Sainsbury’s has announced it is to review department and deputy manager positions in order to invest more resources in other shop floor roles.
Consultation has also begun in more than 100 supermarkets to replace night shifts with early morning and evening shifts to improve availability, with changes already being made at 33 stores last year. The department and deputy manager shake-up followed “an extensive review which looked at how to align resources to meet changing customer needs,” Sainsbury’s said.
“Reducing the number of department manager roles will give colleagues who serve customers on tills and restock the shelves the opportunity to extend their hours or take additional shifts,” it added in a statement. “This means more customer-facing colleagues will be on hand to offer service, with the right leadership and structures in place.”
Roger Burnley, operations director, commented: “These are exceptionally difficult decisions to make and we have not taken them lightly. I recognise that this will be a challenging time for many of our colleagues and we will do everything we can to support them and help them move through this period of uncertainty as quickly as possible.”