Sainsbury’s to axe 300 jobs as it ramps up cost-cutting drive

Sainsbury's axes 300 support roles
Sainsbury's axes 300 support roles
// Sainsbury’s will cut 300 roles in its store support centres and outsource roles to Accenture
// The changes are part of the grocer’s ‘save to invest’ cost-cutting drive, which aims to reinvest savings in keeping prices low

Sainsbury’s is axing 300 jobs across its store support centres as it outsources the roles.

Employees working in food commercial, finance operations and people services and HR, based in Sainsbury’s central offices in Manchester, Holborn in London, and Ansty in Warwickshire, will be impacted as the grocer outsources roles to Accenture.

Sainsbury’s informed those affected today as it launched a consultation, according to Retail Week.

The changes are part of Sainsbury’s ‘save to invest’ programme, its drive to cut costs to plough into keeping prices low and innovating in product as it fights rising inflation.

Just last month, Sainsbury’s revealed it would close 200 of its in-store cafes as well as “less popular” hot-food counters in 34 of its stores, putting 2,000 jobs at risk.

READ MORE: Tesco axes overnight stock replenishment putting 1,600 roles at risk

The grocer has created a new Sainsbury’s Business Services team as part of the changes, which will be led by chief transformation officer Graham Biggart. The team will look at where to drive efficiencies across the business.

A Sainsbury’s spokeswoman told the publication: “We are focused on our plans to put food back at the heart of Sainsbury’s. To achieve this, we are becoming a more simple, nimble and efficient business so that we can reinvest in what matters most to customers – low prices, exciting new products and convenient ways to shop.

“We are talking to a small proportion of our store support centre colleagues about some changes we are proposing to the way we work. 

“Colleagues affected will enter into a consultation process and we are supporting them through this in any way we can. This includes exploring alternative roles within Sainsbury’s, as well as providing independent support with job opportunities elsewhere as part of a redundancy package which far exceeds statutory requirements.”

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  1. Cut out a director instead of 300 staff. Your get the same cost savings. It’s much easier for people at the top to get another job then at the bottom of the chain.

  2. Totally agree with your comment when the chief executive officer
    Simon Roberts got paid £736,000 total pay for the year ending March 6 – less than a year after he stepped into chief executive officer role-was £1.32 million

  3. Having seen Sainsbury’s operation first hand and their processes it’s clear they are in urgent need of a major shakeup. A good example is the excessive use of abbreviations for everything in the business that new and temporary staff have to learn. Problem is they needed it done yesterday. Sadly their failure to take action will result in it been taken out of their hands and done by others who will not have the same respect for a trusted brand with a great history.

  4. Did anyone ever save money outsourcing to Accenture? The last time it was done under Project Swan was not good, and Sainsbury’s walked away from that deal… did they not learn anything or have people just forgotten?


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