The Warehouse Group head office job losses rumoured

The Warehouse Group includes The Warehouse, Warehouse Stationery, Noel Leeming and Torpedo 7.
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The Warehouse Group includes The Warehouse, Warehouse Stationery, Noel Leeming and Torpedo 7.

A number of jobs at The Warehouse Group head office could be lost as part of an operational review of the retail giant.

The group owns big box retail stores the The Warehouse, Warehouse Stationery, Noel Leemings and Torpedo7.

It is understood that some senior staff at the head office have received letters stating their positions would no longer exist and their employment would finish in six weeks.

Staff have also apparently received memos and an email detailing job losses.

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The Warehouse Group head office had about 1000 staff.

In January the company announced it would be making a series of changes to "drive an improvement in financial performance and generate greater customer relevance".

The changes included "strengthening and consolidating" the company's support services and combining the operating structures and executive leadership of The Warehouse with Warehouse Stationery.

The Warehouse chief executive Simon Turner left after a a decision to change the scope of his role.

The Warehouse Group spokeswoman Tanya Henderson said only proposals have been put to staff at this stage and the company was waiting on staff feedback.

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Any letters sent out would have made it clear that it was a proposal only, she said.

First Union retail finance secretary Maxine Gay said at this stage there were only rumours about mass layoffs from the company's retail staff.

She said the union has put calls into the company to confirm the rumours.

Few head office staff were part of the union, she said.

First Retail Group managing director Chris Wilkinson said it would not be entirely surprising to see job losses at The Warehouse Group head office.

Large retail groups worldwide were cutting back on back end costs and those with several businesses under their belt, like The Warehouse Group, were getting rid of double ups.

"It would have only been reasonable to expect this was going to come," Wilkinson said.

"Realistically, they don't need to have such a high head count and resource at the back end for a business of that size."

 - Stuff

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