Nestlé plans to eliminate up to 500 information technology jobs at its Swiss home base, as it shifts work to an existing tech hub in Spain and other locations, the food and beverage giant said on Tuesday.
None of the group's Swiss production sites will be affected by the plan, which is being presented to staff for consultation, it said in a statement.
Nespresso Operational Centres
Its Nespresso coffee business also plans to establish operational centres in Spain and Portugal, to benefit from existing Nestlé e-commerce and supply chain hubs, and it intends to create a centre for boutique operations in Italy, too.
"It is Nespresso's intention to offer roles in these centres to all of the 80 employees impacted by the proposed change," it added. These were in addition to the 500 Swiss IT jobs at risk.
Nestlé said that it remained committed to its Swiss base, where it employed more than 10,100 people in 2017.
This month, it said that it planned to combine its scientific research operations into a single Swiss unit, in an attempt to speed up development of new products at a time when competition from smaller rivals is intensifying.
Under pressure from activist shareholder Daniel Loeb to increase investor returns, Nestlé has been keeping a close eye on costs.
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