci Univ. EDU
      • i-lab (Innovation Laboratory) & Facilitation, 25-26 Aug 2008, BCD
      • Strategy Development, 15 Mar 2007, Arama
      • Process Management in Automotive Sector, 17-18 Jul 2006, BVQI
      • EFQM Model, 21 Jun, 11-12 Jul 2006, Kalder
      • Organizational Design in Practice, 20-21 Apr 2005, Gideon Kunda, Sabanci Univ. EDU
      • ISO/TS 16949:2002 Automotive Sector Quality Management System, 11-12 Nov 2004, BVQI

      Project Management

      • PRINCE2, 13-15 Sep 2012, BT Bilgi
      • Project Management Methodologies and Applications, 16-17 Oct 2006, PMI

      Information Technologies

      • UXD (Usability),13-14 Mar 2014, Bilge Adam
      • COBIT 5, 4-6 Feb 2013, Koç Holding
      • SEI CMMI, 19-21 Jul 2012, Mentor
      • IIBA CBAP, 17-19 May 2012, BA Works
      • SAP Solution Manager for Project Managers, 14-15 Apr 2010, SAP Turkey
      • SAP Introduction, 19-20 Mar 2010, SAP Turkey
      • ITIL v3 Foundation, 8-10 Mar 2010, BT Bilgi
      • SAP Financials, 1-2 Mar 2010, SAP Turkey

      Human Resources Management

      • Effective Performance Interviews, 05 Dec 2005, Masters Training Int.
      • Effective Target Deployment, 3-5 Feb 2005, ADISA
      • New HR Applications, 26-25 Jan 2005, Yonetisim
      • Integrated Performance Management and Development Planning, 17-18 Jan 2005, Yonetisim
      • Hay Job Evaluation System, 7-8 Oct 2004, Hay Group,


      MA in Business Administration, Uludag University, Bursa, 2003-2006

      BS in Industrial Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, 1998-2002