Denmark: Maersk Line Announces Restructuring of Its Centre Organisation
Today, Maersk Line announced that it will restructure its global HQ function (Centre). The new Centre organisation will be presented on 12 June and be initiated immediately thereafter. It is expected that a consequence of the new organisation is a reduction of the number of positions in Centre by approximately 400, hereof 250 in Copenhagen.
The new Centre organisation follows the substantial changes Maersk Line has made to its global organisation (non-Centre) since 2008. This included de-layering, off-shoring of work to shared service centres, simplification of processes and empowering the frontline. The results have been good, but more can be done, and Maersk Line is now taking the next step making its Centre organisation more agile in order to strengthen Maersk Line’s focus on customers and markets.
A key objective of the new Centre organisation is faster decision making. Furthermore, execution and service tasks currently in Centre will be moved closer to the customers in Maersk Line’s country offices in the global organisation as well as its shared service centres.
“We want to build a successful business that consistently delivers acceptable returns to its shareholders. This requires that we challenge ourselves to have as efficient an organisation as possible,” says Søren Skou.
The review of the Centre organisation was initiated in March this year. Objective has been to simplify and focus the Centre, which has led to 400 fewer positions. An Employee Consultation Committee will be established, which Maersk Line will consult about the expected redundancies as also required by Danish legislation.
Maersk Line employs 25,000 people, including 2,200 in Centre. Centre locations include offices in Copenhagen, London, Singapore, Mumbai, Pune, and Manila.
Source: Maersk Line, June 1, 2012