Jobs could be lost in beans plant changes

Heinz, Kitt Green
Heinz, Kitt Green

HEINZ has announced plans that could see redundancies at its Kitt Green factory.

The job losses would come in the operations department in a bid to create a “leaner, flatter structure”.

The news comes a month after a proposed strike at the neighbouring Wincanton distribution depot, which handles deliveries for Heinz, was halted at the 11th hour.

Bosses say up to nine jobs could be made redundant if plans go through as proposed. A spokesman said: “As part of our ongoing transition, the Kitt Green senior operations leadership team has continued to review the operations organisation to ensure we are operating as efficiently as possible to better position Heinz for accelerated growth and to enable stronger operational performance. We have therefore announced today to our operations team leader population our proposed changes to create a leaner, flatter structure that we believe will simplify, strengthen and maximize efficiencies across our operations.

“As always we will consult with the affected employees and if the proposal was to go ahead it would result in a reduction of our team leader roles. We recognize the impact this will have on affected employees and their families and as always, Heinz is committed to treating our people with respect and dignity.”