Carlsberg is aiming to shave millions of pounds off admin costs through a deal with software company SAP to transfer payroll and human resources functions onto a single platform.

The brewer, which makes Carlsberg, Carlsberg Export and Tetley’s, has also created a dedicated HR service unit in Leeds, said HR controller Paul Mulholland. “The SAP deal has cost around £500,000, but we are confident of a payback within three years.” HR and payroll have traditionally been run separately, while old-fashioned systems forced staff to re-key in data manually, which was time consuming and inaccurate, said Mulholland. “When you are entering information up to five times, you can get problems with data integrity.”

Apart from saving time and improving accuracy through only having to enter data once, the new system would help the company cost out projects more quickly because it tied financial systems to HR, said Mulholland.