PGG Wrightson building on Vogel Street. Photo by Linda
PGG Wrightson is restructuring part of its Dunedin
operation, but the company will not say how many jobs are on
PGG chief financial officer Rob Woodgate said proposal
documents presented to about 70 staff last week were
"strictly confidential". He confirmed more than 10 job losses
Mr Woodgate, who is based in Christchurch, said he did not
have a set number in mind. A consultation process was under
way and he did not know its outcome. The affected staff work
in the call centre, accounts payable, and the credit team.
Most staff would know their fate by Christmas, but the
accounts payable team (about 25 people) were involved in a
longer process taking several months.
The intention was to become more efficient, a part of normal
business practice, he said.
For at least the past year or more, the company had been
improving its systems, and restructuring was part of that.
"I think anybody would have seen that we have made a lot of
progress in the past 12 to 18 months, and at some point that
process would have [meant] we would look at changes then
within the teams."
However, as with any restructuring, it had surprised some
staff, he said.
"It's never a pleasant process to go through."
One aims of the restructuring was to deal with a "legacy
issue" from the merger of Pyne Gould Guinness and Wrightson
about six years ago. An "old structure" embedded in the
company needed to change.
"We didn't go through the changes we should have made [at the
time of the merger]. Most companies when they buy another
company put through a whole load of ... the business term for
it is synergies."
The company would try to redeploy as many people as possible
to other parts of the company. All up, PGG has about 200
employees in Dunedin.