• Some 1,700 jobs are at risk as Tesco outlines plans to simplify its operational structures.
  • The retailer says the move is designed to improve efficiency and ensure it remains competitive in the future.
  • As part of the shake-up, the roles of people manager, compliance manager, and customer experience managers will be removed from 757, 667, and 226 stores respectively. 
Tesco said the changes will affect 1,700 colleagues who will be supported to find alternative roles within the business wherever possible

Tesco said the changes will affect 1,700 colleagues who will be supported to find alternative roles within the business wherever possible

UK supermarket retailer Tesco has outlined plans to simplify its operational structures in a move that will affect some 1,700 employees in a bid to improve efficiency and ensure it remains competitive in the future.

In an announcement yesterday (22 January), the retailer said the changes are also designed to give line managers clearer accountability for colleague and customer experience.

As part of the shake-up, the role of people manager and compliance manager will be removed from large stores and fulfilment centres in the UK, while customer experience managers, present in 226 stores, will also be removed, giving line managers more direct accountability for customer service, in line with all other Tesco stores.

Tesco said the changes will affect 1,700 colleagues who will be supported to find alternative roles within the business wherever possible.

Meanwhile, 900 new roles with broader remits will be created as people partners, learning partners and colleague relations partners working across multiple sites throughout distribution, stores and fulfilment. As part of this a new colleague administration role will also be created to support management teams in each large store and fulfilment centre.

Matt Davies, Tesco UK and ROI CEO, said the changes remove complexity and will deliver a simpler, more helpful experience for colleagues and customers. "We recognise these are difficult changes to make but they are necessary to ensure our business remains competitive and set up for the future," he added.

"Our priority now is to support affected colleagues through these changes in any way we can. We hope to retain as many colleagues as possible in the new roles we have created and in the vacancies we currently have available."

Earlier this month, Tesco posted its eighth consecutive quarter of positive sales growth, with its clothing sector performing well throughout the Christmas period as its F&F ranges continue to prove popular with customers.

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