Optus culls business division duplicates

Optus has axed more than 50 jobs across its business division and subsidiary Alphawest in a move to slash duplication and excess functions.

Optus has axed more than 50 jobs across its business division and subsidiary Alphawest in a move to slash duplication and excess functions.

In a statement to ZDNet Australia, the telco said the cuts will affect positions including customer services, solutions and sales.

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"Optus can confirm it made 56 roles redundant across Optus Business and Alphawest nearly two weeks ago as part of organisational changes aimed at introducing greater operational efficiencies, reducing duplication and removing functions that no longer support our key business objectives," Optus said.

"These redundancies impacted people at all levels across the sales, commercial, marketing and customer service and solutions functions."

The telco said it would seek "redeployment opportunities" for axed staff, and said its outplacement services and employee assistance program are available.

The cuts come a fortnight after rival telco Telstra announced it would cut some 108 regional jobs, and a week after chief financial officer, John Stanhope, gave weight to expectations that 330 senior management positions will be axed.

Stanhope told an American Chamber of Commerce audience that job losses are expected as the telco simplifies its business practices.

"We're going through a very rigorous process of how we simplify the business," Stanhope said. "Unfortunately, jobs are always reduced in that exercise. And I expect that to be the case, but we don't start with a number. We start with getting how we operate right, first."

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