Sainsbury's to axe thousands of jobs in management shake-up

Posted January 24, 2018

The role of customer experience manager, present in 226 stores, will also be removed, giving line managers more direct accountability for customer service.

Sainsbury's and Asda have also cut jobs as all the big grocers try to keep costs down.

Although the company is doing away with the roles of 1,700 people it will create 900 new positions.

He added: "Our intention is not to reduce overall headcount as a result of these proposals".

Tesco set out a plan in October 2016 to reduce operating costs by 1.5 billion pounds ($2.1 billion) over three years through efficiencies in its distribution network and stores and from procurement savings. In June 1,200 jobs were cut from its head office in Welwyn Garden City.

"The proposals will introduce a more efficient and effective structure, created to meet the challenges of today's retail environment", he added.

Sainsbury's, Britain's second largest supermarket group, said on Tuesday it would restructure its store management as it seeks to achieve another round of targeted cost savings.

The announcement comes after Tesco yesterday said it would be cutting hundreds of jobs to save £1 billion in the next five years.

The retailer has more than 25 stores in the county.

The cuts will be made both in the United Kingdom and in the group's global business.

Despite reporting a record Christmas season the supermarket giant, a member of the so-called "big four", has said it is to cut store management roles with the jobs being replaced by "better paid" new roles. Tesco said it would help those losing their jobs to find new positions within the company where possible.

"Our priority now is to support affected colleagues through these changes in any way we can".

Retailers are having to rethink their businesses amid aggressive competition from Aldi and Lidl as well as a switch to shopping online.