The desire for digital contract management that offers clarity, transparency, and auditing security when dealing with contract documents prompted the internationally successful pharmaceutical company, Engelhard Pharmaceuticals, to use modern software in its corporate organization. Today, valantic's contract management, which is integrated into the SAP environment, has completely replaced paper-based contract record management and relieves the more than 450 employees at the German company headquarters with digi tal record management, a deadline management, and extensive workflows.
Contract management, which creates deadline compliance, central and audit-proof data management and an overview of all contracts and records.
SAP-integrated contract management cuContract by valantic.
Benefits for the customer and solution
Overview of all contracts, appointments and deadlines, digital file management as well as comprehensive workflows thanks to SAP-integrated contract management cuContract.
Dr. Markus Schäfermeyer
Director Information Technologiy at Engelhard Arzneimittel
”The implementation of the solution has noticeably accelerated the processes and created the transparency that we had hoped for.“
Head of Legal at Engelhard Arzneimittel
”We now have a complete overview of the company's contractual situation and can meet all deadlines.“
Engelhard Arzneimittel GmbH & Co. KG, based in Niederdorfelden just outside Frankfurt am Main, is one of the leading brand manufacturers of OTC medicines (over-the-counter). Respiratory tract therapeutics and drugs for skin diseases for sel f-medication are the core competencies of the company. The proven brands such as Prospan® and isla® are highly effective and at the same time well tolerated and are therefore suitable for the entire family – infants as well as older patients. What began as a pharmacy in 1872 is now – more than 140 years later – an international company with more than 450 employees in Germany and partners in over 100 countries worldwide.
With more than 450 employees, Engelhard Arzneimittel is one of the leading brand manufacturers of OTC medicines (over-the-counter) and is the manufacturer of popular brands such as Prospan® and isla®. As a modern company, it was important to keep adapting all processes and procedures to digital
change. “We wanted a centralized, digital management of the contracts in the company, while at the same time creating and self-managing in the areas and departments,” says Michael Brauers, IT Business Partner at Engelhard Arzneimittel.
There were also other requirements for a suitable solution, which is why a detailed catalog of requirements was created first. For Engelhard Arzneimittel, the must-haves included the central administration of the contract documents in digital records so that all employees can access them at any time according to their authorization, as well as the legally and audit-proof archiving of all documents. One of the employees’ particular concerns was to be able to keep an eye on contractual deadlines and dates more easily, for example, in order to renegotiate contracts in good time and thus avoid additional costs due to compliance with notice periods. In addition, there was a desire for a userfriendly software design with a web interface that could be seamlessly integrated into the company’s existing SAP environment.
At Engelhard Arzneimittel, contract management was a cross-divisional issue from the start. “With cuContract, a system is now in use that is fully integrated into the existing SAP environment and can support or interact w ith the various SAP modules in the individual departments,” says Brauers.
The contract management system works with contract-relevant data from the respective SAP modules – be it master data (e.g. customer or supplier data), authorizations, terms, or storage requirements. These can also be displayed from cuContract and the relevant data in the respective SAP mod ules.
Since contract data is usually sensitive, Engelhard Arzneimittel placed particular value on graduated access restrictions and precisely adjust able access criteria. All entries and changes to a process are logged in an audit-proof manner.
For improved workflow and more planning security, Engelhard required automatic date and deadline management. According to the project ma nagers, this also represents one of the key added values that the system offers.
Since contracts usually also result in financial obligations, it is all the more important to keep an eye on all the conditions. This includes the agreed service and consideration as well as dates and deadlines that define the services in terms of time. That is why the contract management system cuContract contains detailed functions to remind you of due dates and payment obligations. There is also the option of storing invoice and payment plans and checking them against invoices. What would have to be laboriously programmed in a document management system is standard in the valantic solution.
Today, those responsible receive timely e-mail notifications when contract or retention periods expire or a notice period is pending. “The implementation of the solution has noticeably accelerated the processes and created the transparency that we had hoped for,” summarizes Dr. Markus Schäfermeyer, Director Information Technology.
After the first catalog of requirements that Engelhard had put together, experts from valantic and the drug manufacturer came together to determine the detailed needs of the company in dealing with contracts. It was also about the creation of an authorization concept, the breakdown of individual company-typical contract types, and the numbering of the contracts in the respective departments. All in all, the introduction of the solution to go-live took just under half a year, a speedy process considering the size of the project. “We received consistently competent support and inquiries were always responded to quickly. Overall, valantic distinguished itself through a high level of implementation competence,” recalls Dr. Markus Schäfermeyer.
As with any change in familiar processes, some processes had to be adjusted during and after the implementation of cuContract. Internal change management at Engelhard helped implement the changed process flows. “Some of the employees were justifiably skeptical because of the additional effort involved in entering the contract at first, but we quickly noticed how much relief the new system brings to the administration and monitoring of contracts,” says Alexander Schumann, who is responsible for contract management in the legal department at Engelhard Arzneimittel.
While in the past many contracts were only available in paper f orm and it was difficult to keep track of deadlines, users now save a lot of tim e: A uniform folder structure ensures an optimal overview and appointments and deadlines are easily surveyed and adhered to. This also applies to the archiving periods and requirements of the GDPR, everything can be specified for the individual contract in the system. The legal department currently manages more than 1,000 contracts.
Driven by the desire for more efficient processes in the company organization, Engelhard relied on modern software. Instead of using paper-based records and decentralized Excel lists, the more than 450 employees at the German company headquarters now manage all contracts digitally. “We now have a complete overview of the company’s contractual situation and can meet all deadlines,” says Marc Braun, Head of Legal at Engelhard.
Contracts with regular payment obligations that were no longer required could be terminated or updated. Cumbersome searches for contracts in extensive paper records, as well as long search and waiting times are a t hing of the past.
Encouraged by the good implementation and the positive response from employees with regards to the new contract management system, Engelhard plans to implement automated document creation in the future. With this, for example, contracts, standard correspondence, and designed e-mails can be generated independently and in a time-saving manner.
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