Sainsbury’s is streamlining its management chain as part of a £500m cost-cutting exercise that could see many senior staff leave the business.
The UK’s second biggest supermarket is axing a number of roles including deputy store manager and department manager.
The shake-up will not directly affect job numbers at the chain, but staff will be given the choice of applying for the new roles, accepting a more junior position or opting for redundancy.
The news comes as Tesco takes the axe to 1,700 shop floor and warehouse jobs, as the big two cut costs in a bid to hold on to market share being rapidly eroded by German discounters Aldi and Lidl.
Sainsbury's retail and operations director, Simon Roberts, said: “We're proposing a store management structure that will deliver best in class leadership and, in many cases, will offer an improved reward package for new management roles.
“The proposals will introduce a more efficient and effective structure, designed to meet the challenges of today's retail environment.
“They will deliver cost savings to be invested in our customer offer and in our colleagues as they continue to provide the very best service for our customers.”