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Morrisons chief executive culls 720 head office roles

David Potts, the new boss of Morrisons, is poised to cut a third of its head office staff less than a month after he took the axe to its board.

According to Retail Week, the changes will impact almost a third of the 2,300 people working in Morrisons’ head office. The gorcer said the number of people employed in its head office had increased by 50% since 2008.

The significant scaling back of its head office team came weeks after Potts axed five members of the senior management team, including Nick Collard, customer marketing and digital director; Martyn Fletcher, retail director; and property and strategy director Gordon Mowat.

The grocer said it had begun consultation with head office staff. Employees whose roles are being made redundant will be offered a role in a Morrisons store and some will be redeployed in other parts of the business. Morrisons will also offer voluntary redundancy. The consultation will last for at least 45 days.

Morrisons would not comment on the type of roles or departments affected.

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