Career Policy of Balmer Lawrie

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Balmer Lawrie [BL] has been in existence since 1867 and has evolved overtime, establishing several milestones in the Corporate annals of the country. It was the first PSE to go global, and established the JV Balmer Lawrie – UAE. BL is an organisation which operates in a competitive space crowded by global players, in industries that are varied and disparate, The Company operates eight Strategic Business Units [SBUs], each a key player in the context of their respective market and are proud for being a Company that has been profit making throughout its history.

In recent times while the world was under the grip of the pandemic! Several SBUs of Blamer Lawrie have continued to support their customer and the nation, BL Travel team facilitated return of the Indians from COVID-19 effected countries to the safety of their homes, our Logistics Infrastructure, Cold Chain and Logistics Services businesses did not stop operations even for a day.

Balmer Lawrie offers career opportunities to the deserving and the professionally qualified, at all points in their career. In BL, induction of external talent is a critical practice, considering that BL prefers to induct professionals with functional / domain expertise to augment and support its growth needs. Induction of talent at all levels is a merit based practice and all lateral inductions are initiated through advertisements in National Dailies of repute and on our website. Prospective candidates interested in exploring opportunities in Balmer Lawrie should therefore regularly track the Company website under Current Opening Section.

Career Opportunities

An organisation that has successfully evolved with time, Balmer Lawrie today provides career opportunities in various formats of employment contract. Positions are operated on the Permanent rolls of the Company or on Fixed Terms Contractual rolls [FTC] (with varying periodicity). The Company follows a non-discriminatory model of manning and all Grades are operative for both the formats of employment contract ie, Permanent roll and FTC rolls and the decision is taken purely based on business needs related to manning strategy linked business / industry needs.

Balmer Lawrie offers employment opportunities across five [05] levels along the organisational hierarchy. At each of these levels the Company has well defined policies governing the service terms, career progression rules etc., thus providing a challenging, equitable work place and culture.

A snapshot of potential opportunities provided by BL across various levels of the organisational hierarch is as follows (refer Table – 1):

Level / Cadre Designations Indicative Minimum Qualification Indicative Minimum Work Experience Indicative Maximum Age
Officers Cadre (Entry Level) Junior Officer* Graduate/ Diploma Engineer 1 Year 25 Years
Junior Management (Entry Level) Assistant Manager Professionally Qualified 1 Year 27 Years
Junior Management (Lateral Entry Level) Deputy Manager 5 Years 32 Years
Manager 9 Years 37 Years
Middle Management Senior Manager 11 Years 40 Years
Chief Manager 13 Years 42 Years
Senior Management Associate Vice President 17 Years 46 Years
Vice President 20 Years 48 Years
Top Management Senior Vice President /
Chief Operating Officer /
Chief Information Officer
22 Years 52 Years

The Company strictly complies to all Presidential Directives and other applicable statutory proviso with regard to employment of persons belonging to SC / ST / OBC (NCL) / ES / EWS / PwBD
Recruitment in the Officers (Non-unionised Staff) Cadre is done at the level of *Junior Officer. The selection to Officers (NUS) positions is made on the basis of written / skill tests conducted by the Company on all India basis.
Specific details on Qualifying Criteria varies with roles/ function and are mentioned in detail in the advertisement release in the Company’s website

Recruitment in the Executive Cadre is done by inducting professionals generally at three levels in the Company.

Level 1

Junior Management (Assistant Manager / Deputy Manager / Manager)

At the entry level to the Executive Cadre Management Graduates and Engineering Graduates are inducted as Executive Trainees [ET]. For this purpose, BL undertakes campus engagement as per its policy. On completion of 1 year of training ETs are absorbed as Assistant Managers in the Company.

Concurrently, BL also recruits experienced professionals laterally as Assistant Managers/ Deputy Managers / Managers with relevant industry experience in first-line manager roles. These inductions take place in all functions, viz. Sales, Marketing, Production, Supply Chain, QC, R&D, A&F, HR, IT etc. across all SBUs/ Functions of the Company.

Level 2

Middle Management (Senior Manager / Chief Manager)

BL inducts experienced professionals with specific domain expertise into its middle management level. The requirement for applying for such roles is professional qualification with minimum 11 (Eleven) years of experience. Talent induction at this level is primarily directed to address the emergent domain specific skill requirements of the Company and to build a leadership pool to support growth needs of the Company.

Level 3

Senior Management (Associate Vice President / Vice President)

Induction of talent in the Senior Management level in BL is carried out as part of its strategic initiative to enhance the Leadership Bandwidth. Professionals having a minimum of 17 years of industry experience and with leadership potential are inducted as Associate Vice President, in some cased those with higher years of industry experience are inducted as Vice President in the Company. Incumbent in these levels hold leadership roles in critical functional areas and are expected to assume Business/ Function leadership roles, ie. general management roles going ahead.

Level 4

Top Management (COO / Senior Vice President)

All major businesses of the Company and all Functional Heads of shared services such as A&F, IT and HR etc. are manned at the Top Management level. Though direct induction at this level is far and few, opportunities do arise once in a while.

Career @ Balmer Lawrie

A successful career in BL is essentially a story of evolution, which involves moving around in roles and / or locations of the Company, assuming challenging assignments and delivering consistently.

The values that forge every Balmer Lawrien are:

  • Being Trustworthy
  • Being Transparent
  • Being Fair & Equitable
  • Demonstrating Ethical Behaviours
  • Upholding Organisational Discipline

Foundation of careers in Balmer Lawrie are laid in the performance management process of the Company that seeks to balance between objective assessment of contribution to business / function and overall evaluation of the potential of an incumbent, which is considered as a function of Competencies demonstrated and Values espoused.

In Balmer Lawrie the career progression of all Executives and Officers is managed based on its Board approved policy on Career Progression. The Board has also empowered the Management to align and integrate the same to a progressive Succession Planning process, enabling grooming of competent professional with potential.

Balmer Lawrie is committed to care for the professionals who strive and dare to chase their limits. Delivering for the Organisation and demonstrating resilience to go through the grind in the organisational crucible overtime. Successful Executives in BL, over the years, have proved their mettle to emerge as the torch bearer of the Company. One clinching fact about all home grown leaders in BL are that they are versatile intrapreneurial. It is an established fact that those who have invested in building a solid foundation, who are energised by optimism having deep faith in process and performance, have always grown in this Company.

At Balmer Lawrie, we believe that every individual can scale the 'heights of excellence' provided she / he develops competencies and behaviours aligning to the BL Competency clusters of “Think”, “Act” and “Engage”.

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The snapshot of the Balmer Lawrie Competency Framework as presented below:

Level E6 - E7
Level E4 - E5
E2 - E3
E0 - E1

Advertised Openings
Interested and potentially suitable candidates may apply provided they meet the Qualification and Experience criteria and other conditions of employment detailed in the advertisement.

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Balmer Lawrie is always looking for talented and motivated new employees who can contribute to the success of the organisation. In case you are interested in the Company and its business, you may send your application by uploading it on Submit Your Resume

Last updated on : 18/02/2022
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