// 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.
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.”