Lenovo’s global restructuring won’t dramatically affect its New Zealand operation, which employs “a handful” of people, according to company spokesman Heather Jones.
Worldwide, the PC maker is cutting 1,400 jobs, or 5% of the workforce, but some of these will be internal transfers to other positions, putting the total job loss at around 650. Jones declines to provide numbers of employees in New Zealand but says it is less than a handful.
“Some jobs have been reallocated and, where possible, staff have been offered other roles,” she says.
If they don’t take the new positions they will be offered redundancy.
Essentially, Lenovo is integrating its customer support functions, and streamlining its sales and marketing organisations, to operate principally out of Sydney and Singapore.
“As far as New Zealand goes, it’s a continuation of what we’re already doing,” Jones says. “We’re realigning ourselves as a PC company rather than operating as an IBM PC division.”
Lenovo bought IBM’s ThinkPad division in May 2005.
Jones says ten candidates have been short-listed for the position of New Zealand country manager. The former country manager, Karen Brace, resigned a month ago.
Lenovo plans to save US$100 million (NZ$134.5 million) from the job cuts, but will incur restructuring costs of up to $60 million.