Unilever cuts 1,500 jobs in restructure of organisation

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AUTHOR: Fiona Holland
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Consumer goods giant Unilever has announced it will cut 1,500 jobs as the company undergoes a complete restructure.

Senior management roles are expected to be reduced by 15%, and junior roles by 5% as the company splits into five business groups.

Factory workers will not be affected by the upcoming changes, Unilever said in a statement.

The food department will now be split into two sections: Nutrition and Ice Cream.
The Nutrition department will encompass Scratch Cooking, Functional Nutrition, Plant-Based Meat, Healthy Snacking and Food Solutions. It will be led by its new President, Hanneke Faber, previously President of Foods & Refreshments.

Matt Close, who was the former Executive Vice President of Ice Cream, will now become the President of the Ice Cream business group, a new stand-alone department.

The other three new business groups include Beauty & Wellbeing, Home Care, and Personal Care.

Reginaldo Ecclissato, who is currently the Chief Supply Chain Officer, will become the Chief Business Operations Officer, allowing him lead the Unilever Business Operations and Supply Chain team.

These five new departments will receive continous support from Unilever Business Operations.

CEO of Unilever, Alan Jope, explains why the company is heading in this direction: “Our new organisational model has been developed over the last year and is designed to continue the step-up we are seeing in the performance of our business. Moving to five category-focused Business Groups will enable us to be more responsive to consumer and channel trends, with crystal-clear accountability for delivery. Growth remains our top priority and these changes will underpin our pursuit of this.”

The company confirmed in a statement that these changes will come into force from 1 April 2022.

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