Bunnings to restructure staff at Auckland headquarters

by | Aug 16, 2023

Following the announcement that Bunnings is removing eight Australian regional operations manager roles, the home and lifestyle giant has confirmed it is restructuring one of its major operations centres.

The Wesfarmers-owned retail chain is making changes to its support staff at its New Zealand headquarters in Auckland, reported the Daily Mail.

The changes could see up to 100 roles displaced, however, Bunnings expects the total number of team members leaving the business to be less as it works to redeploy team members into alternative roles where possible.

Across Australia and New Zealand, Bunnings employs 53,000 people and has 282 warehouse stores, 67 smaller-format shops and 32 trade centres. In New Zealand alone, it has 42 stores, nine trade centres and a distribution centre.

There are currently around 340 people employed at the company’s New Zealand head office.

“We have started a proposed review of our New Zealand Support Office structure,” Bunnings Group Managing Director Mike Schneider told Daily Mail Australia last week.

“The proposed changes will not affect the 5,000-plus team working in our stores, trade centres and distribution centre across New Zealand,” Mr Schneider said.

But the changes are not due to a drop in profits, rather the opposite appears to be true. In the year to June 30, 2022, Bunnings made $87 million net profit after tax in New Zealand, up a massive 67 per cent on 2021’s $52 million net profit. Wages and salaries also rose from $172 million in 2021 to $183 million in 2022.

Rather, the changes are understood to be part of a post-pandemic restructuring to streamline procedures and remove duplications.

“We are always reviewing our business to ensure we are set up to deliver the best offer for our customers in all regions where we operate,” Mr Schneider said.

“For New Zealand, this is about looking at ways to better leverage the broader Bunnings Group capabilities, while at the same time maintaining a strong, local team on the ground to ensure our offer continues to be tailored for the local market.”

The Managing Director said that it is too early to be definitive about the number of roles that will be impacted. It is also understood that the affected staff will be offered positions in other parts of the company wherever possible.

“We are focused on caring for the impacted team members and we will be doing everything we can to support them,” Mr Schneider said.