Unilever to cut 350 jobs, including 40 senior management and HR personnel by end of 2008

Consumer goods group Unilever will axe up to 350 staff, including 40 senior management positions and HR personnel by the end of next year.

Unilever said it was “speeding up” changes announced last year as part of its One Unilever programme to improve performance.

The group is closing three offices dedicated to sales and marketing in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, Kingston-upon-Thames, in south-west London, and Crawley, West Sussex.

A new merged site will then be established in Leatherhead, Surrey, towards the end of next year.

A spokesman told Personnel Today: “Some HR are jobs are likely to go before the end of next year. How many has yet to be determined.”

Dave Lewis, chairman of Unilever’s UK operating business, said: “The fortunes of our business have improved recently. The next change accelerates our transformation and affords us the opportunity to grow more consistently and rapidly.

“The organisation will retain its deep brand and category knowledge, but will be simpler and faster, with a greater emphasis on our retail customers,” he added.

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