Waterstones has announced it has made 16 head office roles redundant, including four publisher-facing staff in its books team, due to a “challenging trading climate”.
The retail chain said category managers Richard Humphreys and Clement Knox, publisher liaison manager Darren Thomson and commercial manager Sarah Callaghan had all left the business.
A further 12 unspecified roles have also gone following a consultation launched in late July into redundancies at its head office in Piccadilly. The company said the cuts were a "necessary safeguarding measure for the future of Waterstones".
A spokesperson said: “As part of the measures undertaken to safeguard the future of Waterstones during this challenging trading climate, we had to take the difficult decision to make a number of redundancies in the books team. It is with great regret that we confirm that Richard Humphreys, Clement Knox, Darren Thomson and Sarah Callaghan have left the business. We would like to express our thanks for all their hard work and wish them the very best for their future endeavours.
“We have reviewed and streamlined the team structure to ensure close links across departments and to create efficient liaison with shop and stock teams. We are confident that this structure puts us in a good position to deliver the best possible Christmas for our customers in our shops and online.”
Changes will also see head of communications Sandra Taylor take on new responsibilities, heading up the category, events, PR and publisher liaison teams. The restructured books team now consists of 12 team members.
The former Waterstones staff members named by the company can be reached on firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com for Darren Thomson.