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80 jobs on the line at Kellogg's

Around 80 jobs are at risk at the Kellogg’s Manchester head office.

It comes after plans were announced to move its European Financial Services Centre to Bucharest in Romania.

The centre is currently run from the cereal company’s base on Talbot Road, Trafford.

But bosses have told the M.E.N that jobs are at risk as Kellogg’s plans to ‘streamline’ its operations.

Kellogg’s president and chief executive John Bryant said he wants to implement ‘a Global Business Services (GBS) model to streamline business support processes in Finance, IT, Supply Chain and HR'.

He said: “To deliver on our strategy and grow our business around the world, we need new ways of operating in an increasingly complex, global business environment,

“GBS is a proven approach that will enable us to operate more efficiently and effectively.”

He said that the move to a GBS model would drive efficiencies that generate cost savings for Kellogg's to reinvest in its business to drive growth.

He also said the company identified Bucharest as the proposed location for the Kellogg European GBS Service Centre because the city has the established infrastructure required and is already home to similar service centers for other large, global companies, including P&G and Ericsson.

Kellogg’s also said a consultation process to determine which business processes may be best suited to potentially move to a European GBS Service Centre has started.

A former female Kellogg’s employee, who has now retired, described the news as “sad”.

The woman, who didn’t want to be named, said: “This is going to have a major impact on the 80 people whose jobs are at risk and their familes.

“It’s very sad and it is obviously a money based decision.”

Source: www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk - 2 June 2014