Nestlé has promoted Nicholas Dhillon to the role of HR business partner for commercial businesses in the Malaysia and Singapore market, effective January 2016.

He continues to be based in Malaysia and reports to Uzma Qaiser Butt, the HR director at Nestlé Malaysia and Singapore.

He was previously the head of talent acquisition for the market since February 2014, responsible for recruitment, employer branding, and graduate and internship programmes.

In the new role, he continues to wear a dual hat of being the HR NCE champion (NCE stands for Nestlé Continuous Excellence), where his mission is to find more efficient ways of work, and plug those practice back to achieve business excellence.

The committee looks to improve business practices in both behavioral as well as process aspects. "We have various such committees, and this one is championed by HR," he told Human Resources.

Apart from this, in his new role as HRBP, he is responsible for driving the people agenda by working with the respective heads of the commercial businesses, in meeting business goals.

"That is precisely how I look at HR - ways of rewarding people, how to select talent both internally and externally, how to develop performance," he shares.

In this role, one of his priorities is to develop leadership capabilities in the organisation to fuel the growth of the business units - with the main business priority being growth.

He explained: "How do you develop leadership that allows the right ambience for excellence in performance? Doing so with a view to contribute to the growth of the business; that is my priority."

One of ways Nestlé does this is through coaching, and his focus will be to embed coaching to become an everyday process; "without even knowing, we want people coach each other; because we truly believe that drives performance."

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