John Lewis has cut 200 back-of-house jobs as part of a restructure and modernisation plan.
In a statement John Lewis said it was consulting with some partners (as it calls its workers) over changes that would affect around 200 roles, but added that 70 new roles were expected to be created if the changes go ahead.
It said: “We are currently speaking to a small group of branch partners about proposals within our back-of-house operations to ensure a more efficient way of working and modernise our processes so that our business is set up for the future.
“As part of these proposals, we are also creating a number of new roles and providing better access to training and development. We will be doing everything we can to support those partners impacted by actively helping them to look for other roles across the Partnership.”
The job losses come as the department store chain rebranded to include “& Partners” in the name of both its department stores and its Waitrose supermarkets to focus on its partnership employment model and how John Lewis “differentiates itself” from high street competitors.
New John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners signage was unveiled on the facades of John Lewis Oxford Street flagship and Westfield London store in White City, and the Waitrose shops in Edgware Road and Clerkenwell.
It has also rebranded its Twitter and Facebook accounts to John Lewis & Partners from John Lewis Retail.