Top buyer role goes in cull at Whitbread

27 February 2009

27 February 2009

Whitbread has scrapped the role of procurement director as part of the restructuring of divisional management for its hotels and restaurants businesses.

As SM went to press, former procurement director Paul Farrow was "in consultation" over his position at the company. The shake-up will also affect 35 other back-office staff.

Whitbread, which hopes to save £25 million over the next two years as a result of the overhaul, said further announcements about changes to purchasing operations would be made in "due course".

A spokeswoman said: "This is a sensitive time as there are some 35 roles across Whitbread support centre functions, not limited to procurement, which are under currently under consultation.

"This is a continuation of our planned efficiency programme which also includes some outsourcing and team reorganisation."

Whitbread owns brands such as Costa Coffee, Beefeater and Premier Inn.

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