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Gazprom Neft develops platform to engage talented professionals in solving challenges for major businesses

The “Professionals 4.0” platform developed by Gazprom Neft allows specialists to participate in implementing projects for major companies and government agencies, working in agile teams. Other participants on the project include SIBUR Holding, government corporation Rostec (Russian Electronics), Rostelecom, Rosseti, and the Administration of the Leningrad Oblast. Forty business challenges, put forward by Gazprom Neft and other project participants, are currently available on the Professionals 4.0 platform.

The project is unparalleled in Russia, being a new model for engaging talented professionals in real-sector technological development in the Russian economy, whereby specialists have the opportunity of offering their knowledge and skills in working on clients’ tasks, without having to be employed full-time at that organisation. The Professional 4.0 platform will store participants’ profiles and suggest projects in line with their professional experience, specialisations, and interests. The platform will also offer participants services in developing their skills and competencies in working in agile teams, involving higher educational establishments and business schools in the partnership. The Moscow School of Management, SKOLKOVO, University 2035 (a network-based educational platform offering individual education paths), and EY have already joined the project.

Alexander Dyukov, CEO and Chairman of the Management Board, Gazprom Neft, commented: “Talented professionals from all over the country will be able to take part in solving genuine problems faced by large Russian companies and governmental organisations. This is an opportunity to develop professional skills, gain experience in project work, and establish new contacts. The project allows business and government agencies to strengthen their project teams quickly by engaging professionals with the skills and competencies they need, as well finding promising personnel efficiently. The idea behind the project has already received support from many Russian companies, and we plan to expand our circle of partners still further.”
Alexander Dyukov
Alexander Dyukov CEO and Chairman of the Management Board, Gazprom Neft
Nikolai Dolgov, Development Director, Professionals 4.0 Platform, Gazprom, commented: “This platform creates a wide range of opportunities for professionals from the most diverse industries to realise their potential. It will open up major companies — or at least make them more transparent — to both experienced professionals and university students and graduates, who will be able to try their hand at working on projects for major companies, learn more about their corporate culture, and take the important decisions they need to on their career development.”
Nikolai Dolgov
Nikolai Dolgov Development Director, Professionals 4.0 Platform, Gazprom

The platform is being developed with the support of the “Russia — Land of Opportunity” NGO, organiser of the “Leaders of Russia” nationwide management competition, with the first users being the 2,000 finalists and semi-finalists from the last two seasons of the competition. Future plans include expanding the circle of partnering companies, increasing the volume of projects offered, making the platform available to new categories of talented professionals (industry specialists, entrepreneurs, academics and students), and expanding the functionality of the project, specifically by running online networking and professional development initiatives for platform users.

Professionals 4.0 website