European defense company MBDA has adopted Oodrive’s electronic signature solution in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The company progressively deployed the solution across various departments, starting with Human Resources and Procurement.

MBDA is a leading missile company, employing approximately 14,000 people in France, the UK, Italy, Germany, and Spain. Its primary goal is to ensure the sovereignty and freedom of nations by providing dedicated secure solutions. MBDA was already using the Oodrive Work solution for storing and sharing its sensitive files.

This choice has allowed MBDA to bring more fluidity and security to its different signing processes, beyond digitization. The project to implement an electronic signature solution allowing secure and efficient document signing, already under consideration, accelerated in the context of the sanitary crisis. The required solution had to guarantee data security and sovereignty, comply with European standards, and eliminate risky practices (such as a signature applied in image format on a document).

An electronic signature solution which adapts to various use cases

The project began with gathering needs from different departments. This step identified use cases and interested business sectors.

MBDA chose the Oodrive Sign solution for the following reasons:

  • Compliance with eIDAS regulation to ensure the integrity, authenticity, and legal value of documents.
  • Confidentiality: Using the concept of perimeter to segment access between different departments.
  • Customization to align with business processes with electronic signatures and workflows reducing signing time.
  • Security: European electronic signature solution hosted on SecNumCloud-qualified infrastructure to avoid dependence on a U.S. solution subject to the Cloud Act and other extraterritorial laws.

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The deployment process for different use cases was validated by MBDA’s security officials. Initially deployed in Human Resources, the use of electronic signatures then extended to other departments.

Human Resources

The HR department uses electronic signatures primarily for employment contracts. The Oodrive teams showed great responsiveness in implementing Oodrive Sign APIs linked with Workday, allowing process automation for managing the reorganizing of the metallurgy convention.

Over 1500 documents, including employment contract amendments for some employees, were signed electronically.

Procurement and Supply Chain

Around twenty people, located at various sites in France, use electronic signatures for procurement and supply chain processes.

Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE)

Florian Deshayes, Project Manager Collaboration Solutions at MBDA, says, “The integration of Oodrive Sign electronic signature within various services shows how easily the tool could be deployed. Its rapid adoption allowed MBDA to optimize processes, automate tasks, improve overall efficiency across different business areas and users, while complying with current security and regulatory standards.”

Over 200 people, particularly order issuers, initiate prevention plans for subcontractors. Electronic signatures facilitate this important process in the field of health, safety, and environment.

What are the benefits of implementing electronic signatures at MBDA?

Time saving and efficiency

The adoption of the Oodrive Sign solution has provided significant time savings:

  • 1 week reduction in the employment contract signing process.
  • 2 to 3 weeks saved for the signing of confidentiality agreements in procurement and supply chain.

The Oodrive Sign dashboard also provides real-time visibility on the progress of various signing workflows. It allows more efficient tracking of processes, identifying potential delays, and sending reminders to internal and external collaborators if necessary.

Modernizing the company’s image

The digitization of processes, especially for employment contracts and onboarding new employees, modernizes MBDA’s image. Employees can, for example, electronically sign their employment contracts in just a few clicks.

Security and compliance with European standards

The Oodrive Sign electronic signature solution is hosted in France on a SecNumCloud-qualified sovereign cloud. Oodrive is the only SaaS publisher with this qualification awarded by ANSSI (French National Agency for the Security of Information Systems), guaranteeing the highest level of data security. The solution also complies with current European regulations such as eIDAS 2.0 and GDPR.

Confidentiality within the organization

A focus is placed on confidentiality, with the aim of compartmentalizing usage between different departments and adjusting user role definitions.

Key Benefits of Oodrive Sign for MBDA

  • Time saving: 7 days saved for employment contract signing, 2 to 3 weeks for confidentiality agreement signing.
  • Real-time visibility on the status of signature processes.
  • Dematerialization: fewer documents stored on servers, fewer paper documents.
  • Security/compliance with IT security requirements related to the industry.