Waterstone's cuts 17 head office staff

Waterstone's cuts 17 head office staff

Waterstone's has made 17 members of staff redundant from its head offices in Brentford and Solihull.

The changes follow a consultation period announced in January and the bulk has taken place in the store operations and commercial teams and their support staff. Scott Coning, buying manager for education, and three regional managers were made redundant. The 17 affected staff have already left the company.

Regions within store operations have now decreased from 21 to 16. Branch managers previously on secondment to regional management roles have returned to their stores. The commercial team is now centring on Waterstones’s range and campaigns after specific roles in these areas were created last year.
 
Fiona Kennedy, head of range and business, continues to be responsible for the business team, along with the newly created range team. Reporting to her will be business manager Simon Wilson, who will continue to manage ongoing publisher terms, and range manager Sarah Clarke.
Toby Bourne takes on the role of head of campaigns and related product. Reporting to Toby is campaign manager Simon Burke, and Chris Gardner and David Plummer as related product buying managers. Range and campaign buyers continue in their existing roles and now report respectively into Sarah Clarke and Simon Burke.

The book chain, owned by the HMV Group, announced a consultation period with staff about a restructure had begun in January, after poor Christmas trading results. The same measure was also undertaken at HMV’s head office. The bookseller also announced 20 store closures in 12 months, with 11 already gone. Staff at those stores also entered into redundancy consultations but it was hoped some would be redeployed to other stores.