London, United Kingdom:
Rolls-Royce, the British manufacturer of aircraft engines, said Tuesday it plans to axe up to 2,500 jobs worldwide, or about six percent of its staff.
“It is estimated that 2,000-2,500 roles will be removed globally” under “plans for a simpler, more streamlined, organisation”, the group said in a statement.
Chief executive Tufan Erginbilgic, who began restructuring the group on taking the helm at the start of the year, said the company was “building a Rolls-Royce that is fit for the future.
“That means a more… efficient organisation that will deliver for our customers, partners and shareholders.”
The statement said the latest restructuring would “help Rolls-Royce build enhanced capabilities in key areas such as procurement and supply chain management, ensuring they are as strong as the company’s engineering and technical excellence”.
Previous CEO Warren East had axed more than 9,000 jobs and launched a major divestment programme in 2020 to navigate damaging pandemic fallout across the aviation industry.
In a quick turnaround under its new boss, Rolls in August posted first-half net profit totalling £1.2 billion ($1.5 billion), compared with a loss after tax of £1.6 billion a year earlier.
Erginbilgic, a dual UK and Turkish national, worked for more than 20 years at energy major BP.
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