Thursday, 22 January 2009

Sainsbury's jobs to go in head office restructuring

Sainsbury's is to restructure its London head office which could lead to up to 300 jobs being cut.
Sainsbury's told Retail Week the retailer will restructure central support teams to "align them for future growth" and "ensure there is no duplication of activity and to simplify the central operation".

Sainsbury's has been in consultation with staff this week, Retail Week has learnt. Up to 300 roles could be lost at head office.

Sainsbury's has also restructured its three main business units – non-food, grocery and fresh food. The food trading team will be restructured into two larger business units, fresh and chilled food. A spokesman said new jobs will also be created and the move "will simplify activities and also enable greater synergies across our supplier base".

Simon Twigger has been appointed business unit director, fresh and chilled food, and Helen Buck, currently director of brand communications, is appointed as Business Unit director, grocery.

The non-food teams will be restructured under one overall director with Luke Jensen, currently strategy director, becoming managing director, non-food.

The spokesman said: "These changes are part of normal productivity changes undertaken over time. We reviewed our store management structures last year and also our HR store teams.
"This year we are a net creator of jobs, particularly in stores where we are growing trade levels and the store estate. We expect to open 16 stores and 50 convenience stores over the next 12 months."

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