John Lewis announces Waitrose boss and 75 head office staff will be axed

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John Lewis announces Waitrose boss and 75 head office staff will be axed in £100m cost-cutting plan to merge running of department stores and supermarkets after profit slump Waitrose managing director Rob Collins will leave the group in January next year Around 75 of the 225 senior management head office roles at John Lewis will go Partnership hopes to save around £100million 'over time' through restructuring Confirmed to MailOnline both offices in Bracknell and Victoria will remain open 

By Rory Tingle For Mailonline

Published: 11:46 BST, 1 October 2019 | Updated: 12:50 BST, 1 October 2019

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The John Lewis Partnership has said the boss of its Waitrose chain will leave and around 75 head office roles are being axed under plans to bring its department stores and supermarket under the same management team.

Rob Collins, managing director of the Waitrose business, will leave at the end of January after a 26-year career with the group following its decision to scrap separate management teams for its two divisions.

The overhaul means it will cut around 75 of its 225 senior management head office roles as part of moves that will save it around £100 million 'over time'.

But John Lewis managing director Paula Nickolds will remain with the group, taking on the newly created role of executive director for brand from next year.

The moves announced today are part of a plan to bring John Lewis and Waitrose under the same management team

The moves announced today are part of a plan to bring John Lewis and Waitrose under the same management team 

Sir Charlie Mayfield, outgoing chairman of John Lewis, said the group needed to take 'bolder steps' to turn around its fortunes in a difficult retail market.

He said: 'Although there will be little or no disruption to our shops or websites in the near term, there will be considerable change in many other areas of the

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