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Penneys to eliminate supervisor roles in shake up of store management


Penneys Photo: Steve Humphreys

Penneys Photo: Steve Humphreys

Penneys Photo: Steve Humphreys

Penneys is to restructure management within its Irish stores in a move expected to mean some job losses among current supervisors who are being offered redundancy or the chance to apply for a new team leader role.

The changes are being introduced to create the same management structure in each Penneys store across Ireland, according to the retailer.

It means replacing the current non management role of supervisor or service leader with a management role of team leader. While basic pay is expected to be the same or higher for the new posts, manager roles in the retail sector typically don’t attract over time rates for additional hours.

The changes in store management structure will come into force at the end of September, with impacted employees notified in the last week.

The Irish Independent understands supervisors will not automatically move to the new team leader role and it is up to the individual whether to apply or opt for redundancy over the coming two-weeks.

A Penneys spokesperson told the Irish Independent: “The changes we’re proposing will deliver a simplified and more consistent management structure across all of our stores, provide more opportunities for career progression and offer greater flexibility, all of which are designed to help us provide the best possible experience for all Penneys’ colleagues and ultimately our customers.”

“One of the proposed changes is the introduction of a newly created Team Leader role, an entry level managerial role open for all supervisors to apply for. We are now focused on supporting all of our colleagues who are potentially affected through this process,” the spokesperson added.

In January, Primark revealed it would cut 400 such store management jobs in its UK stores in an attempt to simplify the management structure there.

Here, the move is understood to directly impact a small percentage of Penney’s 5,000 retail staff.

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