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Tesco to cut 1,700 deputy manager roles at Express convenience stores

RBR Staff Writer Published 28 February 2017

Britain's biggest retailer Tesco is replacing 1,700 deputy managers in its chain of Express convenience stores.

The company said it would abolish deputy manager positions at its 1,800 Express stores across the UK and instead create 3,300 shift leader roles.

It said the changes would result in a net increase of about 1,500 positions, increasing the number of staff serving customers on the shop floor.

Tesco Convenience managing director Tracey Clements said:  “To help improve our service to customers in our Express stores we are aiming to have more of our colleagues on the shop floor, more often. To help achieve this we are creating more than 3,300 Shift Leader roles which, in turn, means we will no longer have Deputy Managers. 

“We appreciate that these changes will impact our Deputy Manager colleagues, and will do everything we can to support them throughout this period.”

The new structure is in line with a transformation programme designed to cater to customer requirements. Tesco said that the structural changes in the group, which have been going on since more than two years, are to enable it to compete in a rapidly transforming retail segment in the present times and also for the future.

The impacted 1,700 deputy managers will undergo consultation during the week. Tesco said that it will propose to give them new “shift leader” roles or alternative positions in other stores within the group.

Last month, the company uveiled 1,000 job cuts to cut the number of its distribution centres. It also announced the resignation of Richard Cousins as non-executive director.

Image: Tesco will replace 1,700 deputy managers with 3,300 shift leaders. Photo: courtesy of Tescoplc.com.